Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Just a peek....

Just a peek.....At Christmas throughout the house.
(picture heavy)

I remember times when the house was totally , and I mean totally transformed at Christmas time.
I mean Christmas came and totally took over.
Did you have those days?
Living room @ Christmas 2015

A riot of red and green all over the place .
With a good helping of silver and gold tossed in for food measure.
The everyday décor was relegated to the armoire in the garage for a few weeks .
Christmas was BOSS.
Clutter was king.
I am so glad to say, that is over with!
The Sitting room @ Christmas

It feels so good.
The day to day décor is calm and relaxed....
Neutrals reign over the entire home with pops of seasonal colours.
Christmas comes in slowly and just adds to the over all feel of the home.

It is no longer loud and obnoxious.
Just quiet and sweet.
As it should be.
Softly smiling with the daily routine... not loudly laughing.
Just slowly taking center stage and letting us know,
'Hey, it's Christmas.'
Dining room @ Christmas 2015

Not everything went on the trees.
Actually only one package of vintage silver balls and a few spun glass ornaments made it out this year.
Almost everything else on the trees is new.
Sun room @ Christmas 2015
see the rain... yes a grey day!

A shatter poof Christmas for Baby Win.
Even the two main trees are new this year.
A soft duo of cashmere trees imparting a soft sage vibe.

Christmas is heartfelt this year....
With meaning.
A visual reminder.
Master Bedroom @ Christmas 2015


I have always despised the
commercial side of  Christmas .
The feel some people get of greed.
The need to outdo others with gift giving.
The total loss of what it is actually all about.
The warped focus.

 So from Chez Newbanks to you all...
Merry Christmas.
Yes, we celebrate Christmas in this house.

BIG hugs,


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas (through the eyes of a baby...)

Through the eyes of a baby.

This year I gave myself the challenge of creating a shatter proof/ Winston proof Christmas.
But still wanting it to be elegant!
I thought long and hard.....

Living room tree.  7.5 slim chenille tree.
Done in big deep red jingle bells, metal comes and an envelope, all from Country Memories.
Deep red berries , white doves in nests and shatterproof balls in red, gold and silver complete it.
Pine twigs , pine cones and burlap ribbon round it out.

Last year, I started to whittle down the amount of things I put out and going more with a natural scheme and I luved it.
So this year would naturally follow in that vein.
The problem was most my decorations were vintage, highly breakable and the rest crystal.
Nope... not baby friendly at all!!

The topper.
A pine twig with cones attached and a white dove.

Baby Win at 15 months
,  energetic to say the least, but a sweet baby boy and leaves things as they are.
But still Shiny Brites can be the cause of very nasty cuts.
So... I had to rethink.
The sitting room tree. A 7.5 pencil chenille.
A 3 tiered plaque with the definition of Family.
Wooden top hats with cardinals from Country Memories
Pine cones, cardinals, berries,  red, silver and gold shatterproof balls

New trees also had to be gotten as 2 bit the dust last year...
The Mr. aired his views and suggested chenille trees.
Living in the heat of Florida is not conducive to flocked faux trees as they yellow rather quickly. This was a smart option.
A beautiful one.
I browsed online... peeked in stores... waited for sales and got two very pretty ones that did not break the bank.
The remainder of the trees we kept as they were still pretty.
Now after seeing the new ones, I am rethinking that as well.

The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally when we ( me) start the decorating... the trees are first and the remainder is worked on as the days go by.
The sun room tree.
A small tree in an urn.
Pine cone garland, silver reindeer, the top one a gift d\from out GrandBella always takes center stage.
Shatter proof red, silver and gold balls.

There is a luvly gift store near me, very near :) Country Memories .
I just adore the assortment they get in every Christmas and we went there first to get the focal point pieces I wanted for the trees.
We were NOT disappointed at all.
A color scheme of red, gold and solver on a backdrop of sage green ( the trees) was decided upon and it was pretty easy from there.
The focus...
Love, Joy and Family!!

The aim...
An elegant  Christmas with Win proof décor.
The end result...
I am quite pleased. More so, Baby Win is very taken with the trees...
He gasps every time he sees them and claps his little hands.
They remain untouched...
just lovingly stared at and enjoyed as he runs around from room to room...
a jingle bell around his little neck!!

I see things fresh...
Everything new and wonderful as he is in awe at it all...
Shiny and bright, a sweet Christmas .
I just do not like the commercialism that has now become the focus of Christmas.
The holidays had become a burden to me... I hated the whole shopping / obligations part of it all and it came with a dread!!!!
The luv , the giving , the joy was missing.
I went through the motions.

This year is different.
I am enjoying the small things...
The spirit of it all.
The JOY!!!!
The LUV!!
The Simplistic part of it all.
All shown to me through the eyes of a beautiful baby boy!!

Coming soon... The rest of the house.

Enjoy the Season... remember the Reason!
Don't get bogged down in the commercial aspect of it all.



Saturday, November 21, 2015

The First Tree of the Season

The First Tree of the Season .Every year, for the last 8 or so years, I have had the pleasure, the sheer joy of decorating the Tree in the Sanctuary of the Salvation Army Church .


Always the first tree I do every year and the one that gives me such satisfaction and sets the tone for my Christmas Season!

Red and gold are colours taken out of the Salvation Army flag and thus, they shine brightly with meaning on the tree.

This year I decided to try something a little bit different.
The new star topper bought last year has a rustic feel...
Amber colored glass and brass.
A tarnished vintage design.
The new tree skirt red and a burlap look.

I expounded on that by adding
 rustic burlap ribbon diagonally here and there on the tree.

And the multiple shades of gold and red baubles in an 'umbre' look.
The result... Simplistic Elegance.
We are quite happy with the end results.

However as always... this sparks the need for me to pull down all things Fall and  start trimming my plethora of trees.

It's going to be a VERY long week as I try and control my urges.
Feed into my luv of all things Christmas .

Enjoy the start of the Holiday Season!

Big hugs,