Monday, December 7, 2009

December to Remember Day 7: Met Monday, Peacocks, and a Giveaway

Changes, they do a' happen. CdlV goes through many changes, sometimes as often as daily. Scott will leave with the living room looking one way, and a few hours later, it will be the dining room. Depending on my level of boredom, or my yearn for something new,I have been known to go a little overboard, making changes - sometimes expensive changes - without a lot of thought.

So I thought that for this Metamorphosis Monday I'd share with you all some of the changes from summer to fall to winter around CdlV. Thank you to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for that opportunity, and without further ado:

The front porch this summer. Remember my door debocle? I wanted it, Scott didn't. Look who got their way. It was a great addition to the house, which now is stored safely from damage in the garage to make way for the Holiday decor:
which you all got to see a few days ago on the first of the December to remember installments. I am sure that the screen door will go back in place as soon as I can get it there in 2010.

Remember when the dogs played decorator in the living room, and all of the leather chairs moved their way into that space for Spring/Summer? The mantle was a soft collection of some Picaso prints, antique brass candle sticks, primitive Eastern art, and old German hymnals. For fall, I changed things a bit ...

back to the painting Scott picked up in a thrift store in Miami, my old copper lanterns and hand thrown terracotta pots with baby ferns. The terracotta of course gave way to my orange obsession in the fall - one that has lasted even til now.

The mantle as taken today for the newspaper. A whimsical collection of different evergreens and even a few silk summer sprays for texture and color are wrapped in with some twigs and grapevine balls to add texture, and play along with the rustic lux theme we've got going on this Christmas in the living room. I added a mirror, and beautiful slag glass candlesticks that I can't wait to use come Spring.

And finally, the foyer. It did look like this in the summer:

But the space is limited in that room, and to make way for the tree I had to move some things around. What went in that space? Well ...



That's right. The peacock tree. And speaking of the peacock tree. Remember I said I'd share my favorite ornament today? Well look really close ... it's

these beautiful agate stone ornaments from Maureen at The Inglenook Decor. These BEAUTIFUL ornaments are such a wonderful and special touch to this tree. I plan on getting more for it, and the one in the living room. At just $4.50 each on her website - they're a real deal!


In the peacock tree.

So, being that Christmas is just around the corner, why not give a couple away? Thank you to Maureen at The Inglenook Decor for supporting this giveaway. 1 ornament will be given to 2 different people, so leave your comment here to be entered in the drawing. For a second entry, leave a second comment telling me how you're liking December to Remember so far. Anything you're waiting to see? And for a Third, entry - yes, three times the luck, click FOLLOW! I'll choose the winners on Sunday. Good Luck!

48 comments:

  1. LOVELY transformation!!!

    The peacock color and concept is rich and warm!

    Stop on by!

    love, kelee

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  2. The mantle decorations are beautiful. Thanks for sharing what you've done to decorate for the Christmas season.

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  3. I love the idea of chronicling all the goings-on during the Christmas season.

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  4. I tried to leave a comment on your last post and I'm not sure it worked. So, I will repeat that the fireplace is amazing! I don't want to stop looking at it. I really don't know how you find time to get so much done...do you ever sleep?

    I love the giveaway ornaments. As for what I'm enjoying the most about your posts...pretty much everything. I'm learning new things and when it comes to holiday decorating...I love that!

    Sue

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  5. Over the top Gorgeous!! Love it all, You have a great eye for detail Kathysue

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  6. Oh My Gosh Artie...
    I am so thrilled. You and Scott have out done yourselves. That mantel is absolutely gorgeous. Just gorgeous. I love every single little corner of decor. I could spend hours just walking around walking and looking. So many beautiful touches to each space. So magical.

    As far as what I am waiting to see? Yes, I would love to see you do a little video on a simple decorating idea for us gals. Create something simple that would really let our tables sparkle like yours did. Show us how to arrange a simple arrangement, nothing over the top. I'd even love to know how to tie those beautiful bows that you have created. They are just beautiful, and I can't even tie my shoelace into a good bow, let alone a decorating one.

    I'm already a follower kiddo, so please enter me again. I would so love to have one of those ornaments.

    I notice a little bling on one of your trees, shining so brightly.

    Country hugs and much love to you and Scott...Sherry

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  7. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I love every detail. All the swags/greenery over the doors/mirrors, etc. are fab and the peacock tree? I AM IN LOVE WITH IT. I'm actually going to re-do my powder room with a peacock theme (and I used those for my daughter's birthday party, too) and call it "The Flannery Room" after peacock loving Ms. O'Connor herself.
    You ROCK!
    Hugs, Lana

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  8. Hi Artie, love love the tree, how wonderful the colors and the lightness of the look, the mantle is to die for, wow the upper part of the mirror looks so wonderful, I think you must have had a great creative time putting it all together, how creative, love it all

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  9. Artie, your mantel is stunning! Wow! You are so good. :)

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  10. Good morning Artie,

    The decorations look fabulous, mine pale in comparison. I'm just lucky to get mine up this year, time is moving too quickly.
    I hope that you and Scott have a great Christmas and a wonderful new year.

