12.08.2015

Come See Our Home Decorated For Christmas!


Merry Christmas and welcome!
Thank you, Jenny at Evolution of Style for allowing me to be a part of this fun, enthusiastic and sweet 12 Days of Christmas Home Tour.

Two years ago, when we moved from our home in Newport Beach to our 1920's apartment in San Francisco, I had to consolidate our Christmas decorations--and somewhat painfully, gave away a lot.
But we do enjoy the view!  Ding, ding, ding... there is one cable car that is fully decked out for Christmas but I never manage to get to the window with my camera fast enough.
 
(Our apartment has all the original crystal and brass door knobs).

Lack of space has simplified my Christmas décor, so that I  
  • Use what we have in new ways...that's a money saver!
  • Incorporate fresh greenery and flowers. 
  • Light a candle or two... 
  • Have a vintage vibe since our apartment is close to 100 years old



 This is everyone's favorite $9.99 boxwood wreath from Trader Joe's (thank you, TJ)
...I just tucked in berries.

On the mantel, I'm using crystal decanters (wedding presents--Ha! practically "vintage") as vases with new beaded snowflakes from Home Goods.

The mantel is antique but the mirror is just two years old from Anthropologie.  The peonies are from the SF Flower Mart...but I like hydrangeas from the grocery store here, too.  




See the jeweled tree on the left?  I made it using vintage pieces...some charms have a lot of meaning to me so I love bringing this out and observing it each year.  More about making it HERE.


 This year, I have Christmas cards on the coffee table in this glass box and ornaments under a cloche.

Come into our dining room, set for a casual dinner.
The napkin ring is just a circle of ribbon.

This little twig tree is from Restoration Hardware and the pinecones were collected in the mountains and lightly sprayed with fake snow.


Really simple in the guest room... I added a red throw over the headboard and Santa Claus.
 And in the master bedroom... garland from Paper Source...you can change the wording depending on the occasion.

Here are some images as it gets darker...
which happens so early these days!
Chief likes a little firelight.
Votive candles are always fun...they make a nice hostess gift, too.




 I think I will turn on some Christmas music...


Check out yesterday's home tours by Bless’er House 

Also, today is This is Our Bliss tour
...and tomorrow is Primitive and Proper's tour.

Thank you Lisa from Shine Your Light for our graphics.  


12/15: Tour Highlights
12/16: YOU in our Link Party
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56 comments:

  1. Mary Ann - it's all so gorgeous! I am drooling over that snowflake and mirror mantle- stunning! And I love your table as well! Oh, and your silver trees- I noticed the one you made right away and thought I need to make one like that! Then read you made yours! It's fabulous! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous home!

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    1. Thanks, Cassie...those little trees really are fun to make...but they can absorb a lot of jewelry!

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  2. Everything looks so beautiful! The Christmas cards in a glass box idea is brilliant! Love your crystal hardware!

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    1. Thanks, René...that glass box is normally there with mementos so it was an easy change for Christmas.

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  3. Mary Ann there are so many beautiful details in your Christmas home! I love your "vintage" decanters on the mantle, so pretty grouped together and I love how crystal reflects the light, perfect for Christmas. Also your little bejeweled Christmas tree that you made - I love that!! Your home looks so festive and ready for a party!! Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa...I guess I am vintage too :) Ha! Like a fine wine.

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  4. Mary Ann - first off, I'm so jealous of your view! Spectacular! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely holiday home - I love your dining room table and all of the glass Christmas trees (and the boxwood wreath of course). Thanks so much for joining in this year!

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    1. Thanks for inviting me, Jenny. I DO love our view. You can see the Golden Gate bridge too...but right now it's pretty foggy.

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  5. That view is amazing! Everything looks so beautiful Mary Ann. Perfect touches of Christmas in your gorgeous home.

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  6. So elegant and pretty! I love the classic feel of your apartment Mary Ann! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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    1. Thanks, Sherry. This apartment reminds us of the one that we lived in in Paris...sort of that old world feel. Merry Christmas to you.

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  7. Gorgeous, that view is to die for and your decor is so beautiful and elegant.

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  8. So. Much. Eye candy. I just love the idea of the decanters as vases - I have several sitting unused in our china cabinet. And your mantel is beyond gorgeous. Of course the star of the show is that cuter than cute Chief - love that little guy!

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  9. Mary Ann,
    So pretty! I think it has a city vibe to it, which is perfect for that gorgeous view you enjoy.
    Happy Christmas time.
    Karen

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  10. Wonderful inspiration! Thank you for sharing your Christmas decor. We also have let go our Christmas decorations to make our move to Florida ....only we gave it ALL away to our family. I love that you bought a wreath at Trader Joe's. Next year when we are settled in our 704 sq. ft. I will keep that in mind. This year my one and Christmas "piece" is a small 8 inch crystal tree that was my Grandmothers. I put a gold ribbon around the top and said "MERRY CHRISTMAS"!

