Operation Simple Christmas Decorating :: Day 2

It was late last night when I finished up the foyer, Music Room and Dining Room.
Too late, and I tried, to take any decent pictures.
But, the new day brings daylight, time with Jesus, and a fresh cup of coffee 
and I can see things anew again, today!

I did a lot of stuff yesterday
(click here to see Day 1) and I have a tinsel hangover today.
I dug through boxes.

And picked out only the most specialest and simplest items.

I vacuumed up glitter and sorted through more things.

It is harder to go through many frou frous and keep those items that still say "festive"
than just putting everything out like I did last year, I decided.

I got to wake up to find what I thought was simple to me yesterday.

Here's what happened.
Simple Christmas.
In no particular order.

I paid $7.50 for this vintage bottle bottlebrush tree!
An antiques store was going out of business, and the tree was $75.00 with 90% off!

I went in our backyard and borrowed some branches from our arborvitae trees and cedar trees
and plopped them in some sugar water in the urn that usually holds utensils next to the stove.

Miss S's piano, a.k.a. "Precious" had to have something note-worthy (that pun was like, ugh!)
on it, and SIMPLE.

I printed sheet music from this site, rolled it up and tied it with gray satin ribbon.

Battery-operated candles from Hobby Lobby on clearance for $2.80 each, in the Fall.

Where we read and surf the net.

Jesus is the gift AND the giver.

Foyer bureau.

One of many from the collection of vintage flocked birds I found at an estate sale.

Smaller red ones on the chandy- another estate sale.

Syracuse china- Roxbury pattern, a gift from a dear friend.
Read about it here.

The Savior has been born!

"H" for Hello Home!
Not really, it's our last name's initial.

I took a round mirror from the guest bedroom wall,
laid it on the table and gussied her up.

The next area is the livingroom, Day 3.
In a few days.
I'll be baaaaaaaack!


  1. Lovely, Leslie, absolutely lovely. I really like the white tree, too. It's hard for me to decorate simply...i'm more toward overkill. But I loved the simple look, too! Hope you have a peaceful rest of the day. Susan

  2. Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing--I'm going to keep this post in mind while I continue to decorate our home for the holidays.

  3. What a great idea with the sheet music!! i just love learning something new in "easy does it" decorating!! I am soooooo laughing at your box of ornament hooks!!!!!! :)
    Gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing & Merry Christmas!! Terri

  4. Lovely decorations!! You really do have a special way of decorating. Love it!!

  5. HI Leslie. Your home looks so beautiful all decked out for Christmas! Now I'm in love with your vignette with the rolled up music under the cloche! I may have to do this too! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;0

  6. It is so beautiful!!!! I love the red and white and I adore the music sheets under the cloche!!! You did an amazing job and can't wait to see day 3!!!

  7. I too REALLY like the Carols under the Cloche. Gave me inspiration for my very sparse Piano top!! Every thing is looking good!

  8. Gorgeous! The red and white is just beautiful.

  9. Tinsel hangover! Hilarious! Leslie, everything is just stunning and I almost jumped out of my chair when you said you used your arborvitae because it totally solved a dilemma for me! I'm going to be copying you on that one! :-)
    Your home is looking so lovely and festive!

  10. Actually that room looked Christmasy before ya even got started!! I SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO love that tree......I am shocked at the buy you got....SHOCKED!!

  11. Your home is absolutely beautiful! I wish I could find a deal on a tree just like that. God is good!

  12. OMG! I love everything about this room! The curtains,forget it when I got off the floor I was still in love.lol I am so lookin for that fabric or somethin similar for my office area.Gotta love blog land! Love your home and I am gonna go and see your closets now.

  13. Gorgeous, Leslie, simply gorgeous. Your red and white room is perfect even without the Christmas decorations. Can't wait for part 3.

