Cropping the Halls

For those of you just waking up from a long winter’s nap…did you know that Christmas is 16 days away.  I checked my calendar and today is December 9.  Really?  What happened to December 1-8?  Wasn’t I just eating Thanksgiving turkey.

So I put down my turkey leg and put up our tree in the front room.  Here’s a picture of our sparkly, silver last minute addition to the Christmas decorating category…

You couldn’t do it! 

You had to look.  

Now I saw you looking and thinking, “Cute room and all, but where’s the tree skirt?” 

I know.  It’s shameful.  A Christmas oversight of epic proportions.  So you Christmas decorators extrodinaire.  This picture below is for you. 

I cropped it so you could look without feeling embarassment for me and the unadorned feet of my tree. 

Even better cropped picture and check out that armillary.  I bought it years ago at a flea market.  I’m not sure of the original purpose of armillaries, except to look generally fabulous and to be able demonstrate your knowledge of the word, “armillary.”

Here’s the other side of the room, next to the fireplace.  This is the perfect sanctuary for toasty fire, a cup of tea, and a really good book, like “The Help.”

The front room has french doors that open out onto a back porch, which is truly wonderful… the spring.

The other day I had some friends over and we were sitting in the front room.  I’m sure no one noticed, but I was quite impressed with myself as I grandly opened the doors to “let some fresh air in.”  Not quite so impressed with myself as I noticed them all shivering 10 minutes later.  Note to self….wait until spring to be fabulous.

I leave you with one last photo from the front room going into the dining room.  I post some pictures of the dining room next week. 

And for those of you official Christmas decorating sticklers….you will be happy to note…..

….that room has a tree skirt!

26 thoughts on “Cropping the Halls

  1. What an absolutely beautiful home you have and stunning decorations! I don’t care if there’s a tree skirt or not – it’s gorgeous!

  2. So good to see you back! I have missed you… you were one of the very first blogs I came to know as a new blogger 🙂 Amazing home!

    Kindly, Lorraine

  3. I never noticed there wasn’t a tree skirt, not even after you told it, lol. I was too busy looking at this beautiful room. WOW! I’m following you, I love it over here. Can’t wait to snoop around!

  4. What a gorgeous room! And a lady never shows her undergarments (at least, there was a time when this was true) so, of course, you don’t have a tree skirt! Merry Christmas from highpointcircle.blogspot

  5. WOW! And I mean WOW! Your house looks like something out of magazine, girl! It’s beautiful!!!! Skirt or no skirt… have truly created a simply fabulous home! Your kitchen is drop-dead gorgeous, too. What a wonderful place to entertain!! I also wanted to thank you for visiting and leaving your sweet comments, too! 🙂 It meant alot to me! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  6. Hi Karianne,

    So happy you dropped by today for a visit!
    Thank you for your kind comments on my Christmas Decor…
    Enough about me, your home is gorgeous, and so is your Tree. I’m in Love with the Hutch in your Kitchen so beautiful, Love the colour and your collection of white accessories, your white cabinets are lovely…
    I have joined to receive your new posts!
    Thank you!
    All the Best,

  7. Your home is so beautiful…cozy, warm and beautifully decorated! Love the previous post with your kitchen dining area, too! Hopped over from Common Ground…I am a new follower!

  8. Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad I could help.

    You have a lovely home and have decorated it just beautifully. I love old houses. Ours is just under 150 years old and even though they can be a lot of work, it’s truly a labor of love in my book. There’s nothing like the charm of old woodwork or wood floors when they’ve been lovingly restored or reclaimed. That fireplace is gorgeous and I love that the chimney’s painted back is exposed in your kitchen.

    Well… now that I’m done gushing, I guess I should wrap up and let you know that I’m now happily following! LOL Please stop by any time for a visit.

    ~Mrs B

  9. Even without her undies your tree is beautiful. I love the monochromatic look of the room, its very soothing and inviting. I can picture you and your friends sitting near the fire enjoying your tea.

  10. I’m glad I followed you back to your place (blog) here because you home is a beauty and inspiration!! I love the bright rooms, yet cozy spaces you have! Your Christmas tree is lovely with or without a skirt!
    Thank you so much for visiting me, and taking the time to leave a comment. I hope you see you again soon! 🙂
    Merry Christmas!

  11. What are you doing to me?! I subscribe to PLENTY of blogs, so I really really didn’t want to like yours enough to need to subscribe, but I’m officially sucked in and am now your newest subscriber. 🙂

    I wish I had an armillary, so I could mention it casually in conversation to people who wouldn’t know what it was, but would pretend to know so they didn’t look stupid. Also, yours is beautiful.

    Your entire room is gorgeous, and that tree is jaw-dropping, even skirtless.

  12. That is so funny… I always take a picture download it and say oh my gosh I forgot…. What would we do with out cropping. Your blog is lovely. Just getting back into blogging, glad I found you~

  13. Oh my! If you would have had 1000 posts I probably would have scrolled through each one. Your house is absolutely gorgeous! Christmas decor is pretty too. Thanks for your visit. It has been a real treat browsing your blog today.

  14. I love, love, love, the house! Just gorgeous! You are so brave to have white furniture…are the kids allowed in that room? My husband (aka “the Troll”) & two dogs would not be allowed anywhere near it. – lol. It is classic “Kari” elegant and welcoming; I am subscribing & so excited to hear from you everyday so you don’t seem so far away. Can’t wait to see y’all when you are in Texas…
    Much love,

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