Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Just a touch of Christmas

Yep, I'm already decorating for Christmas!  Just a little touch of it in the kid's rooms.  We keep things fairly simple when it comes to Christmas decorations, but I like for each of my little ones to have a bit of festivity in their rooms!

Yesterday, I started in Braden's room...

I loved Donna's use of the mittens and scarves at Horton's so much, that I decided to do something similar in Braden's room...this cute little blue set was made by my MIL but is now a bit too small for Braden, so it worked perfectly!

I bought this little red wagon at a garage sale probably 5 years ago, and just remembered I had it the other day...boy was it a hit with my 3 year old...let's just say that it doesn't really reside in Braden's room very often :)

And, I bought this cool old stool a few weeks ago at Joy's Shop the Shed sale and traded it out for the bistro chair that was paired up with Braden's desk right away...I love it and so does he!

We will actually start putting our tree up this weekend!  I like to be all done {or at least almost done} decorating for Christmas by Thanksgiving, so then we can just sit back and enjoy it all!!  It is my favorite time of year!

Anyone else started {or finished} their Christmas decorating yet???

Have a great day!


p.s. paper garland made from old book pages from Iowa Junk Gypsies and grain sack lavender pillow from Dreamy Whites 


Between You and Me said...

absolutely beautiful...

just the right amount of Christmas for his room....

traci said...

you are so amazing. i love it. those are the perfect touches for bradens room. love the red. i will probably start next week.

Chrissy said...

Morning!!! Everything looks lovely...I miss the kids being young at Christmas although our two are so bend on tradition they are like kids!!!! Love the stool...alot! Any word on your jdarc things..let me know o.k! Oh and yes I have started my Christmas decor,a little bit everyday! x0x0x

Susan said...

Very nicely done....love it!

Sarah Lynne said...

Your touches of Christmas are beautiful!

Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

Yes, now that you ask, I am finished decorating. My best friend was visiting a week or so ago and as she is an enthusiastic participant, we got it all done together. My houseful of guys enjoy the fruits or my labors but aren't much for the labor part of getting it all set up. Once the lights are on the tree, the rest is up to me.
I'm with you though. Now, as I go about my day to day stuff, I can enjoy it. Love what you have done so far.

Eva said...

It's Beautiful! I love it!

Jacqueline said...

Your Christmas decorations are perfect, Tracey....nicely understated....a girl after my own heart !!
It's funny how we all do things differently, isn't it ? We don't put our tree up until a week before Chhristmas. We always have a real one and the tradition is that we don't put it up early. Traditionally, the tree was bought in on Christmas Eve !! I LOVE Christmas. I can't wait to see the rest of your decorations. XXXX

LuLu said...

It's raining here today, so i'm going to start... i can't wait any longer! i adore his room!!!! just perfect!!

Ludid said...

i started decorating already little by little. and like you...keeping it simple. thanks for sharing these darling ideas.

Leah C said...

I just love your "little touches" of Christmas! I'm starting to get the "itch" for our holiday decorating...which we usually do the day after Thanksgiving:)

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Love seeing your Christmas decorating! The red wagon and stool are so cute and that bed is gorgeous! I always decorate early, too! As soon as Halloween is over I start hauling out the boxes. I just can't help myself! I love Christmas time!

Sheila Rumney said...

Love your Christmas decorating! We just got down our decorations this weekend and I am starting tonight. I just love Christmas!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

This is all just beautiful! I love it! I am starting to do some and hope to get in the "groove" and get it all done in the next few days....

Gorgeous photos!

Lou Cinda :)

Secret Garden Cottage said...

I love your Christmas decor, Tracey! You always know how to add just the right touch of this and that. The scarf and mittens are an adorable touch, and I love that little wicker chair!
We start decorating for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving... I'm looking forward to it!
Have a wonderful week my friend!
Jo :)

chickie said...

I bet it was fun putting it all together.It turned out just right!!I really like what you did.I decorated my kids rooms when they were little.{When they were}.So much fun !Keep warm and enjoy putting the magic of Christmas in your home..Chickie

Debby said...

I haven't started but I am ready. I am having Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday for my family since I am going to Colorado next week to see my other children and grandchildren. Everyone is starting to decorate around here and I can't wait. My dining room table is loaded with Christmas swaps that have to be mailed today or else I am going to have a meltdown. Love your decorations. I have that little wagon and my grandkids play with it constantly.

The French Bear said...

Beautiful...love the way it looks......the mittens and the wagon...perfect!!!
Margaret B

The Summer Porch said...

Hi Tracie~
What a beautiful setting, you have such a special touch! I Haven't started decorating yet closer to the end of the month though.
Enjoy your day.

Dyche Designs said...

