I love snow in December.
Right now – as I type this – it’s snowing and snowing and snowing.
Everything is covered in a beautiful blanket of white outside, and inside it feels so cozy with the twinkle lights, and candlelight, and Christmas plaid.
It really is like the most perfect day.
Ask me how I feel when we have a day like this in March and I may sing a different tune.
Today I wouldn’t change a thing.
I don’t normally post on Sundays, but since I’m feeling so festive and Christmas-y watching that snow come down, I thought I’d go ahead get my tour up a little early.
I really wanted to keep things simple and casual with a country vibe this year, so I stuck with traditional red and green trimmings, birch and pine accents, and a little mercury glass thrown in here and there.
It’s maybe a bit hodge-podge, but I love it.
I was absolutely dying over all that awesome plaid out there this year, so I piled the sofa with plaid pillows and a super cozy pom pom throw.
I kept that large metal tray on the coffee table that we used during fall and filled it with pine branches, birch candles and silver mercury votive holders.
With the new furniture layout in the living room, we tried our tree tucked in by the bookshelves this year.
I have been wanting to stand a Christmas tree in a large metal tub ever since I first saw it done in a magazine. I finally snagged the perfect tub for ten dollars at the flea market this summer, and it holds our tree – an 8 foot Fraser Fir – perfectly.
I can’t wait to get all the pretty presents stacked under there.
A few old books stacked under a scatter of ornaments and a simple pine wreath for the mantel…
And those sconces?
They’re vintage roofing snow guards (found at my fave, Lucky Junk!) – such a cute, rustic touch up there, right?
For some fun Christmas art that can carry straight over to winter, I framed a couple of pictures of our neighborhood from a winter back in the 40s (1947, I believe), that a neighbor posted on Facebook.
I really love old photos like that, and feel like they add such a cozy winter touch.
That’s our house in the top picture.
To finish things off, a couple of potted trees and a festive sign over the apothecary cabinet rounds out the front of the room.
The dining room is simply festive too.
I ordered this gorgeous garland from Ballard Designs to hang on the chandelier and I’m in love with it. It adds so much texture with the different greens, and berries, and pinecones. I love fresh greens, but good quality faux is a close second and you only have to buy it once. 😉
A few birch votive holders tucked in small wreaths on a wood slice for the center of the table.
Old books left open to the expose the pages tucked into baskets on the plate rack, and a simple sentiment pillow for the bench.
Spy something new back there in the corner?
You haven’t been formally introduced yet, but I’ll be sharing more about that beauty soon – we picked it up on a trip to Michigan and I’m crazy about it. I topped it simply by filling a dough bowl with fresh greens I picked up at Trader Joe’s and silver ornament vase filler from Target.
Simple. Cozy. Casual.
And perfect for watching the snow fall outside.
Hope you’re having a beautiful – and snowy – Sunday, friends. 🙂