Tree or No Tree

I have been accused of being a bit of a scrooge.  I don’t chomp at the bit to decorate for Christmas, rearranging my house to find a spot for a giant tree always seems a bit odd.  Last year, I came really close to not putting it up at all.   It just seems like an awful lot of work if you aren’t entertaining for the holidays.  I collected images of alternative Christmas decor that I might be able to get on board with.

This is maybe a bit too cute and I don't have a clue how all that stuff would get stuck to the wall. Thankfully, there aren't enough do-dads at my house to make this one. I like this option, maybe a bit refined, for a small apartment.

This photo was all over design blogs last holiday season. It would be fun to incorporate this idea into a party activity where everyone writes a joke, a holiday wish, a wish for the new year, whatever and then create this tree out of the post-its. This is about as close to holiday crafty as I can get.

I am definitely doing something like this for cards this year. I am rotten at sending Christmas cards, but love receiving them!

The trend of hanging words on the wall is totally over done, but I kind of like this. It could be done with letters from Hobby Lobby for relatively cheap.

Everything about this photo is great. I bet this house is adorable at all times of the year. I have been thinking I need to get some little junipers for the urns on our front porch.

When it is all said and done, I will get in the Christmas spirit and put up a tree.  Mostly because  these are on my Christmas list:,252.html

What are your decorating plans?


About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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