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!

.Who Doesn’t Love a Cookie Cake?

Welcome to the kitchen.

Now….I wish I could tell you that there were yummy smells coming from that freshly scrubbed oven.


Just a lot of “hot dog pot pie.” 

With four children there is always plenty of activity going on in the kitchen…..    

……plenty of glitter and tiny scraps of paper and dried glue and a few cheerios stuck to the floor.

And a complete and utter absence of any gourmet cooking.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I don’t have anything against gourmet cooking.

I would love it if Giada from the cooking channel and I were best friends.

I just don’t think it’s in the cards.

So for now, I won’t concentrate on what’s cooking in the kitchen.

I’m just going to work on making it pretty.

I’m going to be content with tiny village scenes with oddly under-sized churches and tiny grapevine wreaths (although not so tiny when compared with the churches).

And concentrate on my displays for the hutch in the kitchen with white plates and white platters and a cloche tucked in with plenty of milk glass.

And that iron piece over the hutch that came off of an old house.

Now I’ve got to go.

You see, the academic team is on its way.

And soon they will descend on the kitchen to celebrate their win and eat  tiny little puffed pastries and homemade pumpkin pie cookie cake from Kroger 😉

And really…..who doesn’t love a cookie cake?

PS  If you liked the kitchen, you might enjoy my house tour.

PPS  I’m linking my kitchen to Funky Junk Interiors.