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Our Christmas Table

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Hi, everyone, how was your Christmas? We had a busy but pretty mellow one with my family in town. I can’t remember the last time I did so much cooking. I enjoy cooking but only every now and then so I don’t need to see my kitchen again for a good while!

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Here’s what the dining table looked like before we made a mess of it.

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I went with a gold and white scheme this year. My mom did the flowers – aren’t they gorgeous? We used diffusers for the little bouquets and interspersed votives in different heights and white ceramic fruit. The block print tablecloth was part of my haul from my recent trip to India.

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With Christmas now behind me, I’m doing a big closet purge today because I want to start the new year with a organized and streamlined closet. Well, as streamlined as much as a closet like mine can be anyway. Get ready, Goodwill, huge donation coming your way!

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French Home with Colorful Christmas Decor

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Color has been on my mind since India so this French home jumped out at me with its fucshia and red Christmas decor.

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It’s a color combination I really like and I especially like it here because it’s not one you see used very much at Christmas. I think it works really well, don’t you?

(Photos: Campagne Décoration, November 2011)

A Few Christmas Details Around the House

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I’m feeling better enough to at least move around so yesterday, I started on the Christmas decorations. Here are a few shots of what I’ve done so far in the family room. Nothing major but enough to get a holiday vibe going. Really it doesn’t take much. Some pillows, string lights and a few sparkly bits …..

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My mom put this cute bouquet together for the living room using cuttings from our yard:

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That’s all that’s happening in the living room until we get the tree.

I’m leaving for a little adventure in 2 days so my goal is to 1) completely recover and 2) get the tree and rest of the the decorations done by then! It’s going to be close!

*Update on the Houzz Contest*

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I was told yesterday that I’m in third place! Thank you so much to all of you who voted so far!

It’s close between second and third places but the first place entry is way out ahead so I’m going to need your support if I’m going to catch up. To recap, my entry is here and  if I win, here is what you can win:

1st place: $250 gift certificate to any online retailer of your choice
2nd place: $100 gift certificate to any online retailer of your choice
3rd place: $50 gift certificate to any online retailer of your choice

To vote, you just have to leave a comment on my Ideabook. Voting closes this Friday. If you want to get the word out via Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc. to get more votes, that would be great too. Thanks so much for your support!

More Swedish Christmas Decor

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Hi, everyone, how was your weekend? I spent most of it in bed (Still sick! Ugh!) so I still haven’t been able to decorate and I’m just chomping at the bit. So for now I just have to settle for looking at everyone else’s decorations. I found this in a French magazine (Journal de la Maison) but it’s another Swedish house. I never tire of them, as you know.

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Like the last two Scandinavian homes, I love the simplicity of the decor here and how effortless it looks.

Where are you in your holiday preparations?

*Thank you to everyone who has left a comment on my “Creating an Entertaining Space” Ideabook at Houzz. If you haven’t had a chance, I would really appreciate your vote! Each comment is a vote for me and if I win, you could win a $250 gift certificate to any online retailer of your choice. (Some of you have said you had trouble registering. I’m told it could be a problem with user names so you can either try a different name or please email support@houzz.com and they will get you logged in.) Thank you!*

(Photos: Journal de la Maison, Nov/Dec 2010)

Gorgeous Swedish Home Ready for Christmas

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I seem to be into Christmas more than ever this year (if that’s possible) and I think seeing all these beautiful Scandinavian homes decorated for the holidays is partly the reason. Like the Danish one from a couple of weeks ago, this Swedish home just gets it right.

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Are you in the Christmas spirit yet?

I’m going to spend the weekend trying to finally kick whatever this virus is so I can stop whining about it. (Can you tell I never get sick so when I do it’s like a really big deal?) Wishing you all a wonderful December weekend!

P.S. If you haven’t already left a comment on my “Creating an Entertaining Space” Ideabook at Houzz, I would really appreciate it! Each comment is a vote for me and if I win, you could win a $250 gift certificate to any online retailer of your choice. Merci beaucoup!

(Photos by Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer, Allt I Hemmet)