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Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas in the Kitchen and Den

Hello, dear friends.  I hope all is well on the holiday preparation front.  I finally finished decorating and wrapping yesterday.  Actually, it was pretty simple since the only thing that my daughters wanted was some yuletide cashola.

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know my style of holiday decorating.  I call it minimalist - some people would refer to it as lazy-ist.  Whatever.







Remember my boxwood wreaths from last year's holiday decorating?  Well, I liked them so much, I kept them up all year round.  I put a little greenery and sparklies in the windows this year and called it a day.  

I'm exhausted.  I don't know how I do it.



Next stop is the den.    







I'd really like to impress you by saying that I made those trees.  But Santa is watching and I want to get some good stuff this year.





To the left, you will see our version of Elf on the Shelf.  I bought these little elves in Florida many years ago.  





I usually dress the mantel with a garland and ornaments.  But this year, I decided that I didn't want to burn one precious calorie picking up pine needles. 

I finally decided to put some cypress trees in the copper wine cooler and tie a red bow around it.  Everything looks better with a red ribbon tied around it, including me.







I bought these stockings a few years before Pierre Deux closed.  I really miss that beautiful store.











I had some paperwhites on this table.  Unfortunately, they are taking their time making an appearance, so I bought this beautiful topiary at the nursery yesterday.  Hopefully, my paperwhites will join us by Easter.







Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from my family to yours.  

When I count my blessings this year, you all are on the top of my list.  Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, leaving comments, and writing me encouraging notes.  I am touched by all of your kind gestures.


See you next year.

Until next time...









Katie Clooney
Katie Clooney

I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.

56 comments:

  1. Lovely decorations! Christmas blessings to you and yours!

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    1. Merry Christmas to you and yours, as well, Maggie!

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  2. Katie,
    your decorations are lovely and your girls are beautiful!
    Happy Holidays!
    Rebecca

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  3. What a beautifully decorated house! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. Merry Christmas to you too! Enjoy your holiday!

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  4. I love all the greenery in the kitchen - enjoy your girl's visit and holiday family time!

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  5. Katie, your Holiday Decor looks just lovely and very festive to me. I did not burn many calories decorating, trust me! Moulaa in a card is all my children want as well! Oh yes, I miss Pierre Deux! Have a wonderful weekend!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    The Reason for the Season

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    The Reason for the Season

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  6. Beautiful Katie...your daughters are just lovely! Darling picture! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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  7. Everything is beautiful Katie. Love the elf on a shelf...LOL And, your girls are gorgeous. And, even Chili and Chowdah look festive.

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  8. Your house looks festive and simple all at the same time. Merry Christmas to your family. Enjoy the time with your beautiful daughters.

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  9. Your decorating style is lovely. I smiled the entire way through this post. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Linda.

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  10. Everything looks lovely! And I agree...a red ribbon makes anything look festive! Lots of people are taking the "less is more" in their decorating this year it seems. Sheila

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  11. Helllooo Katie my dear...I am just sending a little note to say hi, and how much I love your picture of your beautiful girls and sweet doggies, it has made me smile after a long day, and a midnight run to the friendly holly tree nearby (complete with berries )
    You say such kind words at the end of the post...when it is a joy and a pleasure to read your blog, we all love you
    Sally xx

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    1. Thank you, sweet Sally. I think of you often and hope that things are going well. Drop me an email when you have time. Hope you have a wonderful holiday and 2016 brings only good things.

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  12. Oh, I'm with you Katie on the decorating. I use to decorate from stem to stern but no more. I am definitely a minimalist now but it's still very pretty. Wishing you and yours a lovely Christmas!

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  13. I am happy with my pared down Christmas decorating... until I go into a home where so many festive decorations are displayed... then I feel a tiny bit lazy and inadequate... until it's time to put away all the decorations!!

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    1. I'm with you, Paige. Have a great holiday with your family.

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  14. Merry Christmas Katie! Love all of these photos! Hope your time with your beautiful daughters is fun and magical!
    Jean in NC

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    1. Thank you, Jean! I hope that you have a wonderful holiday as well.

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  15. Your home looks so pretty and I am also disappointed that Pierre Deux closed...Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!
    Shelley

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  16. Your home is juuuust right! Beautiful picture of your daughters and the pupsters. Enjoy your holiday, and just think...you won't have so much to put away!

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  17. LOVE, love, love your minimalist decorating! Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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  18. Just fabulous! I love it all, it is so festive and magical. Love that picture of the girls...gorgeous! Merry merry:)

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  19. Absolutely beautiful in every single spot! The cypress trees in the copper pots are gorgeous. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and thanks for the laughs and good thoughts during the year!

