#chaletchristmas2018

Well it’s finally done… It took four days (3 longer than usual) with much huffing and puffing but, the Chalet is finally all turned out for Christmas and I couldn’t be happier. We always decorate Thanksgiving weekend. As I type this I’m listening the Nutcracker my absolute favorite holiday music. I love all Tchaikovsky!

The outside is the boys domain - the trees in the window boxes are a very special touch.

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My decor changed a bit this year and this is unusual for me - I am a history, if it ain’t broke don’t change kinda gal… I used the same decorations in the same places year after year. And let me also share I have been front and center for Christmas decorating since childhood; the first time I fully decorated the family tree I was 11. Ok so 1. I have repeated the same stuff for years 2. after restyling a lot of the Livingroom - along with the new couch and coffee table - same old same old was not going to cut it this year. I started looking around on IG and was so Inspired! Inspired to use less to change the placement or maybe not use absolutely everything in my arsenal.

Let me share what I did!

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I added simple green ornaments to the bowl I already had out. and viola I love it!

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I have four of these felt ice skates, in addition to being on the balcony door the rest are placed around the chalet - repeating a theme really brings it to life!

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How delightful is this vintage light up Santa and Sleigh - We found this last year on our trip to the Black Rose Antiques Center.

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Here is my custom Merry Christmas Art, I shared with everyone last week. It’s simple and adds a touch of the holiday without an overpowering dose of Red and Green. I love art in the kitchen.

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This collection of Nutcrackers on the side board was based on an image belonging to Emily A. Clark. I’ve never placed the collection here nor, have I placed one of my wreaths in this window before but, I was so inspired after seeing Emily’s front hall table. I found additional inspiration from Jesseca Sali, Michael Warm Jr., Ann, Eddie Ross and my friend Nicole…. just to name a few!

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My sister and I each have one of these cute trees - our mother bought them in the early 1990’s. For years this one was in our bedroom and twice we’ve used it as our only tree. I love the size and the burlap wrapped base. I love this Nutcracker my son painted for me last year. How sweet is this gingerbread ribbon I bought last year at Michaels!

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The decor on the porch console table has been added to and taken away from - but, I think this is how it will stay through the New Year. I am so happy with the placement of the Advent Calendar. My son is able to easily access and everyone can enjoy it.

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Having just restyled the top of the television cabinet I added just a few festive touches - a vintage glass bowl filled with vintage ornaments that were my parents and few bits from my childhood - the Santa mug was my parents and very old. There are several bunches of the mixed faux greenery around the chalet.

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Even the mantel changed a bit this year. Yes, the train is a staple along with the Railroad lanterns but, it was pared down - less pieces, less greenery and I am so glad I made these changes.

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I feel like I need a drum-roll!

Here she is! Completely decked out… we have 3 bins of only ornaments for this little 6ft Decorator tree! In addition I add special Christmas cards, gift tags and paper-chains! In my opinion you can never have too much on a Christmas tree. This year we moved the Chinese table and relocated the tree to this corner. It was a lot of crazy work… I’m sure you saw my trials in my stories … how long it took and the string of bulbs that went out.. and yes, there was some cussing involved - so will she be in this corner next year??? who knows???

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I’m so pleased with how the Chalet looks, feels and smells….. you know I am lighting my Thyme Frasier Fir Candle often!

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I hope you enjoyed the tour of the Chalet.

Til next time!

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thankful for the written word 2018

Hi Friends as we all gear up for Thanksgiving this week I’m sharing my annual installment of Thankful for the Written Word. Last year I wrote about Books I was thankful were in my permanent collection. This year I’m sharing titles I was fortunate to enjoy in 2018.

our local library

our local library

This is a building which holds a special place in my heart. I grew up visiting the Library weekly with my mother. Rita was a avid reader and would read multiple titles a week. If my mother wasn’t doing laundry or cooking - you found her reading.

I volunteer and am treasurer of the Libraries Friend Group - we work to defray costs and purchase materials that are not in the Municipal budget. A library is the cornerstone of any community. I sincerly hope you have a library card.

I have a basket under my desk filled with books I want to read - lent to me predominantly by my sister - in addition I’m borrowing from the library and if anyone sees me with my earbuds in - I can pretty much guarantee I’m listening to a book through the app Hoopla.

So let’s get down to the list: all titles are linked to Goodreads.


 I continue to recommend my Top Pick from 2017:

Also, I would be remiss if I failed to mention my most beloved title from Childhood:


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Happy Thanksgiving - I hope your time with loved ones is wonderful and filled with fun!

Til next time!

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Halloween Fun!

I have always enjoyed Halloween. We live in a great neighborhood - the roads are windy and it’s pretty dark so it has always attracted a lot of Trick or Treaters. But, fast forward to 1998 when Marc and Andrea purchased my family home. Yes, this house… and bam! It went to a whole new level!

The Halloween House 2017!

The Halloween House 2017!

And the display only became more elaborate every year - with moving ghouls and sound effects. When you say Halloween House everyone knows what house it is. Here’s a clip from 2017.

Halloween in the Hood is where it’s at!

The Boys Ready to Head Out on some Ghosting Adventures.

The Boys Ready to Head Out on some Ghosting Adventures.

So do you know about Ghosting or Booing?

In the days and weeks leading up to Halloween you fill bags with fun treats and a bit of candy then go to your friends homes - bang on the door and run away.

The idea being your friends will wonder who ghosted them!

Nothing better than hearing a bang on the door - running to open it - and trying to figure out by voice or by car who it is!

It makes me so deeply happy to see how excited it makes my son!

The Chalet with a Bit of Spookiness! I can not take credit for the Pumpkins in the window boxes. Its all Steven’s doing!

The Chalet with a Bit of Spookiness! I can not take credit for the Pumpkins in the window boxes. Its all Steven’s doing!

some scary decorations.

some scary decorations.

Jason Voorhees, A Warty Witch and a Stormtrooper 2016.

Jason Voorhees, A Warty Witch and a Stormtrooper 2016.

not sure if he’s trying to get in or just leaving….

not sure if he’s trying to get in or just leaving….

the boys picked up this mummy! I never mind when they bring me homedecor!

the boys picked up this mummy! I never mind when they bring me homedecor!

Jason Voorhees (with improved blade) and the Swat Team Commander 2017.

Jason Voorhees (with improved blade) and the Swat Team Commander 2017.

While Liam changes his costume every year… his parents aren’t that creative….. hahaha!

I think the pumpkin came out boo-tifully! the boys used a stencil and I toasted the seeds! Yum!

I think the pumpkin came out boo-tifully! the boys used a stencil and I toasted the seeds! Yum!

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Happy Halloween! Here’s hoping your night is a spooky and as eerie as you wish!

Til next time!

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