Operation Simple Christmas Decorating :: Day 3

Does anyone else start painting or decorating projects right before hosting a party?
Y'all are crazy, too?
Do you give yourselves a deadline, then start a major project?
Y'all are still crazy, too!

I have been very busy, y'all, in the living room.
It got painted and rearranged, and I took furniture and items from other rooms.

This room got painted, new curtains ($4.99 each from the AS IS bin at IKEA),
lamps from another room, new-to-me frames (a barter from my friend, Ann).

There was a lot more furniture in here.
I sold some tables and removed a cabinet off the wall, and here it is today.

Our Living Room, simplified.

I framed some polka dotted paper from Hobby Lobby to bring red in here,
(plus, I couldn't find a map we wanted to frame, yet. Hello, eBay!)

This iron etagere used to live in the cafe',
and the cafe' will be Operation Simple Christmas Decorating ::Day 4.

I paid $1 for this scrolly holder- it held cups in the cafe',
now it holds my collection of vintage postcards from 1901-1915,
sent to a "Miss Minnie Spearman".
I found her album of cards
(she saved cards from all the seasons and holidays) at Salvation Army.

Cloches are a must.
Aren't they?

The cloches/houses on plates came from Wal-Mart a few years ago.
Can you believe I got them for $5-ish each when they were 75% off?!?!

 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby,
keeping watch over their flocks at night.
An angel of the Lord appeared to them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.
I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
he is the Messiah, the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths
and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel,
praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

A reminder.

Greenery, courtesy of my arborvitae.
The steel blue stockings? The Dollar Tree!

The larger picture is of my daughters, Miss S and Miss A, in 1994.
The smaller picture: me and my sister in 1970.
I think my daughter, Miss S (standing in rear picture),
favors me as a little girl (I am on the lower left).
Well, she still favors me. Poor thing.

We have one television in our home, in the basement theatre space.
 But, I couldn't part with this armoire yet.
It is an Ethan Allen (probably the only piece I own with a "pedigree"), 
and I earned it from a staging job, and it holds one of my best birthday presents yet.
The sound is a-mazing! You need one.
We got ours, including the iPod, off Craigslist and saved 2/3 the cost.

I love birds and cages and lights.

These vintage Hartmann suitcases DO get used.
See here.

The rooms done on Day 2.

Merry Christmas!

The next space will be the French-ified basement Cafe' de Sous Sol.

Stay tuned!

I pray you all are having a wonderfully blessed season, so far.
Never be too busy to smile or to be courteous or to show love.



  1. It all looks beautiful, Leslie!

    Yes, you are crazy. So am I. So are we all!! Isn't that what makes us interesting?

    So when is your big party? I remember wishing that I lived close enough to get an invitation. . . .

  2. It looks beautiful in person! I was telling Charles that I loved the cloches and the candle holders on the coffee table.

    All of those old cards? What a great find! If I'd known they were old and all belonged to the same lady, I'd have been nosy and read them. ha ha

    Thanks for a great time!

  3. Okay, this is just too much. You are too good at this. ;) I have to go through this again, probably a few times, but wanted to leave a comment because I totally panicked when I didn't see the gingham curtains at first. Whew...I was relieved as I kept scrolling through the post. You'll see why. Will comment again after I go through S L O W L Y.

  4. Sigh...still gorgeous. I have to do something with my living room couches. Don't want to get rid of them--can't afford new ones--but slipcovers are so expensive too. Me and a sewing machine aren't a pretty sight so I'll have to hunt for a good sale on covers. I think the white freshens up things so much.

    Loooooovvvveee the simple idea with the framed polka-dotted paper. Now that I can do. Oh you get me in such trouble, Leslie. The good kind though. ;) Oh, and can you believe I don't have a cloche? I know. Where have I been, right?

    Love the angel wing too. Can't wait for more views of your beautiful decorating. Blessings!

  5. Isn't that when you're supposed to redecorate? I love it! Beautiful job, Leslie!

  6. Wow, Leslie, everything looks great...classy, like you! Love the silvery touches. Great job! A blessed holiday to you and your sweet family. Susan

  7. Your gal does favor you! What cute pics!

    The room is fabulous, didn't expect anything less, love the color a whole lotta!

  8. Looking at your blog with my eldest, She says :Her house is really pretty. So light and bright. We need to have her come do ours" (Ouch, says the designer/mom) :)
    Everything looks beautiful...Christmasy, yet light and airy. Love it!

  9. Beautiful! It doesn't even look like the same room. I especially love the vintage cards. Very cute!

    Hugs to you my friend!

  10. Oh yes I am right there crazy with you!! I painted my living room last week, sold a bunch of my furniture and redid my whole living room and dining room with my Christmas money from my parents...so yep I'm crazy too! Love how you simplified, it really looks nice and oh how I love your red and white room.


  11. Everything looks beautiful. If my knee were healed I would be right there with you painting and such. All the nicks on the walls around here and the fact that the crown molding and base never got their finish coat of paint has been making me crazy! Hope your party goes well. BTW I love the cloches on the shelving rack from the cafe! <3 Paula

  12. Why have a party if not to make you redo things in the house?! I'm all over that, my friend!

    Everything looks wonderful. I love the silver stockings and pillows, the window over the mantle, the cloches...oh the cloches.

    Why, oh why, can't we be next door neighbors? Lisa~

  13. Leslie,

    Your home looks amazing. Crazy? Like me. I especially like the cloches you've created. I too have an angel wing and will be posting about it and other Christmas decor as soon as I finish -- just in time for Ground Hog Day!

    Your Friend,

  14. Hi, Leslie! I wanted to thank you for your reply to my comment over at The Nesting Place today. :) This can be a high stress week, and adding pms to the mix doesn't help. Your comment made me smile, and I'm feeling much better now. :) Hope you have a blessed Christmas in your BEAUTIFUL home!

  15. I could go on and on but I need to know where the glass candle holders (with the bubbles in the clear glass) came from ? They are sitting on a white serving tray??

    It is all so lovely.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  16. Leslie you have the most beautiful home! You have a great eye for decorating!!

  17. Hi Leslie!! What a gorgeous home!

    Here is a place to get a really big map, it might be way too big for what you need and you'd probably hate to cut it up! But worth checking into National Geographic, they might have just what you need!


    One reader suggested just using regular road maps, that might be cheaper and they are larger than a calendar too.

  18. It looks beautiful! What color paint is that in your living room? I love how the black decorative wall hangings look against it, but that you have the white accents.
    I am trying to decide on a color for my dining room.... love this.
    People are saying I'm a no reply & I haven't figured out how to correct it... so if you can't get me through my link... my email is organizewithsandy(at)yahoo(dot)com


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