Our Christmas Living Room

Deck the halls with boughs of holly

Falalalala … LaLaLa

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We are enjoying the Christmas season here in our new home.  Coming up with new ways to decorate using what you have in a new space that’s a little smaller can often be a challenge.  We left a lot of our decor (I do miss my nutcrackers, santas and toys) in boxes this year for a more subdued space than normal, but we are feeling all festive and bright!

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View as you come up the steps from the foyer

‘Tis the season to be jolly

Falalalala … LaLaLa

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We spend most of our time in the living room in the evenings, which is much smaller than our old house, so we went for a twinkly glow.  It’s warm and cozy.

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While my Pinterest and Instagram feeds are filled with flocked trees, I bucked the trend and kept my traditional green tree.

Have you ever seen snow on a decorated tree in a house, especially in the South?

Why would you flock a tree?  Snow melts inside.

(Totally my opinion y’all)

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Our color scheme in the living room was gold, silver, white and blue.

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Each year I pick up a new keepsake ornament; don’t you just love the beauty of Lenox?

I’ve never used blue in our decorating, so we added little touches here and there.  The addition of blue (and patriotic ornaments for another tree) were the only purchases for my decor this year.

We have 23 years of Christmas decorations, so there is plenty the move around and use in a new way!  I’m not totally sold on the addition of blue (I love traditional red and green), but the glowy affect I wanted is there.

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The glow is quite lovely especially after I dust these hardwood floors. HA!

And it is growing on me as Audley and I relax together in the evenings.

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Cozy & romantic views from the sofa

An elaborate tree topper didn’t fit the mood we were trying to convey, so I borrowed a sweet Santa from my mother’s collection.

{Is borrowing if you might not return it?}

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Simple Santa topper and our Santa we received our very first Christmas married!

For our mantle, I used a small artificial garland, then filling it in with cedar and fir clippings.  A little ribbon, small ornaments and lights, our mantle coordinates with our tree!

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Since I was not pulling out all of the little knick-knacks this year, I added fresh greenery with battery powdered lights.  I liked the simple addition of it, and just one or two accents instead of a plethora of baubles.

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I adore my Mark Roberts fairies and elves scattered through out the entire house!

See the blazing yule before us

Falalalala … LaLaLa

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My favorite view

The evening glow is so warm and welcoming!

And the corgi is quite in agreement…

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Strike the harp and join the chorus

Falalalala … LaLaLa

All of our kiddos will be home for Christmas Day along with our sons-in-law AND my parents, so we wanted to leave space for enjoying each other instead of Christmas absolutely everywhere!

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Sometimes less is more and using what you have in a new way creates an unexpected look.  In our living room this year, that is exactly what I wanted.

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Red, White, and Blue Christmas

Welcome To Our First Annual Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop!!

We have 47 talented bloggers joining up to share their decorated Christmas Trees with you! So grab a cup of your favorite beverage, settle in and get comfortable because you are going to love the beautiful Christmas Tree Decor shared today!


Let’s Meet The Hosts!

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom | Allison | Upright and Caffeinated

Angela | Simply Beautiful By Angela

 Annie | All Things Big and Small

Brittany | Our Home Made Easy | Chloe | Celebrate and Decorate

Cindy | County Road 407 | Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Denise | My Thrifty House | Eileen | Sand Dollar Lane

Erlene | My Pinterventures | Iris | Iris Nacole

Jaclyn | The Dotted Nest | Jeannee | Centsably Creative

Vicki | 2 Bees In A Pod |Jennifer | Oh Fiddle Dee Dee

 Jolene | Create Pray Love

 Kim | Day to Day Adventures

Kim | Made In A Day | Kristie | Teadoddles

Leanna | Faeries and Fauna | Maria | Simple Nature Decor

Marie | The Inspiration Vault | Mary | The Boondocks Blog

Meegan | What Meegan Makes | Meg | Green With Decor

Melissa | Welcome To The Woods | Donna | Modern On Monticello

Morgan | Charleston Crafted | Nancy | Slightly Coastal

Nicole | Madness and Method | Pam | P.S. I Love You Crafts

Sam | Raggedy BitsShirley | Intelligent Domestications

 Stephanie | Abbotts At Home Wanda | From House To Home

Yami | The Latina Next Door | Jenn | Loveland Lodge

Christene | Keys To Inspiration | Libbie | A Life Unfolding

Jaclyn | One Thousand Oaks | Jennifer | 2 Bees In A Pod | Sarah | The Project Pile

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I’m so excited to be joining in this blog hop today and wanted to tell a little story while sharing one of our Christmas trees that is quite sentimental this season.

