Well, as the picture above may indicate, this is not really, truly a travel post, and, yes, I will stretch it to make some connections, but in all honesty, this is a house tour. And my first one at that, so there are two things to forgive right there. While I’m apparently confessing, come on in, let me show you around, and share some decorating admissions, one for each day of Christmas.
Admission #1: I love wooden signs! And just discovered a new small store in town that sells these made by local sisters. Aren’t they great?
Admission #2: I am a plant killer. However, since discovering the beautiful benefits of jasmine, these mason jars aren’t even moving for the Christmas decorations.
Admission #3: I’m not crafty. But one year, I tried. I bought travel-stamped burlap and cut a runner and placemats. I also spray painted the bases of the topiaries. And then settled down for a long winter’s nap.
Admission #4: Dasher lost his head on the first day we put up the stockings courtesy of the 3 -year old’s inability to “just look” at his stocking, and I think it’s just an Oh Well. Dancer and Donner have been on their best behavior ever since.
Admission #5: I love white feathered trees but love the family tradition of cutting down our tree even more. So, this beauty on the mantle will have to suffice.
Admission #6: I’m not good with small decorations. I get nervous our house is going to look kitschy. But for reasons I can’t explain, I love these elephants from India and think they go perfectly with the other decorations on the desk.
Admission #7: I’m a new fan of ornaments from places we’ve traveled. When I put them up, I’m reminded of our travels, far and near.
Admission #8: I love a nice smelling house but am cautious with candles. Herein comes this lovely, wintry mix.
Admission #9: I’m crazy for wooden signs (did I already mention that?). I really had to cut myself off this year, but not before I purchased this sweet nativity. Bonus: no risk of losing Baby Jesus to the aforementioned 3-year old.
Admission #10: My love of signs also carries over to metals.
Admission #11: But back to the wooden signs. I love this JOY sign. It will probably stay up past Christmas just to keep the joy going. I also love and have read the interior design books under the sign. Isn’t it great when purchases can pull double duty?
Admission #12: The jingle-bell wreath will end up being used as toy more often than a decoration. Oh, and I kept my Lake Charlevoix pillow out this year to help me think happy thoughts to get through our 5-month Michigan winters.
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