I'm usually really organized and ahead of the game when it comes to Christmas but today I just suddenly realized how close it is and I'm not prepared at all. I need to pull my finger out with cards as I have to send a lot to the UK and the last posting dates are a lot earlier than here. Thanks for the reminder.

Anita said...

Hey Lady! Thanks for the shout out about the paper garland. Judy had such success with those :) It looks great!

DustyLu said...

I love T! Gorgeous! So sweet for a little boys room! Yes, I am starting my decor as well! It is soo fun and need to do it now so we can enjoy it by Thanksgiving! Have a wonderful day! oh ya Is your tree real or faux? lulu

Cindy said...

Hi Tracey,
Yes, I have started! And I work on it a little every day. I love what you have done so far and I'm looking forward to seeing more.
Hugs, Cindy

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Looks Great! I too just like it a lil more simple decor for Christmas or it starts to feel a lil messy that I can't stand it.It is getting here quick this year for sure.I start after Thanksgiving though.Love the lil red wagon.~Cheers Kim

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

~*~LOVE it Tracey!!! It looks perfect!! Hugs, Rachel~*~*

Amy said...

just beautiful and so simple
I am starting next week, also with paper lots and lots of paper will deck my halls.
Happy Holidays

Sandi said...

This is too darling Tracey! Now I will say if that was in one of my boys rooms when they were growing up that setting would have lasted about 5 minutes IF that! lol
I have started a teeny tiny bit of decorating. I have never done it this early, but wanted to get my lights outside hung up before the weather turned frigid.
Have a wonderful day!

Deb said...

I love your simple Christmas decorating Tracey...it's perfect! You've inspired me to get started today now too. ~Deb~

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh so pretty! Makes me want to start decorating today!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

I love simple and understated, and you have it down to an art!

Beautiful as always!


It's me said...

It looks simple but wonderful....i love less is more !!!.......no christmas here yet......i hardly wanne tell you....we have never had a christmas tree in our house !!.....real !!!!.....if it is christmas i am glad we have made it !!...it is always so buzy in the shop the whole month......so christmas eve i am verry verry happy.......love Ria...

Emma Burgess said...

Hi Tracey,

Love your decorations, just gorgeous. I love Christmas and decorating our home- my favourite time of the year!

Emma. xx

Robin said...

I so very badly want to start on my Christmas decor but since I'm hosing Thanksgiving this year I figure I should wait.

I am however making lists and dreaming christmas dreams!

I so love your simple arrangments and the red accents. It's all so beautifully arranged.

Cathi said...

Very nice! I always put my Christmas decorations up after Thanksgiving and we get our tree 2 weeks before Christmas! Have an awesome day! xxoo :)

hometown girl said...

looks so pretty! i love the garland on the end of the bed and the little pillow so cute! susan

Zaira said...

You add a special touch Tracey! Simple and charming, as I like it!


Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Hi Gorgeous Tracey!

Simply beautiful...but then everything you do is!


Leah - The Inside Story said...

I haven't started yet, but your decorating is so inspiring I think I'll have to. By the way I received your parcel today in the mail and was so overwhelmed. The packaging and the paper birds and french book paper. Thank-you so very very much it made my day. Wishing you a very lovely week Tracy.

Ashley said...

I certainly have started to decorate for Christmas, but our tree is not yet up. I love the little decor touches! xoxoxo www.1942charm.blogspot.com

paige said...

look at you rockin some red!!
love it
as always

i'm trying to hold out however i did fill a glass hurricane with vintage gold balls & some clear glass ones too...sorta muted fall meets almost christmas time.
catchy huh?


Rebecca said...

Hi Tracey
It looks so cute! I haven't started and I keep it pretty simple also. I do mostly fresh greens.
It was so nice to see you at Tipton, your photo's were wonderful. I think you captured it beautifully.
Hope you have a good week

Shabby soul said...

Tracey, your photos are always full of tenderness! It seems to feel the warm of your home!

A Cottage Muse said...

I want a simpler look this year and you have given me great inspiration!

La said...

I've started organizing for the big transformation. I'll be glad when it is all done and I can sit back and enjoy it. La

Tammy said...

the sweetest vignette!!! love those little mittens! I'm starting next week...using lots of handmade items mixed with things from nature!
Have a great day!
Tammy :-)

Jo said...

So sweet ~ love the little touches.


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Tracey, What cute decorations and I love that you used the scarf and mittens! I am anxious to get started on my Christmas decorating.
hugs, Sherry

freckled laundry said...

So beautiful. I just adore the last photo of the sheet music gift with the single jingle bell. Beautiful simplicity, Tracey.


Becky C said...

