Wreaths + Command hooks are the easiest way to add a little Christmas spirit.  Here are some of the wreaths around our house.  I tend to decorate a little bit each day so things aren’t exactly finished in our house but most of the wreaths are up.

This one is by far the prettiest of the bunch.  I found this at a local florist who also had quite a collection of myrtle topiaries.  I may have to find my way back there after Christmas.

A simple boxwood wreath dressed up with a bow.  I added some fresh limes and lemons to the mantel this past weekend.  Every grocery shop results in a fuller mantel!

This is our tiny entry off the back door.  The floors are a hideous linoleum and the lighting is currently a bare bulb, but this dark corner of the house is every so slowly receiving some attention.  I painted the walls Farrow and Ball’s Clunch just before Thanksgiving and found some treasures at a barn sale that seem just right.  The  mirror may or may not get a coat of high gloss paint and the empty vessel there will be filled with lime green ornaments to match the velvet ribbon.

A topic for another post but I recently read about a designer who painted his linoleum while waiting for a bigger renovation project to commence.  This may be just the fix I need as if you look closely at the below picture, you will understand why.

The sunroom windows each received its own wreath.  I ran out of ribbon and will be finishing that up this week.   I love the peek of Nandina berries out of the porch windows this time of year.

Also on the porch is one of my favorite finds from last year’s post-Christmas sales.  I found a gilt metal wreath that is so pretty and can stay up all year.  It’s tough to see as these pictures are not the best but I found a concrete Medusa medallion at a vintage shop that sits above our porch door.  

And, the boxwood wreath on my dining room mirror with another vintage sale find above it.  I was so excited to find this gilt wood carving.  It reminds me of so much of the treasures I used to find at a store in Nyack, NY called Christopher’s.  Read about the business here.  Christopher’s was a multi-level shop packed to the brim with everything special for your house – china, art, collectibles, mirrors, floral pieces, door knockers, urns and plants.  



Winterizing Containers

We’ve amassed quite a collection of urns and pots at this point, and I’ve been researching how to protect them from the cold without moving having to move them.


Martha Stewart cleans hers out.  They are then wrapped in plastic.

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And then a burlap cover is sewn to fit.


A garden center in Indiana wraps their pots in bubble wrap before wrapping in burlap.  No sewing involved.

Spotts Gardens

This is looking far more reasonable.  The experimental part of this first winter will be how to allow the apple trees some water without the water in the pot freezing and expanding, thus cracking the urn.

I think the plan will be to water when the weather is a bit warmer for an extended time, while covering the pots in bubble wrap, garbage bags and burlap.

‘Tis the Season

Christmas wrapping has begun in earnest.


And, a bit of late afternoon light on a favorite corner.  img_1140

Someone got to my Nandina berries before I could.  What a shame!


One of four mirror wreaths hung this weekend.