A Season of Light

I decided not to decorate for Christmas this year.
I opted, instead, to decorate for the season of Winter
with a special theme of "light",
Jesus being the Light.

Now I'll show you our slightly Christmas decor
and our slightly more wintry decor.
Some of these pictures were taken during daylight
and some were taken in the evening.
(There's nothing wrong with your monitor.)

We'll start outside.

I love the warm and welcoming feeling of candles lit in windows.
It reminds me of trips that my family has taken to Pennsylvania,
where it's common to see lights in windows in many homes during evenings all year round.
I brought that tradition back with us to our home here in South Carolina.

(It's a really sunny day!)

On our porch, you are welcomed by this triple-tiered planter
that I found at Lillian Vernon years ago.

I cut some cedar, pine, and arborvitae branches off of the trees in our yard,
added some large silver plastic ornaments and a few pine-cones, and called it "good".

I found this iron bistro set on Craigslist for $50.

This glass box displays greens and a candle,
while the vintage door cone has been lined with burlap and filled with green.

C'mon inside out of the cold, y'all!
I'll make you a mug of hot cocoa and whipped cream to warm your tootsies!

Take your shoes off, grab a throw, and snuggle up on the love-seat.

Above our precious piano is a pin-board of a few of my favorite things: 
Christmas and New Year's antique postcards, circa 1910.

Evergreens are so much fun to use in decorating.
Why? They add color and life to a dreary season.

I smile every time I see these roses, which were given to me by a dear friend.

I fashioned bitty boxwood wreaths from trimmings of the shrubs in our yard
and added them to the shelves in our dining room hutch.

Vintage silver glass ornaments and sparkly silver shine happily.

My grandmother's Shiny Bright ornaments hang from the candle sconces.

In the living room, the mantel displays a forest of glass and glitter trees.

Hanging behind the window panes are some swallows that I fashioned from sheet music.

Can you tell that I love birds?
(There's a nest under the smaller dome.)

Adjacent to the fireplace is a credenza,
huge and heavy and perfect along this wall.
(It is also getting a makeover some time soon.)
The black and white prints are of Charleston, South Carolina,
my favorite city on the planet (so far).

If you squint, you can see that the bitty houses under the cloches sparkle with glitter.
Squinting will also ensure that you don't see the dust on the lamps.

More candles, more greenery, more ornaments!
On the left, you can see the arm chair that I've slip-covered.

This is the basement theater room, which I hardly ever share with you, 
since it's dark and hard to photograph (there are no windows in the room),
but I did my best, and here is one wall of it.

More silver ornaments in tall jars!
The tiny "fireplace" is actually a heater, and works very well, I might add.

The room next to the theater is the basement coffee house, le Cafe de Sous Sol 
(which, oddly enough, means "the basement coffee house").

In the windows of the cafe, Miss S hung paper snowflakes 
that cast their snowy shadows through sheer curtains.

Along the ledge, another forest of silvery trees await snowfall.

This is the side yard of our home, the entrance to the cafe.
The pine needle-filled boxes are raised-garden beds which now lie fallow.

This mirror greets you as you enter the cafe.
(Here's more about this space at Christmastime.)

Across from the window in the kitchen area are a few of my favorite things, too.
The open shelving holds a few heirlooms, but the rest of the things
are Goodwill, Salvation Army, and yard sale finds.

English ironstone in many different patterns!

I don't regret painting this whole wall in chalkboard a few years ago.

My friends, family, and even I  have designed vignettes on this huge black "canvas".

And last, but not least, everyone's favorite decor of the season,
back upstairs in my kitchen:

Lord, you keep the lamp of my life burning brightly.
You bring light into my darkness.
Psalm 18:28

How do you decorate for winter and bring light to this season?


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Partying with Kate at her 135th Flaunt it Friday gig.


  1. Aw, thank you for sharing. Felt like I was there visiting even though I could not make it last year. You and your family do a beautiful job of portraying the season.

    1. Hi momma!
      I thought you might like to see your second home.
      I love you.
      Hope to see you soon.
      Love, me

  2. So lovely! I would happily sip a cup of hot cocoa at your place :) Blessing to you!

  3. i love this idea. Decorating for the winter- the season of light. Just beautiful. : )

    1. Hi Denise! The Christmas decor gets hastily put away too soon after the 25th and it makes me sad, so this was my solution to keep it around a little longer. You are welcome here anytime :)

  4. Beautiful! Can you PLEASE tell me where you bought your dining room table cover? I LOVE it.

  5. Beautifully decorated...simple and warm and seasonal. A fabulous way to bring light into the winter months!

  6. LOVE it! All the greenery is perfect, simple and pretty. Lovely job as usual. ;) I always struggle with winter decor... thinking does it look too Christmasey, this year I decided I don't care and am leaving lots of my greenery out.

  7. "Let there be light." and there is lots of light in your house! Lovely!Very neat, clean and appealing.

    Around here, I have all white on the bed in the master bedroom and love it. I have no shades, just lace curtains, in the living room and no curtains, just last valences in the kitchen. Sooooooo, lots of light.

    Take care, Leslie. Susan

  8. Looks warm and welcoming Leslie as always <3 Ann

  9. Your home is so lovely, & the winter decorating a smash hit! What a wonderful way to enjoy the season--like a winter wonderland inside...nice, since we have no snow on the outside.

    Love ya, sweet sister

  10. I don't know what I like best! Gorgeous, all!

  11. Simple and pretty! It is amazing how some greenery and candles can make our homes so seasonal.

  12. wow, so many good ideas here--thanks for sharing them!

  13. Your house is amazing! Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower and I love your blog! It gives me so much inspiration as a new home owner.

  14. I love the idea of incorporating more light, especially candles, into my holiday decor, to remind us more of the light of Christ. Thanks!

  15. Oh, yeah, girl! Everything looks beautiful and so full of light.

    On Christmas Eve last year, our oldest was a reader in the midnight service at Duke Chapel. It's a Lessons and Carols service. He was the final reader, so he got to read one of my favorite passages: John 1.

    "In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. . . ."

    Love ya, girl!

  16. There are so many things I enjoy about your home! I still love that "coffee house" in your basement, such fun idea!

    I love that gold antique looking mirror. Where did you get the big coat hooks underneath? I'm searching for some oversize coat hooks and have yet to find ones that are just right.

    I love the mini boxwood wreaths. Wishing I had shrubs in my yard!

    The pin board is a fun idea for Christmas cards...I still don't have a way to display mine and we get so many!

    Also love the gallery wall of Charleston! I JUST did a post about choosing pictures for a gallery wall....yours incorporates several of my ideas at once!


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