Christmas Decor and Projects

Last week I took out a few Christmas decor storage bins to create a Winter Woodland Tablescape . .

~ ~ and now the pandora’s box is open and Christmas bins are everywhere.

So let the Christmas projects and decor begin!…

Today, I am pouring through last years Christmas projects and Christmas vignettes . . .

~ ~ seeing how I can changes things up . . . and pare things down . .

For my more simply stated Christmas . . . yes, I said it!


A view of my tree and Christmas mantel last year.



Christmas Great Room 2013-Housepitality Designs



This tree was donated to Habitat for Humanity after Christmas . . .

~ ~ as much as we loved it . . the 12 foot tree was truly getting harder to decorate each year!

It was replaced by a 10 foot Balsam Hill tree that I purchased on clearance after Christmas.


The Master Bedroom dressed for Christmas last year . . .

~ ~ had underwent a little makeover and will be given a bit of a similar look this year.



The Christmas Woodland Tablescape from last year.

I am gathering my thoughts for this year’s holiday look.


The little woodland Christmas tree in the sunroom . . .

~ ~ what will I do in this space this year??!!


I do know that I will be using these little guys in some way . . .

~ ~ as my granddaughter loves them.


And one of my favorite little trees of all, my feather tree, will most likely be . . .

~ ~ in another vignette. . . in another room . . . as this little tree is definitely a keeper!


I am so looking forward to the Christmas season . . . with a joyful heart.

However, tomorrow, we are celebrating Thanksgiving Vignettes.

I will be celebrating my vignette on Thursday, November 13th.


Please join 11 of my fellow bloggers and see some of most beautiful Thanksgiving Vignettes.


No Minimalist Here
Uptown Acorn
The Vintage Nest
Dixie Delights


Common Ground
Housepitality Designs
The Essence Of Home
Northern Nesting


Miss Kopy Kat
21 Rosemary Lane
A Stroll Thru Life
All About Vignettes

Have a Great Day!

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  1. I am looking forward to your Thanksgiving presentation, Shirley. I, too, say I am going to pare down this year. We’ll see how I do with that. lol I have said that for the last few years. I did give a lot of my Christmas stuff to the kids a couple of years back so that felt good-and cleared up about 10 or 12 bins of “stuff”….even dispersing my Santa collection to them. It is fun to see it used here and there in their homes now.

    Have a wonderful Veteran’s Day. xo Diana
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  2. Shirley,
    All your spaces are always so beautiful. My favorite is of your mantel. Is the tree a pinecone tree? I just love it!
    Looking forward to your new, pared down versions…I know they will be stunning.
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  3. I always love your decorating style, especially your mantle! I am so torn with going simple and elegant this year or over the top…LOL
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  4. Your home was beautiful decorated for Christmas last year! I am looking forward to seeing what you do this year.
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  5. How lovely it all looks! I’m hearing that all over blogland that paring down is the way to go.
    Can’t wait to see how you decorate your newest tree.
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  6. We will see how you simplify this year. I can’t and don’t start until after Thanksgiving. I probably will already have to put things away before mighty Joshua the three year old tornado comes for Thanksgiving.
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  7. Gorgeous, inspirational photos, Shirley!! I guess I need to get on the Christmas bandwagon.
    Mary Alice
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  8. Well…I for one am curious to see what you do this year! I have to pare down this year out of necessity. We are cat-sitting my son’s cat for several months…and he’s never seen a Christmas tree before…so I figured simple would be best for both him and my sanity! So,I’m depending on you to show me simpler Shirley! 😉

  9. I’m looking forward to seeing your Christmas decorations this year. I don’t know how you ever decorated that 12′ tree last year. That is so tall. I don’t blame you for getting a shorter one. Can’t wait to see your Thanksgiving vignettes on Thursday!

  10. Nancy Carroll says

    Shirley, I love how your tree was dripping with ornaments! I have so many ornaments I cherish, I just can’t go the “themed” tree route on my main tree. The memories all those ornaments bring puts so much joy in my heart : )

  11. What a gorgeous Christmas tree that was! I can understand needing to pare down to something just a little smaller though. Can’t wait to see this years decorations!!!!
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  12. I bet your granddaughter loves seeing your house at Christmastime. What a Christmas wonderland.

