Sunday, December 1, 2013

happy december!

i have started my christmas decorating
and i just
 putting it all together!

the mantel over my fireplace....

in soft muted shades of greys and creams...

in our cozy den....

charlie brown tree in a galvanized bucket....

inspired by these vintage deer
i have collected and spray painted and glittered....

and lots of old stripped down books tied with strings....
these are a few of my favorite things.

of course,
plenty of twinkly fairy lights....

and fuzzy woolen stockings....

tied with a beautiful white ribbon
and embellished with deer sheds....

it's a start....
but knowing me....
like i know me,
it will be changed and tweaked a bit until i get it just so...

have you started decorating yet?

happy december!


p.s.  if you are new to my blog,
then you probably don't know that i have a job working for the Bun Lady (her real name is Cordia Harrington but most know her as the bun lady)
she owns several bakeries and makes buns for McDonald's and several other restaurants in the s.e. u.s.
i am affectionately known as her gardener because i do all of the gardening at her home,
but i also serve as a sort of home manager for her
and my biggest project of the year is decorating her 10,000 sq. ft. home for the holidays.

p.p.s.  i just finished her decorations last week before thanksgiving.....yay!
eight days and two assistants!
it's a hard job but after 11 years i still love doing it.

p.p.p.s.  for a few years i juggled several christmas decorating jobs including the bun lady...but it was way too much work and stress.

p.p.p.p.s.  although i do love that job,
i really love decorating my little understated abode.
it is so


Donna said...

Your house is gorgeous! Love all the Christmas d├ęcor. No wonder you are so busy! You are so talented!! Can't wait to see more.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

How Pretty!!!! It would be appropriate thru the Winter.
You are way ahead of me. No decorating done here, so need to get busy. I did put the red placemats out - if that counts. :)
Hope you have a great week.

oldgreymare said...

ppppps..we love your work <3

michele said...

so dreamy, erin. and bonus points for having the energy to keep at it with the demands of the bun lady's place. i cannot imagine that responsibiity, but i'm sure it must be gratifying and soul lifting.

i have made a few minor strides and more are to come this week!


KarenB said...

It looks like a great start, Erin! I'm just clearing off my surfaces, dusting and staring at them. I've gotta get inspired!! I guess I struggle because I don't want to repeat what I did before, but it sure would be a time saver. Hugs from California!!


Anonymous said...

I have been following your blog for about 2 years now and I love it !!! Your house always looks like a fairy tale !!!! Happy end of the year and enjoy your job !
greetings fro Belgium

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

YES YES YES. Dearest erin, your world is beautifully decorated, you and I both have nature on the brain (why not, God's creatures are a big part of it all!) and your beams....OH YEAH! That is the last thing we are doing to our new great room, to put up beams, and yours are just what I want.


Debbie Nolan said...

Erin - your den is very lovely and so calm. Your decorating skills are awesome. Can't imagine decorating someone else's home for the holidays and especially the size of this bun lady's home. I love your understated beauty - so gorgeous.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I always look forward to your posts, Erin, and you've once again created a winter wonderland in your home! Your painted stone fireplace blends in so nicely now. I don't know how you can decorate for somebody else and then come home and do the same. I'm overwhelmed just decorating my own home!

Thanks for sharing and enjoy the season!

Libby said...

Just so beautiful Erin; love all your styled photos!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Erin,
You have made your beautiful home so warm and inviting.. I feel a sense of peace here.
Holiday blessings,

Cindy said...

It's all sooooooooooo pretty! I love your twinkle lights, and the darlin charlie brown tree. You have such a way of making EVERYTHING wonderful. I love knowing those stories about you! You work for the Bun lady, and decorate her home for christmas, and you're her gardener and you have decorated other people's homes for Christmas! YOU ARE SO INTERESTING! I wish we lived next door to each other!


Rebecca and Lori said...

I just stumbled onto your blog and I love your understated, light, decorating style.

I will definitely be following you!

@desert girls vintage

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Lovely, Erin. Always inspiring and a joy to visit here.

Debbie said...

Just found your blog. I love your simple, nature inspired decorating. Also, love the Charlie Brown tree. Thanks for the inspiration.

Heaven's Walk said...

Erin - you have created such a sweet, cozy, welcoming room! I adore the sweet simplicity of it all! I can't believe that you decorate a 10,000 ft home, too! Holy moly! But it must feel like you're "playing house", doesn't it? :)

xoxo laurie