Monday, December 19, 2011

Finally~Our Tree!

Better late than never is such a great saying~
and this case it applies to our Christmas Tree. 
 We finally got the tree up this weekend, 
and it was Sunday afternoon, not Saturday like we thought because 
we had a hockey game for the little one and then
 he was performing in a kids theatre production 
with two shows on Saturday at 3 and 6 pm.  
By the time we rolled in the door after 8 
there wasn't much enthusiasm for putting up the tree.
 Then came Sunday morning.... 
we had waited to have Colin home from school
 and time it with our little guy being here too to put up the tree,
 but now  they both had homework to take care
 of before we could decorate the tree.  
It seemed like one delay after another. 
Would the tree ever get up? 
 While they worked side by side at the dining room table,
( which really was a cute sight after not having them here together for months~)
I got busy making a corn chowder I found on Susan Branch's blog.
She is a famous cookbook author and she lives on Martha's Vineyard~
the same place where my parents live. 
Her blog is on my sidebar if you would like to visit her.
Yum~anything cooked with bacon is always good, right? 
The weather was finally getting cold, and the 
corn chowder would make a nice lunch after we finished the tree. 
Yes!! It did get up!!
 So come on into the living room and check it out.
Everyone helped piling on the ornaments with no plan, 
just me telling them to not put the same colors side by side. 
 Honestly, I was just happy it was decorated!!
 More vintage ornaments joined the party on the living room chandelier too.

 Woah~it is the time of year that this room
feels like it has shrunk a size or two.  
There won't be any dancing in this room!
And since we have a Christmas Eve party,
I have to have as much seating as possible
 so I squeeze in chairs where ever I can.
 Pink trees and putz houses and vintage balls decorate the piano corner~
 The dining room chest has the feather tree on it with
 the same pinks and blues used throughout the living room.
 I save all of my favorite christmas cards and use them for decorations each year.
 They are seasonal works of art.
 Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas to all of my blog readers~
wishing for a fun week with no bumps
 in the road as we head towards the finish line!


  1. Your tree looks great Amy ! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas !

  2. Your tree looks beautiful, Amy...very elegant! I love the ornaments hanging from the chandy and the little trees in your dining room! :)

    The corn chowder looks fantastic, what a great meal for a cold day. I just love Susan Branch, I have all of her books!

    Happy Holidays!


  3. Well worth the wait, I'd say, Amy! I love it near your wreath, which also looks great! I can't believe this is the last week. I startled myself with that revelation this morning so I've got the food shopping list out for me to add to. Today I'm doing a practice jelly roll. Since I never made one before and I'm trying a gluten free version, there has to be a practice one!

  4. Beautiful fragrance to your home on Christmas!
    Happy Holidays!

  5. Your tree looks beautiful Amy. Your whole house wears Christmas very well!

  6. Love all of your holiday decor and your tree is beautiful!

  7. Fun having kids home to help. Who cares how long it took. The memories will be better for it.

  8. It's beautiful Amy.....everything is! Love the pink scattered all about....beautiful!

    Lou Cinda

  9. Sometimes in blogland when I see the simple white and green and burlap I think that my taste is changing to that. Then I come to your blog and you remind me how beautiful and happy it is to bring wonderful colors into your home. I love your home and love it even more at Christmas!

  10. Everything looks beautiful Amy, and corn chowder sounds wonderful. Loving your color choices.

  11. Amy, your tree is beautiful. It is nice and healthy and fresh. If I ever get a real one again I will not get it so early. Poor thing is looking rather pitiful.

  12. tree is gorgeous, the chowder looks yummy.

    i save my christmas cards and use parts of them for tags on my gifts.

    have a lovely week. i'm afraid i've a lot of last minute christmas crafting to do, but i can think of a lot worse things.

  13. Your house is sweet as gumdrops! I love your tree! It's the perfect shape and size. I like those little candles you have on there too. Your dining room REALLY should be featured in a magazine. Really! It's too pretty for words. I think your home looks so inviting and cheery. I know that you're loving having your boys back home and feeling like a close family again. Have a wonderful week!

  14. Hi Amy,
    It all came together so nicely!

    Hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas together!


  15. Amy, everything looks AMAZING! You have outdone yourself, love that shot with the tree, your piano and the wreath, looks like something right out of a storybook, the colors are so beautiful! What a beautiful home to spend this magical season in!
    Bravo to you!

