#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 Imade 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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