A Look Around

November 9, 2008

We have spent the last few days trying to get the house ready for the holidays. Pat worked on the outside, while I worked on the inside.

With my trip to TN next week, Sarah's Birthday, and then a trip to Cape Cod for Thanksgiving, we figured there was no time like the present.

We are nowhere near done, but it gives me peace of mind to know we have a good start.

I promised a little look around......so here is your Christmas preview......


Our dining room....almost finished, just a couple more things!

These glass jars are my favorite....easy to change the look by changing the filler to match the season. Some of you probably remember these from one of my fall posts.

Our foyer table....I usually put some kind of long stem flower in the tall vase, but for the winter I fill it with white branches and then hang the little ornaments to make it festive.

Our pub table in the bar/entertainment room.

I got the WISH letters last year and set them on those little gift boxes. I also bought the stockings last year, but I still need to get our names put on them!!

BTW, it totally bothers me that the white swich plate is sticking out like a sore thumb....I will have to fix that....I just need to brainstorm a little bit. Normally, it is covered!!
Do you see Sarah's toys in the corner??? That is where we try to hide them!!

The top of the armoire in our family room!!

Hopefully you enjoyed your look around!! More to come soon!

Don't worry, I have not forgotten about that little holiday known as Thanksgiving. I plan to share some great new turkey day recipes!! When I wasn't decorating this weekend, I was cooking up a storm.!!


Denise said...

Decorating and cooking...all in the same weekend..you go girl!

Everything looks beautiful!

I have a suggestion for the switch plate if you will e mail me~

Michelle R Photography said...

Your home looks lovely. Thanks for inviting us into your beautiful home!


Gail said...

Just beautiful Lisa, you are very talented and helped get me in the Christmas spirit. I'm thinking about starting my inside holiday decorating soon too!

BTW we hide toys in the corner too. ;)

Kim said...

Your house is sooooo BEAUTIFUL..
Love the decorating you have done so far..
Thanks for showing us your AMAZING house..
Glad you got some cooking done.. and relaxed this weekend..
Hugs to you girly..
Have a Great Week..

Jodee said...

Wow! You were a busy little bee this weekend! Your house looks fabulous! I enjoyed the Sunday night tour!

ZONE F DG TEAM said...

I wouldn't have noticed the switch plate.

But now since you mentioned it, that's all I see....

Missy said...

Hey girly!

Looks absolutely beautiful! I am now in the mood...thank you!!! I love the top of your armoire and your foyer table in particular. You are very creative.

We got Paige's schedule today and OH MY!!! All I can say, is just call my cell phone anytime as I will either be on the road schlepping her to rehearsal or sitting in the car grading papers waiting on her. She rehearses three nights a week and one weekend day until the production on Dec. 13th!

Seriously, just call me whenever it is good for you, as I will be in and out. Looking forward to brainstorming!

Heather said...

Everything does look lovely and now I can't wait to get our things out:)

Rob has been working seven days a week, so when I batted my eyelashes and said we should begin this weekend, I did not get real good reception! He said the weekend before Thanksgiving, we can begin...woohoo!

I have wrapped the switchplate like a gift, or I strategically place a giant bauble in the greens (usually a red or gold shiny oversized ornament) just in front. I do something different every year. I have a gorgeous old fashioned mantle scarf with the nativity on it and since I have used that, I limit my greens, so I end up with the same issue.

Let us know what suggestions you get:)

Have a great week.

Kam said...

It all looks beautiful! I am going to begin in the morning...we are doing Syd's bday a couple of weeks early this year and since she is having a Christmas bday party...the house MUST be decorated! Can't wait to see the rest of yours~it's beautiful!
Happy cooking!

a Tonggu Momma said...

I'm so glad you do this so early... now I can steal some of your ideas. BwwwwaaaaHaHaHaHa!

Football and Fried Rice said...

So gorgeous!! I love those white branches on your foyer table. I am brainstorming how I can get my very own (spray paint?) LOL!!

Chasing Dreams Photography said...

Beautiful!!! You have such a wonderful eye!!!!! Can you come and decorate my house? You better wait until the saw dust is gone ; 0

day by day said...

Wow...beautiful, Lisa! You have a gorgeous home and you are so very organized! I used to be organized, but...not so much anymore. : )

Jennifer said...

You have a beautiful home! The white branches are my favorite! Where did you find them?

