Monday, December 29, 2014

Winter Decor

Chip, the old cement horse jockey, greets guests at the front door.

Still no snow to mention
so far this winter at the PH, 
but it is chilly
so Chip is bundled up a wee bit.

Winter urn filled with birch, sugar pine cones from Lake Tahoe and fresh greens and berries.

We were hoping for a dreamy 
White Christmas this past week
 but other than two slight 
"dustings" in November
we've had no snow accumulation.

The chicken nesting bins at the back side door
got a little decked out
for the season -- 
now a bit of a fire-making station. 

They are calling for possible snow 
south of the city this week
but I don't think it will reach us here in
the far northern 'burbs.

Vintage red metal snow shoes become a centerpiece for holiday greens.

Had thought about bringing Chip in
for the winter to hold guest towels in
the powder room, but he is so
unbelievably HEAVY and is
chipping so badly (thus the name)
that I decided to let him stay put.

Better get back to my post-holiday cleaning
and thank you note writing.
May have to have a little chocolate
or two (or four?) 
with my coffee to keep me
"charged" up  
for the tasks at hand.


Enjoy your day!

I have a New Year's Giveaway
planned for next week. Stop back soon
and check it out!


Susan said...

I LOVE all your plaid!!! Chip is awesome and what kind of chocolate are you enjoying? It looks delicious, so you might have to share the recipe!! ;)

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

Happy new year

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Crushing on your plaid!
Chip is adorable isn't he?!
Happy New Year to you and yours.
Enjoy your coffee and chocolates :)
Hugs, Gee

O'Irish said...

Stunning, as always! Happy New Year!

Debra Phillips said...

gorgeous decorations! your urns are spot on stunning.
happy new years

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

Lovely as always! I need those snow shoes, badly!

Karen said...

I love Chip. He's such a sporty fellow. I'm chomping at the bit to start the Christmas un-do but our family will be here until tomorrow so I'm patiently waiting to do my clean up until the weekend.
Happy 2015. I am so happy to get to visit your wonderful blog site each time you post.

Sarah said...

Chippy looks rather dapper in his tartan scarf. I suspect he is very happy to greet guests at your front door. It's very cold here, but no snow. They predicted we might have sleet last night and canceled the city New Year's Eve fireworks celebration. It's been rainy, but fortunately no ice.
Stay warm and cozy. Enjoy your holiday!
Happy New Year! I hope 2015 is filled with good health and joyful times.

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Beautiful always! I Love Chip and his scarf! Happy New Year!


Babs R said...

Chip looks so handsome in his tartan scarf, and would you believe I saw his "cousin" at an antique/decor store near me? I immediately thought of your Chip.
LOVE your urn with the sugar pine cones. I hope you had a great Christmas. And, good wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Chip looks very dashing with his scarf and love that gorgeous urn!...Happy New Year!!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

The urn is spectacular! Quite lovely. Please tell Chip that I am very envious of his scarf.

michele said...

bet you are loving this fresh new blanket of lovely white powder, making everything clean and magnifying the beautiful winter light! love the plaid scarf on your fella and it's always a pleasure stopping here for peeks inside your cozy manor. peace to you right where you are, alison.

Jann Olson said...

Your nesting boxes are fabulous! I just adore plaid! We had record warms for Nov. and most of Dec. Finally got snow for Christmas. Super cold lately.
p.s. Alison, I am cleaning up my sidebar. Do you still host Favorites on the first?