Tracey, I just love your special additions for Christmas. It sure puts me in the decorating mood; will begin next week :) I never commented on your son's room, but I LOVE it all. The pops of color are just perfect. Always so inspiring to visit you.
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Kelly said...

You have truly inspired me, what more can I say. Oh, your pictures are beautiful!

Wintersteen Farms

Simply Bungalow said...

Love all the little touches. Everything looks wonderful.

Privet and Holly said...

Simply lovely,
sweet friend!
I bought the
swivel stool
version of that
same science lab
chair and love
the stencil on
it. Thanks for
always inspiring!
xx Suzanne

Sandy said...


The Jeanne d'Arc Living issue you sent looked like a PRESENT, you rock!



Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

koralee said...

What cute ideas my friend....we just put up my daughters Christmas tree in her room...all silvery..we sit on her bed each night and enjoy! xoxoxo

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Tracey,
His room looks just great!! I love the little touches of red, especially the little pillow on the wicker chair!
Usually I have Christmas up by the first week of November, but I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to do anything yet.
Have a great day.

Barbara said...

You've put those pine cones to good use, Tracey. I'm going to steal a couple ideas! :)
I've got company coming for Thanksgiving and then
Art Basel Miami is the first week in December and my daughter has a booth there..so I know I won't get around to Christmas until after that.

Anonymous said...

A wonderful blend of warmth and elegance. Very Inspiring!.... Also, can you tell me the name of the font you used in your title heading "Just a touch of Christmas" It would be perfect for a Christmas project I am working on for a loved one.

Warm regards,

Lauren said...

A wonderful blend of Warmth and Elegance. Very Inspiring!.... Also, can you please tell me the name of the font you used in your title heading "Just a touch of Christmas" It would be perfect for a Christmas project I am working on for a loved one.

Warm regards,

The Copper Pot said...

I love the idea of sheet music for wrapping paper. Everything looks great!

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Lili said...

Love this Tracey! Such perfect little touches that make the room so warm and inviting, a beautiful welcome to the holidays! xo ~Lili

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracey,

I loved seeing the Christmas touches and how you have decorated Braden's room.
The red accents are lovely and give it such a bright and Christmasy look.

Happy rest of the week

Farmgirl Paints said...

I'm done! That never happens.

Does yours include a red Christmas tree?? I'm just kiddin'. I still can't believe I said that to you...HA! Love your pretty music wrapped gift. So simple and pretty:)

Martha said...

oh you are so talented...it looks absolutely beautiful! love your pretty details...

I have only started a little because I'm doing a surprise party for Bobby on Saturday so don't want to do much until after then so it's not cluttery with the birthday decor...oops...I haven't said it out loud except to the guests yet that I'm doing that...lol

The Little Red Shop said...

What a lovely idea, Tracey! (Being all ready for Christmas by Thanksgiving)

Happy decorating!

: )

Julie M.

Jeanneoli said...

I love that new stool. Everything looks so pretty...lucky boy! I can't wait to see more of your Christmas photos. I loved catching up with you today! I think you are amazing:-)

very merry vintage style said...

love it all... such light and perfect touches. So neat you can use those mittens and scarf your MIL made in a new way.

Katy Noelle said...

This is completely inspirational as per usual!

OH! I just happened to notice that my word verification is "blesses"! Well, now, how perfect is that??? A blessing is such a well satisfied joy and happiness. That's what a visit to your blog is. =] (not empty flattery - genuine appreciation!)

Anyway, I've left my comment, here, hoping that it doesn't get lost in the jumble of C&R giveaway comments. I haven't been able to post a blog for almost two months, now. I have been visiting you, though. I just don't remember if I've had a chance to comment. All of this is to say that I'm still here!

Now, this little room is absolutely precious and gorgeous - so are your photos of it - but it makes me laugh and laugh. My sons would have all this dismantled in two seconds! Actually, they love to decorate in their own way. Last December, when we "spring cleaned" their room in anticipation of Christmas, the boys (swept away by the spirit of the season) decked their bunkbed - all with white paper, pencil drawings and tape. They taped together white pieces of paper and drew a fireplace with stockings, mantle, etc. Then, they drew a Christmas tree and taped everything on the wall. Next, they made yards and yards of a white paper chain and strung it around. Why don't I have a picture??? =( I hope that they do it again, this year!

Love to you and yours, Tracey!

Katy Noelle

Lynda said...

Love the idea of using mittens & scarves ... thanks so much Tracy!

lulusparkles said...

i love the wrapped gift with the music paper and bell on top....is it actual sheet music or is it purchased wrapping paper? i would love to use it this year! thanx bunches!

Mike said...

I like to leave pin-cones all over the house to get my family into the Christmas spirit.

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