    Hugs
    'D'

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  11. You mantle looks lovely...especially the trimmings around the mirror...Happy decorating!

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  12. Wow,what a gorgeous mantle and front door entrance!! Love your taste...

    Jena

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  13. Love the ornaments! How sweet of Maureen!

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  14. What am I loving about December to Remember???!!! ALL the posts! A look at your amazing creativity. Gorgeous photos!

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  15. Whoa....your peacock tree is breathtaking..What talent!!! Thank you for sharing.

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  16. Oh, Dear Artieness! Everything is just gorgeous! I do believe your are beginning to be the Most Famous One!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  17. Such pretty decorations... will you come to Austin and spruce up my house?

    I'd love to be entered and I'm already a giveaway....

    and I'm loving december to remember, I had forgotten about how great that door is!

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  18. I am loving the natural elements and deep tones of your decorations!

    miss_k_p@yahoo.com

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  19. I am your newest (and most enthusiastic!) follower!

    miss_k_p@yahoo.com

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  20. YES, there is something I'd like to see! (I've loved your December posts, btw!) Gift wrapping ideas! Please???!

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  21. Thank you for sharing your wonderful home and Christmas decor with us. You are truly inspirational. Although your opulent style is a bit much for my coastal home, I can appreciate all the work and love in your gorgeous decorations. The peacock tree should be featured in a Christmas publication!

    I am enjoying your December posts...Thank you so much...
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  22. Artie -- your decorations are absolutely amazing --I like the before --your non Christmas look but then Christmas is fantastic!

    What great ornaments as well --

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  23. Would you believe I didn't even notice those ornaments from the first tree post? They're gorgeous!!!

    Justine :o )

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  24. I'm LOVING your DtR posts! You know I'm hopeless with decorating, but I love to see what someone who has talent can do!

    And I follow!

    Justine :o )

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  25. Your mets are wonderful - I can't take my eyes off of your Christmas mantle. Put me in for the giveaway - those are great. Sally

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  26. Your Mantle looks amazing but I did not expect anything less :)

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  27. I'm loving the DTR! Loving every bit of beauty, and lights and ornaments and your creativines. I'm waiting to see the table and Dinner Ideas :)
    alain0207@msn.com

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  28. Oh Artie, everything looks so fabulous - the mantle came out fantastic (as everything you do, does!) I love that mirror!!!
    I'm loving following along with you on the way to Christmas!
    Gorgeous ornaments for your giveaway, too! Beauty all around!
    xo Isa

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  29. Your Christmas decor is so very pretty! Thank you for sharing - I love the door way swag- so festive!

    Please don't enter me in the giveaway as I have won so many lately and need to spread the cheer around but wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your pictures!

    blessings
    mary

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  30. I am loving seeing your house transform into a gorgeous winter wonderland - your trees are simply amazing - I come back again and again to gaze at them - spectacular. Your Christmas decorating is what I'm loving most about your December to remember =)
    xo Isa

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  31. All so lovely! I especially like the tree. And, the ornaments, very clever!

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  32. No disappointment when I opened your blog...the transformation is beautiful...the peacock tree is absolutely gorgeous. Oh, to be so creative...thanks for sharing.

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  33. Beautiful transformations of the seasons! The mantel greenery is amazing, and absolutely gorgeous! So lush and full!

    PS...I'm with you on that door! Very pretty! :) ~Rhonda

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  34. The mantel is incredibly beautiful Artie!

    Your front door is amazing!

    I love it all!

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  35. I am a follower.

    I'm loving all your December to Remember posts.

    The agate ornaments are fabulous. What a wonderful giveaway!

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  36. Wow! What an amazing transformation :) Love, love love your door garland!

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  37. All such visions of creativity and beauty! As a follower of yours since the early days of RMS you have always amazed.

    Many hugs -Brenda-
    P.S: Wonderful giveaway. Though I am not entering it; good luck to all those who do. Maureen's generosity is to be commended.

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  38. I love the transformation of your home. It's beautiful down to it's bones, but your decorating just enhances it!
    teri

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  39. I am loving December to Remember. I love especially the peacock tree. My limited decor skills would never have come up with that. It is beautiful!
    teri

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  40. niagaranovice.blogspot.com; You saved my day again.

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    You have got to see this. Obama playing on XBox. Funniest video ever. http://bit.ly/bllhx1

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