For my Winter look this year, I used black, gold and Venetian masks to decorate the house. At the same time, I was preparing for the tradition of celebrating Mardi Gras around the world! Last year, we had an Austrian focus, and this year we celebrated Venetian style! I carried the color scheme and masks… Continue reading Venetian Carnevale
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around my house! I have been preparing for this year’s whimsical theme for quite some time, so it is exciting to finally see it up! I originally decided to do Elves and Candy, thinking everything would be red and green. As I started looking and shopping, I… Continue reading Peppermint Parlor
Layers of white and crystal with white animals create an elegant yet whimsical Winter Wonderland!
Known as Carnival around the world, “Fasching” is German for the winter celebration. It is the time before the Christian season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday and is a period of preparation for Easter Sunday. Until about 100 years ago, Fasching started on January 6th (Epiphany). These days, the official start of Fasching… Continue reading Fasching
As much fun as it was to decorate and celebrate, the inevitable always happens…..Christmas decor must come down. It goes faster taking things down than putting them up, but the excitement and thrill of the season is definitely missing. To keep it more interesting, I took inventory of everything I used to give you an… Continue reading Christmas Unwind
A Christmas Tradition
I started this Dept 56 collection when I returned to the USA from living in Austria in 1991. It started with just the church building. Over the years, the collection grew. One year I was able to take advantage of a shop owner retiring and selling, at a great discount, all of their display accessories,… Continue reading A Christmas Tradition
I’ll have a Blue Christmas Part 2
In Part 1, I shared how I established the theme and decorated the Dining room. To carry the theme of Blue, Gold, and Angels to the rest of the house, I start in the Great room. I adorn the fireplace mantel similarly to the Dining room, but with some variations. A small canvas of the… Continue reading I’ll have a Blue Christmas Part 2
I’ll have a Blue Christmas Part 1
Tired of Red and Green Christmas? Time to try Blue! Over the years I have done different themes using blue as the color. The tendency is to mix blue with white or silver for a cool (as in temperature or color wheel) winter look. This year I wanted the color to evoke a rich, elegant,… Continue reading I’ll have a Blue Christmas Part 1
Fresh Cut or Artificial Christmas Tree?
Which tree should you get – fresh cut or artificial? Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, my answer used to be an immediate “absolutely fresh cut” tree for Christmas. It was what I had known my entire life and you could look around and find a Christmas tree farm not too far away. There is… Continue reading Fresh Cut or Artificial Christmas Tree?
Christmas until February?
After spending all the time and energy designing a Christmas theme, sometimes it is nice to figure out a way to transition it to a winter look. This theme is simple in concept – the color scheme is red & gold and the decor focal point is poinsettias. What makes this special and fresh is… Continue reading Christmas until February?