This Year’s Christmas Decorating Inspiration

This year’s Christmas decorating inspiration began with a pillow.

Was it the design or was it the beautiful shades of color that attracted me to it.

I would have to say, both.

When I packed away last season’s Christmas decorations I did a lot of purging . . .

giving away and donating many ornaments and decorations.

I made a decision not to buy any more decorations as I had so much

that I have collected over the years.

But when I saw this pillow, I caved!

Great Room Christmas Decor - Pottery Barn Pillow - Housepitality Designs

Yes, love at first sight with this Velvet Applique Deer Pillow cover by Pottery Barn.

My hubby had a baseball tournament in Ft. Myers, Florida, last week and while shopping

at a great Naples, Florida mall, these deer pillow covers were calling my name.

Christmas Decor - Great Room - Pottery Barn Pillow - Housepitality Designs

The colors in the pillow could not be more perfect for the chairs in this room.

It was like they were made for each other.

I love the fact that these pillows can be used into the winter months.

Deer Applique Pillow - Housepitality Designs

Velvet Applique Deer Pillow - Housepitality Designs

Deer Applique Pottery Barn Pillow - Housepitality Designs

I have started my Christmas decorating … beginning in the great room, adding pillows,

and working on the mantel.

Great Room Chair - Pottery Barn Holiday Pillow - Housepitality Designs

When I was in Florida last week, I was able to do some exploring and did some antiquing.

I did come home with a few things, and one of these landed in the Great Room.

When I finish styling it with some Christmas decor,

I will show you my new found treasure.

Florentine Nesting Tables - Brass Candlestick - Housepitality Designs

Christmas decorating is in full swing in this house. It takes me a while, so I have to

start early …. My goal is to be completely done by December 1st, so that I can

enjoy the rest of the month enjoying the Joys of the Season.

Have you begun yours?

Have a beautiful day!!!

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  1. I almost began over the weekend but ran out of steam! I love those pillows!!! I love even more that you’ve found a way to leave Christmas decor out for more than just Christmas 🙂

    Have a happy week Shirley! xoxoxox
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  2. LOVE.THOSE.PILLOWS!!!!!!!!!!!! The colors are perfect for you room! excuse me if I go a little crazy…I am a pillow fanatic and do not have room for one more, but those are gorgeous!

  3. You and I like the same things. I have almost bought that pillow numerous times, but it needs to go on sale. It looks great in your great room.
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  4. So pretty Shirley….and looks great on your chair! xo

  5. Shirley, what a beautiful pillow! I love the colors in it. And I think I spy some Italian Florentine? Beautiful!

  6. I’ll have help getting mine out of the attic on thanksgiving weekend and I’ll start then.I’m excited to see what you do with your decorating this year.

  7. The pillows are soooooo perfect for your room. And I love the pinecone and candlestick
    I am goibg digging in my basement for my old ones. Have a great day and as always, thanks for sharing.

  8. Waterside Shops? Love that place. My 4 sisters live in Naples and I lived there for many years. Love your new pillow covers! I start decorating the day after Thanksgiving. This year in this temporary rental I will probably not do very much.
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  9. Love the pillow Shirley and it fits your style perfectly. Can’t wait to see your tree all decorated. I look forward to it every year, it’s alway spetacular.
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  10. Shirley, your pillows are beautiful! Since, I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year, I started my Christmas decorating yesterday. I’m getting ready to work on my mantel right now. I’ve got boxes everywhere! It is a lot of fun though! I hope that you have a wonderful day!!!
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  11. That pillow is beautiful and it’s just perfect for your home.

  12. Gorgeous ♥
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  13. Those are beautiful pillows and wonderful for a neutral look! I have picked up a few things for Christmas decorating but haven’t started putting my Christmas deco out just yet. I say to myself every year you don’t need anything else but somehow I end up getting more. I do purge every year though. I did get a furry tree skirt- I love the cozy warm feeling it evokes. Love the pretty furry throw you have too!
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  14. I LOOOVE the pillow cover! It IS perfect for those chairs! I am guessing your other find is a mirrored tray??? I am SO bummed that I can’t start decorating yet. I am REALLY busy this week and then next Monday am having a breakfast, so can’t be in the middle of it:(:( But I will be working my tail off NEXT week to get it all done. Have a beautiful day. Naples is great for shopping for sure!!!
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  15. You caved…ha ha. I did the same thing but it was with red velvet pillows. And…I am basing my decorating from those red pillows. Oh how we think alike! However, your gorgeous pillow can stretch into winter! You were smarter than me! Can’t wait to see your wonderful designs.
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  16. I’m wondering if you purchased the feather or synthetic insert…I live this pillow, and the touch of nature is always welcome.

  17. Shirley I ♥♥♥ your pillow it is perfect for Fall/Winter/Christmas, a real keeper. I also love the colors for your home!! Great jumping off point!!!
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  18. How pretty, Shirley! Your pillow is perfect! I rarely have a plan, unless I’m going in a totally different direction…lol! We stopped at Holiday Warehouse on Sunday; and my wheels started turning. Fortunately, I can use some decor that I already have. I only bought one new piece! We’ll see how it plays out!
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  19. The pillow was made for that chair…love the colors and can’t wait to see your full-on Christmas.
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  20. you’re right, that pillow was MADE for those chairs! yes, got started last weekend and it feels pretty good!

  21. Yes, the pillow would have worked for me as well. It will be fun to see the direction in which it leads you. Pinecone in a candle holder….love it!
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  22. I love your pillow cover (it does look like it was for that chair in that room!), and I love Naples. Can’t wait to see where you antiqued and what you bought!
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  23. Oh, my. Shirley, I can see why you caved on those pillows. I love the gorgeous crewelwork and the taupe and green coloring is just gorgeous.

    Hate to tell you, I’m going to have to find a few for my home too-lol.

    Just lovely in every way.

    Always a pleasure to pop over and look around.
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  24. Shirley love love love those pillows and how perfect in your sweet chair. They look like they belong together for sure.
    Glad you had a great time while down in Ft. Myers.
    Happy rest of the week.
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  25. Lovely pillow… It doesn’t have those red and greens, but the tone down shade is lovely and different…
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  26. Marty Oravetz says

    Those pillows are amazing, so perfect for your chairs.

  27. Your rooms always look so beautiful, Shirley! I love the pillow…perfect for now all the way through spring. I’m just starting to decorate too….can’t wait to see your holiday home! xo
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  28. I’m starting today. I love, love, love that beautiful pillow and chair. Wow, just gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing you Monday. Love you.

  29. I love the pillows. They are perfect with the chair. Your house always looks so beautiful.
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  30. Gorgeous pillow and perfect for enjoying through the winter months too! I’m past due a trip to Pottery Barn 🙂
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