When can you come and decorate mine? You did mention on Lucy's blog that you wanted to come here and try some "yummy" cupcakes :) HA!

Can't wait to see your tree!


Lisa and Tate said...

Your holiday decor looks stunning. Thanks for sharing.


Kayce said...

I just love the jars filled with decor. I'm stealing that one. ;)
You did a great job Lisa, it's beautiful!

PS - Your previous post has the most gorgeous pictures ever!!!

Robin said...

Everything looks Beautiful!!!!

I am sooooo ready to decorate but we are having Thanksgiving here so I am busy getting ready for that!!


Jo said...

It's beginning to look like Christmas! Love the decorations ~ you've got me thinking!

I didn't get any of ours out over the weekend but I did address Christmas cards, worked on our menues for Christmas Eve, Christmas breakfast and Christmas dinner. My goal is to enjoy the holidays this year, not just get through them! : )

Have a fabulous day,

fleur de lis cottage said...

You were one busy bee this weekend and it all looks great. Your decorations are beautiful...I like to decorate with berries and branches too. Can't wait to see your yummy recipes

Kathryn said...

OK I officially hate my house, can I have yours????? Your starting to make me feel inadequate in my decorating abilities, hehehehehe.

Wow, your house is just beautiful and love the decorations!!!!!

Amy said...

When you are finished with your trip to TN, Sarah's birthday, and your trip to Cape Cod...I know a cute little house in Crazyville that you could decorate.;) I'm just saying.;)

Your house is beautiful!:)

God Bless,

Anonymous said...


Your house is beautiful. Your taste for decorating is spectacular. Have you ever considered being an interior designer?

I received your comment on my blog about the camera, I will email you later today. Thanks, I appreciate it!

Have a great week!


Sherri said...

I love it all! Now that I see some festive decorating I can feel the mood coming on.....now I wonder if I will be able to hold out until the 1st! Thanks for that ;)

Your home looks stunning....and cozy!

Pug Mama said...

ok, you get away with decorating so gosh darn early because your house is so beautiful!

Tisha said...


I'm trying really hard to hold out until Thanksgiving and you're not helping one bit. ;) Your house looks festively beautiful! Can't wait to see more. . .

Noemi said...

that looks like so much fun. it has inspired me to begin decorating!

Jboo said...

Wow Lisa -- it's beautiful!! You certainly have "the touch" with decorating! Love it! And you cooked too?? Man, you are are Superwoman! Have a good week!


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Right out of a magazine.

Anonymous said...

Your home is just BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing with us.

I am trying to stay within each holiday this year but it is sooo hard.

As for the swithplate. Take it off the wall spray with a little primer and then paint the color of your wall and it totally disappears! Good luck and keep the pictures coming so we can steal your ideas! Hehe

Polar Bear said...

Beautiful! I love ALL of your decorations. Your house is Gorgeous!!

I can't wait until you share your recipes! :o)

t~ said...

Beautiful! I just told my neighbor today that I had no desire to decorate this year. However, I think I say that every year!

kerri said...

Looks beautiful, thanks for taking us into your home.
Seeing your lovely decorations is putting me in the spirit...

Sharon said...

You missy are very talented. GOrgeous!!! Come to my house next!!!

Also shots below are beautiful too. Your kiddos are too pretty for this world!

Shari said...

LOVE all the decorations!! Can you come decorate my house??

M,R,J1,J2 said...

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..." Very festive! Beautiful!

Laura said...

Ya got me in the mood!!


Shelly and Family said...

Oh Lisa...the house looks great! We have to try and get together soon...I have "something" for you (your birthday present). How wonderful it must be to go to the Cape for Thanksgiving...I am so jealous ;)

Tonya said...

Lisa, this is my first time here and I LOVE your blog - You house looks AMAZING too! Man, I wish I were good with decorating. O:-)

Okay, so the reason I'm writing is that my sister and her husband decided over the weekend that they are going to adopt. (He told her that he's had it on his heart for 2 years) Anyway, they've started praying for GOD to lead them to the right child/country. I guess I was just wondering how long you've been waiting, if it's a typical wait time, and if there are any "big" requirements for adopting internationally that they should know about. If you're busy (and it looks like you are) then don't worry about answering my questions. I've actually met several ladies online recently that have adopted. I can ask them too! =-)

It was great to meet you!


