Category Archives: decorating

christmas 2011

a little late-december catch up before officially moving into 2012
we hosted christmas here
in providence-
the official christening of our sweet home
and though i didn’t manage to snap too many pictures to prove it
the weekend was lovely
our mantle
decorated with handmade gingerbread houses
and fresh cut greens
christmas morning, stocking excitement!
daddio, looking dapper in his new scarf
evening light
and dinner (beef wellington, which i don’t have one picture of- boo!)
was topped off with
baked alaska:
(thin flourless chocolate cake, topped with a boule of alternating layers of strawberry and pistachio ice cream, covered in piped swiss meringue and just scorched in a broiling oven)
family. friends. food.
christmas perfection

home for the holidays

… a snap a day, through the season, of a festive corner of our home…

one of my MOST favorite
family traditions
is that every year on christmas eve
while eating fondue by the fire
we open one gift.
an ornament
that has to do with something we have done that year…
this was from the year i learned to surf.
(and no, i couldn’t hang ten that first year. i still can’t… someday?)

holiday greens

while in little compton for my birthday weekend
we stopped into peckham’s during their annual holiday party
peckham’s green house is always loaded with the most gorgeous plants and garden goods…
during the holiday season it is one of the most inspiring places
bursting with poinsettias
house-made wreaths
festive pots, tree ornaments and paperwhites

i love filling my home with greens and forced bulbs
especially in winter
when the view out your window seems bare, gray and frozen!

home for the holidays

i am getting so into holiday decorating this year…
SUCH a thrill with our own home to spice up!

i am going to try and post a little snapshot everyday
throughout the season
from a corner of our house…


this is my most favorite holiday decoration
a tiny little carved wood creche
every year when i unwrap it, childhood christmas memories flood right back

early december

the beginning of this month
has been an amazing whirlwind
of birthday celebrations
holiday preparations
gatherings with friends
and travel…
my birthday seemed to go on and on this year…
my friends and family have made me feel incredibly loved
and i really don’t think i have enjoyed turning another year older since i was twelve!
it all started in little compton…
my parents joined us for a few relaxing nights at my in-law’s gorgeous home.
we got right into the spirit by creating swags and wreaths- this has become an annual tradition!
my mom-in-law had all the cuttings ready to go!
i had found a fun wall pocket at christmas tree shop
daddio creating a simple, stunning juniper wreath

my festive creation hangs next to our front door!
what a wonderful way to start the month and get in the holiday spirit…

before+after: GUEST ROOM

(wow! these house posts have been a loong time coming!)

one of the things i really loved about our house when we first took a walk through
was the 3rd floor
two(!) rooms with full-height ceilings, good closet space
it was pretty much a blank slate.
Guest Room
(original mls listing photo)

i was anxious to get this space looking good right away-
especially as the larger room was to be the guest room
and my parents were visiting often to help with projects!
we bought paint the same day as our closing and my mom and i got to work…
Guest Room
nellie supervised.
Guest Room
although we had decent hardwood floors up there
they would have had to have been refinished
and it was cold.
i also wanted to be sure the space felt cozy and not that you were sleeping in the attic!
so we decided our major first-year expense would be to carpet the third floor and staircase.
Guest Room
remember those mid-century chairs?
my $10 score at our church fair a few years ago
i kept the green velvet upholstery and refinished the wood.
the chinoiserie lamp/table was my grama’s.

Guest Room
bureau: craigslist
funky brass+ acrylic scalloped table lamp: goodwill

Guest Room
the trunk was my “hope chest” which my dad bought at brimfield in the 80’s
lamp: homegoods
tissue box cover: design works
Guest Room Guest Room
a few more detail shots
crocheted rocks photo: etsy in ikea frame
high-low bedding mix- quilt: target, duvet: john robshaw
i still have a few more pictures to find frames for
but other than that, i love this cozy
(and a bit girly)
guest get-away!