Dec 31, 2012

Happy Holidays!

(better late than never!)

I ran around the house snapping some
photos of my holiday decorations today.  

So if you're still feeling
some holiday cheer,   

c'mon along on my tour

 as I record my 2012 decorations

 just in time before taking them down

 and packing them all away! 

At my house the Christmas tree is tucked in a corner 
just inside the front door on one side of the living room where we open gifts on Christmas morning. In the other corner by the dining room, sits my old hutch.  

Once my mother's, this old maple hutch was the first piece
of furniture I painted.

 I love decorating it for any holiday.

 The dining room table (which matches the hutch) has four extension leaves to hold all our family and holiday guests. 

 We sit here in the dining room for hours and hours enjoying huge meals, good conversation, and laughter way into the candlelit night. 

Ten people can sit comfortably around this old table  

and twelve can squish.

 My chalkboard art was inspired by a sign I saw
on Pinterest made by Barn Owl Primitives

Just a few decorations in the kitchen.

My piggy chalkboard reminded me to keep my holiday cool when things got busy. 
Next up, the family room. 

  I moved two front porch chairs in here to seat our big
holiday crowd while we watched Home Alone on Christmas Eve.

  I dressed them up with some flannel and felt reindeer pillow covers I sewed.

 My father's snowshoes hang high on the wall over the doors to the backyard. 

 Whitewashed shutters stand-in for a fireplace.

A reindeer family just like ours!


Outside received a sprinkling of decorations, too.  

Our wishes for snow were granted, and there's a light dusting covering the yard. 

Thank you for visiting my (late) Christmas post!

I hope your holidays were wonderful. 

And that the New Year brings you good health, happiness, and prosperity.  

I'm sharing my 2012 Holiday Decor at

Savvy Southern Style


  1. How nice to hear from you Laurel! I hope you had a wonderful holiday in your lovely home! Happy New Year!!!

  2. Nice to see you back, Laurel. Have a very happy New Year.

  3. Beautiful!! Hope your Christmas was fantastic and wishing you and yours all the Best in the New Year Laurel.
    Cheers, Gee

  4. Laurel, so nice to see you back!!! I missed you! Love, love your holiday decor and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Happy New Year!

  5. Laurel!!!! Your back! I was so excited to see this post on facebook this morning. A belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family! Your home looked amazing for the holidays! You do so much decorating all around the house. I will have to try that next year. I have not been blogging a lot lately myself but I did a Christmas/New years post that you should check out! :) I've missed you lots and I hope you're back to blogging more often. Love, Jamie

  6. Welcome back and Happy New Year! So much to love in your collection of photos - I especially love the snow shoes and the shutters. I hope you're feeling better and look forward to seeing more of your posts!

  7. Very beautiful decorations! Your house looks warm and inviting. Looks like you had a great Christmas time. Wishing you a wonderful year in 2013. Many blessings!

  8. Laurel, I'm so glad you're back! I love the touches of black throughout your home. The red ornaments on the black hutch really pop. And your dad's snowshoes ... love 'em! Your tree is really pretty. Not too overdone, but just right! Your home is so charming.

  9. Welcome back! I just took down my Christmas decorations this afternoon. I love that black hutch and the red reindeer pillows! Oh my goodness...You are going to have a busy, but oh so fun year with a wedding on the horizon, be sure to post about it, we love weddings!


  10. Welcome back!! So great to see you again and your beautiful home! It looks perfect for the holidays! Love, love your big windows and all the festive touches! Love how you can look out onto your yard! Your chalkboard art is very sweet too. Looking forward to having you back 'in town'! :)

  11. It's great to see you posting again! I loved the old hutch you finished and the reindeer pillows too. Hope to see you again soon!

  12. Welcome back, Laurel! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year! Your home looks so lovely, very festive.
    Debbie :)

  13. Laurel your house is beautiful. I hope to be a better Blogger this year. I am wishing you and your family a safe healthy and happy New Year

  14. Your Christmas decorations and home are just so lovely and inviting! I can see how people would want to sit chatting for hours in your lovely dining room. Everything is just perfect.

  15. Welcome back Laurel and Happy New Year! Your Christmas decor is beautiful. I especially love the stockings hanging on the old shutters. Just lovely!

  16. I LOVE your Christmas decorations - so warm and welcoming. Thank you for sharing.


  17. Oh how good of you to at least get some photos before taking them down. I was woefully terrible this holiday season. No house tour this time out! But I loved looking at holiday spirit almost one month late!

    :) Linda


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