Friday, December 14, 2007

Christmas Decorating... Phase One

My Snow Globe collection
Kid's Nutcracker collection (thank you Target)
Playroom window treatment
a little closer... pompom cardinals
Chandelier treatment with China Hutch in background
a little closer on the China Hutch Christmas bulb treatmentand closerand closer

23 comments:

Chris Howard said...

Kid's Nutcracker collection

Libby loves nutcrackers too. She just got a new one at Big Lots.

Everything looks very nice. Just too bad you get everything out so late :).

Mrs. Furious said...

This is even late for us. Usually we do it all at once the first weekend in December. But with Baby I can't bring the bins up and unload them so I have to pick through them and bring things up only when I know I have the time to put them up. It has been much more time consuming.

Aren't you going on your cruise tomorrow?

Julie said...

when I look at my china hutch... I love myself a little
lol!

Your decorating looks matha mavelous. That is a great idea with the colored ball ornaments...love it!

Mrs. Furious said...

julie,

well you know I love it ;)

I used to actually switch out my china since it is kind of spring-ish for our white china and do this... but whatever it looks good either way and this is much faster!

katieo said...

Haha. Yeah, I get you on the "scaled-down" Christmas. Molly came over the other day and was like, "hey! When you are going to put out your Christmas decorations?!"

Uh. They're already out. Sparse is the new black.

Mrs. Furious said...

katieo,
lol

it has been kind of enlightening in a whole "less is more" philosphy sort of way. As usual we really don't need so much crap!

Tina said...

Can I be honest here? Nutcrackers give me the creeps. I don't know why, but they do. That's why you'll never find one in my house, and you'll see me scurry past them in the store.

Yup, just another thing to prove that Tina is insane!

Mrs. Furious said...

tina,

lol.. I guess I can kind of see that.. in a clown scary sort of way.

but yeah a little weird :)

Kiki said...

I LOVE your chandelier, it is fabulous!!! I love your snow globe collection and own one nutcracker (bought on clearance at Target). I want so desperately to have a collection, but am afraid I'll spiral down into tchotchke hell. I grew up with a mother who had collections everywhere, if there was a bare spot on the table she'd collect something to fill it. While it was lovely for her, I fight the urge everyday!

Your home looks lovely, thank you for sharing.

Deb said...

Mmm... Venetian glass chandeliers. Ms. Sue Burbia likee likee.

Love it. You are WAY more Christmasy than we are this year. I'm jealous.

Chris Howard said...

Aren't you going on your cruise tomorrow?

We leave tomorrow, Sunday the 16th. I plan to cruise blog if the connection is good enough, and not too expensive.

Mrs. Furious said...

Deb,
you will note that it was handblown in Venice specifically for Mrs F... impressed now?!.. as you should be!



Kiki,
Oh the tchotchkies... I am opposed myself. I really try not to have too much clutter. One problem is dealing with the ones people give you.... oy! The nice thing about this Christmas and my intentional "less is more" decorating scheme is I was able to leave the bins and the "junk" in the basement and just bring up the "good stuff". Believe me we have lots more decorations and some were given to us and lets just say I don't *love* them... so with the bins in the basement they are out of sight out of mind and I don't have to feel too guilty about them.

Mrs. Furious said...

Chris,

well I will tune in to find out! Enjoy!

michelline said...

Beautiful! I really like the snow globes. I also collect snow globes, but only have 2 Christmas ones :( I need more... LOL. And I really like the china cabinet. You're right in that you don't need to change the china out. I love the ornaments. What a great idea.

Next year, I think I'm going to incorporate your ribbon hanging ornaments on my own chandelier - which isn't as cool as yours.

Mrs. Furious said...

michelline,

I actually have more snow globes.. but here is the thing unless they are stored in a climate controlled environment they will lose some water.. making them look horrible and so I'm done to the newer ones that don't look like hell!

Kiki said...

I'm fighting the urge to collect bottle brush trees on ebay right now!!

Mrs. Furious said...

Kiki,
oh.. I don't know if you should do it! :)

I have had 2 experiences with collecting. For our anniversary one year we bought 4 antique insect prints for our dining room from a botanical prints shop... you can see some surrounding the hutch. Really we intend to just buy one but at the time I thought well we could try to add on but what if we can't find them again.. and really the room will look better and *finished* if we just go ahead and get 4. In that instance I was right.

The second collecting thing Mr F got me this little wooden girl figurine that looked exactly like a cherubic Kid and I needed it! There was talk that I would collect them (they are $$). Well I got one for easter, followed by one for mother's day, followed by one for my birthday.. and had 3 in the span of 2.5 months. This actually is a big joke.. because it is the kind of collecting that would have had more meaningful spaced out with each figure having a special association.

So my long point is either get your whole collection of bottle brush trees (cute) and be done with it and call it instant decorations. Or just get one and then every year get one more so that each one somehow is a tribute to that year (which is what I have done with Kid's nutcrackers..plus they date them so it would be weird to get them all at once).

Kiki said...

Yes, one a year does sound like something I could manage. Also, I collect antique maps, this is a collection my husband is not so fond of as we do not share the same taste in decorating. I have only collected a few...one on our honeymoon that he bought me so it is special. I am very tailored and hate to dust so you can trust that I won't have any kind of collection that adds to my housework!

Mrs. Furious said...

Kiki,
I have to say I think the bottle brush trees are in keeping with the antique map collection aesthetic.. now I think you should totally go for it!

and maybe with that in mind an instantly done room is better than a slow meaningful collection...hmmm...


It took us a while to meld our styles.. read: for me to convince Mr F that his taste blows.. and that comic book figurines are dorky and distasteful. period. ;)

Kiki said...

That is freaking funny...yeah, my husband (who is 36)has pretty bad taste when it comes to decorating...you are so flipping funny about it though. Am just loving this back and forth, but I'll let go to move on to another one of your genius posts!!!

Mrs. Furious said...

kiki,
yes but did your husband have a framed picture of his favorite baseball player by his bed?!?! Thank God I met Mr F when he was in his thirties.. had we met sooner I think it would have been a lot harder for him to see the error of his ways. Now I just have to be like... "you are turning freaking 40... maybe a Simpsons doll collection is something you could pass on to your CHILDREN!"

eurydice said...

very cute - i have ZERO decorations. :o(

Mrs. Furious said...

eurydice,

there is still time!

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