Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry and Bright!

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, friends!

As you well know, I am not one of those bloggers who can juggle.
You know the ones...balancing work, home, blogging with such agility that the world stands in awe.
That's not me.
I am not an organized individual, as anyone who knows me can attest.
I am a seat of my pants, catch as catch can kind of a gal.

I'll show you several examples later in this post.  But for now, you're going to have to trust me.
We did manage to deck ye olde halls in time for Christmas! However, taking photos has just recently become an option.
That's why I'm here, the day after Christmas, with my blog.
Happy to be here, though!

Dining Room buffet...

Family Room mantel...

A bronze bust of Santa brings cheer to a corner of the Family Room.

It was very sunny and warm today.  The sun streaming through the windows was such a gift!  It doesn't make for good pictures, though.

A little better!  Gracie's playroom loft is up and to the right.  You can see the glow of her pink Christmas tree!
The miniature children's wingback chairs in the family room are from Restoration Hardware, by way of Craigslist!

I still have not hung the burlap drapes over the openings into the Music Room and centered the Craigslist tapestry.  Thinking it's not going to happen in 2014.  I might surprise myself, though!

On the other side of that opening, the Music Room is coming along! The burlap curtains are piled on the settee!

The Aubusson rug was an ebay find but quite a bargain.  I sharpened the image so you can see the detail and color more clearly.
Happy Birthday to me!

I hung this Moravian star in the sunroom knowing we would also be using it as a Christmas tree star.  We actually have eight hanging throughout the house!  I love the way they sparkle!


Handsome Husband surprised me with roses before the holidays...

The arrangement brightens up the back staircase that leads to the kitchen...

The Breakfast Room got a dash of Christmas cheer!  You know Handsome Husband can't wait to come down for breakfast in the morning!  

...and yes, the table is new!

I found the table and eight chairs for $100 on Craigslist!

Solid wood, painted with milk paint.  Heavier than I even imagined.  Gracie and I helped the owner bring it up her basement stairs but it got stuck and we had to run to her neighbor's house for help!
Her neighbor and his visiting father not only dislodged the table, but also attempted to take it apart for me so I could put it in my car! 
There are good people in this world.  Brian and his father spent over an hour trying to help me.  I am eternally grateful!

It didn't work, though.  The leaf mechanism was very complicated. 
 In the end I hired a moving company.  I solicited a mover on Craigslist, which I was loathe to do, due to myriad negative experiences.

But this time was GOLDEN!
Anyone in Illinois looking for a mover or a handyman, painter, etc.?
Look no further!

JC Enterprise to the rescue!

Here is his Facebook page.

You will thank me.

He picked up the table and had it delivered within two hours of our call!  The trip alone was over an hour!

I wish you could see the pretty windows, rather than a blob of light...but you get the idea...

A stocking for every member of the family...
Gratuitous picture of Mabel...

Even the refrigerator got a dose of cheer!  Gracie and I made the glittered doves last year.
This Sub Zero was purchased on Craigslist for $300!

Far right...on the floor...laundry basket.  I was going to retake the photo but I didn't want to get off the couch.

Detail of cherub ornament on Craigslist vitrine...

I painted the vitrine with Annie Sloan Paris Grey and gold metallic craft paint.

If you recall, this is what the vitrine looked like when I found it on Craigslist...

The French mirror I found on Craigslist is bedecked with a gilded magnolia wreath.

I have more to share with you but I will save it for another day...

There you have it...our family's day after Christmas decorations!

Hoping your day was Merry and Bright!




  1. oh lady you truly are a craigslist queen. Everything looks divine. Hope you and your family had a great Christmas.

  2. Andi, our Christmas was Merry and Bright. I took photos of the house decorated for this Christmas, but I've yet to upload them and create a post. Too many other things going on. '-) It's fun to see what you did. Thanks for taking the time to share.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  3. Your tree is quietly spectacular, Andie. It's strategic placement under the Moravian Star chandelier is a stroke of genius.

    Happy New Year, dear soul!

  4. What a treat!!! Everything looks wonderful - I especially love your whimsical Christmas stockings that line your mantel. My rule when decorating is to have a cohesive look that always includes a bit of whimsy. So much more I could say about your beautiful home but for now let me say the mirror in the last photo made my heart skip a beat. Fondly,

  5. have a stunning home! You made it a Mansion.

  6. You have decorated your home with superb taste. I only wish I could see it in person, but looking at your photos is a treat in itself!!! I always wait for your posts, to see more, and you never disappoint. Just AMAZING!!!!!!

  7. I love looking at your blog and all the beauty you have created in your home. You have done magical things. I want that splendid French mirror that you found on Craig's List. Let me know when you are tired of it! Thanks for sharing your world. Vikki in VA

  8. Your home is looking more lovely than ever -love your new table :-) Glad you're feeling better and had a merry Christmas!!

  9. Fantastic as usual. Thanks for sharing and many, many blessings for New Year's Eve 2015 and belated Merry and a Happy Christmas! (and Hanukkah!)


  10. I can relate to NOT being one of those Bloggers who can juggle... I suffer from chronic disorganization and my Life unfolds more like Organized Chaos most of the time with some lucid moments. *winks* Loving the Wings on the back of the Breakfast Room Chairs! And the Christmas Tree looked Magnificent in that huge Urn! Happy New Year my Friend... Dawn... The Bohemian

  11. Beautiful decorations, Andie! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas! Hugs, Leena

  12. Love the decor! PS I recently saw a blog post about a couple who was able to change out all of their oak stair railing to iron rails themselves. It looked fairly simple and I know you had mentioned wanting to change yours.


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