Saturday, December 12, 2009

Holiday inspiration!

What do you like to use for inspiration?  There are so many beautiful examples of holiday decor on the blogs we enjoy. And books and magazines have page after page of great ideas.


I don’t ever choose a theme but after I’ve put things around the house, sometimes I notice a theme. This year, I fell in love with vintage Shiny Brite bulbs and candles.

A few photos of my bedroom.....



I want a crystal bowl to put these vintage bulbs in


but I haven’t found one yet.

I need to hit a few more thrift stores! lol


These are my favorite!


Look closer....


And this is one of my favorite Christmas treasures. It’s a wire sleigh. I put something different in it every year. This year I added some greenery and a few bulbs.


Here it is in the window behind one of the sofas in the living room. I love RED!!!


Happy Holidays and happy decorating!

And be sure to look at the post below for outdoor decorating ideas! heehee!


Jacqueline said...

I'm amazed at what inspires me...I never know what to expect and I find myself asking myself, why am I attracted to this or that? Lately my inspiration comes from those little frosted Christmas houses...I love to think of stories from behind those doors. I also love old gameboards...those have so many stories to tell...Happy Holidays my faithful friend!

beedeebabee♥ said...

Hi Sweetie! Everything you do is sooo pretty! You have a very sweet touch to your decorating, Diane. I love your bowls of vintage bulbs, and that gorgeous doll peeking from the corner! Your wire sleigh is gorgeous! Hugs, xoxo

Marydon Ford said...

You've done a lovely job of decorating, Diane. That sleigh is wonderful!
TTFN ~ Marydon

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Diane,

I love all your Christmas decorating and it is such a fun time of the year.
Your old vintage bells and sleigh are lovely.


Jans Gourds said...

Red and Green are my signature colors. I love red. Every room in our house has some accent of red in it. I guess that is my passionate side coming out and the green in my love of nature. Besides, Red and green are Christmas colors and Christmas just happens to be my favorite holiday.

Michela said...

You're so clever Diane! i love your sleigh! Happy Sunday dear friend from the very chilly and windy Italy!

Patti said...

I love all your decorating! I especially love the bowls with the vintage bulbs in them. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

Honey, we both love red! I love that sleigh. How perfect!

Marie Antionette said...

Your vintage blubs are just to beautiful, my favorite color.I hope you find your cystal bowl,cause they would look just gorgeous in one. Love your wire can do so much with it. The big Angel in the back is just lovely.I love it.
Merry christmas ,and May God bless you and yours.
XXOO Marie Antionette

Dixie said...

I've grown quite fond of bowls of shiney Christmas ornaments myself! (my little secret... I love red and I have at least one red item in every room of the house... I think I'm the only one that knows... and now you know too!)

thanks so much for visiting, commenting and posting about my 300th post celebration! Good Luck. I can hardly wait to see who wins!

blessings. Dixie

Boo-Bah said...

i think blogs are a wonderful source of inspiration. I also love looking at beautiful things in magazines, such as Country Living, Romantic Homes, Country Sampler and etc.

Your decorations are really pretty.


M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

I love them all...the gold with small red, the different shades of pink and the all red. You're right, a crystal bowl would just make that arrangement.
I also LOVE your sleigh. You did a great job with it this year. So lovely.
And as for the post below with the "Great Egret"...what a hoot!! Thanks for sharing. : )
Mary Lou

Storybook Woods said...

Just beautiful, I love the shiny balls in your bedroom. You know you do not have to have a theme, just have fun. I have one only becuase it helps me focus xoxoxo Clarice

M.Kate said...

Thank you for the tour Diane, many beautiful things there :) hugs/M

MadameSamm said...

ahhhh a delightful insight into an even more inspirational lady...that inspires me right there..
blessings, madame samm

Barbara at Oodles and Oodles said...

So festive! I like that sleigh, too!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

I love vintage christmas bulbs...they have such a beautiful patina to them.

Anonymous said...

Hi Diane! Everything looks so beautiful! the ornaments look fantastic. I so love your red sofa!!! Have a great day!! Hugs, Jennifer

Q said...

Always fun to come and visit.
Thank you for reminding me to play.
Your gift of play has made a huge difference in my life.I take it with me every place I go! Thank you.
May you and yours have a Merry Christmas.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Diane, all your pictures of your decorations are so pretty. I loved these and the ones from your den. That wire sleigh is great! This year red and pink are my inspirations! We are keeping it simple and just enjoying the season. Thank you for sharing your inspirations with us. Have a wonderful week! Twyla said...

I like all you have done, but I love the sleigh! I love red too! suzie. xxx

Catherine said...

your inside and outside decorations are nice! catherine

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a sweetheart you are! I am so glad you like my home! A wee cluttered for some...but you were so kind! If I had a crystal bowl I would send it to you!
I thought I might have one and climbed up to look in my cupboard, but I don't. I must have given it to a daughter! You are right though. Those Christmas ornaments would look beautiful in a crystal bowl! Actually, they look wonderful as they are. Crystal really catches the light Though. :)

Your sofa is just the most beautiful color...and look so comfortable!
AND, Snickerdoodles are my most favorite cookie. The smell wonderful and are delicious! I must bake some this year!

Lallee said...

What a fun piece your wire sleigh is. I love your new shiny brights too. Such pretty colors. Everything is looking very festive in your home! I saw you still had some snickerdoodles left, so I just had to try one. Yum!