Once upon a time I was blessed with the sweetest little boy.  He was a surprise and absolutely adored as the baby after three girls.  He was cuddly and sweet and oh-so kind.

This little boy learned his colors and numbers using his NASCAR racers, learned to read early just so he could complete the entire Harry Potter series of books, and loved his John Deere tractors and Tonka trucks.

This little boy grew quickly, finding passion in sports as he excelled in the swimming pool and on a wrestling mat.

He learned to think for himself while choosing his own path, developed a fabulous work ethic, chose to serve Jesus, and took care of his momma and sisters while his daddy traveled for work.

He adores Star Wars, Captain America, Superman and NCIS.

And he loves his country.

It’s this love of country, that compelled him to come in from school and announce he was joining the Marines.

On November 9, he took his oath and will leave for boot camp right after high school graduation.

I’ve cried.

A lot.

But my heart soars with pride for this boy of mine who is walking in his daddy’s footsteps and choosing the military.

I celebrate him.

 I celebrate all who are serving our country and this tree is a reminder of the precious freedom we have that allows us to celebrate.

 Thank you for stopping by!

Check out all the festivities on the other blogs and kick your week with a lot of inspiration!

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Taking a Walk Along the Christmas Tree Trail

One of the highlights of my trip to Orlando and Disney for Mickey’s Christmas Party last weekend was the afternoon Tami and I spent in Disney Springs.  If you are unfamiliar with Disney Springs, the area is a fabulous outdoor shopping,  dining, and entertainment complex near the Walt Disney Resort.  Walt Disney Imagineering designed the area and it makes for a wonderful way to continue your Disney experience when you’re away from the parks.

This particular afternoon of exploring the complex led Tami and I to the fantastic Christmas Tree Trail in the Marketplace where we strolled soaking up the detail of  many amazing trees, each based on a different Disney character as it “snowed” along the way!

 

I was completely mesmerized and loved soaking up the creativity of Disney while getting a few ideas of my own. We took our walk during the day where the sun outshone the twinkle lights, but it didn’t matter these trees are GOALS!

Put on your Mouse ears, grab your inspiration boards and take notes as I share our stroll with you, because these trees are FABULOUS!

Minnie-Tree |ohfiddledeedee.com

Frozen-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Dumbo-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

The Dumbo Tree was my favorite!!

Dumbo-Topper | ohfiddledeedee.com

This tree topper is all I strive for at Christmas!

Sleeping-Beauty-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Tangled-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Snow-White-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Lilo-and-Stitch-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Little-Mermaid-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Princess-and-the-Frog-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Robin-Hood-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Mary-Poppins-Topper | ohfiddledeedee.com

I love how this tree topper completely describes Mary Poppins!

Alice-in-Wonderland-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Alice-in-Wonderland-Topper | ohfiddledeedee.com

101-Dalmation-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Christmas Tree Trail wasn’t the only place to find holiday decor, the entire complex was decorated. Combined with festive holiday music you are sure to get your holiday cheer on!

Disney-Springs-Wreath | ohfiddledeedee.com

Disney-Springs-Tree | ohfiddledeedee.com

Disney-Springs-Garland | ohfiddledeedee.com

Disney-Springs-Decor | ohfiddledeedee.com

And be sure to top off your festive adventure with a holiday treat from one of the sweet shops!

Minnie-Mouse-Apple | ohfiddledeedee.com

 

The display will be up through January 7, 2018.  If you happen to be traveling near Orlando during the holidays, definitely add Disney Springs to your list of stops.  It’s free to walk the Christmas Tree Trail and you’ll be glad you stopped!

My-Minnie-Style | ohfiddledeedee.com

Which was your favorite tree?  I would love to know!

 

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