Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Bits of Christmas (day & night)










In the mornings, the holiday decorations around the house are light and crisp with sunshine. But still, as daylight starts to fade away and dark settles over our house, I love nothing more than the romantic glow of twinkle lights, candles, and sparkle.
In January, when everything comes down, I am missing that warm glow every night.


Happy Holidays, friends.

Today is the start of my 5 day weekend, and the beginning of winning my husband back from 14 hours of school and 5 days of work a week this last semester. It will be quiet around here until the new year, and I'll be back then to say hello.

I hope you can all spend some time with the ones you love, think about the year you lived, and be inspired towards the changes you will make into the new year. See you soonish.

38 comments:

megan said...

beautiful. from your gift wrapping to your glowing home and warm words. my heart smiles at your posts!

Mandy said...

These pictures are GORGEOUS! I love them all.

Merry Christmas!

Love,
Mandy

Monique said...

Aww that polka dot wrapping paper is amazing. I love all the soft light. Super serene. Much love. Have a wonderful holiday.

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

Everything looks amazing Aura. I love the brown craft wrap. We have decided to do the same under our tree mixed with bows. [I blogged about the reused wrapping paper and how we made it all work this year].

I hope you have an amazing season and fun time with your hubby and family! oxox Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Kait said...

Love your wrapping, and of course your decorations. Merry Christmas, Aura!

Annie Kennedy said...

Such amazing decor :) Merry Christmas! :)

Victoria said...

Beautiful house.
Love the bird with the french fry, amazing!
Nice words of inspiration =)

Sunshine Mama said...

I just wanted to say that I just found your blog today and I absolutely love it! There is so much inspiration here. You have beautiful taste.

Have a great holiday!

Amanda said...

Love it all! The kraft paper and red/white polka dots are my ideal wrapping paper choices too!

aftertherace said...

I've just started reading your blog and I have to say that I love your photography and writing! I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future. Happy Holidays!

elsie said...

you have such a lovely distinct style. I love all your decor, but especially your Christmas decor!

BethanySusan said...

i loooooove your decorations and plants and home. something to aspire to when i have more than one room to decorate!

that one flower, the one in the jar, with the white fluffy stuff in the middle and the pink petals.. what is that?? i brought one home from the farmers' market a while back and i want to grow some so bad!


i agree, i hate it when the lights come down. we should create some kind of decorating tradition for the dark, lonely months of january thru march, don't you think?

Amanda said...

I adore the red polka dots mixed with the brown kraft paper. Kraft paper is my weakness this year. I love how simple it looks.

Oh, and that peace plaque over your fireplace looks incredible.

Jamie Lane said...

I don't want to take my lights down either :/. Your pictures are always so fun to look at! I'm glad you get your husband back from all the madness! Did he survive the Native American History class? I ended up dropping it as soon as I found out it wouldn't work for my degree at OU because it costs me at least 8 hours a week in homework alone, not to mention the time taken to drive to class twice a week! Hope all is well! Have a merry Christmas!

MelissaOK said...

I'm so loving brown craft paper and twine these day!

I did our wedding invitations with brown craft paper envelopes and instead of ribbon used twine!

Angie said...

I loved seeing the "today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry" print in your home. I remember seeing that somewhere online years back and loving it then. I think I need to invest in a print of it as well... :)

Melissa said...

I agree, I always get sad when January rolls around & I have to take my Christmas decorations down. The polka dot wrapping paper and the french fry art is so cute!! Have a Merry Christmas!! =)

Jon and Steph said...

Your house is incredible! Please come decorate mine!! ;)

And I LOVE the bird with a french fry sign!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all three of you ;)

Ramona said...

Love how you wrapped the gifts!! I used to dread wrapping gifts until I made a choice to be more creative about it and have loved it ever since! By the way... I totally love your blog and your adventures. very inspiring!

Johanna said...

Happy Christmas, Aura!
P.s. I have that bird with a french fry print too! :)

Leah B. said...

Merry Christmas family! I have that same red/white polka dot paper too! It is just so youthful and fun.

Thanks for sharing your decor again, always charming looking!

Have a great one, see you next year!

ashley noelle said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family! Your home looks beautiful and so warm.

Notes from Holly St. said...

enjoy your take with your husband and Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Barbara said...

Beautiful photos as always!

Wishing you an old fashioned Christmas filled with love, joy and happiness!

Peace!

two is a pair said...

Soon there will be one more stocking to add to your mantle!! Merry Christmas!

Amy said...

Whatever, don't take it down in January. You put so much effort into decorating that you should leave it up until Valentine's day. I support you!

Alivia said...

purely lovely, as usual! <3

Aqeela said...

I hope that you both have a wonderful day Aura, it would be great to hear about your Christmas day when your back to blogging. We are spending the day with family, and eating a roast dinner with two of my homemade cakes for afters. We dont celebrate Christmas, but im still really looking forward to the day!

Aqeela xx

Julie-Inspired said...

Merry Christmas! I hope you have a magical day...and you have quite a year ahead of you, embrace it and enjoy every second.

Your home looks beautiful, as always and the packages wrapped to perfection!

Warmly,
Julie xo

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

enjoy looking at all the beautiful details, such gorgeous photos & home!
Merry Christmas!!

xo

amber said...

merry christmas beautiful~

as always, your site is inspiring!

Sini said...

Merry Christmas! we just spend lovely 5 days holidays with a family and it was so nice. Happy new year too!

Julie-Inspired said...

I will be away this week without a computer (!) and before I forgot, I wanted to wish you a Happy New Years! It's going to be such a wonderful year for you and also a huge thank you for being so creative, inspirational and just a beautiful blog friend all around...so happy that I met you!

Love, Julie

ola appletea said...

cute and stylish

janis said...

what beautiful christmas decorations! you go all out :)

accidentally, kle said...

It looks to me that living in your house must be like living in a carefully crafted design store... Gorgeous x

rikshaw design said...

Aura,
thank you so much for your sweet note on my blog..i too LOVE your blog and your style..that card above is just too adorable & your house seems just so cozy and full of everything you love! big big fan..
happy new year!
Catherine

Sini said...

Happy new year for all you 3 :)