December 15, 2014
Preparing My Home for Christmas
At my Bedford home and farm, we are preparing for the Christmas holidays in a variety of ways, indoors and out. It brings me great pleasure to see my home decorated in its holiday finery. Outside, we have installed a multitude of white Christmas lights, including several shooting stars on the sides of the flower room, the equipment shed, the hay barn, the stable, and the main entrance. We also lit two large Blue Spruce, which we harvested at Jones Family Farms (see my blog last Tuesday). Inside the Winter House, we have put up several Christmas trees, wreaths, and other cheerful decorations. I like to include a mix of old favorites and new things - including decorations from past and current craft projects that have appeared in Martha Stewart Living. These beautiful objects delight us throughout the holiday season. And when it's over we carefully pack them up and store them in my basement until next year, when we take them out and use them in fresh and different ways. Decorating for the holidays brings me great joy, and I am happy to share my love for it with you.
1 Chhiring puts the ladder in place.
2 Fernando hangs a shooting star over the gabled roof of the flower room.
3 Chhiring helps Fernando attach the star.
4 I love the way the lights swoop down the side of the building. We take good care of our bulbs and store them properly so we can use them year after year. Before Christmas we take them out and check each one. I find these little steps always pay off.
5 Sometimes it takes a bit of extra help to reach the really high spots. This is Pete working on the hay barn.
6 Chhewang with a cascade of lights behind him.
7 An elegant pair of Blue Spruce, framing a doorway crowned with a shooting star.
8 Inside the Winter House, we started with the wreathes and Christmas trees.
9 My housekeeper Laura places an ornamental tree draped with silver tinsel and golden pine cones.
10 This ornamental tree in my kitchen is bedecked in classic green and red - so cheerful!
11 Antique sterling silver candlesticks give off a special aura - they convey formality, tradition, and Old World elegance. I've collected mine in my travels over the years.
12 The delicate, pearlized balls give these trees a snowy, ghostly look.
13 Here are our tree ornaments in their storage containers. You can see how carefully we pack them each year.
14 Old-fashioned opalescent balls.
15 The green and bronze tones are also lovely.
16 These are some of the lights we used. On the right are Martha Stewart Living holiday lighting from The Home Depot. http://thd.co/1wokr9J
17 Laura dangles a gilded, beribboned pine cone from a wall sconce.
18 My dining room as we begin the decorating process.
19 Two trees await unwrapping.
20 The mantle above the fireplace is a focal point of the room - a showcase for the things I love. Each year I decorate my mantle a bit differently. I love the symmetry of this arrangement, with the miniature houses and golden vessels framed by a pair of light sconces.
21 These playful objects and figurines have pride of place on my dining room table.
22 Two large etched hurricanes frame a delicate tinsel tree with acorn ornaments. In front are mercury balls and a whimsical addition - the frosted French bulldog wearing a tinsel collar.
23 These settee sofas with pillows make a comfortable arrangement around the coffee table. I love the ornamental tinsel tree on a bed of cotton, in a faux bois container.
24 White ornaments on a spindly tinsel tree.
25 My housekeeper Sanu decorates a golden tree in the Green Room.
26 Reaching for the tip top.
27 A stunning color combination - silver and gold against a green background.
28 A simple beautiful wreath framed in the window.
29 This time a green tinsel tree gets decorated.
30 A golden wreath and mercury balls give extra glamour to this multi-tiered serving tray.
31 This golden paper tree forest makes a beautiful stand for the dramatic bird taking flight in my foyer.
32 A weeping beech tree that had died on my farm. We cut it down, silvered it, and placed it outside my kitchen. With Christmas lighting, it take on an otherworldly air.
33 Empress Tang, my Himalayan long-haired cat, gets some much deserved rest after a hard day's work!