PS.. if you are going to answer, could you email instead of leaving a comment? My sis hasn't told our parents yet. They wanna keep it quiet until they know more about what they're doing. My email address is nason5@aol.com (If anyone reading this has insight, I'd love to hear from you as well)

CC said...

Oh my goodness! You home is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!! And your decorations amazing!!!

Tommy Sweets said...

I love what you have done! It is totally making me want to break out my Christmas decorations! So pretty Lisa!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Hey again LIsa!
OK, that is really weird. We had a weekend visitor who used my computer and his name was Tom. I thought I had logged him out but maybe I didn't and so I've been signing all my comments "Tom" all day. Well, maybe that is a reflection of where my mind is...I feel all jumbled today anyway, maybe I should just continue to be Tom!

Dawn said...

Everything looks so beautiful...cannot wait to see the rest. You are starting to motivate me :)

Ivy Shaffer said...

Oh what a beautiful home! The decorations are so festive...just realized you all live in PA. We grew up in Philadelphia! Wow, we could have been neighbors!

Thanks for stopping by and saying such sweet comments. I'll be over for Holiday dinner...what time:))


Jennifer said...

Everything looks so put together and beautiful!!!

Can't wait for the recipes!


Rebecca Lily said...

So gorgeous!!! Love everything that you did... especially love those warm brown/coppery Christmas things that you have!! You are quite the decorator extraordinaire!

I'm starting my decorating this weekend and I'm so excited!!


"Hello... It's Me Again..." said...

You amaze me!!! Your blog is so inspiring to me! I want to crawl up in my attic right now and bring down all of my Christmas decorations, but I need to wait a few more weeks.

Thanks again for sharing your life through your blog!

I love it!

Lisa said...

Your house is gorgeous and you have it decorated so nice! I just love it!

I can't wait for the Thanksgiving recipe's!!

BTW...I sang It's a small World ALL DAY yesterday...ha!!!

Shell in your Pocket said...

So beatiful! Your house looks wonderful...so pretty and warm feeling..just love everything!
-sandy toes

Norma said...

you need to get a stocking for your China baby too.......I was lucky enough to find one for our third girl when she arrived that matched everyone else's but it wasn't easy. House looks lovely!

Betsy said...

Looks gorgeous. Cannot wait to see the rest.

Our Complete Family said...

I'm home and boy what fun this was to see today! Girl, I'm way behind the power curve with all of Jason's upcoming travels! I'm starting this weekend to decorate, too. Your house looks GREAT! I love all of your holiday touches! Can't wait to see what Pat got up to outside, too! Happy day to you~ Les

De Lucchi Family Treasures said...

Wow!!! Now thats called a SHOW HOUSE where I come from!! How on earth do you keep it so clean - and with kids too!!! I would never show the inside of my house, its a constant tip!! The decorations you put up are so posh!! My kids put ours up, so you can imagine, they have to be child proof, throw proof and boy proof!!
Green with envy :-)
Love Jules

Anonymous said...

WOW! Your home looks amazing.

I stopped over from Bits and Pieces... I love your name... I too am Italian and Irish!

Colleen said...

Hi, when you caome to Cape Cod for Thanksgiving, stop by our place!

Paula said...

Ok, did I stumble upon the Better Homes and garden website? Your home and decorations are gorgeous.
Just beautiful.

Steffie B. said...

Lovely! Thank you for the preview! ;)

Denise C said...

OH wow...absolutely beautiful, Lisa!!! So, next week, when you come to Tennessee....you ARE coming to help me finish my decorations, right???? hee-hee!
You really are so talented at decorating..and cooking..and being a fabulous Mommy....and wife...and gosh...girl..you just do it ALL so very well!!!....You have it all together! I want to be YOU when I grow up!!! *(Smile)!!!
I wish we were planning a meet and greet next week....but possibly on your next visit to TN???!!!
Hugs, sweet friend!

Leslie said...

How beautiful Lisa. You have amazing taste with everything you do.

Aspiemom said...

Your house is beautiful and your decorating is so elegant. You have very nice taste and it was a treat to get to see your Christmas decorations!

I notice your pictures are rimmed with white "fading". What software do you use? Mine has an effect that will do a black spotlight, but nothing like your white rims.

jenbusymom said...

Oh Lisa, can you come and decorate for me?!!

M3 said...

Oh my goodness! This is so beautiful it looks like a magazine spread for the holidays.