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Christmas Inspiration

Is it too early to be thinking about this?


Last year, I used a lot of red in my Christmas decorating.





But even by the end of last year, I knew I was going to go more neutral this time around.  Our tree will be in the dining room bay windows, with its traditional colored lights and collection of mismatched ornaments.  And the dining room will have more traditional Christmas colors.  But in the living room, I’m going to put up a table top tree that is “pretty” with white lights and matching, neutral gold and cream ornaments.  The rest of the room will be accessorized in the same peaceful colors.  Here’s some inspiration:

This is a “family tree.”  Each tag has a family member’s name on it.  How cool is that?


(Country Living)

I LOVE Miss Mustard Seed’s Christmas decorations this year.  In fact, I made a few small ones myself yesterday!  But they’re not quite finished, so pictures will have to wait.


Some decorative stockings like these from Cherished Vintage.  I’m going to use my massive collection of tan/cream remnants (remember, I used them on my pumpkins, too?) to make some pretty stockings.  I know I commented on someone else’s blog, who had made a collection of beautiful stockings from a variety of neutral fabrics…but doggone-it, I can’t find it again!




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  1. Yes! Yes! Yes! It's too early to think about this!
    I'm still mentally functioning about Sept. 10th.
    I guess I should get with the program!

  2. I REALLY like the tin bucket that the Christmas tree is sitting in. I'll have to keep it in mind, but I have a strict rule about not decorating until after Thanksgiving {which means early Friday after Thanksgiving I am on it!}

  3. Can't wait to see what you do!! I love neutral colors for Christmas...and silver and gold, of course!

  4. Love those photos...love the children's books all stacked up. Looks great!

  5. Hi Katie! Your ideas sound wonderful! And oh my, that tin container holding the tree is wonderful! I love the tags on the tree as well!

    Last year I bought cream stock paper to make tags like that and never did it! But this inspires me to actually dig out that paper!

    And I agree, that paper star ornament is amazing! She is so talented!

    Oh, and about the chalkboard, thank you so much for the comment you left on it! I really appreciated it! :)

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    {Beautiful Nest}

  6. Kids and I just got back from Meijer where we looked at all the Christmas stuff - made me want to come home and decorate - and usually I am not in the mood till after Thanksgiving! When you are done with your house you can come decorate mine, you have great ideas!

  7. I love the starburst made with sheet music
    and the stockings they would go in my house

  8. Pretty! Still in the birthday mode with Bear's on the 16th and Tink's on the 30th (parties with friends on the Sundays before the Tuesday birthdays). ACK!!!!

    I do LOVE those music page ornaments! Great idea!

  9. LOVE that old wooden gate all decked out! And the bucket and "tags" tree is such a great idea!

    THanks for sharing!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  10. Ok, now I am really getting in the spirit of Christmas! I love how you incorporated the picket fence into your display, I never would have thought of that!!