Monday, December 5, 2016

Fishtail Cottage's Christmas 2016... #3

Even though he's not coming home for Christmas, I still decorate my sons room... Okay, technically this isn't the room he grew up in ~ after he left for college and was away more than he was home, I decided I needed a project to focus on and his room became my focus.  After the completion of this room, now addressed as the "Guest Suite" in most of my blog posts about it, I can honestly say - it's my most favorite room in my home.

Can you see why it's my favorite room? Now if I could just have my son home with me, the holidays would be even better!

The Holidays can be hard when you miss someone so much, is there someone you are missing this year? xoxo, tracie

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fishtail Cottage's Christmas 2016... #2

Merry Christmas Everyone!
As I said in my last post, I am all about using live plants where ever possible. So I've collected quite a few poinsettias in both red and white to set throughout the house.  I believe they have made an excellent addition to nooks and crannies in my home.  This is the area you see as you walk into my home.

I found this Boxwood wreath at Trader Joe's the other day and hung it in the entry of our home.  I'm hoping it will dry beautifully, so I can use it again next year. 

I love this sign that I purchased years ago from Dore at Burlap Lux ~ if you've never visited her blog, please do so...she is so nice and her style is absolutely magical all year long. This sign has been one of my favorite purchases and I look forward to putting it up every year.

On one side of the front entry is my office ~ I spend quite a bit of time in here, so having this space decorated for Christmastime, makes it so enjoyable. How pretty are these tinsel trees I recently found to set with my paper houses.  The best part of all of this was my granddaughters reaction when she came over the other day and said "oh Nama...ho ho ho". She truly saw the magic of the lights and of course Santa in his sleigh.

Garland with the battery powered stary lights are my favorite discovery this year.  I snatched up several of these six foot strands at TJ Maxx and put them on all of my garland. I love not having to worry about cords. The best part, they are all on four hour timers - so I don't need to go around at night and make sure everything is turned off.

 I sure hope you are enjoying the holiday season as much as I am? Would love to hear what you are up to this week! xoxo, tracie

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Fishtail Cottage's Christmas 2016...#1

I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! 

 I have been keeping myself busy decorating for the holidays these past couple weeks and couldn't be more exited to share my home with you! 

I love changing out my front porch for the holidays....  It makes the HOLIDAYS feel so 'official'! 

I thinned out much of my Christmas decorations by sending a few boxes of decorations to my son who recently moved to Florida, and my daughter who just bought her first house in Michigan. It felt good to share our holiday memories with them in their new locations, yet gives me less of a fuss going through everything here at home. I'm actually starting to love the more simple approach I've taken with the decorating this year.  I've tried to use more natural additions, such as live garland fresh cut trees and plants to both the outside, and inside of my home.

Here is a peek of what I want to show you today of the outside of my home...

The back patio, you may remember was recently renovated (click here if you'd like to see that post).  Here it is all decked out for the Holidays for our family to enjoy. I can attest that it looks so much more cozy in the dark, with the fire going and all the twinkling lights. I've been out visiting early flea markets and took a trip to Snohomish this week and found a few great additions to add to this space. 

I have been so inspired seeing so many other Blogs, Pinterest boards and especially my Instagram friends already decorating for the holidays, that I just couldn't wait to get my own holiday decorating started.  I'm sure I will add more throughout the season, but with all I already have done, I am really looking forward to enjoying and relaxing this upcoming Christmas season with my friends and family this year!

 How about you? Have you started your Christmas decorating?  xoxo, tracie