A “Merry” and Bright Home…and The Better Late than Never Christmas Inspirations Linky Party!!!

I love this theme…of “Better Late Than Never”…Christmas Inspirations…

I am honored to be among these lovely fellow bloggers…to present our Linky Party…

….as for me…it is definitely my theme this year!!!



I have had many out of town trips these past few months….

…..which led me to be a bit behind on my decorating…

But, we cannot forget what life is truly about…

…..spending time with family and friends…not decorating…

This past weekend, we spent visiting our friends…

…..and I took the opportunity to take some pics of her beautifully decorated home…

I called this a “Merry” and Bright Home…as her name is “Merry”…how cool is that??!!!

And here are the beautiful host and hostess…


And their beautiful tree…






Now do ya think we both have a love for Pottery Barn?….



A beautifully decorated mantel…



The breakfast area…


Her place setting that morning…it has been since changed to a PB Winter Birds placement..
…..with a red PB charger…I did not get a pic of that!!…



Merry collects the Ballard Designs Santa canvases every year…

…..this one is in her powder room…



This one is in her mud room…



This Jolly ‘Ole Guy is in the hallway…


And here we are…along with other friends…



and here we are the “softball wives” a.k.a….”the shop till you drop gang”….


That day Merry and I went shopping..prior to the other guests arriving for dinner….

…..Three of the 6 hours of shopping and lunch were spent at Pottery Barn…(yes, we need therapy!!!)

The shopkeepers see us coming and they set aside a register just for us…


And this is one of the results of our shopping….

…..a bedding change for her…

We changed out the bedding at 10 pm…just so I can take some pics!!




And the shower curtain looks great in her bathroom…


She just remodeled it…should have taken more pics…




And some of the “loot” ended up here:


We bought the same set…PB Winter Birds…Love, love that pattern!



At least we have different shams and accent pillows…:)

And I hope you all have a very “Good Night” after linking up to our party!!!

Each of us will pick our fave project and share that next week with everyone! Of the five faves, you could win a $25 Gift Certificate to the online shop Farmhouse Decor at www.detailsforhomeandgarden.com

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  1. Very pretty Merry!!!!!

  2. Wow, what a tree and a pretty home.

  3. Shirley, I enjoyed seeing your friends’ beautiful home. I was glad to see the Ballard’s White Santa canvas hanging because I was wondering how it really looked. (I secretly want it-haven’t told the real Santa yet!) The Winter Birds bedding looks fabulous on your bed! Thanks for hosting this party. I linked up one of my wreaths!

  4. Ohhhh I loved seeing Merry’s house. I knew it would be just as beautiful as it is. LOVE that new bedding. You are too funny. Laughed at your comment about the separate register. 🙂 xxoo

  5. Shirley, what a beautiful home! Yes, the love of Pottery Barn is definitely evident. The bedding is just gorgeous…in both rooms! Lol! Merry is definitely ready for Christmas. Beautiful! Thanks for co-hosting this great party. Can’t wait to visit the other links!

  6. Looks like you had such a fun weekend. And who says that spending 3 hours in PB is too much???? You friends have a gorgeous home!

  7. SheilaG@Plum Doodles says

    Sounds like a great weekend with friends! Your friends’ home is beautiful, and I love the bedding you both bought, very pretty!

  8. I am crying, crying, crying. I wanted that bedding SO badly!!! I just couldn’t justify it with so many other things going on right now. I am glad to see that someone else (TWO someone elses, in fact!) can enjoy it! Merry’s home is gorgeous! I love the plantation shutters!!! She has wonderful taste, and I really like those canvasses, especially the one in the powder room. The tree and mantel are both magnificent! I can truly believe that you would spend all that time in PB. It’s a magical, magical place to be! 🙂 I can also believe that you would change the bedding late at night just so you could get a picture!!! We’re sick like that! 🙂

  9. How fun! Love all the photos and the decor is beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing your girlfriends too!


  10. Merry’s house is so festive – that tree is amazing! She must have scaffolding to decorate it!

    You’re my kind of girl – 6 hours at the mall (then again, I think I’d be exhausted)!

  11. OMGoodness, I LOVE that winter birds bedding!!!!!!!!!!!! I want it too!!!! The accent pillows are gorgeous too. My hubby just today told me to get myself something since he ordered some speakers for himself:) AHA!!! Merry’s home is GORGEOUS!!!! That tree is magnificent, do you know how tall it is? That is neat that you and she would change out the bedding together at 10PM:) I love that and have a friend I could do that with too. XO, Pinky

  12. what a wonderful home, just beautiful!

  13. Wow! everything look so beautiful in your pictures, Shirley you are great photo taker and such a great friend for standing at an ironing board for an hour and then making that beautiful bed. And yes we are dangerous in Pottery Barn!! Thanks again for everything.

  14. Linda Miller says

    Merry’s tree is beautiful and how lucky is she to have everything during the holidays personalized with her name?! The winter birds bedding that you both purchased is very pretty. What a luxury to have holiday bedding. It looks very festive.

  15. So much fun to be with friends that you have so much in common with!
    I look at the Winter Birds pattern every time I go In Pottery Barn!

    2012 Artists Series,

  16. Shirley, thanks for sharing Merry’s beautiful Christmas decor. Know you enjoyed your time with

  17. Such beautiful decor! I LOVE her tree, and her mantel is so gorgeous, too. I definitely see a TON of Pottery Barn all over her house — I love it! Thanks so much for sharing this amazing house full of inspiration with us!

  18. Shirley~ Your friend’s tree is stunning~ merry & bright indeed! I need to get caught up with you…’tis the season to be busy! Thanks for hosting, better late than never is my motto too this year 🙂

  19. I share your love for birds and the linens are gorgeous. Your friend’s house is great…that tree! Bet she find a LOT of personalized stuff with her name on it this time of year. 🙂 How fun.

  20. Lovely! Wish I loved Pottery Barn prices as much as I love PB! lol!
    xo Heidi

  21. What a gorgeous home. So decked out. The bedding is gorgeous and the shower curtain is perfect. Looks like you girls had fun.

  22. Thank you so much for hosting! This is my first visit here. i have added you to my Blog Roll on my regular blog. I linked up my Christmas home Tour with my 19 trees that I have on my Christmas Blog!


  23. What a gorgeous and “merry” home that Merry has! Wow! Love their beautiful, tall tree … such a cozy room! And, the festive PB pillows … perfect! Her bedding is fabulous, and I love the other splashes of Christmas throughout. What fun and whimsical plates, too … even if she has retired them for something else now. Thanks so much for hosting!

  24. Pottery Barn will never be the same!!! Love the bedding and Merry’s decor….like yours gorgeous!

  25. Thank you for the wonderful tour of the MERRY AND BRIGHT home! Just stunning. I love love love that bedding!!!! I’m going to have to see if our PB outlet has it! Looks like you had a wonderful time!!!

  26. You are quite the convincing Pottery Barn shopper!! I think I am going to have to get myself that gorgeous shower curtain…Merry Christmas to me!! Merry’s home is stunning!

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