Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Deck the Halls

I could easily skip Halloween and roll right into Christmas decorating mode.
I LOVE Christmas. The warmth and happiness that people have around Christmas. The gatherings of friends for a night out and a few bevies. The enormous dinners with days of preparation. The fun of watching the kids excitement over Santa. The wrapping paper, the ribbons, the decorating..............oh, the fun of decorating.
Last year I decorated for a local shop - five tree's, outdoor planters and several vignettes inside the shop. The addition of decorating clients outdoor holiday planters made the pain of not having our own house finished a little easier to digest. But this year........... it's our turn. This is our very first Christmas at Cardinal House and it will be my test run at the holiday decor. I'm a lucky girl because Richard steps aside and lets me play with the decor {although I might knock him over on the way to hanging a garland or two}.

Terra Nurseries

I decided to gather the greenery for the outdoor planters today and get some of the holiday prettiness started before the weather turns too cold. I'm really not a one stop shop kind of girl, preferring to gather special things from several spots to create the look I want. Today I stopped at Terra Nurseries where they were more than ready for Christmas and I got things started with the basic greenery for the planters.

Terra features a wide selection of prepared greenery baskets or the fixings to create your own holiday masterpiece. A large selection of poinsettia, cyclamen, and lemon cypress start the collection of fresh plants that mix so well with the glitz of Christmas decor.

'Frosty Fern' and poinsettia

Chalkboard inspiration from Terra Nurseries.

Traditional tones of deep red are popping up more than ever this Christmas, and for the first time in a long time I am loving the red accents.
Do you have a theme for your holiday decor? One colour or the whole rainbow? Tinsel or burlap trimmings? Whimsical toy-like decor, natural from the great outdoors, or sparkle all the way?  Share your decor plan for the holiday's and inspire us.


  1. I'm so impressed! I haven't even thought if it yet and my freind just told me it's 42 days until Christmas!!! On no!

  2. Ahh I love this season! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I am so with you-- I could skip Halloween every year. I love Christmas. The nursery is my favorite place to shop for Christmas decor. This year I've decided to use a fresh garland for the mantel, and my daughter asked for a natural looking scheme, so I'll try to incorporate woodland creatures with burlap and accents of traditional red.

    I love the sound of your bulb planting, tulips in front of allium. I've never thought of that, but I'm sure that will be stunning.

    Merry Christmas to you!


  4. I am so like that two K. I like the experience of seeing what everyone has to offer and you always find the best things that way, I think. I loved these shots of your shopping for your decking the hall of your lovely Cardinal House! I know how much you will love every second of it. Beautiful, beautiful photos of the hunting and gathering going on.
    I'm not sure you know it, but I am 60 miles from shopping and since I can't go often I come home feeling as though I have ran a marathon (or two) by the end of the day, but still I love it. I have so many plans in my head from year to year, but never get it all done.
    sending hugs your way...

    1. June, I am far too close to shopping opportunities and have been know to drive 60 miles to visit a store anyway.