the holiday decor is up! (and some family photos)


My mom has a tradition of putting up her Christmas decor up at Thanksgiving and I’ve decided to follow suit. Which meant the day before our parents came into town last week, Mr. Lively, Mike (my youngest brother), and I hustled to get everything done.

Living in an apartment without a storage unit means we have limited space for holiday decor. But a tree, wreath, garland, and flower boxes help bring a little cheer to the Lively home.

This year’s Christmas tree has oversized “Charlie Brown” lights with an assortment of childhood ornaments. The tree skirt is actually an old Anthro tablecloth wrapped around the base.


The fireplace garland is a simple strand of pine we picked up at Home Depot when we got the front door wreath.

FireplaceWinterGarlandI layered our year-round white branches, some pine cones, and a handful of gold ornaments.

After the holidays, I’ll remove the gold balls for a winter look.

WinterGarlandFireplace(With Franklin’s affection for pulling down the hand towels hanging in the kitchen, we skipped the stockings this year.)

Outside, we dressed the patio for Christmas starting with the window boxes.

These guys were pretty tricky at first. With the frozen soil, I wasn’t crazy about the idea of pouring gallons of hot water on them or waiting three days for the soil to thaw inside in order to dress the boxes.

Just before I gave up on them altogether, I tried laying an old faux indoor garland on top of the frozen soil as window box filler.

And voila!

WinterChristmasWindowboxSo pretty. The middle layer is fake greens and berries. I anchored the garland into the soil by using gold pinecones attached to sticks. Just four pinecone stakes per box keeps things in place. No pots of boiling water required!

Then, I layered extra branches from the fireplace mantel and some branches from the Christmas tree at the bottom. Mixing the real branches with the fake ones really helps to make the whole thing feel more complete and authentic.

So besides the gold pine cone stakes I snagged at Home Depot, these boxes ended up being pretty much free.

In between the patio chairs we added a little pine tree, too.

PatioChristmasTreeJust in case you are interested, here are a few snapshots from the Thanksgiving week with our families in town.

Me, my mom, and Mr. Lively’s mom.


Dinner with my parents, Mike, myself, and Mr. Lively at Hugo’s Frog Bar.

photo3Franklin watching The West Wing. (No joke.)


And proof that I do cook… once a year.



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    1. Thanks, Blair! I’m glad you like the holiday look. And yes,
      the Thanksgiving was really nice. : )

  1. Eva Mijes

    The decor looks great! I also really like Hugo’s. I need to go back, the first and last time I was there was almost two yrs ago!

    1. Thanks, Eva!

      Hugo’s is great (though I had forgotten how expensive the main dishes are since I am used to just getting an app!). I hope you get to go back soon. : )

    1. Thanks, Lauren! I am loving the boxes, too. And yes, Franklin is quite the character. He loves him some TV.

    1. Thanks so much, Jillian! I love that rug, too. The patio wouldn’t look nearly as cute with just the cement floor.

  2. Kimberly Anne

    Awww, I love seeing a sneak peek of you and the family!

    1. That’s awesome. : ) I figured I could share a little bit about them since they aren’t a part of the blog very much.

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