DECKING OUR HALLS


Next Monday, I am part of a 2016 Christmas Home Tour Blog Hop but I thought for Show and Tell Tuesday with Momfessionals, I'd link up my decor from 2015. 

I know a lot of people wait till the day after Thanksgiving to do their Christmas decorating. However, I love it so much that I need it in my house as long as possible so the halls have been decked! We do have a tradition of getting our tree the day after Thanksgiving so that will be my last bit. The house currently has 10 lighted trees and the next step will be wrapping what gifts I do have (not many yet) to have some pretty packages under the tree when we bring it home. Last weekend my boys and husband were huge help to me in getting outside decorated and some higher-ups spots in our house. I do respect that not all are ready for Holiday decor this early so we wait to turn the outside lights on until that day after Thanksgiving. 
So Friday, the switch gets flipped!! 

I literally could make about 3 posts from all the holiday decorating in our house but I'll just highlight my favorites.

Target and TJ Maxx have the BEST Holiday Pillows

The mantle is one of my favorite areas to decorate. I usually snip fresh sprigs from the bottom of the tree so in the next week or two I'll put up the stockings but this year I added the double tiered banner and I really like it for now. I'll pull that down and perhaps string from a set of windows once the stockings get hung.





In this picture from last's year's tree you can see the stockings are hung by PEACE letters and are brown and red

The ledge is a focal point and wow does it ever help to have sons who can get up there and hanging those giant balls. I added the set of owls lasy year and just love them.


This old truck picture just makes me smile. It and the swag were 50% at Michael's a couple weeks ago and I just love how this little nook turned out.


I have many so these woodland type pencil trees that I simply dangled some ribbon streamers and made bows for the tops. My awesomely automated husband put them on timers that we have apps for on our phones to turn them on and off!!

This lovely arrangement sits on top our wine console. I don't burn these candles but after 6 years in the arrangement, when you walk by, you still get a light sniff of vanilla.

The front door is such a focal point of a house so I love doing it up classically. Two topiary Christmas tress are a must and I added the mesh to the lighted garland last year and we stored it in a big tub all put together and this year just pulled it out, hung and did a little tweaking. 

Love how this turned out!!



Thanks to my guys for making mama happy and thanks to mother nature that we got a Sunday with a balmy 65 degrees. Had we waited til this past weekend, the high was 35 and it snowed 6 inches!!!


xoxo

53 comments:

  1. Loving all of your gorgeous decor! Especially that truck picture! I'm super excited to deck the halls this week <3

    Green Fashionista

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  2. Everything looks so great!! I love the way you decorated the mantle - I so wish we had one to decorate!! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. Wow - how pretty and festive! I especially love your beautiful mantle...the "believe" sign is perfect!

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  4. Ok can you come decorate my apartment please?! LOVE all your decor! You did such a great job on the mantle! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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  5. It all looks so pretty! We are doing the same thing this week. It's a lot of work but so worth it. Pinned your porch. :)

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  6. How fabulous does your home look!?? I also love Tj Maxx besides me working there we always get the best holiday stuff and pillows in!!! Happy Monday to you!
    xoxo,Victoria
    www.coffeeandablonde.blogspot.com

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  7. Wow!!! Andrea this looks so good!!! After all of the snow we got Saturday I wanted to get some of my stuff done, but didn't get to it. Hopefully this week sometime!

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  8. Wow! Everything looks absolutely beautiful!! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend too!! :-)

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  9. Wow, it's all so pretty and festive! I especially like how the front door is decorated.

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  10. Flip that switch! Flip that switch! LOL! OMG your front door is beautiful!! Absolutely gorgeous! I love your mantle, too, and that arrangement over your wine console is beautiful, too! I know you love the scent of vanilla as you pass by, but have you thought about the flameless candles in that arrangement? I think that would look gorgeous! Loved seeing all your decorating!!

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  11. Everything looks so pretty, Andrea! I was thinking about putting up the tree over the weekend but I ran out of steam! Maybe one night this week! Love your front door, it's gorgeous!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  12. WOW!!!!!! Your home is absolutely gorgeous and SO festive!! I love your front door/entry and mandtle - both are so cute! I love the "Believe" blocks too. We got all of our stuff down from the attic this weekend and I can't wait to get it all up!!! Xo

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  13. Love your mantle! I'm getting started next week!

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  14. Gorgeous decorations! My favorite is the mantle and front door. So pretty! I'm mentally preparing to get mine up this coming weekend after we get through with Thanksgiving.

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  15. Oh my goodness, can I just hire you to come help decorate my house? Absolutely gorgeous! Also, I really love those lighted owls you have- so cute :)

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  16. I LOVE your mantle, it's so festive and fun! I generally like to decorate for Christmas early November because it takes so long to put it all up, I want to enjoy it for more than a quick month hahaha but we've been so busy this year I'm forced to wait til the day after Thanksgiving. So thanks for sharing with us, this way I get to live vicariously and enjoy your decor hahaha. I hope your Thanksgiving week is off to a wonderful start my sweet, beautiful friend! XO -Kim

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  17. Wow, your decor is gorgeous!! You could be an interior decorate for a living! (If you actually are that comment will be embarrassing! Ha!) I love that you have that ledge to decorate! The fireplace looks so festive with decor on the floor, mantle, and the ledge above!

