Here & there | snapshots of our new home at Christmastime

Posted on | December 5, 2012 | 32 Comments

I got really nervous the other night as we were watching a show on TLC (I think it was TLC…maybe Travel channel – anywho) about people who were obsessed with Christmas decorations. One lady had hundreds of fake trees in her house, another family used their 13 acres to house more blow up lawn figures than any person should own. Scot was a little too into to it for my taste. I love the holidays but let’s not, ok?

He has been having fun doing lights outside and it’s been fun watching him (he wears a santa hat when he does it – seriously). I appreciate that Harper knows the magic of the holidays because her dad is showing it to her. The other day she exclaimed, “daddy you’re my special happy Christmas buddy”. I mean, you can’t argue with that kind of cute.

Meanwhile, I’ve been decorating inside and it’s been fun figuring out where to put our decorations in our new house. We’ve been to a few handmade fairs recently and we picked up a few new things (the coolest birch candle holders and a big gourd painted like santa). The house feels cozy and having the familiar decorations up have really made it feel like home. I’m excited to spend our first Christmas here!

No tree yet – ours died before the big day last year and we had to pull out our fake one – but soon hopefully. I thought I’d share some pictures of our decor and let you guys link up your decor posts. Pinterest is great but I love seeing real peoples homes and decorations for inspiration.


Giant pine cones are giant.


Cutest little angel passed down to me from my aunt.
New bar cart I bought is ready to make some festive as feck holiday drinks (people on my FB page have some really good ideas, you should probably check them out).

These are the birch candles, aren’t they pretty? There’s actually a 3rd shorter one on the other side. I might need to keep these out all year.


No mantel in this house (though I’d really love to get a big chunky wood one someday) so our stockings are hung on the windowsill with care.


I’d love to see your posts about your holiday decorations, so please feel free to link up below if you’d like!


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  • Sandra Kohlmann

    That bar cart is making me swoon!

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    Mandy Reply:

    Right? It’s my new favorite thing! We got it at Ikea :)

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    Sandra Kohlmann Reply:

    It’s a good thing we don’t live near Ikea. I’d be broke!

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  • Kristin

    Love it! And where, oh where, did you get that gorgeous red couch pillow?

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    Mandy Reply:

    Target this year!

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  • lilmuselily

    i feel like a Christmas loser right now. we only have lights up so far. we really have no decorations because we always spend Christmas with the fam in wv. first time on our own. i linked up anyway ;)

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    Mandy Reply:

    Not a loser! I wouldn’t decorate if we went somewhere for Christmas either. I’ll come check yours out!

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  • Bianca

    that snow globe uh-mazing. Your new house is looking lovely.

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    Mandy Reply:

    Thank you! That is my husbands – he loves snow globes.

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  • http://www.yourstrulyblog.com/ Chelsea

    Love your pictures! out of curiosity, what actions do you use (assuming you use them?). thanks!

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    Mandy Reply:

    No actions (I’ve never found the perfect one) but I do tweak curves. I have a little tutorial on how I do most of my edits here: http://www.harpershappenings.com/2012/08/29/making-your-photos-matte-without-photoshop/

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    Chelsea Reply:

    that’s really great, thankyou!!

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  • http://www.acutedesigns.org/ Gina

    So pretty! We are gone most of December and I am so busy…so no decorating this year.

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  • http://amandamaddox.blogspot.com/ Amanda M.

    No real pics of decor, but I linked a really sweet new family tradition we’ve started this year….thanks to Pinterest!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ninoot Ninette Mimi Quiles

    My Christmas tree decorations were an inspiration of your “Miniature Mounted Menagerie!” post… so, THANK YOU!

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    Mandy Reply:

    That is AWESOME. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Lindsay

    I love that pillow – it’s perfect!

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  • http://www.adayinmollywood.com molly

    Looks so cozy and inviting, Mandy! I didn’t do much last year with our new house but this year we’re going all out!

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  • TheNextMartha

    Get ready for our balls.

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  • http://chasingquinn.blogspot.com/ Meghan

    Um, I want all your things. Really, your new house looks great, so cozy and festive. I’m hoping to get things up this weekend after Archer’s 1st bday party. Xmas decorating might be just the thing to keep me from sobbing all weekend about my little baby turning one.

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  • Morgan | Mrs. Priss

    Okay, I love everything about this. The Ikea cart has been calling my name for months! I wish I lived closer to a store… it’s like 2.5 hours to the nearest and it’s A-NOYYING. Anyway, the little tree is pretty much the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Also, your banner. Also, your angel. Just stop.

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  • http://aimlesslyhappy.blogspot.com/ RoselyC

    I love the candles! I cant believe I still haven’t taken out our Christmas decorations Ill have to fix this on the weekend.

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  • Andrea

    Thanks for sharing your holiday decorating items. I love that you are linking us all together. I love seeing what other people do. Happy Holidays!

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  • Faren

    Where did you get the stocking holders?!

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  • practicalgrnmom

    Do kids wrapped in lights count as decorations?! :)

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  • Kat

    That rack of liquor looks so lonely for me.

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  • http://twitter.com/MandiMcClure Mandi McClure

    Such pretty decorations. We have to hang our stocking by a window, too.

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  • Chelsea

    I love your cocktail cart. I recently purchased the exact same one, but in another colour with the intention of painting it. No paint seems to get my desired result. So i was just wondering if you painted your cart (and what with?) or if you were just lucky to find it in this colour!

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