Gussied Up for the Holidays

Brandon and I finally finished decorating the house for Christmas. We were thinking about getting a real tree again (last year’s was so pretty), or maybe a big white fake tree, but we ended up using the little silver tree that we already had. It’s cute, just a little too small.

Our Silver Christmas Tree

Our white ceramic deer made an appearance again on the buffet, this time surrounded by silver ornament garland (picked up on sale at Pottery Barn).

Oh Deer

We don’t have a fireplace, so we hang our stockings on the built-in buffet.

Stockings by the Built-in Buffet

And again, because we are lacking a fireplace mantle, I decided to decorate the TV stand.

In Lieu of a Mantle

There are those twee little reindeer again.

Felt Reindeer

The paillettes that were in our old apartment are back out on display.


And I couldn’t let the sequin balls go without use another year, so I put them on my desk. They’re a little ridiculous, but they make me smile.

My Office, Decorated for Christmas

Tis the season!

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  • morgan
    December 11, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I love all the glitz and glam. Thats my kinda christmas! It reminds me of Cher…swoon.

  • N.
    December 11, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    I love the colors; it makes me smile, too!

  • your mother
    December 11, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Gasp! How pretty!

  • Jules
    December 11, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    I love it! My ornaments are so traditional. I do love them, and I love how every single one has a story behind it, but I do admit to looking longingly at the more modern ornaments that come out every year.

  • Kathleen
    December 11, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    I love it! I have to ask – where did you find your white TV?

  • Carm
    December 11, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    I love, love, love your silver tree. It makes me want to rush out and find one for myself. I’ve yet to do one bit of Christmas decorating and I’m a bit envious of how holiday-esque everything looks at your place. Can I move in? :)

  • Jules
    December 11, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Oh, I forgot. I DID look for a small silver tree for the boy’s toy room, but came up dry. It was like someone was trying to tell me, “Give up. You’ll never be cool.”

  • molly
    December 11, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    It looks wonderfully festive! And I’m so glad you found a spot for the big sequin balls…

  • Liz
    December 11, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    I love your decor style.

    But I must ask where did you find that white dove? It’s beautiful!

  • Ruth
    December 11, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Simply beautiful! I agree, the glam sequin balls ARE ridiculous, but I still like them. Oh, wonderful everything looks in your newly wallpapered dining room!! Keep up the good work!

  • Wendy
    December 12, 2008 at 10:48 am

    I like the idea of the stockings on the buffet. We don’t have a fireplace either so we hang ours on the wall with those 3M Command hooks, next to our thermostat as a nod to it being our “fireplace” :)

  • Lisa
    December 12, 2008 at 10:59 am

    I love the sequin balls, they’re so much fun. I would leave them up all year round :) Those sweet little reindeer are adorable. They would be so cute on a shelf in a little girls room…..speaking of little girl, congratulations on your baby news.

    take care,

  • Elizabeth
    December 12, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    I really love your office desk and red file case. Where did you find it (or did you build it yourself?)


  • jbhat
    December 12, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Those deer are to die for.

  • susan
    December 12, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    noooooooooo! the sparkly balls must hang so their sparkly majesty might inspire all!

    LOVE the way you decorate :)

  • megan
    December 12, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    that silver tree is absolutely gorgeous. oh, i am so in the christmas spirit after reading this post!!

  • Beth
    December 13, 2008 at 8:25 am

    I love your style – it is so clean and simple, but with lots of kick! I am giving ornaments as a wedding gift (friends getting married in December) and I love your initial ornaments on your tree – perfect idea for a newlywed couple! May I ask where you found those?

  • Making it Lovely
    December 13, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Beth, those were from Restoration Hardware last year.

    Elizabeth, the desk was by Blu Dot for The Container Store and the red drawers are the Helmer unit from IKEA.

    Liz, I’m not sure, but I think the dove was a Christmas decoration from Target a few years ago.

    Kathleen, Brandon ordered the TV from Amazon. It’s a Sharp Aquos.

  • jo
    December 14, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    oh goody, the deer are back!!! I really like them and i think their expressions are sweet. I remember them from last year and was happy to see them again! i love the silver surround this year, really nice!!!!
    where did you get them, could you tell us the story of the little family?? just think next year, they’ll be one more little stocking hanging! :)

  • joslyn
    December 15, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    i love the silver tree…i’m hoping to find one on sale after christmas for next year!

  • Marilyn Woodard
    December 15, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    I particularly like the way you dressed up the TV. That’s always a tricky thing to decorate without making it look just silly.
    Oh, and I so envy you your built-in sideboard. It’s gorgeous!
    Merry Christmas!

  • Taylor
    December 15, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Just lovely!
    Be sure to get one of those “fireplace” dvd’s so it looks like you have a fireplace.

  • puglyfeet
    December 16, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Your tree is the most charming one I’ve seen yet.

  • Sheree
    December 18, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    love love loooovee those sequin balls! if i had some they would be up all year long!

  • melody
    December 22, 2008 at 4:39 pm


  • Carla
    December 24, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Congrats on your pregnancy! I LOVE your style!! I love Ikea and Anthropology and could see right away you do too, right? Real Question: Do you have a priter in your office? It looks so neat (like the rest of your house). Mine takes up half my desk area and would love your look.

  • Carla
    December 24, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    I meant PRINTER, sorry.

  • Josh
    December 27, 2008 at 2:09 am

    ADORABLE holiday setup you have!

    just wanted to say: i have that bird that you have on top of the tree! i got it at target this year, and it’s one of my favorite christmas decorations…EVER.

  • Holly
    January 18, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Those deer are SO SWEET and adorable!
    Love them, and all your festive decor. :D

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