Monday, December 19, 2016

Here you go, Jane Ann!

Jane Ann asked to see my holiday mantle. (Thanks!) I assume she meant the living room one -- and yep, it's similar this year. Every December I break out my collection of mercury glass candle sticks -- there is something so festive and pretty about them to me.  This year, the turquoise and silver brush trees are a new addition. More sparkle! I seem to be drawn to glitter this year. Go figure.

Here's more of a context shot. I love how the living room is so sunny in the morning, and I often sit there to have my morning coffee and read the paper.

And in case you're wondering, the family room has a fireplace and mantle too.  Usually my "White Christmas" dolls are up but they are resting this year. Some years I put a small tree in the family room as Miss C and I hang out in this room most evenings, but this year I only had one tree in me.  So, the funny tall trees are on the mantle to loom over the little holiday village ad provide a festive twinkle to the room.

Various guys from my snowperson collection are on the top of the bookshelf. I know it's kind of odd for a California home to have so much snow theming in the holiday decorations, but I do miss living in New Hampshire. I'm always dreaming of a White Christmas!

Happy holidays, friends -- whether sunny, snowy, or something in between.


  1. Well, you can mark me off your gift list now. This took care of it! Your tree is lovely too, especially the garlands. Hate it when they look like a tourniquet!

  2. I'm so glad you're blogging again! The fireplace mantels and the bookshelf are so Christmasy and so you. I hope you have a peaceful and joyful holiday season. How about afternoon tea sometime after Christmas?

    1. I would love that, Maureen! And I want to hear all about your trip! Happy holidays to you and thanks for your comment!

  3. So very, very glad to see you back! And I changed my name back, so I know what you're going through at least legally. Glad to meet Diane Perin version 2!

  4. Love the turquoise and silver brush trees! Everything is so pretty. Glad you are back and got to share your holiday home! Hope you get a snowy Christmas! Enjoy

  5. Thanks for the peek into your beautiful home Diane. Here in New Hampshire we'll be having that snowy White Christmas. May you and Miss C have a wonderful holiday season!