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no baby yet!  he’s still hanging in the belly!  taking this time to enjoy our family as a twosome for now and be lazy!  ;)  first up, we have my friend piper with a guest post!

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hi everyone, this is piper from one sydney road and i’m thrilled to be guest posting for sandy! (especially for such a wonderful reason!) i thought i would share some of my favorite ways to decorate for the holidays. i’m all about keeping things nice & simple for the holidays since it’s such a busy time. and who am i kidding…that way it gives me more time for baking cookies & wrapping gifts! so i like to use what i have (it’s a money saver too!)

at our house, we have a bunch of different color bulbs that make decorating so colorful and easy. i just take one color (or 2-3) and use them around the house for table decor, in vases for display & of course on the tree! (yes, i’m one of those people that has a color theme each year!)

the other thing i love to do is bring the outdoors inside. and boy is it easy that way! just grab some branches or pinecones & some greenery and you’re set. hmm….thinking i should go grab my hubby and dogs and take a hike in the woods to search for some decor! how do you all like to decorate for the holidays? do you go all out or keep it simple?

happy holidays!!

images above, from top left: traditional home; better homes & gardens; kelly oshiro design; via luxe finds; kelly oshiro design; urban outfitters; one sydney road; good housekeeping; good housekeeping; better homes & gardens; art & artifact; country living; indiska; via luxe finds; lotta agaton; better homes & gardens

-piper

19 Comments ( Reply )

  1. becky mercado
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 1:05 am

    Like the use of the red balls over and over. It kind of sets up a motif…

  2. Dancing Branflake
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 1:13 am

    I love Piper! She is just so creative and stylish and humble. Love this post, Sandy!

  3. Collette Osuna
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 7:03 am

    HI Piper..so nice to meet you…off to check out your blog now:)

  4. rachel grace
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 8:29 am

    way to go piper, beautiful as always! and thanks for the baby update, that’s why i initially checked in. ;)

  5. Agnes Deer
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    For this year, which is my first Xmas with my boyfriend, I kept it simply basically because I didn’t want to buy many things! But I’m sure I’ll accumulate lots of stuff with the years! Loved your ideas!!

  6. hena tayeb
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    Oh love it.. The ornaments under the bell jars and them hanging in a cluster over head..
    The natural decor option look beautiful too.. especially since we don’t celebrate Christmas.

  7. Piper
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    thanks everyone for the lovely comments!!! it happens to be my bday today so thanks for making my day!!! xoxo

  8. ElleSee
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    I love all of these ideas! There are so fantastic! I like to keep things simple as well. I really don’t like having to remove a lot of the things that are usually out on display to make room for a ton of Christmas decorations. I generally just set up a tree, and then put some other little decorations around the living room and kitchen. Christmas is in a very concentrated area of our house. Haha!

  9. Miki
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    So many cool ideas! ;)

    Hope you have both started the week off with a big smile!

    Miki.

  10. Holly
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    So many pretty ideas!! :)

  11. Krysten
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

    So pretty!

  12. Pearl
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 6:47 pm

    Gorgeous Post!
    I cant believe Christmas is in less than a week!
    Yikes!!

    Pearl

  13. ilene
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

    i love the red ornaments!!!! such inspiring photos!!!

  14. Rowena
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

    Great ideas! I also find that colorful bulbs are a fun and easy way to decorate and add pops of festive color.

  15. Kassie
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

    LOVE those bottles with the flowers in them!

  16. Lisa @ MMT
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

    So pretty! I love every picture!

  17. Yara Simon
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 2:44 am

    I like all the different uses of the red ornaments. I probably would not have thought of any of those on my own.

  18. Noemi
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 4:24 am

    So pretty!! I have post a new creations ( decorating for the christmas tree) look my blog… And post a responses… I would love!!
    Noemi
    http://noxcreare.blogspot.com/

  19. Sarah-Anne
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 11:07 am

    i love the al natural (sp?) aspect of decorating so this post is right up my ally :) thanks for the beautiful pinterest worthy pictures!

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