Thursday, December 1, 2011

Decked and Dazzled




 I have spent the past week getting our home decked  out for the holidays. Over the 30 years that we have lived in this house I have done almost every kind of decorating you can imagine.  I've had 4 or 5 trees decorated, the staircase wrapped in garlands and ribbons and every nook and cranny had something Christmasey in it.  

 I moved  in this house at the age of 28 and had more energy than the law allowed.  Hauling boxes out, carrying them up and down the stairs, it didn't matter.  I did it all.  Well, it is now 31 years later and things have changed significantly. ~smile~  It's not only that I do not have endless energy, I just do not have the same desires that I had at that time.  I'm looking for simpler ways to do things but yet have a very festive look.  I think you will agree that things around here are definitely "decked and dazzling."


I decided to use the Fleur-de-Lis flag and emblem as it is very much a "Louisiana thing."  The emblem on the front door is painted with red glitter paint and at night it glistens when the flood lights shine on it.  The lights strung on the cane sticks in the pots by the front door make a big impression too.  I'm real pleased with the total look of the front porch and think it is most welcoming. The little metal Santa and Snowman are placed in flowerbeds to add a touch of decor to the yard.


The kitchen island has a lot of glitz too and the kitchen table arrangement sparkles as the sun comes through the french doors.  The mantle and coffee table have neat touches of sparkle too.  Can you tell that I love "bling?"



Here's our tree!  I'm so proud of it and think that although  it is small, it makes quite an impression.  I love the red and lime green ornaments and the cute table topper. It has a very happy look and that's what I wanted. 
We will enjoy it until Christmas and I will be "chomping at the bits" to get it down shortly afterwards.  It's fun to put up and not so much fun to take down.  It's kind of like packing and unpacking suitcases. ~giggle~ But, for now, we're going to sit back and enjoy it and ponder the real "reason for the season."

I'm linking up with Rachel this morning for Friday Favorites.

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Lea
Lea

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!

13 comments:

  1. Mrs. Lea, your house always looks beautiful! I hope one day I can get just a little touch of your decorating genius! :) Hope you have a great weekend!

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  2. Everything looks just beautiful! Can I ever identify with wanting to make things simpler, and yet totally festive too. I haven't even drug in the Christmas boxes yet though....hubby will start that tonight while I am at the women's Christmas dessert at church....we will be decked out by Sunday hopefully! Enjoy your lovely home! HUGS

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  3. How did I miss this post? Oh, I love this tree! Yes mam, it makes a statement. I completely understand the lack of energy and different desire saga. My taste has changed, and I have done things differently also. The one thing that bothers me is that I didn't do my outside wreath's this year. This will be the first year EVER, that I have not decorated the outside of our home. I think it may be bothering hubby just a tad also, because he offered to put all 13 wreath's up for me, and take them down. I did make fudge yesterday, tho. :)

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  4. I love all of your decor, especially your front door! Love the fleur de lis, and the lights by the front door...you did SUCH a fabulous job! Really puts you in the Christmas spirit, doesn't it?! Hope you have a fabulous weekend, sweet friend!

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  5. Your house looks beautiful! Found you through Finding Joy

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  6. So pretty! I love the pots by the front door. Mine need some sparkle I've decided.

    Have a nice weekend!

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  7. Oh it all looks lovely!I love your tree! You did a wonderful job!
    Blessings!

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  8. your tree is gorgeous!!! i think simple is always better. so rock on! : ) i also think it's awesome that you've lived in the same house so long... so many memories, i'm sure!

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  9. Beautiful...now when did you lose energy, oh my, this makes me look like I am standing still

    Just beautiful...enjoy...I know this year will be special in a whole new way

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  10. I am with you 100% on this one. I am going to decorate simple this year also. It will look beautiful and people who didn't know how I decorated before would not know the difference!! Your decorations look so beautiful.

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  11. nice post! thanks for sharing... God bless you...loves soraya

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  12. It looks beautiful and well worth all the effort!

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  13. Your house is amazing!! Love it! I have been praying for you (and your dad). Hope you have a great week! Will keep praying for you all.

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