Sunday, December 7, 2014

Decorating with the things you love!

I love seashells and books.


I placed a few extra pretties on the printer’s tray and I’ll probably add to it as the month goes on.


Then I put stacks of Christmas books on the coffee table.


How nice to surround ourselves with the things we love! (I’m glad I have a really big coffee table!)


This is the new Jan Karon book, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good. Has everyone read the Mitford series?


This is the latest book and I can’t wait to start reading and catch up with our favorite characters.


Hubby surprised me with A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes, too.


It’s filled with beautiful photos and illustrations.


Are you as anxious as we are for the new shows to start next month?


I’m joining Beautiful Sunday

Amaze me Monday and

Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday.


ann said...

Hello. Here I am at the top of the list. You have an awesome collection of seashells. Of course your are close to an endless supply. I am certainly the odd man out when it comes to Downton Abbey. It comes on too late Sunday night for me stay up when I worked. Now I am too far behind to catch up. I should ave been recording it. Lovely Christmas books that you have collected. Have a really good week. What will you be doing?

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Love your seashell display. I'm still searching for an old sewing machine so I an use the bottom of it to make a table with my printers tray.

The Downton Abby book looks fab. That's going on my wish list. xo

Mary Howell Cromer said...

You have the absolute best time doing what you do and collecting what you collect and it always brings a warm smile to me~

Inger said...

Yes, I am waiting for the show to start. I too love books, but have only one seashell and it sits on the window sill in our bathroom, filled with treasures, including a piece of birch tree bark from Sweden.

NanaDiana said...

Those are all fun decorating ideas, Diane. Love the books! I am anxious for Downton Abbey to start up again, too! xo Diana

Kathy said...

I adore your banner with santa flying over the seashore!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your coffee table is sure looking festive! You know I love your seashell collection...the Santa starfish is so darn cute!!

Unknown said...

Hi there! Your seashell display is just lovely! And you know, I love books, and I haven't seen that Downton Abbey book, I love the pictures! YES, I can hardly Wait for it to come back on!! All of your decorations are beautiful,

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love you collection is this awesome printers tray and adding a few Christmas pieces make it super Christmasy! I love Christmas books! Just read 'Christmas Bliss' by Mary Kay Andrews and it was so cute!

Stacey said...

Yes, we aren't show homes. We are homes filled with things we love. :)

Sara - Villa Emilia said...

So beautiful books and seashells!
I too love your header photo with a twist!
Have a lovely new week!

Art and Sand said...

I put all of my shells away, but I am thinking that I should have left some out as part of my Christmas decor.

You have an amazing shell display.

Ariadne said...

I love Downton Abbey too!AriadnefromGreece!

Deb said...

Love your printers tray with all the pretty shells, what a wonderful idea Diane! And I can hardly wait for the new Downton Abbey season to start, watched the season preview the other night and it looks like it will be wonderful!

must love junk said...

What fun holiday touches you've created on your coffee table! I too believe in surrounding yourself with things that make you happy :)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

LOVE Father Tim and Cynthia!

Your husband knows how to SHOP !!!

He should start a blog "Tips for Young Men on How to Keep a Wife" ha ha

Carla from The River said...

Love your idea. :-)
Yes, I loved the Mitford series.
What a sweetheart you have :-) I love Downton Abbey and can not wait.

xx oo

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

How I wish I could sit on the couch by your coffee table and look over your shell collection and leaf through the books.
The printer's tray must be a real conversation piece when you have company over Diane.
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

Lorrie said...

I really, really like the printer's tray with the seashells and Christmas touches. And the piles of books.
I "think" I might be getting the Jan Karon book for Christmas and I'm looking forward to reading it. I took that Downton Abbey book out from our library. What fun to read a little more about the show and the time period. I've already watched the new season on line, but I'll likely watch it again!

Debby said...

I like that we like so many of the same things.

cynthia lee designs said...

Can't wait for Downton Abbey to start in January.

Arlene G said...

Ok, now I am wanting that Downton Abbey book Diane!! I can't wait for January. I did purchase a Christmas at Downton Abbey CD.

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

I love the Mitford series.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Diane, love this post. Your books and shells are perfect to showcase. Love the printers tray and the holiday touches.
I have not read the new book from the Mitford series but I have enjoyed others and so enjoy them.
Can't wait for the new season of Downton Abbey Jan.4th. I watched the preview and recap of seasons past Friday night and it was so good.
Lots coming up in the new episodes.

Have a great week ahead.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I like that printer's tray filled with shells, Diane! I bought a starfish Santa Claus ornament this summer in the Outer Banks as a keepsake.;)

Your new Downton Abby book looks so interesting! You have a very thoughtful husband!

eileeninmd said...

Diane, your seashell collection is wonderful. Looks so pretty on display.The books looks good, thanks for sharing. Have a happy new week!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Wonderful box of the animal collection in your pretty mosaic!

Happy Monday!

Trace4J said...

What beautiful treasures.
I too cannot wait for the new season to start.
Merry Christmas :0)

Cranberry Morning said...

One day, all your blogging buddies are going to stop in for coffee. Your home looks so inviting! :-) You have an abundance of pretty shells. If my old blind dog's favorite place to lie was not in front of the sofa, I would want a large coffee table too! It's such a great place to display the books and shells.

Snap said...

Love how you decorate with your treasures... shells are gorgeous year round and bring on the books! ;) I'm looking forward to Downton Abbey. I started the Karon books. Wonder where I left off???!!!!

Donna said...

Beautiful display of the shells and I have a few Christmas books I love and cherish especially children's books.

Vee said...

My book by Jan Karon arrived last week. I really enjoyed the map illustration and that is as far as I have gone. Too busy just now. I need to gather a few of my Christmas books for display...the trunk would work well.

joyh82 said...

I love the little deer vignette. My library is called "Deer Run"
I have not read Karon yet but my Mom is hooked on that series. :)

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I love the way you decorate - we seem to like a lot of the same things. Everything is so wonderful!!!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

I love your shells and books Diane! I can't wait for Downton Abbey to start too as I LOVE it. I love the book you husband gave to you. Have a nice day.

Sam I Am...... said...

Oh! I'll be getting that book for Christmas...for me, from me! And maybe the DA one too! I love books and I have read all the Mitford books. I have her cookbook too which is really good.
You're going to need another printer tray. I remember when you got it and now it is full up! LOL!
I too have Christmas books that I drag out and reread and enjoy over the holiday season. Love your dear deer!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love your display of children's books