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  18. So, so festive!!! That is so awesome you have an app for the lights...I love that idea!

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  19. I really love your front door & the fire place. You did an amazing job decorating.

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  20. It all looks so great, Andrea!!!! I wish my front door had a different set up for the entry so I could do a fun entry way. However, I have a wrapped porch that will just be donned with lights and some greenery. xo Sweets! Have a great week!

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  21. OMG! I am so impressed Andrea! It looks absolutely wonderful! Very impressed with your decoration skills! Love the fireplace and what you did to your front door! I think I need to steal some of your ideas! This is just fabulous! Sending you much love, my dear friend!

    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.net

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  22. I am loving all your decorations!!!!!!!!! I think your fireplace and your front door are my favorites!!! Love love love!!! Happy Monday!!!!!

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  23. so beautiful!!
    We had our thanksgiving in October and even if we didn't, there's no way I'd be able to wait! YAY decorations!!
    Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy

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  24. I love all your pretty Christmas decorations, it's making me excited to do mine. This is the first year we have a fireplace so I'm excited to decorate a mantel. Yours looks so pretty!

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  25. Your home looks so cozy and inviting! I love all of your decorations, especially the front entryway and your mantel!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  26. Your home looks beautiful! I really enjoy your decorating style!

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  27. Your house looks amazing and so festive! I cannot wait for Christmas this year either! Your sons are just so sweet for helping you!

    xx,
    Susie

    www.SequinsandStrawberries.com

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  28. eeeeee this looks so festive and cosy! Can't wait to start decorating my house, wish we went all out in the UK though not fair..
    Charlotte x
    icharlotteemily.blogspot.com

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  29. Such great decorations! I cannot wait to get all my snowmen & Santas & stuff out. I do mine on the day after Thanksgiving with Christmas Vacation playing in the background. :)

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  30. Everything looks so beautiful ! I decorated early this year too - not quite finished but got a lot of the outdoor stuff done - as I watched it snowing a little today I felt a little smug LMHO - no one else on the street has started !
    Coming over from Fluster Buster link party - thanks for co-hosting - newest follower
    Hugs from Montreal

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  31. Beautiful decorations! I want your front door!

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  32. Beautiful! Every year I think of starting "early" but can't seem to do it before Thanksgiving... no reason either since I never host the family for Thanksgiving. Maybe next year!
    ~Chris

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  33. Beautifully done your front entrance. Happy thanksgiving to you

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  34. Love your mantel and the banner! I wish I had a front door like yours!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Two Uses Tuesday!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  35. Oh my goodness, everything looks so jolly and festive! I love it! I sadly won't be decking our halls, atleast not a lot, this year. I got married last month and moved cross-country to live with him and sold a lot of my Christmas decor because I couldn't pack it all. I have a few things I can use, but overall, I have to start from scratch and do not quite want to go out and buy too many things because they can be so dang expensive! So I think my plan is to be minimalistic this Christmas with decor and buy a few thing after Christmas if they go on sale. Maybe One day when we have a house, I can decorate to my heart's desire! :)

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  36. Your house looks amazing! I love the front door the most!

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  37. Your decor is beautiful! I especially love the front door. It's so warm and welcoming and festive. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday.Pinned and Tweeted.

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  38. Beautifully done.

    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  39. Beautiful! Love it!

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  40. Beautifully decorated house Andrea and sucha lovely mantel. You are one lucky mama to have your sons help you with the decorating. Daughters are good for other things. ;)

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  41. Your entry way is GORGEOUS!!!! I love the red glass candle holders on the fireplace too! Stunning!!!!

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  42. WOW, your Christmas decor is on point. So beautiful, I love the red and your mantle is amazing. Thanks for linking up with us today!

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  43. Your house looks gorgeous!! Loving the fun pillows - Target and TJ Maxx, here I come! So cute!

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  44. Your Christmas decor is truly beautiful, Andrea! I love all the red.....so festive and fun.

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  45. Hello Cute Friend! What a wonderful project. I love your front door! You have been Pinned, Tweeted and Posted to facebook! Your post will be featured this week at the Friday Favorites Link Party. Here is link to this weeks party...http://www.mustlovehome.com/friday-favorites-week-297/ The party goes live Thursday at 7PM. I hope to see your there...Hugs - Christine at Must Love Home

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  46. Your home looks so cozy and inviting!

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  47. Looks very nice, and I love the red around your mantle.

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  48. I am so jealous! That front door! That fireplace! PERFECTION!

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  49. Wow - I love your front door and mantle and the light up owls are adorable!! :)

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  50. Very pretty! I start decorating mid October so I can have everything up early. We have 8 trees inside our home, two topiaries on the front porch and four trees on the patio. We follow your rule of not turning on the outside lights until the week of Thanksgiving. One can never have too many trees! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  51. WOW YOUR HOUSE IS SO BEAUTIFUL, FANCY AND CLASSIC. I love that almost all of it is in classic red and gold. The front door area, the mantle and the ledge are my favorites. Though it all looks great. Your big tree is beautiful and I love those skinny pencil trees. Where did you buy those? But girl the front door totally invites you in. It looks so beautiful and cozy. And girl have you decorated 10 trees in total? I would love to see them all.

    Loved finally being able to see this post and sorry I missed it when you posted it last month.

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