December 03, 2005

Lisa: 'Tis the Season

Last year we had just barely moved into our house, and I didn't really have my act together enough to put up any Christmas decorations besides the tree. Well, this year I am the master of my domain and I had the decorations up by the end of Thanksgiving weekend! I love how festive everything looks.

Here's the tree by the fireplace. We put it in the corner of the living room this year, instead of in front of the window, because we ended up bringing up the futon from downstairs for more seating. There just wasn't room for the tree in front of the window without major furniture rearrangement.

Here's the dining room table. I figure since its function is largely decorative anyway, having a large semi-permanent centerpiece will not be a problem.

I wanted to get a close-up on the ends of the runner, since I like it so much. I found it at the new HomeGoods attached to the T.J. Maxx near my house. Obviously, it's made for a bigger table, but we intend to get a bigger table eventually so that all works out.

On the IKEA cabinet under one of the Jamaica Trinnaman paintings I got for graduation, I put a bowl filled with cranberries in water. There are little oil lamps floating on top.

At HomeGoods I also found some garlandy stuff with red glass beads, and I strung it up on the dining room chandelier.

Last year, I bought a bunch of Christmas lights, but when we went to put them up, there were no plugs on the outside of the house! We asked our neighbors about our conundrum, and they recommended a little thingie that you screw in to a light-bulb socket that converts it into a plug. We used one during the summer to switch out our bare-bulb patio light for a string of lanterns:

Anyway, the same thing worked like a charm for the Christmas lights on the front porch! We just swapped out the light bulb in the porch light and went crazy.

Super fun! Plus, now I don't feel like all the neighbors are wondering why they let such undesirables move in.

Posted by lisa at December 03, 2005 10:04 AM

You have the cutest house ever

Posted by: Young Jeffrey on December 3, 2005 10:17 PM

You have the cutest house ever

Posted by: Young Jeffrey on December 3, 2005 10:17 PM

Cutest house ever is yours!!
But you way didn't go as decoration crazy as a certain woman on independance day. . . . (think bunting)

Posted by: Young Jeffrey on December 3, 2005 10:22 PM

Oh, Young Jeffrey. Was it so cute you felt the need to comment three times? Just kidding. You rock.

Posted by: lisa on December 3, 2005 11:49 PM

I believe that Young Jeffrey has what we like to call Mallor-itus: hitting "post" repeatedly when the page takes a moment to load, causing it to double-post.

Posted by: Sarah on December 5, 2005 08:47 AM

Nice job on the house Lisa. Everything looks great. In my new apartment, there is no way I could ever compare to the work some of my hispanic neighbors have done. I swear they have put in luminescent tiles on the roofs and want the rest of us to wear sunglasses in the dead of night. Theirs is overkill. Yours is tactful and beautiful. Good job.

Posted by: Neighbor Ryan on December 5, 2005 06:19 PM

Lisa- I love the garland witht he red beads. I want somehting like that to go across my mantel. Were they expensive? I think I am going to go check them out. I hope you don't mind if I coopy you.

Posted by: Marci on December 12, 2005 11:57 AM

And by coopy I mean copy.

Posted by: Marci on December 12, 2005 11:57 AM

The garlands were under $10. Not bad, I thought! Of course I don't mind if you use them too.

Posted by: lisa on December 12, 2005 10:20 PM
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