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  20. Beautiful! I love your home decorated a lot or a little because your rooms stand alone in class and style. Merry Christmas.

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  21. Merry Christmas dear Katie! Your house looks beautiful! You put the magic touch in all you do; especially that gorgeous Christmas card. Enjoy the holiday with your loved ones. I feel so blessed to know you & have your wonderful blog for inspiration & many times for comfort. xoxo, Dawn

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    1. Merry Christmas to you and DH and DD! Hopefully, we can meet for lunch in 2016!

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    2. I would love that! Hugs, Dawn

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  22. Katie you crack me up! The older I get (way older than you) the less I want to do. I have to be honest. I am so happy I found your blog. You tell it like it is I can totally identify with that!!

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  23. Gorgeous picture of the girls and your home is so festive Katie! Well done! Enjoy your family🎄💚⛄️ and see you next year😘

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  24. What you call minimalist/laziest, I call gorgeous! Everything is beautiful, including #1 and #2 and the pups. Have a very, very Merry Christmas!! xoxoxo

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  25. Have a Merry Christmas with your beautiful family!!
    I really enjoy reading your blog and looking forward to 2016.
    Happy New Year and best wishes!
    Eli

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and your sweet comments throughout the years. Eli, I hope you have a wonderful holiday and very happy, healthy new year.

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    2. Thank you so very much!!
      Eli

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  26. Merry Christmas! Just love your kitchen window sills. Your home looks wonderful. The greenery in the copper looks grand.

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  27. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family, and I hope Santa brings everything on Chow and Chili's list! Thank you for another year of wonderful blog's, I so enjoy reading your blog and I am grateful that I found you a few years ago, you have brought many "giggles" on an early morning before I head out to work. Happy New Year, and I can't wait to hear the 2016 adventures. Best, Cindy

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Cindy. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family.

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    2. Thank you so much for your kind words, Cindy. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family.

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  28. Your decorating looks perfect to me! Best wishes to you and your most adorable family for Christmas and New Year's!

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  29. Merry Christmas Katie! Hope you and your family have wonderfully warm holidays! So glad I found your blog this year.The house looks so festive and fabulous!

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  30. Absolutely beautiful! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a very happy healthy New Year!!!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  31. Dear Katie, Your home is pure perfection at Christmas and always. If you ever decide to turn your home into a B&B or a charming inn I will be your first guest. Your home just exudes warmth, happiness, and cheer...think Holiday Inn. I bet you and the Mr. can sing and dance as well if not better than good 'ol Bing and Astaire too! Your daughters are absolutely gorgeous and I hope you get to spend some time with them over Christmas.
    Wishing you the Merriest Christmas and a Happy, Healthy 2016!

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    1. I read your comment to the Mister and he got the biggest kick out of the singing and dancing part! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for all the kind comments that you have left over the years.

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  32. Your home looks gorgeous with just the right amount of Christmas! My goal for next year is only natural decorations which will be difficult since I am allergic to everything and we even have a fake tree! I guess we'll see!! Merry Christmas to you and yours! Cathy Temple

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    1. Hi Cathy! We do all fake stuff except flowers and pinecones do the fact that I am married to Felix Unger and doesn't appreciate pine needles on the floor. Have a fabulous Christmas and very Happy New Year. Thanks you so much, Cathy, for always leaving such nice comments.

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  33. Lovely, merry and bright. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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  34. Hi Katie, your home is gorgeous and so inviting for the holidays. Love your tree and all the special pops of color and details. Such a warm and cozy home you have created and the perfect decorations. Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. Wishing you many blessings in your new home. I am sure McKinney misses you. Have a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year!! xo

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  35. Katie,

    Always enjoy your blog and your home is lovely, so warm and cozy! Moving to Boston in January for the next year, to help my daughter with her new baby (not real sure she will be able to keep a human alive!!) Would love to meet for lunch/coffee!

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    1. Absolutely!! Email me when you get settled and we will set a date. I look forward to it. Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy that new baby!

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  36. Katie, Your home looks absolutely beautiful. Wishing you and your family Merry Christmas and all of the blessings of the season. annie_g

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    1. Thanks Annie. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and Happy new year!

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  37. Your home looks beautiful andmi love the photo at the end of your post.
    Thank you for your kind visit to my blog. Merry Christmas blessings to you!

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  38. Enjoyed seeing your decorations and hoping you have a Merry Christmas.

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