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Friday, December 20, 2013

Sometimes Design Plans Can Change All On Their Own


It all started with a plan…..

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The decision was made last year even before 2012 Christmas was over. 

Jingle Bells would be the star performer, and cobalt blue and different shades of green would be the colors that would be added to my black and white, and blue and white base that I already have in my home.

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(pillow made by Ann Drake of Sutton Place Designs on Etsy) I added the silver jingle bell.

At the beginning of my planning stages I thought I would use the words from the song, Jingle Bells and Sleigh Bells ring, but my plan took on a life of its own. Read on to see what it became!………

I always start with my front door and this years door would not have a wreath on it, but something a bit different…….

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I decided to celebrate  Christmas past with the silhouettes of my three sons.

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All three at three different ages.

Next you will enter into my kitchen dining room area, this is where you will start to see the Jingle Bell become the main player…….

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Jingle Bell napkin rings are hung like tiny wreaths on my cupboard knobs. A silhouette and the letter, “P,” continues the theme from the entry.

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Black and white bakers twine holds a single bell hanging on the handle of a white pitcher.

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If you turn around you will see my dining room table where I have a black and white buffalo checked topper on my table with a sparkly mirror as a base for my arrangement.

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My Jingle Bell theme evolved into the bell on Polar Express with the saying, “The Bell still rings for all who truly BELIEVE.” 

I love it when the design takes on a life of it’s own and tells you what it wants to be.

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You are about to enter into my family room where you will see our Family memory tree, full of sweet ornaments from Christmas past and my 17ft long white mantel all decked out in cobalt blue, greenery and different hues of green.

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I used an outdoor gazing ball with lights inside in one corner of my mantel.

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We are working our way to the center where I hung a large fresh wreath on my mantel mirror……..

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I am not done with this yet, next you will see the addition that finished the look I was trying to achieve……

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We topped it off with the word, “BELIEVE!”

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Our tree full of memories!

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Packages all wrapped up and ready for my family.

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Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...


My favorite detail.....the Silhouettes!

What a clever way to adorn the Front Door! Genius!

Carol@6WilsonBlog.com said...

Kathysue! It looks so beautiful, it truly does. the wreath, the Believe, the sconces, ALL of it look so gorgeous. I love that it is your own look and I haven't seen it elsewhere. And the sentimentality of it all is what gets me the most. I hope you have the Merriest Christmas full of family love.

MaryBeth said...

You must do a demonstration on bow making.

Victoria said...

So thoughtfully and lovingly done, Kathysue, just as I have come to expect from you. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.
XOXO, Victoria

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, Kathysue, that tree is fabulous! Merry Christmas!

Merlin said...

Your home just gave me chills and thrills. Just BEAUTIFUL! A lot of work but I'm glad you shared! franki

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Merry Christmas Kathysue…everything looks so beautiful …I love your color scheme and the tree and wrapping are gorgeous!!!

Unknown said...

This was stunning. Such a fresh take on the holidays and not the cookie cutter style that has overwhelmed blog land. I love the mix of the beautiful blues along with the greens. The tree is gorgeous too. Great job Kathysue. Merry Christmas from Tulsa. Patty Ann

michele said...

gorgeous! my fav shot is the tree with its reflection in the mirror.

merry merry.


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Kathysue. Love the Silhouettes and everything is beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Melinda said...

Really lovely, such a warm inviting home. Have a wonderful Christmas.


Love…Love the colors of the Christmas Decor this year…blue and green is so pretty together. I can't believe you wrapped all of those presents! I sincerely hope you and your family have a magical Holiday Season this year:)

Jeanie Cash said...

Kathysue - you make Christmas merry for ALL of us! Just seeing your photos brings a big smile and much joy! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home and for inspiring us to grow up to be just like you!!