Today is Christmas! It's a day for spending time with family and friends, reflecting on life's blessings, the joys of the past year and to break bread with those we hold dear. There are so many traditions and customs that take place in the month of December and I always find it fascinating to learn about how different people celebrate their holidays. One of my favorite topics when it comes to Christmas is decorating! I love seeing how my family and friends incorporate old family heirlooms with new finds, repurposed goods with thrift store treasures, hand made ornaments with fancy collectibles. Last year I wrote a blog called Holiday Home, focusing on my friend, Holly Tripp's, amazing decorating style. This year I went back to Holly's house and photographed this year's decor, plus I took it one step further by reaching out to other friends for photos of their holiday decorations. Read on to learn more about the meaning behind the pieces and how they incorporate them into their annual decorating.
First stop on the Holiday Home Tour is Holly Tripp's home. Some of you may recognize Holly's name because she is the beauty and brains behind Glittered Lucille, her handmade creations that can be found at Reclaimed Rose. She also fills in for me from time to time at the shop. Those who know her are familiar with her kind heart and exceptional sentimentality. It is no surprise that Holly decorates from the heart too. Several of her pieces are vintage family heirlooms or gifts. She also scours the thrift stores and antiques shops near and far for beautiful little tchochkes from years past. I love checking out her decor as seasons change, because everything has a story and Holly tells me about each and every piece.
From vintage pixies, to bottle brush trees, to midcentury stuffed deer, the charm is overwhelming. Holly suffered a terrible loss this year, her beloved father Jimbo. She honors him in her dining room with old photographs, an antique Madonna and other holiday items from years past. Her dining room also features her adorable winter wonderland snow globe table scape, complete with a little ice skater that glides across the rink. Her bathroom is always enchanting, and probably my favorite room of her home. She accents her vintage pink tile with pastel colored knick knacks and an adorable antique angel night light.
Upon entering and departing her home, Holly keeps a vanilla scented candle lit in a hurricane jar outside of the front door. You are immediately greeted with a delicious aroma before you even enter the house. It is also a beautiful ambiance, to see the flickering light as you approach the walk way. I was delighted to see the angelic blow molds, a choir boy and girl, next to the driveway lantern. Holly scored those at an antique shop for only $50! Did I mention that in addition to being a decor genius, she is also quite thrifty?
Speaking of thrifty, this wonderful photograph was sent to me by Sheree Eberly of Thrift to my Lou. Sheree is another talented maker and her work can be found at Reclaimed Rose. Sheree has a passion for upcycling and when she told me about her old crib frame, I was excited to see what she would do with it. She made this adorable vignette to hang her holiday cards. I think we all receive so many cards this time of year, it is a matter of days before the refrigerator becomes bombarded, so this idea is ingenious, in my opinion. Not only is it functional, but the lights give it that magical Christmas touch and the use of Sheree's personal decor around it makes this a great focal point! You go, Sheree!