Saturday, December 3, 2011

All Decked Out

Last Sunday, Ashley and her fiance surprised us with a tree.
It sat undecorated all week long in the foyer, waiting to be decked out.

I'm happy to say, as of today, the lights are strung and the ornaments are hung!
In fact, it was a very productive day at Casa Arabian!

The porch says welcome, so come on in.

I'll give you a little Christmas tour.
As you can see, a trip to Costco yielded some enormous poinsettias for the pine cone urns.

They were selling a pack of 4 smaller poinsettias, perfect for the majolica urns in the living room. Of course I wanted white, but ended up settling for red. I'm just not a fan of poinsettias, so white ones are a little more palatable for me.

For the mantel, I tucked dried purple hydrangeas and pine cones in the branches of fresh fir garland.
Birch candles and bark covered pots with mini trees complete the mantel vignette.
I literally had no idea I would end up doing this, it just happened!

It's very rustic and compostable too!
Which is in keeping with my goal of a "green" Christmas.

I had the wood planks on hand already. They're actually mini grilling planks for barbecued meats!
I thought they make a nice surface for the little birch candles.

I also plan on using tree slices for the wedding decor!
Etsy is a great source for them by the way....

In the kitchen, I strung a tartan plaid banner from Target across the window.
This is as far as I got with decking the halls today!

Thank you for visiting!
I hope you enjoyed the tour.
Stay tuned for more decking the halls and fa-la-la-ing to come....

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Bonnie said...

Beautiful, Deloris!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Your tree looks GREAT! What a nice surprise! I love all the Santas on it. I have been collecting Santas for 30 years now so have a HUGE collection!!! LOOOOVE, love your mantle. You are amazing that it "just happened". Love the birch candles and the bark rests! The wedding is going to be gorgeous! XO, Pinky

Karen said...

Your decorations are fabulous!! Your mantle is wonderful. It took me two hours to figure out what I wanted to do with mine.
Have a peaceful Sunday!
Ladybug Creek

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Delores, this looks great! LOVE your mantel. The candle decor is so pretty! And the tree was a great surprise. You did a wonderful job with it! Thanks for sharing!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Beautiful Delores! I love your red poinsettias, they are my favorite! Martina

Anonymous said...

Well, you have made lots of pretty today! I love everything you've done!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Sarah said...

You are way ahead of me, Delores. It all looks gorgeous. I love what you did on the mantel, and I'm seriously coveting those pine cone urns. ;-)
Didn't find the jute webbing yesterday. Still looking.
~ Sarah

Pat M said...

Very lovely decked halls! Thank you for the tour!
New follower. Stop by & follow me, too. Growing Old With Grace
Hugs, GraceinAZ

Beautiful House said...

Your lovely home is so beautifully decorated for christmas.


Everything is sooo beautiful, cozy and inviting Delores. Your home looks gorgeous and so festive for the hollidays now. Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday.

Phyllis @Around the House said...

All the decorations are beautiful...especially love the front door and the porch is a big wow

Linda in AZ * said...

*** EVERYthing is just sooo lovely Delores, and I reeeeeeally love the pic of your stunning glass front door, & how it shows off all the yummies on BOTH sides of it!!! Fab idea~~~ sooooo classic!!!!!!

Your blog is ALWAYS so inspiring, and as you well know, it's ALWAYS a treat for me to see what you've been up to!!!


Linda in AZ *

Kathysue said...

Delores it all looks so warm and inviting , love you mantel it really turned out beautifully!! It looks a lot like Christmas around your lovely home, thanks for sharing, xo Kathysue

Low Tide High Style said...

Really beautiful Delores, and I love your natural theme!

Kat :)

The enchanted home said...

Totally magazine worthy! Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas over there! Beautifully done.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Your tree looks wonderful and so does your front door- all very welcoming! The mantel turned out very grand- unique ideas!

shell said...

Fabulous-! SO inviting and festive!

Ann said...

Love the grilling planks, so creative and perfect for that spot!! What a beautiful Christmas tour, thanks for sharing!

savvycityfarmer said...

girl, you're rockn' it!!!
as always, you have ALL the finishing touches!

just in time to my

My Cozy Casita said...

Hi Delores, You Home it so beautiful decoated, bery nice Christmas tour around you house!
Happy Holiday!!!!

Victoria said...

It looks wonderful, Delores. I love how the mantel turned out.

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Beautiful home, when you finish can you come do mine ;O)

Dovecote Decor said...

Your mantle garlands are glorious. I got the greatest inspiration for garlands at the flower markets in San Francisco.

Karen said...

Everything looks so festive. I love the plaid Merry Christmas and the little light hanging by the banner. Your lanterns look so welcoming at the front door.

Sunflowers With Smiles said...

I love your mantel decorated with hydrangeas and pinecones. Looks wonderful and festive.

Beauty Follower said...

Like so much the candles synthesιs over the fireplace!

Allison Shops said...

What a gorgeous mantel! Everything is perfect. Love your Santa collection as well. I posted about my mantel today... now I'm rethinking!


Marianne said...

thanks for the holiday tour! love your site,I will be a faithful follower...please stop by to view mine sometime.I'm just getting started! enjoy the holidays!!!

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