  16. The tree is Epic! I love the size, and how it has the same colors that complement the wreath. Everything looks so festive and happy. Cute to have the guys there at the table together, i love that. And, then... you in the kitchen making yummy corn chowder for everyone! Who wouldn't want to be there in your pretty house with the smell of that fresh tree, waiting for a bowl of that good chowder!


  17. Hi Amy,
    I love looking at your home. It's always so lovely, so warm and inviting. You have such a special way of pulling together all the things that I love.
    Your tree is so pretty and I love how you have it by the stairs.
    I'm glad that you had your kids with you and had so much fun.

    Merry Christmas to you too!


  18. I'm scrolling through, drooling over all the luscious photos. Love your decor! And then I get to the last 2 photos and see that I have some of the same ornaments as you. I knew I liked your style for a reason. :) Seriously though, your home is absolutely lovely.

  19. The tree was worth the wait! Your whole house looks darling! Your Christmas Eve party will be so gorgeous, all lit up! Hope you enjoyed that soup! Merry Christmas Amy! Susan (who is having a night with exclamation points!) :-) and smiley faces!

  20. I love your tree, it is so very pretty! Hmmm...wonder if the hubs would let me do pink ornaments next year? merry Christmas to you and your family!

  21. Gorgeous tree Amy! I love where you put it by the stairs and can see it from the front door! Hope your Christmas is full of good things!~Hugs, Patti

  22. It is beautiful. Having the family help decorate it makes it so special. Merry Christmas.

  23. All I can say is....WOW! Absolutely gorgeous. You manage to always have a perfect balance of shabby chic and traditional. Love, love, love your style.

  24. Soooo pretty! Because we're packing/moving this Christmas season, I didn't get to do much decorating. So it's been wonderful to see other's holiday decorating! Thanks :-)

  25. Wow Amy!
    Seriously it looks like a magazine shoot,so beautiful,your home is gorgeous,i love,love your style.

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones xxx

  26. Amy, it is SO beautiful! I LOVE how you use pink rather than red. And I'm so happy for you that your son is home. I dreading when mine leaves, and can only imagine how hard it is and how much you miss them! Anyway, what a home you've made to come back to - homemade soup, gorgeous tree, etc...I'm a little jealous!

  27. What a gorgeous tree - lovely colours and so stylish. Pretty wreath too!

  28. Oh Amy, everything looks so beautiful! And I can just smell the aroma of the corn choweder in the air! What a cozy home you have created for you and your family! Happy Holidays to you, XO Christie

  29. Your home is beautiful, especially that tree!

    Happy holidays,

  30. Amy !! Love the Tree !! The house looks so Festive and Cheery !! Can you do a blog post about those little houses ? Did you call them putz houses ? I have a few of the cute glittery houses from the last few Christmas seasons, didn't and don't really know the history ? <3
    Betsy D.

  31. Your house looks great, Amy!
    Have so much fun with your guests on Christmas eve. I am sure your house will be glowing with candlelight as it bounces off the white palette you have. Love the touches of pinks and blues!

    Just gorgeous.

  32. gorgeous, gorgeos work, amy! i love how you have decorated these rooms with such a romantic and balanced touch. but really you have no excuse to prohibit dancing in the space. as i see it there is some room for electric sliding on the charming dining table. and clearly the chandelier is inviting us to swing. yes?

    best to you.


  33. How pretty all your Christmas decor (especially the tree) but I love the ornaments hanging from your chandelier! Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog because it brought me over here!

  34. Amy, of all the blogs I read and all the Christmas decorations I have seen lately, I must say yours are my absolute favorite! I love your decor, of course and I also love your colors and everything you put out to decorate for the season. And that corn chowder looks delicious! If you happen to see a blonde-haired girl standing on your porch with three cats (yes, I know, THREE!) tucked under her arm, that would just be me coming to stay at your place for the holiday!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog recently, I appreciate the visit and the comment!



  35. Everything looks so beautiful, Amy! I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas!

  36. Merry Greetings, Amy!

    I love your living room, especially the piano corner. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your inspirational blog...Thanks!

    Happy Christmas to All,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  37. Beautiful
    Love the chandy all decorated too
    Merry Christmas


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