Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fa la la la la ~ la la la la

I am busy, as many of you are, decking the halls.

I do decorate early, and use primarily fake greens, but it always makes me feel a teensy bit guilty.  So try as I might, I have tried to use real greens and real plants in my house just a little bit.

Well, I am discovering that there is a very good reason for the fake stuff.  It's just too hot in Texas for the real deal.

For the first time in this house, I {that term is used very loosely ~ I don't do nails in the brick so Bob actually put this up} used real garland around the door.  I bought 2, he put up one 2 days before Thanksgiving and the second one about 5 days later.  This is the north side of the house, in a sheltered entry and that first garland was already CRUNCHY!  Good grief, it's not even December yet.

So now I am hoping and praying that it will stay up till my book club comes next week.  No way will it make it to Christmas. 

But I do have, at the moment, a natural front entrance.  That's a real wreath with a bow tacked to it.

That's it, simple and done.

The driveway entrance also got the real deal.  Two rosemary trees and a real wreath.  Again, things are a little crunchy.  Perhaps it's a little bit weather and a little bit my not green thumb.  While the rosemary lives, I am loving the scent.

I love this pillow from PB.  The darn squirrels do too.  Last year they started to eat it a little.  So far so good this year.  

See the crunch starting on this wreath?  Crazy!  {I mist them too}

The only good thing about the greens drying so quickly is that I have definitely decided that I can't do real garland on the stairs in the house unless I don't care that it looks terrible and last for about a week.  
Now I can use the fake with a little more enthusiasm!

The best I could do for an outside shot.

Here you can see the lights on the outdoor kitchen.

Because our home sits on the pond, it is visible from the street, front view, and from the east, pond view.  We don't wrap the lights all the way round the east, but by adding the kitchen lights, and the playhouse it helps the night view.

Tomorrow is my first day home this week and I hope to knock off a few more rooms of decor.

Tonight was a visit from the grands, and we had a quick dinner and read a few books and played!  Fun times!

I am joining Richella for her Grace at Home Party.
And Debra for her Vintage Inspiration Party.
Alison for her Favorites on the First Party.
And Ann for Doors and Wreaths.

Merry Christmas!


Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Oh how beautiful! I love the fresh greenery also, but Mississippi weather is not much better than Texa. I hope mine last until hubby's office party next week end.

Lori said...

Simple and done and simply gorgeous. I love the front door. Did you order that garland somewhere? You are way ahead of me on decorating. AND... I can't wait to read with little ones in my lap!

Debbie said...

You are much braver than I am. I don't do real garland because I know I would flunk at that and kill it too. I love the way all of your greenery looks (and likely smells) around the door.

I just texted my daughter before commenting to mist her wreath. She bought a real one for her mantel so she could have the fragrance in her little apartment. She has a faux tree.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

You have such a beautiful home. Fresh greenery is awesome. We use our wood stove inside so much that it dries out anything I have that is fresh. Don't you just love the smell?

Liberty said...

G O R G E O U S 0- have you thought of Misting it?

MAny blessings!

Jen S. said...

Your home is so beautiful, and I enjoyed checking out how you've decorated it. It's gorgeous!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Sue, I hear ya on the live greenery in Texas. I tried it a few years ago...didn't work for me either. Lol! Love the rosemary in your urns; and the front door looks great!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Your home is absolutely gorgeous, but I wouldn't feel guilty about faux greenery, especially where the weather is warm. There are so many wonderful faux garlands and wreaths now. We have allergies to the real thing so faux it has to be!

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Beautiful home and display of wreaths and greenery.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful home so wonderfully decorated outdoors!!...
I love the lights around the house and the "kitchen"...and the pond with the waterfall is gorgeous!!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

So beautiful, Sue! The real greens do dry out sooo fast. Frustrating, I know. I am crazy about your gorgeous entry door. The ironwork on it is just stunning!

Love your lights reflecting on the pond too. What a beautiful home on a lovely property!

Happy holidays!
Thanks for sharing with us.

Richella Parham said...

Your house is one of my favorites. So very beautiful and beautifully decorated! Thank you for sharing it!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

The fresh greens are so pretty! I went to get some from Lowe's on black friday and they were already dried out and dropping piles of needles. :( I love your front door! Arched doors are my favorite!!