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  11. Everything is just beautiful at your home! How I love San Fran and your view is to die for! :) Merry Christmas.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  12. Classic, understated elegance - every vignette is perfectly arranged. I don't do much with Christmas decorations beyond a tree and the mantel, but I get a vicarious thrill from seeing all that these talented bloggers accomplish, especially knowing how short-lived it can be! Happy Christmas to you and your family.

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    1. Such a wonderful compliment, Merlyn...I'm going to be smiling all day.

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  13. It's gorgeous, Mary Ann!! Every single bit of your mantle is truly stunning, I love the decanters (I'm going to go transfer the liquor out of mine and steal your idea!) :) Merry Christmas sweet friend!

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    1. Have a cocktail party, Pam. I'll be over at 5 :)

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  14. This is absolutely fabulous. I think my favorite vignette is the group of mercury glass trees, no wait the mantlescape...I love it all! So fitting for your apartment!

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  15. Love you dining table runner - can you share where you purchased it?

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    1. It's actually two runners, Andy. The wider, linen one is from Pottery Barn and the straw one is from West Elm.

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  16. Mary Ann!
    Everything looks so beautiful....just as I knew it would! I think I pinned every pic! I love your mantel and it will look pretty all the way through February! Love your festive table setting too! Every detail throughout your home is filled with love....you can just feel it!
    Merry Christmas dear friend!
    xoxo
    annie

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    1. Merry Christmas to you, Annie! We need a phone call to catch up!

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  17. Ditto to what Cindy Hattersley said, love the mantle and the mercury glass! So happy you shared your succulent table transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas. It works!

    Celia Becker @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

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  18. WOW!! Simply stunning! I love your metallic tree vignette and that glass box which holds your Christmas cards! I love it! I might have to try that next year - great idea!! Congratulations on a beautiful holiday home tour! ~ Rachael

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  19. Beautiful and inviting! Your gorgeous table setting is especially my favorite! You did a great job, Mary Ann!

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  20. Mary Ann, Could it be more beautiful? I think not! You change it up every year and it's always perfection! Never overdone, just the right amount of elegance and whimsy. And I love the neutral color scheme with gold and silver accents. The photos taken in the evening show the true romantic warmth in your home. Great idea for the decanters, I have a few of many years ago too. Thank you for the beautiful holiday inspiration!
    Sending you Christmas Cheer! xoxo Gail

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    1. I love you, Gail. People probably think I pay you :)

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  21. Wow, this is simply lovely and right up my alley on perfect xmas holiday decorating. I love your approach. Oh, and those gold sconces are amazing. Just when I don't feel that over the top xmas decorating vibe, you show how lovely simple can be too. Merry Christmas!! I can't get enough of your lovely lovely place in the City by the Bay :) marcy

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  22. Your home is one of my faves. I love all the details. Merry Christmas!

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  23. Beautifully decorated for the Holidays Mary Ann. I love a simpler look and style myself now that I am in a smaller space. It is very elegant!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    More Books for the Holidays!

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  24. It's all so pretty, Mary Ann. I love your mantel of whites and silver and that beautiful screen in front of the fire.

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    1. I love that screen too, Kim. It was from a flea market in the south of France and I always remember the trip as I know you have similar memories.

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  25. Very pretty, Mary Ann! Have a blessed Christmas.
    Claudia

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  26. What a beautiful post, Mary Ann. Your home looks so lovely and inviting!

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  27. Everything looks so pretty! I'm feeling really inspired now to start with my own Christmas decorating. Xx Sharon

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  28. Absolutely love it! So elegant yet relaxed you did a fabulous job with the decor! xo K

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  29. Wow Mary Ann. your home is stunning. I hope you and your family have the loveliest of Christmases this year!

    xoxo,
    nancy

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  30. I always love seeing your home. Love your classic style!
    Shelley

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  31. Your home feels so cozy and calm and peaceful!

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  32. Beautiful! Can you tell me where you got the rug in your foyer? Ty.

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    1. It's the Hana Rug from Restoration Hardware.

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  33. You have a lovely home! It's hard to find bloggers that live in apartments, as I do. But wow, to be able to live in one that old and WHERE you live! I live in Tulsa, OK, and they are building a Trader Joe's not far from me (we don't have that, or an IKEA anywhere in the whole state) and I can enjoy what everyone talks about that they enjoy from there. I will be following your "apartment living."
    Brenda

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    1. Thanks, Brenda. I do love the excitement of living in SF in an apartment.

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  34. Just beautiful - all of it!! I luvvvvv your snowflake mantel - magical! Merry Christmas, Mary Ann. xoxo L

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  35. I absolutely love the idea of keeping past Christmas cards in a glass box. What an elegant and poignant display!

    Your home is truly a stunning display of exquisite pieces.

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  36. Your home is always so stunning and Christmas is even more beautiful than ever! It took me 13 years to think of a way to display my christmas cards and here you are with the best idea ever!!!! Love it! xo

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  37. Stunning and peaceful! I love the mantel and the twig tree!

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