  13. Okay, Shirley, I want you to get all of your decorating done so you can come to Houston will work on my house.
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  14. I cannot wait to see what you do this year! I love the toy car and truck….and many other things.sheila

  15. Wow – I love seeing all your Christmas decor! I am getting excited about pulling mine out. I always wait until the day after Thanksgiving though. We host about 24 people each Thanksgiving and I need to focus on that first!
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  16. Jeanette Price says

    It doesn’t seem to matter what season it is, your home always looks so strikingly beautiful. I do love your mantle and the beautiful cache pots. I know that what ever you do we are all going love it as always! Have a wonderful day!

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  18. I so look forward to seeing what you do this year. I doubt I will pare down…it just isn’t in me yet:) I am starting to put all the Fall away and will start Christmas on Thurs. We have to do everything in the yard today and tomorrow and take advantage of the nice weather we are having. Then on Thurs. it FALLS and we will be freezing…..a good time to decorate!!! Your home ALWAYS looks SO beautiful.
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  19. Wow! Those are really impressive decorations. It looks as if you spent a lot of time pulling it all together, but it was worth it.

  20. Your Christmas decor is always beautiful Shirley…I always decorate Thanksgiving weekend…I can’t wait!!
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  21. Oh Shirley, everything was simply beautiful last year and I am looking forward to seeing this years Christmas decor. I am sure that it will be spectacular as you do such wonderful decorating.
    I, too will be getting rid a lot of my decorations, as I have way to much. I am going to keep it simple, but I always say that each year and then I cave in when I see all the pretty things that everyone else does LOL. I think our intentions are good, but we just can’t help ourselves.

    Looking forward to seeing your Thanksgiving party. Have a great week.
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  22. Our Canadian Thanksgiving is early October and so I am also bringing up my Christmas bins today! For the last few years I say I’m going to simplify, but something happens to me when the bin covers come off! lol We’ll see how I manage this year.
    Looking forward to all your decorations and vignettes this year.
    Have a fun day even if its a lot of work!

  23. Isn’t it fun to think ahead and see what you want to revisit and what you’d like to do new? Looking forward to your Thanksgiving vignette … Thanksgiving is almost by the wayside on the internet now and we still have two weeks to go! 😉
    xo heidi
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  24. Hi Shirley, I remember how gorgeous your home was decorated last year and I know it will be just as beautiful this Christmas. Thanks so much for participating in the Thanksgiving Vignettes blog hop and I appreciate you helping to promote it.
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  25. I have to admit I’m getting ready for Christmas. But I am also excited about Thanksgiving! Made a total mess of my living/dining room getting it ready. Can’t wait to see how you are going to decorate for Christmas. You always have such beautiful ideas!
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  26. Your mantel looked great last year, Shirley! I love how your tree looked, too, but I totally understand about it being too much now. My tree is not quite as big, but I could use something a little smaller I think. I’m sure your home is going to look wonderful this Christmas, too. I have no idea what I’m doing yet. I guess I should start thinking about it – before I bring all those bins down from the attic!
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  27. So pretty, Shirley! I adore the Woodland theme! You have such a lovely home; I know whatever you chose will highlight it beautifully! I’m definitely with you on paring down decorations! I have collected far too many! Thank you for providing such stunning ideas!
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  28. I feel ya, sister! I opened that same Pandora’s Box a few weeks ago when I started planning for that workshop, and I couldn’t get it closed back up to save my soul!!! Christmas bins are EVERYWHERE down on the lower level just waiting to empty their contents all around the house!

    Now let’s get real here…you and I both know there is NO way you are “paring down” anything for Christmas this year or any other year!!! You, like me, will keep adding “just one more little thing” to the mix until it’s just as big (if not bigger) than years past. It’s in our nature, child! Face it…you cannot help yourself!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    That was a wonderful gesture to give your 12-footer to Habitat. A 10-ft. is still pretty doggone big, but at least it will be a bit more manageable. I can’t wait to see your decor for this year!!!
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  29. Your home is beautiful! I love every Christmas-y inch of it!
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  30. Oh, this is so stunning. What a lovely display, Shirley. Every detail is so artfully arranged and so well-thought out.

    Always a pleasure to stop by and browse.

    I’m definitely inspired for the season now-lol
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  31. Beautiful Shirley! I love your look back! I’m sure someone will be thrilled to have your 12 foot tree. I need to remember Habitat instead of Good Will for donating 🙂
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  32. Okay now you have made me want to start decorating for Christmas!! You have such a talent for making everything you decorate look so beautiful!
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  33. Oh my! Can’t decide which area I like the most… Every inch is just magnificent… My favorite time of the year…
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  34. Shirley, sooo much gorgeous things here. Gotta make do with our Christmas pandora’s box! We’re out and about for a vintage theme and I couldn’t wait to DIY that white little tree for our backyard living room.
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