Monday, December 16, 2013

Season's Greetings

It is a minimalist Christmas at Church Street this year. I have to admit that mustering any enthusiasm for decorating has been a struggle and I decided not to put up a tree despite registered disappointment on the part of some household members. (We are spending the 25th with my sister and will admire hers.) I divulged this shameful confession to the lovely shopkeeper of a favorite store in town - she sympathized, said I wasn't the first person to share the (lack of) sentiment with her, and told me not to sweat it.


So I'm keeping it simple, focusing on enjoying free time to spend with family and friends, savoring the season without embellishments. We have no formal entertaining planned but I have decided to maintain a month-long open house. This is the extent of my decorating and I'm done so if you're in the neighborhood come on over. We're ready for you. xoxo

36 comments:

  1. Love the trio of wreaths...and I really want some paperwhites this year.

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  2. That picture is beautiful! The real meaning of the season is not what we are decorating (though it can be fun if you are into it) but who we are spending it with. Sounds like you have it right Phyllis! LOVE the idea of a month long open house...how fun!

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  3. Sometimes we have to give in to the simplicity we crave to find the joy. I think a lot of us working in the design field just hit the wall at this time of year and are willing to sacrifice a house full of shine for quality time with our favorite people It's so worth the trade. Wishing you a blessed and Merry Christmas!!!

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  4. Phyllis I love to see simple elegance in decor! The wreaths are lovely!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Scalamandre Giveaway!

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  5. Ditto! Everything came too fast, and it will be time to clean up soon. I am enjoying the less is more decorating theme at my home. After a cocktail, nobody will notice :).

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    1. You are so right, Linda! The woman in the shop blamed it on Thanksgiving coming so late this year. I am sure there is something to that.
      xo,
      Phyllis

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  6. We had a Christmas party last night: the mantle was decorated, as were side tables, we had candles etc. I sent a picture to my daughter to which she and boyfriend replied: your parents are the only people I know who would have a Christmas party and not have a tree!!! So there you have it. No, I just didn't have it in me this year! It's just the two of us here for that day so yes, I say keep it simple….

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    1. So glad to know I am not the only one!
      xo,
      Phyllis

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  7. That is the prettiest bar, Phyliss!

    I am a minimal holiday decorator too. A cute small tree this year, simply decorated and fresh wreaths on the doors. Our gift to ourselves during the season is keeping lots of white flowers throughout the house with a few sprigs of red berries here and there.

    Love the Open House idea, that is a great way to celebrate.

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    1. Love the idea of white flowers at this time of year!

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  8. you have me beat!
    nothing here, nada. i am a shopkeeper and decorate others homes, so i naturally am the 'cobbler whose children have......' mentality.
    not a bah humbug, rather feeling like a bed bug these days. your image is stunning phyllis
    cheers
    debra

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    1. That is just the feeling I have - a fire and a blanket is all I want. Wishing you all the best in the year ahead!
      xo

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  9. Less is more, my love :) Each year, our tree gets simpler and smaller so I hear ya. The boxwood wreaths and papewhites look so elegant, Phyllis! Merry Christmas to you all!
    Warm greetings,
    Loi

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  10. I love it Phyllis! I am not a frou frou kind of girl though I do admire it and gush over it in others homes. However, for me, I like it simple too. I love the reflection of the art in the mirror, the paperwhites, how you have three wreaths, the black lamp shade adds some graphic punch. Love it all. I would be abusing that month long open house and coming by every day if I lived close by:-)

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    1. We'd welcome the company! Wishing you all good things in 2014!! xo

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  11. Lovely! Your less is more philosophy is perfect. I've felt the same way about Christmas decorating in the past, especially when I was going to away on Christmas day. Wishing you all the best in 2014.

    Deborah

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  12. Phyllis,
    I love what you've shared, not only for the lovely simplicity of your trio of boxwood wreathes, but for the fact that Christmas is so much more than the tree and all of the decorations. I believe it's what we have in our hearts and share with our loved ones that matters...wish I lived in the neighborhood. :D
    Enjoy your holiday and may 2014 be a peaceful year.
    xo,
    Karen

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  13. Keep it simple. Focus on drinking. ;)

    xo Terri

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    1. Hahahaha!! All best wishes to you in the new year, Terri!
      xo,
      Phylis

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  14. I love your boxwood wreaths and paperwhites. Less is definitely more. Your open house idea is wonderful. We have a similar plan at our house: when school lets out, we're going to bake cookies--something we all love to do together. And one evening during their school break, we'll invite a few neighbors over for cookies and cocoa.

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  15. I love the way you have decorated and am with you on minimal decorating this year--interestingly most of my friends have been telling me that they feel the same way this year. Wishing you a very happy holiday season!

    xo Mary Jo
    http://MagicalMined.blogspot.com

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  16. that is such a beautiful vignette! i love it! happy holidays to you and yours. wait - no. MERRRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

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  17. As you already know I've struggled with this same issue this year, but guilt got the better of me and I bought a live tree yesterday! I wish I lived closer, you could have talked me off the ledge over a nice gin and tonic with extra lime! ;)

    xo Kat

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  18. Happy Holidays Phyllis and I hope yours is filled with laughter and love and that you're surrounded by family and friends. Cheers! xo Nancy

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  19. Beautiful - simple and gorgeous. Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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  20. Phyllis...I shamefully concur..no tree here either. I did put the small one up at the lake house. My floors are being refinished and I couldn't bare the thought of decorating!! At least that is my excuse!!

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  21. So glad I didn't miss this Phyllis. Such wonderful comments here. I prefer a less cluttered look and too many seem to get caught up in the hoop la and forget the reason for the season.

    Love the trio of wreaths and I'm sure those Paperwhites are all opened and making your home smell like Christmas!

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  22. Dido...this is the second year I haven't put up a tree...have a wonderful Christmas...

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  23. We have do not have a tree either this year just a scattering of small herb wreaths which I am more than happy with. Do I see the makings of the perfect Vesper on the drinks tray Phyllis....I'll be over in a minute! Wishing you a Happy Christmas and wonderful 2014. Paul xo

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  24. Dear Phyllis,
    My warmest good wishes for a very MERRY CHRISTMAS
    and a healthy, prosperous HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Thank you very much for still reading my little blog and your friendly comments!

    Heartily Greetings from the Périgord, Karin

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