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Christmas Decorating 2011 vs. 2012

I know I already posted my home tour for Christmas this year, but bear with me on this post.  I was looking at my photos (which I have never posted here) and realized just how different the same decorations could look from year to year.  Last Christmas we had only been in the house about 3 months and were still in the process of moving in so the decor is much more low key.. I thought it was fun to compare and contrast how everything looks then and now. (Forgive the old photos, I was using my old point and shoot camera back then)

The living room in 2012:

 2011:
They look really similar.  Last year I went with red, green and gold.   But this year I went red and silver.  It is most obvious when you compare the mantlescapes:

2012:

2011:
 
I personally prefer my current mantle, but I do like the clusters of poinsettias from 2011.  And you can definitely see I like to use cheap plastic dollar store ornaments as vase filler.. I guess that never gets old.

2011:

2012:

Last year I only decorated one mantle (my formal living room) and so the stockings were hung there:

But this year I decorated both of my fireplaces, so the stockings were relegated to the kids' playroom:

The tree itself never changes.  I put on every ornament in my stash every year.  They hold so many memories and pulling them out, one by one, is a tradition that never gets old:

The dining room is pretty different this year.  I admit, although I like the chandelier more this year, overall I like the 2011 version better.  I think the gold and green against the gold walls is washed out.  The green and red (especially around the mirror) is a nice pop of color.

2012:

2011:

I was delighted with my 99 cent poinsettias both this year and last, but  I had to skimp out on my stairs since I used half of them around my fireplace last year. I still love the look:

2012:

2011:

And no matter how the rooms are decorated, there is NOTHING more beautiful than seeing my kids rush down the stairs on Christmas morning.  Here is my (then) 2 year old coming down for the first time. It makes me nostalgic to think she is going to be 3 when she walks down the stairs a few mornings from now.

Wow! How time flies!
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6 comments :

  1. 2011 looked pretty good for just 3 mos in the house. 2012 is fabulous! Love your stockings. I remember staying up very, very late to finish the cross stitched ones I made for my children when they were small.(they were beautiful and still are) I am quilting now so we have gone over to quilted stockings.

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  2. I liked both your decor! I look at how young your child is and I think, wow you'll be my age mid 50's and wonder how you did it all with little ones and all!! Over my 35 years of being on my own, styles change and I'm glad! I never start all over except this past year when illnesses kept us from getting those 13 boxes of Christmas stuff down out of the attic. Last year I made most of my tree decor for my very first not real tree. It's smaller and sits in an urn. I like the look. But although I'm using few new things nothing looks like last year!! It just happens that way. Does it with you too? I love your jars of ornaments, your poinsettias and you have a railing to decorate. It's lovely. Oh. I actually love your greenery on the chandelier!
    Gwen

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  3. As always your decor is stunning. Merry Christmas, girl! To you and yours!

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  4. Did you make the embroidered stockings yourself? They are true keepsakes. So pretty!

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  5. My mom and sister actually did. A ton of work, but they are really beautiful and treasured.

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  6. I love the difference from 2011 to 2012. IIt was fun to hear where you got all your deals! In your bathroom remodel post, you mention how you hate the brass fixtures. I noticed your fireplace has brass on it. Mine did too, but I took off those pieces and spray painted them with black heat resistant spray paint (Home Depot and Lowe's carries it) and they are sooo much better. You should try it. Takes only a few minutes and the results are fabulous. If I could post before and after pictures on this comment I would. Happy New Year!

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