Saturday, July 28, 2012

Christmas Cheer in July

Be merry all, be merry all,
With holly dress the festive hall;
Prepare the song, the feast, the ball,
To welcome merry Christmas.
~William Robert Spencer
rooms & walls were built inside a large showroom for our product showcase
-- the created 'rooms' didn't have ceilings, unless they were built for lighting purposes.
The Door Mat is from Target.
There is something about looking at Christmas pictures, ornaments in the store and football on the TV that causes the temperature to drop 15 degrees . . . or is that just me?   I ran to Hobby Lobby today to pick up some materials for our next Flower Power Happy Hour and made a point to avoid the Christmas section.  I can't bring myself to do it . . . it will be here soon enough.  
Willow Sprig Centerpiece hung as a lantern with our Simone Double Old-Fashioned as candle holders.
I can't resist sharing these (So Darn Creative) Pictures taken at the Willow House Annual Meeting (we affectionately call WHAM!) -- our creative team is the best!  They always surprise us with clever decorating ideas, and it is one of my favorite get-togethers of the year!

Turquoise door (Benjamin Moore - Baltimore Sky 760)
Our French Wire 3-Tier Stand created a Snowman Wreath - by separating the tiers.  
Boxwood garland was wired onto the tiers to form wreaths, 
and metal Bows, from our Berry & Bow Door Buckets (see mantel) adorn each one. 
These Holiday Door Buckets are adorable metal stockings -- so cute adorning a picket fence!
I'll limit this post to just a few Christmas highlights -- to bring all our temperatures down a few degrees (yes, even as we watch the Olympic Athletes sweat up a storm! 
Is the fake snow making you feel cooler?  I think it is time for a frozen margarita, or at least a snow-cone :) How about it I start reciting The Night Before Christmas . . . 'The stockings were hung . . . '
Shingle Paint Color - Benjamin Moore - Louisburg Green HC-113.
If I could have . . . I would of packed Mr.Snow in my suitcase!  Isn't he adorable?  
Mr. Snow (my affectionate name for him) is made from 3 sizes of glittery plastic ornaments glued
to 3 different sizes of Styrofoam balls.  His scarf if a satin ribbon with felt eyes and a paper cone nose.
He is resting nicely in our Odessa Planter.
Our Odessa Angel gracefully joins our Jackson Square Mirror (with boxwood star wreath),
Lady Jane Bottleneck Vase (large) and Wireweave Baskets with an assortment of turquoise ornaments.
Coronado Stone Planters are shown on the lower level with hydrangea blooms & berry picks.
Two Montcrest Adjustable Hurricanes adorned with ribbon stand at attention like nutcrackers.
Come into my Favorite Christmas Room!
Do you also LOVE all the color?
Red Rug:  Crate & Barrel.  Large Red Ornaments are from Hobby Lobby.
Slip covered Chair from IKEA and the trees are handmade - covered in fabric!
Very striking, yet easy to duplicate - right?  
Wall Color:  Benjamin Moore - Dune Grass 482
Mantel Painted: Benjamin Moore - Northern Cliffs 1536
Even with a 'fake fire' you'll want to show off your Cordova Firescreen :)

I adore the fabric covered trees -- I am already looking at our tree's many branches 
and thinking which one will make the best colorful tree for the game room . . . 
I suppose they could be wire & paper mache and not real branches underneath.
Mental Note:  Solid Bright Colored Wrapping Paper for Christmas this year!
The wall above the mantel is an instant attention grabber!
Three Portico Accent Plates with our Holiday Hanging Trio - each accented with red satin ribbon.
These bold pieces look striking together as a grouping!
11x14" frames filled with solid paper, looks like they added a little Rub'n Buff to the frame.
The Door Buckets are hanging from our Fireside Stocking Hangers, and our
Athena Crackle Vase is dressed up with Kermit Mums (thriller), 
Oversized Lollipops & Candy Canes (filler) and Green Berry Picks (spiller)

Remember the Berry & Bow Door Buckets that donated their metal bows to the front door's snowman?  Here they are . . . filled with tulips, carnations and kermit / button mums (so pretty!)  

I'm rethinking when I will actually 'hang' our Christmas Stockings now.  
I think I will hold them until Christmas Eve, and hang door buckets as a placeholder for them this year.
If Santa does make it down the faux chimney, he'll have some delicious sweet treats waiting for him.

The Wirework Treasure Box Ornament comes in an assortment of 3, with $2 from each set sold going towards CUT IT OUT, an organization dedicated to helping battered women escape abuse and rebuild a better life for themselves and their families.  We are PROUD to support CUT IT OUT!
Cordova Nesting Table topped with two of our Riverstone Platters and Harmony Tea Cups.

Off to the next 'room' -- a little Christmas breakfast nook!
Doesn't our Athena Crackle Vase make a perfect lamp base?  
Teal Table from Nadeau Furniture.
Walls are painted:  Benjamin Moore - Smoke Embers 1466
Our Odessa Angel appears again - this time dressed up with a Pink Paper Cone for an 
added PoP of color, she is resting on our Jackson Square Pedestal next to our 
The Zella Notice Boards are the perfect spot to display cards & holiday wishes.

I am in love with the Tinsel Tree (hobby lobby) tucked in our Lady Jane Vase, Small.
The tinsel tree is adorned with some of our large and small Prism Glass Ornaments.
Chevron Table Lines (Love these!) are from Smith Variety Store in Birmingham, AL
(wonder if they ship?)

Lastly the dining chairs were adorned with our Avalon Accent Trees 
holding fresh flowers and silver tinsel for extra sparkle!
Silver Chairs are Custom Made -- cute, especially with the pink linen seat!!

I hope you enjoyed this Cheerful Christmas in July tour.
Is it making you rethink what color palette you use to decorate for Christmas?
It is, most definitely, for me!


  1. Oh my goodness....what eye candy!! What a treat it was to view all your lovely photos. Yes, you definitely got me thinking...=)

    Hope you had a great weekend! XO ~Liz

  2. What a fun blog!! SOOOOoo nice to meet you :). Thank you for sharing!


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