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Friday, October 17, 2008

Christmas in Cream, Gold and crystals



This is just a little sneak peek at my Christmas theme this year. And tieing in from my previous post, another example of using the stacking plates for holidays. They really are versatile.


Why am I posting something Christmasy this early? I have found that I need to start way ahead for my planning. Since stores get out Christmas decor so early, I have found if I don't shop early for my decorations the best ornaments and such are gone way before December 1st! Right now it is very difficult to find "off white/cream colored ornaments, so if any do show up I plan on being the first there to claim them. :) I like planning my table scapes early too, that way when the big day comes, I'll set the table the day before saving me the time to concentrate on cooking, and an added benefit of that is it really puts me in the mood for the big festive dinner I share with my DD and her SO. Now that my DD has moved out, my big day is usually Christmas Eve, this was a very difficult transition for me, as Christmas Day was the traditional day for all the fun and festivities, but since she is on her own, she now wants the "day" to her and her SO, plus she needs to accomodate his family too. The change has been "hard" on me I must admit, are any of you going thru this right now?

27 comments:

Mary Ruth said...

Judith now you know that I will be watching this setting! MY FAVORITE mix of colors and and items I love for Christmas. You know I love silver, and you love gold, and the two are interchangable and even look good together!
I'll be waiting for the next pictures! You have been BUSY!

Iowa Gal said...

Love the silver but still love your pink ladies. By the way what does SO mean??....JAN

Anonymous said...

I love white and white; white and silver; white and gold; white and cream; etc. It is simply elegant. My favorite china are white with a gold trim. I can hardly wait to see more of your pictures.

I've noticed that craft stores use up their prettiest pieces making up arrangements to sell. The other day I was debating on some pieces for an arrangement when the decorated came over and picked out every single one of them for an arrangement she was working on. So you gotta get out there early.

Do you make new centerpieces and other Christmas decor every year? Or do you add and change them up each year?

Can't wait to see more...post lots of pictures...it brings much pleasure just looking at them.

thanks

Sweet Designs said...

Thank you Mary Ruth, I am looking forward to seeing your Christmas designs, you have been collecting silver so long that it will be beautiful.

Jan, thank you. I have a special fondness, for my pink too. You asked what SO means: Significant Other. So in her case her boyfriend. :)

Anonymous, thank you for you lovely compliments and yes, you are so right, the decorators/designers often pick the best stuff, so you have to be there to grab it up before they do, that's why their displays look so wonderful in the stores, they use the best stuff. And yes, I change from 3 major color themes. One year I do the "red", one year the "pink", and this year comes up my cream, gold look. I wish I could do more, but running out of space and money LOL

Glenda said...

It looks like your off to a good start for Christmas.

I haven't had that experience yet, but I am sure I will at some point. My son is getting older and will at some point want to something else, I guess that will be Ok.

Ciao for now.

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Such beautiful colors!! and such pretty ornaments too! I cannot wait for the holidays!!

Monica said...

Beautiful sneak peek , cant wait to see more !
You are so right about everything selling out before the 1st...crazy

Gollum said...

This is one of the most outstanding blogs I have ever seen. It's beautiful and fun and shows us in step-by-step detail how to add fun and beauty to our own lives. I love it!

Sweet Designs said...

Thank you ladies for your kind comments, it means alot to me :) I am really looking forward to Christmas, my fav time of year, I will try to put up a tutorial of how I decorate my Christmas tree.

paintergal said...

You do plan ahead, but looks like it will be worthwhile!

nickyjb said...

This collection looks so beautiful & elegant!!!....Love the colour too!

I can't believe it's November tomorrow, Christmas really is just around the corner.....can't wait!!:o)

stacey said...

I just found your blog and wanted to say.. Wow! you are a very talented lady!! Your pictures are great too!
Looking forward to stoppping back in.
btw..I'm working on the same color scheme for a showhouse I'm doing next month. Love the combination.

Stacey~

Anonymous said...

I love your blog also! Regarding your question about adapting to change - It's difficult to change a favorite and very special family day. However you can use the opportunity to either invite 'others' to your home on the 25th and/OR visit friends and family you haven't seen recently. Take a small gift and bring some joy to others. If you can carry a tune, it's fun to sing outside the window, before being invited inside. People DO love that and you'll find that YOU will have even MORE happy memories. :-)
- SherylCanadianGirl

"Maggie" said...

I love the cream, gold and crystal accents. About 2 months ago, I had almosted decided to go with a completely different color scheme for Christmas (blues and whites) and am SO glad I didn't, it would have clashed horrribly with the new kitchen. :) I have also done away with my Rooster theme though it would still be appropriate with the color scheme in the kitchen now.

I love the bulbs with the lace trim, such a nice touch. Your fall harvest arrangement is beautiful too; enjoying your posts.

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

This is gorgeous!

M ^..^

Mary Ruth said...

I can't wait to see MORE!

Naz said...

I just found your beautiful blog which I will be revisiting. I love your design ideas!

Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) said...

Judith...that photo is gorgeous...got me interested...can't wait to see what you are planning and doing. I know what you mean about transitions. My son is many states away in law school so this is the first year I won't be with him for Thanksgiving...but at least he'll be home for Christmas. :-) Susan

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Just found you through the Garden Web home decor site. What a lovely and elegant blog you have!

Enjoyed my visit!

Laurie - Decorating Fanatic said...

Oh! Now you've got me all excited! I love the combination of your "sneak peak". I do hope you post early, so I can steal..er..borrow ideas from you! ;) I also adore the fall arrangement below. That is so creative! I have a few of those clip on birdies and I hate to pack them away after Christmas. Now you've got me thinking outside of the box. Beautiful vignettes! So hurry on up and post! :) ~ Laurie

Laurie said...

I love your ideas and your blog!

I know how you feel about the families. When I moved out my mom felt so sad to not host xmas like she used to, but it is so hard to get both families together.

sandra/tx said...

Thank you for your permission to use your picture on my blog. I'm sorry I didn't ask first. I tend to save the pics to my file and then forget where they came from. Sorry! :-(

Love your blog, by the way.

Lynne said...

Judith, thought I would swing by to see what you've dreamt up for the holidays this year. And I'm certainly not disappointed.. I miss being able to get at them on RMS so I'm glad to see I can find them on here...definetly adding you to my blog roll..hugs ~lynne~

Happy To Be said...

OH how pretty this is going to be..I can already see it...I so remember you from RMS and all your great tablescapes..thanks for popping in to see me..hugs and smiles Gloria

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

So good to hear from you! Your fall tier is beautiful. I can just imagine how pretty the white Christmas one will be.

My 4 sons have all grown, married and live all over the US. It has just been my husband and myself for years. Once in a great while they all come home for the holidays. It happened 3 years ago. Always nice when it happens, but we are also enjoying a new quieter holiday season. Creating new traditions.

Glenda said...

Hi Judith

Have a Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

Are we going to see a Thanksgiving tablescape?

Ciao

CatieCupCake said...

I can't wait to see what you do. I love the "teaser" pic...you are such an inspiration!