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Christmas Decorations (Part 1: Upstairs)

I know — it’s a little late in the game to finally be sharing our Christmas decorations! The house was photographed this year for the Christmas issue of a magazine (to come out next year, obviously), so I was focused on getting the little details right. Today I’ll share the upstairs decorations, and tomorrow the living and dining rooms.

First, here’s Eleanor’s room.

Eleanor's Bedroom, Decorated for Chrismas

She picked out her little white tree last year, and she was happy to see its return. She decorated it herself (she really likes those spiky glitter ornaments), and was adamant about there being a star on top. We didn’t have one, so I bought a glittery star-shaped ornament to use and all was well. I probably wouldn’t have draped her bed with garland, but we had the magazine shoot and I was feeling a little extra pressure to really Christmas it up. E likes it, because “now her bed looks like a sleigh.”

Eleanor's Room, Decorated for Christmas

(And I stand by my love for all the weird deer in my house.)

August’s room was decorated too. The little Christmas tree is usually on top of his dresser, but his room is so small and hard to photograph that I moved it over to the table (temporarily) to fit it all in one shot with the wreath and reindeer in the window. It looks really nice there — it just wouldn’t survive very long!

Christmas Decorations in August's Room

The library has had the silver tree for the last few years — mostly because we already own it and I figure we might as well use it. We already had the birds, and the red yarn balls are new (from IKEA). I was slightly freaking out (oh, just slightly) about there needing to be something else up there, so I invited Kathryn over for a second opinion. She suggested the white feather wreaths from west elm, and I like how they tie in to the white feather birds on the tree.

Christmas Decorations in the Library

The other side of the library has had those brass deer up all year. I guess that’s strange? I added some garland and ornaments, white Christmas lights, and my giant sequin disco ball ornament things.

Christmas Decorations Upstairs in the Library

I think of these as the ancillary decorations. The pink tree is the real star of the house, and no doubt why we were chosen for the magazine. I’ll share the downstairs photos tomorrow!

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  • Karen
    December 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    The sequin balls are “kissing balls” – I only know this because I worked at a Pier 1 when we sold them. Christmas was always my favourite time at the store, everything was so cheerful and sparkly. The glitter did get everywhere, though!

    The house looks lovely!

  • Kristina
    December 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I think all of the deer are fun! I’d keep them up year round too.

  • lindsay
    December 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Ah LOVE Elanor’s room! Prefect little cozy girl room. So cool that you dressed it up too!

  • monica
    December 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I LOVE it all–no wonder it will be in a magazine! :)
    If I had girls I imagine I would try to do something so bling-y but lovely…
    Mele Kalikimaka!

  • Ashley
    December 20, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    You really classed things up in these! Nothing over the top, nothing “too much”, but still VERY festive. That’s a tough line to walk. Great job, Nicole!

  • Rose
    December 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I just love your home decor! You always do a great job with your decorations..xmas is no different – lives up to your blog name.

  • Mona
    December 21, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Love the “weird” deer for E’s room – so perfect! All the rooms look so lovely, festive and tasteful!

  • Megan @ Rappsody in Rooms
    December 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I am really loving the deer. My guess is that they are the next “it” animal…although I hope that doesn’t ruin your love for them! I know I like to be a little out there on a limb myself sometimes.

  • Caitlin
    December 21, 2012 at 10:43 am

    1. I don’t think it’s ever too late to share you Christmas decor
    2. I LOVE the way the feather wreaths are hung – they look so elegant and it’s such a beautiful way to showcase pretty ribbon!

    Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  • Leah
    December 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I love that garland that you draped on her bed. What is it? It looks felty?

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  • Linsey @ pretty preened
    December 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    i really love how you incorporate decorations into all your rooms! i am crushing on all of the deer.

  • Suzanne
    December 31, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    My daughter is obsessed with horses & I just love Eleanor’s sheets. Can you tell me where you purchased them?


    • Making it Lovely
      December 31, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      They were from Garnet Hill.

      • Suzanne
        January 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm

        Thank you!

  • patricia villamil
    November 4, 2013 at 11:09 am

    wow everything looks delightfully lovely! congrats and i think i like your pics better, although i’d love to see the real glossy ones in the magazine too.