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My Holiday Home

The house is all decorated and now it’s time to just sit back and soak up the holiday season!
I love everything about this time of year:  the decorations, the music, the concerts, the cookies, the malls, the parties…
…it’s all just so fun!
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Although, I do have to admit that I am a teensy stressed, as I haven’t even completed 5% of my shopping.
Time is just scooting by so fast, and I need to get organized!
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But for now, I will pour myself a Bailey’s on ice and sit back and enjoy my holiday home!
Come have a look!
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Holiday Home Tour {A Pretty Life}
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Ever year we buy a real tree – we love the smell and everything about having a real tree.
The needles and the mess never bother me…it’s all just part of the charm of the season!
And we always try to buy a big tree – at least 7-8 feet…so it always takes up a huge chunk of our living space!
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Colourful Christmas Mantel
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Because our tree is such a focal point in this space I try to keep the mantel very simple.
I could do so much more with it, but it would just get lost next to the tree.
So all I have done is add an evergreen garland with white lights, and hung the same ornaments that are also found on my staircase garlands and on my wreath.
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Colourful Christmas Mantel
Colourful Christmas Mantel
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This year I did add a new wreath.
I think it added just the perfect finishing touch!
It ties together the mantel, the tree and the garlands on my staircase.
I actually feel like, for the first time in many years, my Christmas decorations actually all match…
…they were having a bit of an identity crisis over the past years…
I wouldn’t say I have a theme yet, but it works for me.
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Colourful Christmas Tree
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This is our tree!  So pretty, and SO full of ornaments!
I don’t really have a theme for my decorating, but all of our ornaments mean something…
…they were all bought for each other over the seasons, and they are cherished and adored.
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If you follow me on facebook or twitter, you probably already know that our tree actually fell over this year…
I was devastated.  Honestly.
It fell into our coffee table, and smashed.  Smashed.  Ornaments everywhere.
I did manage to salvage most of them, but we did lose a couple of
very very cherished ornaments.
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One other space I love to decorate is my coffee table.
I change it up for each season!
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Colourful Christmas Staircase
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Here are my staircase garlands.
I just wrapped them in evergreen garlands and white lights, and hung a tonne of ornaments!
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All of the ball ornaments are shatterproof – not a glass ornament in sight!
And this is a must for our house!  Every time, and I mean every time, someone goes up or down the stairs, at least one or two of these balls goes bouncing across the floor.  Even as I write this I can see 3 ornaments on the floor.  Can you imagine if they were glass?!  Shudder.
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Colourful Christmas Staircase
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A pretty close up.
The staircase looks so so sparkly and pretty at night!
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How is your holiday home decorating coming?
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  • Reply sjr December 5, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Gorgeous and fun …terrific work!!

  • Reply Vanessa December 5, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Hi, Jo Anna

    I love your Christmas decorations. They are so bright and cheery.


  • Reply Katie December 5, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    i adore all of the bright colors! so pretty 🙂

  • Reply Yummy Mummy December 5, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    So pretty! I LOVE your coffee table!

  • Reply Barb December 5, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    So so pretty! I love your bright and sparkly colours and how everything flows. Your coffee table is divine!

  • Reply Comeca Jones December 5, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Color color color I love it!

  • Reply Jennifurla December 5, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    yes yes yes, love the color here so vibrant and pretty.

  • Reply Lori McC December 5, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    Wow Jo-Anna! It is beautiful! We can’t wait to see it in real life! How about New Year’s? You free?

  • Reply BabiesandBargains December 5, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Your home is so bright and beautiful! Your garland is so full! I just love it!

  • Reply Wendy December 5, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    I love the deep colors and your decor goes together so well! I am working on getting everything to tie together. Happy Christmas!

  • Reply Laurie December 6, 2011 at 1:45 AM

    Everything looks gorgeous! I am so attempting that wreath. I just adore it!

  • Reply Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia December 6, 2011 at 3:55 AM

    Love the color, your home and mantel are just gorgeous!
    Thanks for linking up!

  • Reply Christie December 6, 2011 at 5:48 AM

    Here is what is so pretty about your mantel…it is not overdone with too many things and yet it pops with the bright colors! I love it! Christie Three Pixie Lane

  • Reply Slice of Southern December 6, 2011 at 6:24 AM

    fun and cheery! Adorable decorations.

  • Reply Vivian December 6, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    What an amazing job you did!! LOVE it all!

  • Reply Julia Miller December 6, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Love all your decor. Looks awesome!

  • Reply A Lived in Home December 6, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Love all your decor! It’s so bright and festive! I’m wanting to use the jewel tones next year. Think I’ll hit up Target the day after Christmas.

  • Reply KarenB December 6, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    I love your festive color palette! It’s very, very pretty.

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  • Reply Lisa @ Shine Your Light December 7, 2011 at 3:45 AM

    Your home looks SO cheerful!!! I love your colorful ornaments and your stairs look so fun and joyful – I’m imagining everyone coming down Christmas morning all excited!!

  • Reply Michelle @ Ten June December 7, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Love all of the colorful, sparkly ornaments! Lots of holiday cheer : ) Thanks for linking up!

  • Reply Michele December 8, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Gorgeous! Love all those ornaments!!Terrific job.

  • Reply Drama queens mum (Kimberly) December 9, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    I love your tree & that wreath is so pretty.

  • Reply Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top December 11, 2011 at 2:03 AM

    I really, really love the color scheme. So cheery and bright! Your tree is fantastic! So sorry you lost some treasured ornaments.

  • Reply Karan December 12, 2011 at 1:41 AM

    Beautiful decorations. I love how the colors just pop at you.


  • Reply the balanced libra December 13, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Omgoodness! My tree has fallen before years ago I cried too! I was soooo sad! Just glad It didn’t injure anyone! Love the the decor!

  • Reply alissa {33shadesofgreen} December 15, 2011 at 1:36 AM

    So beautiful Jo-Anna! I love your colorful tree & mantel!

  • Reply Jessica @ This Blessed Life December 15, 2011 at 2:05 AM

    Love how the colors pop against the neutrals of the house. So fun!

    Visiting from The Nester’s tour – Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Elaine A. December 16, 2011 at 3:29 AM

    I’m so sorry to hear that your tree fell. BUT! Your home is beautiful and I adore all the color! Those stair garlands are amazing!

    Merry Christmas to you…. 🙂

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    Love the color, your home and mantel are just gorgeous!

  • Reply jill November 21, 2012 at 6:18 AM

    Love your tree. Looks like a family effort!

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