Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Decorating: A Light Touch

I've been enjoying Brenda's and Claudia's series on "Defending the Small House" (links below). At 1000 square feet, I would say My Little Home qualifies as a "small" one.  There are only so many places to put things, including Christmas decorations.  

Then again, a light touch suits me.

The first photo shows the placement of my sweet smelling fir tree. It's planted on the one suitably sized piece of old hardwood available and, when the lights are twinking in the evening, I feel that I'm sharing it with my neighbours.

The tree ornaments, primarily gifts, are a motley collection assembled over the years. The table in the foreground provides a perch for an angel to rest her wings.

A tiny snowman tucked into the weathered window frame, a lamp with a red floral shade, and the soft flannel quilt add a subtle touch of cozy holiday cheer.

Sunlight is this room's best friend.

Looking towards the dining area, you'll spot some red dogwood branches (from a neighbour's shrub) with hydrangeas from my garden, a reindeer plant holder, some jolly handcrafted gents and an outdoor lantern. Maybe a carpet would be a good idea! Thoughts?

Things are simple in my home.

There is candlelight and comfy chairs...

the warm glow of the sun, pools of lamplight...

and the soft shimmer of tiny white lights on the Christmas tree.

Put your feet up while I make some tea.

Thank you to Brenda at "Cozy Little House"  and Claudia at "Mockingbird Hill Cottage" for inviting everyone to participate in their wonderful "Defending the Small House" series. Please visit them to see their lovely homes and each woman's personal style. They don't so much "defend" the small house as "celebrate" it!

Warm Wishes,


  1. Hello Karen, Your home is lovely! My children always comment on the ornaments being old and homemade - that's just the way I like them! Love the Hydrangeas! Look terrific! I hope you stop by to enter my giveaway!

  2. You have all you need and then some beauty and light to add to it! I love the way the sunlight basks upon your things. The way your room looks in the dimness. The geranium painting...

  3. What lovely rooms - the sunlight coming through the windows is so pretty! Your tree is beautiful, simple and elegant!

    Thanks so much for joining in on the party!


  4. Your tree is lovely, each beautiful ornament has a place of honor and the simplicity is perfect.

  5. Hi Karen
    Small is cozy and you've made use of the space you have with style. Our home isn't much bigger and after living in a big 2 storey to our little bungalow now, I much prefer it.
    I like the sunlight you've captured - adds a magical quality.

  6. Hi Karen, I love the simplicity of your little house. It feels so cozy and comfortable. Your tree is lovely with all the ornaments and gifts you've received over the years. And, of course, I love the hydrangeas. I would love to come and join you for a cup of tea!

  7. It's beautiful. I have a little house but mine is stuffed to the gills; that's just the kinda girl I am! But I do love the simplicity of yours very much!

    Merry Christmas.

  8. Your tree and your living room are beautiful. I can imagine that your neighbours must love to walk by and see the tree in the window.
    Carpet?.....I love a bare wood floor.

  9. Your home is so light filled and cozy ~ just lovely!

    Susan and Bentley

  10. Looking so cosy and festive. Great placement of ornaments around your home. Lovely time of the year.

  11. Simply elegant Karen. I love everything ~ and you've definitely captured cozy. Merry Christmas.

  12. Simple is how I like it, your home looks very welcoming for the Christmas season.

  13. I like the gleam of hardwood. Your home is so pretty and the "light" touch of Christmas just adds to its charm.

  14. Hi Karen! What a sweet cozy little home you have..I love the colors. Your living room looks about as small as ours does...I love the cozy feel. Of course your hardwood floors are like the icing on the gingerbread house ;) I could see putting an area rug on the floor under the table for the winter if you wanted to ...otherwise I'd show off your beautiful floors. Enjoy your cozy Christmas home!
    Maura :)

  15. Hi Karen! A light touch and simplicity is my style also. Glad you stopped by to check out the Santa hats on my blog :-)

  16. your tree and home look so warm and inviting. Thank you for visiting me today and your nice comment. Have a super week.

  17. Candlelight and a comfy chair... ah, life is good. I love that you can share your tree with those who pass by your window. I've always wanted to be able to do that!

  18. Good morning Karen,

    Your house is lovely and warm. II love the simplicity. Your statement about celebrating rather than defending the small home is so "spot on" Gotta get ready for work but I'll be back to look around some more.

    P.S. The red lamp shade is just the right touch!


  19. Your home looks so cosy and festive! A 'light touch and simplicity' work so well. The twinkling tree lights are very pretty, and like you I always put the tree in the window to share with people walking by. Enjoy your cosy countdown to Christmas, Karen.
    Helen x

  20. I really like your furniture! Thanks for visiting my blog, it's nice meeting you.

  21. I love the photos of your warm and cozy home! I like a lighter tough too and you have added all the right pieces to create a lovely space!



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