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December 9, 2015

Holiday Glow- Living Room

I've been waiting for the sun or at least some bright skies to take pictures but we seem to be stuck under a gray dome right now so I will start with evening pictures of the living room decorated for Christmas!

This is the first time we've ever mounted a garland in the framework below the mantel top.  I'm glad I finally gave it a try.

The new tree is a 7 1/2' not 9' like I've had before.  We reasoned that it's much easier to decorate this height than the other and of course it was!

I used a roll of red tartan plaid to gently weave into the garland.  The golden pine cones and beaded garland have been with me for a while.  I knew I wasn't going to hang stockings and figured I'd hang garland from them but I didn't know I was going to have the 2nd evergreen garland too.  It's a real different look for me and I'm enjoying it.

Sorry this is so dark.  The deer head is mounted on a plaque and accented with cedar.  This is made for a wall but my vision was for it on these lanterns.  I also wove in some green ribbon on the lanterns for a more festive look.

There are antler horns, berries, and more tartan ribbon on the tree.

This is a new piece from Pottery Barn.  The top twists and turns on an LED light inside and it's on a timer so it comes on each day at the same time.

That's one of the poinsettias that I picked up after Thanksgiving while visiting our family.

I spotted this silver box with a tartan top at Pottery Barn.  To ease the silver box into my setting I set it on a little golden candle ring made of finely woven stick like material to warm it up. 

Found this is my stash of goodies so I hung it on the lamp.

A little tree with a group of ornaments given to me by my Daughter in-law and her mother over the past several years.

This striped chest holds my table linens is decorated with Santa, a sleigh and two large candlesticks. The candlesticks were picked up on clearance last year so this is the first time I got to use them.  The red luminara candles were also picked up then too- I love them!

I hot glued fur to the edge of the sleigh this year and I love how it looks.  I found this roll of faux fur at Pier 1 and the ornaments.

 If you follow me you'll notice I moved the sofa.  

The coffee table is decorated with an adorable lantern and some little cottage pieces.  I sprinkled faux snow in there too.

This is my game table dressed up with a gorgeous golden table topper that was my Mom's and a nativity scene.

 I filled the lantern with ornaments and I have a Santa dressed with velvet and tartan plaid standing on the hearth.  I'll take better shots in the daylight when I can get a brighter day!

The basket is loaded up with some birch logs, pine cones and bottle brush branches.

I took this in the morning with no overhead lights on. This is my favorite part of Christmas decorating-seeing the magical glow!  We have these on timers so I get to enjoy them early in the morning and all through the evenings.

I hope you like it!

Rattlebridge Farm

A Stroll Thru Life


  1. Liz, everything looks gorgeous. Love your new tree and the garland on your mantel! The touches of plaid are so eye-catching! Just lovely!

  2. Liz,

    Simply beautiful, not overdone, elegant and classic.
    I see Mr Santa on the hearth has donned a tartan vest he
    is an eyecatcher for sure. Your tree topper is unique can't say I have ever
    seen like it. Nice touches all around.
    Linda C in Seattle

  3. Very lovely decorations. I especially like your Santa, as I have a collection of my own as well.

  4. Liz, gorgeous, I love, love the garland and the deer head. Boy you can sure Decorate a tree. Great plaid touches and the fur you added to the sled is an amazing touch. I think about adding stems in my twig trees. I have so many expensive glass ornaments I'm worried it would be too much


  5. Hi Liz, your home is gorgeous and your photos turned out so well. I know the evening pics are hard to get right and you did an amazing job. Love your mantel and your tree is stunning. Darling Santa!! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  6. Everything is simply gorgeous! I love your tree and the topper. I also love the way your mantel is decorated and how you have your garland draped. So beautiful!

  7. Everything looks so pretty and festive. Love your new tree. I agree, a 6-7 foot tree is much easier to decorate. The plaid is lovely. Fun, you bought some new pieces. The sled looks great fur lines and your mantel looks fabulous!

  8. Liz, your holiday decorating is just gorgeous. The mantle is so beautiful. You have many beautiful things so artfully arranged. My favorite is the mantle. I don't have one, so I have mantle envy. It has been dark here too, so hard to take pics, but yours turned out wonderful. I would like to sit by your tree for awhile. Joni

  9. So so beautiful! I have to get with it. The delivery of a giant fridge has put me way behind.

  10. Liz, Your home is beautiful and the decorations are so wonderful. I absolutely love that Sleigh. The Nativity is so special too. Your home looks so welcoming. Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie

  11. Liz, your great room looks so beautiful! Love the garland - it's so grand. Your tree is gorgeous too!

  12. Oh Liz, your room just glows with so much beauty in the candlelight...the garland is magnificent!!! and so is the tree!....I always love what you do for Christmas...Great job in catching the ambience of the room in the warm glows of the evening!

  13. Liz, you did a wonderful job of decorating for Christmas. I love the warm glow from the fireplace and the tree. I would have to sit there for hours and just stare at all of the lovely items in each of the beautiful vignettes that you have created. Love the garland across the fireplace! Beautiful!!!

  14. One of the funnest thing about the holidays is getting to use all the lights, and I can see that sparkle in your Holiday decor just so perfectly deAR!

  15. Liz, everything looks amazingly beautiful! How did you attach the green garland under the mantle? I have been wanting to try that too, to make it easier to decorate the surface of the mantle! LOVE the idea of adding the fur to the sleigh. I have a small sleigh upstairs that is triimed in fur, tha I got at TJMaxx last year.

  16. Your decorations were gorgeous! I especially liked the garland around the fireplace.

    Please drop by and say hello!
    Harvest Lane Cottage
    ...doing what I can with what I've got where I am
    on a short shoestring budget!


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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