Wednesday, December 21, 2011

First Post. Our Holiday Home.

Well hello to all who may be reading my humble new blog! After procrastinating for ages about what to write for my first post, I have decided to let go of the notion that it needs to be this amazing, inspiring, beautifully written, perfect introduction, on a professionally designed fabulous blog page. I wanted a certain font, and the perfect combination of photos on my header... ahh, well...I decided to just post something, and iron out the details as I go.

I've spent the last few months planning how I wanted my blog to look, and first post to read. I have the perfectionist's paralysis! I decided, that since I like the way my home looks for the holidays, I should not wait until my fancy new blog page is unveiled. I need to go ahead and just put some pics up, and get on with it for heaven sake! So, here we go...

 Our front entry.

 Vintage sleigh full of snowmen.

This year has been a trying one, to say the least. Mr. W (the hubs) just returned from a deployment to Afghanistan. During that time, I was a single parent to the light of my life, my five year old son.

I had intended to start blogging as soon as Mr. W left, but found that by 9 p.m. every night, I was practically drooling on myself, I was so tired. So, now that all is right in my world again, I can shift my focus back to what I had wanted to start months ago.

We are spending Christmas away from home at my parent's house in Nashville. As I write this , I am sitting in my mother's kitchen while my son sleeps, and I am free once again to ponder what to write about, and share the few pictures I took this year, of a half decorated house before leaving to spend Christmas here with my family.

We live in southern California, where the weather, and the architecture of our home don't exactly coincide with my vision of what I really want the holidays to look like. In my head, I see an old house, full of character and architectural detail. A snow covered front lawn, and a stone path lined with luminaries, and evergreen trees dusted with snow.

In reality, I live in a warm climate, in a nice stucco house with a spanish tile roof and a yard full of palm trees. Mind you, I am not complaining, but it has taken me some time to reconcile the dream, and my current reality.

I was able to throw up some wreaths and greens on my front doors, and got my family room tree and mantel decorated for Christmas, but did not give it the focus I normally do. Mr. W returned home the day before Thanksgiving, and shortly after that, we left for a short trip to Chicago for some time alone together to reconnect. Upon returning, I was left with 10 days to finish up holiday preparations before heading down here to Nashville to celebrate Christmas.

In other words, not nearly as much got done in my holiday decorating this year. The living room tree, (she's a faux tree) stands naked except for her lights, and the banister that is usually adorned, is also bare.

Here is the family room, the tree has been nicknamed the airplane/flag tree. It pays homage to Mr. W's profession, and military service. It also holds all of the ornaments that we collect during our travels. etc.

 We all have these matching airplane stockings. ( I love planes too, as I am a former flight attendant.)
This crazy santa in an airplane is our tree topper for the fun family room tree.

 A little vignette with fresh greens on my antique drop-leaf table.

 My son's beloved fire engine ornament.

That's it for now! Thanks for stopping by! Please come back, and leave a comment so I know who you are! (Thanks Mom!) ;-) 


  1. this is awesome. hope you're enjoying Nashville auntie! love, your doting niece B

  2. Oustanding! Easily, the best first blog post of the year. ****1/2 out of 5 stars. I will recommend it to all my girl friends and a couple of guys I know. The New Blog Critic

  3. Awesome blog post, Lisa! Way to go! Looking forward to more. Enjoy the holidays with your family xxoo Mia

  4. Love!! I'll be following along. :) Merry Christmas Lisa!

  5. Lisa - love it! Your decorations are beautiful and your descriptions are lovely. I started blogging this year, also. I will add you to my blogroll! Have fun with it and Merry Christmas to you, Bill and your sweet boy!

  6. WOW!!! Nice :) I love the vintage snowmen!! So glad you're doing this - it has been a long time coming and the world needs to be able to get some crafty ideas from you :)

    Merry Christmas - Happy New Year - enjoy the time with your family!!! xoxoxox Missy

  7. Thanks everyone for the sweet comments! If you hang in there with me, I promise to learn more each time and keep improving with every post.

    Hopefully the blog page will be much prettier in the near future too!



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