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My House At Christmas

I mentioned in this post that I was abandoning my somewhat traditional roots to go with a scheme of turquoise, chartreuse green and silver in my holiday decorating.  Here's how it turned out:

That turquoise patterned pillow was a total fluke--I purchased it randomly last time I was in Canada  (I loved the color and pattern), and lucky for me, it looks super with the rest of my "stuff".

This mantle is verging on cluttered, but I love it.....the  more sparkle the better at Christmas, I say!  That feathered wreath is one of my proudest purchases in the past few months--I found it on an end aisle at Michaels for $3.99!  So of course I bought two :)

I have a little obsession with mercury glass.  I love how it can go with either gold or silver, and can have a warm or cool cast depending on what its placed with.  It works well when I'm an indecisive decorator!

And finally, here's our "penguin of the year" for 2010.  Every year since we got married, my husband and I buy a new penguin to celebrate another Christmas together.  Penguins mate for life, so we think its a clever and suitable tradition to carry on.  This guy is one of my favorites, purchased from West Elm.  It looks like origami, but is actually ceramic!

So there's my Christmas holiday tour.  The cool, frosty tones of my living room don't seem out of place at all with the piles of snow and cold going on outside......cheers to this Minnesota winter!


Design A-Peele said...

Hi! Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I love meeting new blog friends! I love your christmas decor! way to try something new! It really looks great! Wish I had the confidence to start my own interior design business. Each time I try I think my taste is too much of my own...instead of branching out a bit. Reading your "about me" made me excited to try one day!

Unknown said...

WOW! Love your space! Your decorations are gorgeous :) Wanted to say hi to another Canadian too.. I noticed on Danielle's blog you are originally from Sask! So nice to meet you :) xoxo

Erin {House of Turquoise} said...

LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it all!!!! The colors are perfection!

Unknown said...

Hi Kristen, I just saw your house on Erin's blog and wanted to stop by and tell you that I really love what you did ... everything looks very beautiful; I love the fresh colors and even though you used cool colors the whole thing looks very warm and inviting. Your pillows are beautiful and I love your penguin (and the reason that you collect them). Sherri

1 Funky Woman said...

I just found you so I am a newbie to your blog! I love your penguin tradition. My husband and I are having our 18th anniversary tomorrow and hadn't found the perfect gift. I'm on a mission for something penguiny!

Not far from you. We live in Ames Iowa and use to live in Rochester!
Looking forward to the follow!


Unknown said...

Love Love Love you're pillows! What brand are they?