CHRISTMAS AT OUR HOUSE!



The tagline “Christmas at Our House!” always makes me giggle.  When I was in high school, our campus paper –The Lancer- ran a front page story featuring the holiday traditions of prominent alumni with the unfortunate headline typo: “Christmas at Out House!”  Alas, the then Editor in Chief has since recovered from the gaffe and went on to Stanford and great things, I’m sure.  That said, the phrase still manages to amuse me this many years later.  Today’s post is not strictly about Christmas at “my house” but is a brief collection of holiday snaps that I hope you’ll enjoy.

First, I had to return to my friend’s home featured in this post from last year for “Deck the Halls Part Deux.”  I just love the “au natural” treatment that Terrain gave her front door:

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As well as her gorgeous use of natural elements inside her home.  Greens, pine cones and mercury glass abound!  In the dining room on the antique sideboard…

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and on the dining room table:

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In a vignette in the living room:

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On a table in the kitchen…

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And in the family room…

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Which plays host to her gorgeous and uncomplicated tree.

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She pulled together all of the decor in the house with the help of her immensely talented mother, and my favorite touch this year is the addition of a “hot chocolate bar.”

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Mugs, cocoa and toppings at the ready for a couture cup of cocoa.  I need one of those!

Next on my list, I have to share a photo of this beautiful gift that was delivered to me by a dear friend.  Don’t you just love fabulous presentations?  The paper is from Paper Source.

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And now for Christmas at my house!

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Photo: ChiChi Ubiña

As my husband and I hail from Texas and California, respectively, we do love our TexMex.  In the days leading up to Christmas I declared one family dinner “Feliz Navidad!” in a bid to find one more excuse for chips and guacamole and margaritas.

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Eschewing red and green in favor of vibrant florals and fruits, I set the table with a mishmash of color and pattern.

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The table cloth, napkins, and turtle bowls are from Anthropologie.  Normally I love to cook, but these days are busy, busy so I reached out to Food Design to prepare us a delicious feast of tacos (with all of the fixings!), rice, beans, guacamole and more.  It was quite a hit and the early thinking is that “Feliz Navidad!” should become an annual family tradition.  Arriba!

Finally, these last few photos are courtesy of ChiChi Ubiña for Fairfield County Look.  They are being included in a story on holiday decor in Greenwich and I am so happy to have ChiChi’s beautiful photos of my new dining room — which is finally complete!  This is what it looked like at this time last year:

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…And this is what it looks like now!

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Photo: ChiChi Ubiña

A huge thanks goes to my designer, Brooke Crew, for having such a wonderful vision for the room.  I told her that I wanted something dramatic and she delivered!

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Photo: ChiChi Ubiña

I am having so much fun readying it for holiday entertaining — including setting the table with all of my Juliska holiday dishes:

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Photo: ChiChi Ubiña

…and fun finishing touches like these “My Life in Parties” Reindeer Placecards:

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I also set up my playroom for some holiday crafting:

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Photos: ChiChi Ubiña

And my breakfast nook…

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for a little Christmas breakfast.  After all, opening up all of those gifts can be exhausting.

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Photos: ChiChi Ubiña

For those who believe, I hope that Santa is good to you and I hope a little Christmas magic finds its way into your home!

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Healthy and happy holiday wishes to you all!  Thank you for reading.

xo,

Cath

 



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