Monday, January 9, 2012

Merry (belated) Christmas!

Once again, blogging took a back seat in my life over the past 3 months. I did have a few moments each day to read my favourites, but not much time to comment, let alone take photos of my place, process them and post. It all got a little difficult, as it does with 2 young children and all the end of year events they attend!

I am now beginning to relax, but I have so much to catch up on it's hard to know where to start! Christmas, I guess? I vowed last Christmas, having hosted twice in 2 years, that I wasn't going to host for another 2 years, so this Christmas I didn't! I managed to decorate when time permitted, but I completely ran out of time to finish, despite starting in late November! This year I'll start in late October and have more chance of finishing (as well as beginning the Christmas cards!).

This Christmas I had a 'blue' room and a 'red' room! The Christmas tree resided in the lounge room in front of the large window, and was decorated in predominately blue and silver, which matched in perfectly with the decor of the room:

My kids were under strict instructions on what colours to use at the front of the tree, and what to put at the back! It's quite 'middle heavy' at their arm level, but (again) I ran out of time to adjust it!

My antique table in the lounge (which usually sits in front of the window) had the blue treatment too (love the blue feathered birds from Domayne):

On the 19th of December, we finally picked up the dining table, which had been on order since early September. I received the chairs the day before my party (see previous post), and they waited very patiently for their companion:

I can't tell you how good it is to have another horizontal surface to put pretties on:

The 'red' room:

Love the pair of mercury glass candle holders, $24 for both (thanks Target).....

...not to forget the little glass cloche with a bird on top, sitting on the grey/brown stand (one of my Christmas presents):

My 'Tree of Life' didn't escape the Christmas treatment, either:

(thanks to IKEA for the tiny red glass baubles)

The stairs 'mostly' completed:

I over decorated the entrance hall table and didn't get a chance to re-arrange it all, so the dog's breakfast won't be shown in full, but you can see this snippet of the mirror above:

Last, but not least, the front doors were decorated in the big red bow again, only after 2 years it had faded considerably, so I had to make another, double this time:

So what else have I done and haven't blogged about? Another butterfly frame way back in September, the other book shelf in the family room has been painted (umm...that was back in September too!), I've bought a few little bits and pieces, there are new pictures up on the wall, and I am seriously considering repainting the whole of our bedroom suite...white, of course!

But all that is for another time...and soon, I hope!

Best wishes for 2012!!


M said...

Oh Stormy, I love seeing snippets of your beautiful home!

The dining table and chairs look amazing together. And, of course, the Christmas decorations are gorgeous.


Kel said...

Hello! I just stumbled upon your blog & love it! I love both your crafts & decor, I have already started reading through
backwards :)

Like yourself I struggle for time... I've recently started up a blog but next week I'm back at work full-time & will find it hard to find the time to update, we'll see how I go.

Kel x

Leah0101 said...

Hi Stormy, just discovered you a couple of days ago by accident, as we are about to embark on the Henley slippery slope of building.... Just love your blog & ideas. Do tell, your new dining table is very much what I have been searching for(8 seater too!)- will you disclose your source for this beauty??? P.S.the chairs are just perfect

stormygirl said...

Thank you all for your kind comments!

Leah0101, both the chairs and dining table are from Early Settler, part of the Provincial range. Best wishes with your Henley build! There will be many ups and downs, but hopefully, the ups far outweigh the downs! :)