  14. Wonderful Leslie, it's all so pretty! I wish I had better shrubs to trim to bring into the house. Just an old pine.

    I know I've said this before but I love those slipcovers! Love them :)

  15. Wonderful job I love all your bargains and your eye for decorating!! So happy you had the energy to complete day 2....waiting to see what comes on day 3.......I finally finished the tree today...Wes said it looks good...

  16. Such a nice job Laslie, I always feel decor with Red is a tough job, but you did it wonderfully, waiting anxiously for the living room... Your china and cabinet both are wonderful...
    I would love if you come and enjoy the fragrance of sweet potpourri heart at

  17. Wow...I thought I was a lover of red and white...but you walk the talk! Your rooms are just beautiful, simple but elegant. I can hardly wait to get my Christmas boxes back down in the basement and out of my foyer.

  18. Leslie,

    I absolutely LOVE what you have done. The red and white is gorgeous, so clean and bright! Great, great job!!1

  19. It's beautiful! And what a DEAL on that tree!! I love it!! Love the music rolled up under the cloche! And the greenery in the urn next to the ornaments! Truly stunning!

    I am a new follower :)

    Lou Cinda

  20. Absolutely gorgeous Leslie!!! Loving your vignettes and your darling tree- what an amazing deal!! :)

  21. Leslie, it's all so pretty! I think many of us are feeling the need for a simpler Christmas this year & I certainly did that. I love all your little touches, your red & white are perfect for the season. Gorgeous white tree and fresh greens. Love it all! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  22. Your home looks wonderful. I love the sheet music wrapped in ribbon.

  23. Leslie, Everything is beautiful! I love the bottle brush tree and what a deal you got on it.
    I hope to see you at my party starting 12/15.
    Happy Holidays,

  24. May be simple to you, but it is truly beautiful. I think all of your displays are lovely.

  25. Oh my gosh, Leslie...it's perfection! I love everything. The little bird, the rolled up sheet music, the gift, it's all wonderful. Totally worth the tinsel high! Lisa~

  26. i guess after so much appreciation my appreciation doesn't carry any weigh.. still i want to add


  27. Love.it.all! Red and white are just the best color combo and you've added just the right touches.

    Merry Christmas

  28. How beautiful! The red and white is such a delught to see anytime of year, but with all your magical touches, it just pops at Christmas time!

  29. Leslie, this is my first visit to you and I love your home! What a deal you got on that tree! I'm starting to fall for the white ones and will be on the lookout after Christmas for a deal. Your wallpaper is fabulous, as are all your decorations. Merry Christmas! Linda

  30. Leslie,

    It all looks so awesome! I was thinking about you and praying for you today my friend! Hope things are going well!

  31. Your red just makes my heart go pitty-pat! It is just so elegant without being over done. I love your simple decorating ;o)

  32. I absolutely love your red and white room...WOW!

  33. Hey girlie. . . I enjoyed this tour of simple. Simple but beautiful, I'd say!

    Isn't it amazing how red rooms look at Christmastime? My dining room is one of my favorite rooms to decorate. I often think "Oh, I should get rid of the red. . . I've had red for so long. . . " but then Christmas rolls around and I'm smitten again. You know?

    Hope you're having a WONDERFUL Advent season!

  34. It looks beautiful Leslie. Yes I went simpler too this season, and I feel so more relaxed because of it. I love your red dining room, always have! Happy Holidays to you.

  35. Using ornaments in place of candles on the candelabra?! Amazing!

    What great ideas you have! I may borrow some for next Christmas.

  36. Oh girl...You got my kinda house! I love, love, love the sheet music under the cloche, the red transferware, the ornaments on the candleabra, and so much more! I'm so glad you found my site, because now I have found yours!!! Everything is lovely!

  37. Hi there!! I'm from Bridgeport Single Family Homes,I was really amazed with your decorating ideas it was totally brilliant

  38. OH MY GOSH--this is breathtaking!! and I adore your red and I love the rolled sheet music in the cloche!


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