CHRISTMAS 2012 – the year of the New Puppy!

[As always, click on any photo to enjoy a larger view]

Christmas decorating at The Seasonal Home had to go in a slightly different direction for 2012, thanks to the addition of a new family member.  Meet Miss Lilly Grace, who sometimes looks more like a Teddy Bear…


She’s a very sweet girl who didn’t mind posing for her holiday photo…

And just this week, those cute little puppy ears turned upward (to help her listen for Santa!) and I think she looks more like a fox…

Whatever our little girl turns out to be, because she can get into things (as most puppies do), I had to out-fox her by creating some clever holiday decor.  So, if you have a new, young one around this Christmas, whether on 2 or 4 legs, I hope my ideas help you out too!  Also in this blog post, you’ll find unique & budget-friendly decorating ideas as well as DIY tutorials, so make yourself a cup of cocoa and enjoy the creativity!


Because I created such a large display last year (click HERE to review), I chose to keep things simple outside, utilizing my trusty footed urns (you’ve seen these before! lol) again to hold natural, preserved wreaths, with a large red ornament in the middle of each.  The berry garland is actually 3 separate (4-foot) pieces.  HELPFUL HINT: attaching several smaller (less expensive) lengths together is easier than trying to find one, (expensive) long berry garland:

I found myself in a “Holly and Berries” mood, this year and it began with my outdoor bench.  HELPFUL HINTS:  Don’t hesitate to decorate outdoor furniture with garland (adding lights too!)  because it welcomes your guests with the “unexpected”.  And the mossy gift (on the bench seat) is simply a white box that I covered in moss, using glue… easy!

I love my Goat Cart!  And it turned out to be a great investment because it holds larger decorations, for every season!  Also, I’ve used it in my garden, yard and now, on my front porch.  How versatile is that?!! 🙂

The final front porch touch is an old sled I display every year (found years ago, at a local yard sale… in FLORIDA, no less! lol).  I usually add a “PLEASE SNOW” sign to it, but I think I’ve finally given up on that dream and added holly, berries and a skate to it instead.  In Florida, we CAN do ice! 😉


The Holly and Berries snuck right in the front door and laid out beautifully in the Foyer also…. welcoming Christmas, with a little help from Santa, of course!

And here’s where the “clever” part comes in, for the first time.  Anyone who’s been a fan of The Seasonal Home for a while is probably familiar with the 2-tiered table that is usually in the foyer.  Knowing that a puppy (or child) could easily AND quickly clear off a shelf of easy-to-reach decorations, my idea was to temporarily shuffle some of my accent tables to new locations (in the home) for the season.  Check out how nicely a cabinet from the kitchen also fits under the mirror in the foyer!


The Living Room is where the first tree went in The Seasonal Home.  I knew any tree I displayed would need to be elevated (out-of-the-way) to keep our little pup safe, so the unique & inexpensive idea I came up with is a Drum Stand tree base!  The total cost to make this was around $20 and here’s the DIY instructions:

CLICK on photo to better view the instruction details

I chose a color theme of black & gold along with frosty and musical (under the stars) accents.  If you look closely (at the tree below), you’ll see that I recycled the black branches from Halloween 2012, adding them into the tree for texture.  I also reused 2 silver drums from Christmas 2010 by cutting & adding a length of the black & gold reindeer gift wrap (used on the drum tree stand) and gold cord (to hide the gift wrap edge) so they coordinate, when added to the tree.

It’s so hard to find large, quality glass ornaments in black! Check out Seasons on the Web link (right hand column of this blog) to check out their huge ornament inventory!

And here’s the rest of the room!

HELPFUL HINT: boxes, gift wrapped in coordinating paper & ribbon make an inexpensive room accent for the holidays!


In the Family Room, I couldn’t place too many decorations or snow on The Seasonal Home hearth because of our new pup and her thieving ways.  And because she thinks she can carry away just about ANYTHING in her tiny mouth, I had to be sure I used something too large for her to consider… these lighted, faux gifts appear to be just perfect… so far!  (lol)

And here’s the rest of the Family Room

I’m starting to notice a “puppy” theme in this room (LOL)

And I simply can’t let a Christmas go by without highlighting a series of my ornaments, like these (Hallmark Windows Series) that feature children peeking into shop windows at Christmas time.  A cabinet or sideboard (with shelves) is the perfect place to display a collection.  HELPFUL HINT:  If you also have a collection of ornaments, consider trying something new by displaying them together (for maximum impact) instead of spreading them around the tree… it’s incredibly fun!

Here’s some close-ups so you can see how much fun adding small details (like snow & trees) can create!


Another Christmas tree to be elevated!  And, of course, it should also make sense with the theme I chose –  Snowmen and Holiday Sweets to create the Frosty Sweet Shop!

I was inspired by a $500 Cupcake (themed) tree stand I saw at my holiday wholesaler.  Although it was beautiful, the cost to make mine was only $10.

Here’s the directions:

Once you place the Cupcake liner around your basket, it’s time to add frosting.  Lightly spray-paint polyester fiber fill (comes in a plastic bag at craft & discount box stores) and shape like frosting dripping over the edge of the Cupcake liner.  I used a light pink color of spray paint.  Finally, add small (matte or glitter-finish) ornaments to the fiber fill to create a look of candy sprinkles on the frosting.  I found a pick of several glittered ornaments at Target for only $2.00 and because each one was already on a piece of wire, it was easy to slip them into the fiber fill batting, individually.

And here’s the finished look –

The rest of the room –

HELPFUL HINT: Large foam snowflakes (Dollar Tree) make great winter-theme placemats!

HELPFUL HINT: the 6″ plastic snowflakes I found at the Dollar Tree this year fit perfectly into the chandelier to create instant ice-bling!

Light and motion collectible house by Department 56

KIRKLAND’S has wonderful holiday art… this one lights up!

HELPFUL HINT: Use holiday cards to help you decorate inexpensively! I used 3 inside the openings of this photo display & coordinated a little scene below them.

You’ll find even more details and decorations in this year’s HOLIDAY TOUR on YouTube… here’s the link:

Enjoy the Creativity!


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kim
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 06:09:41

    Hi Eileen!!! You put so much in all you do. It is all so beautiful, but I must say that I love the cupcake tree. I am so glad that I found your blog.
    Merry Christmas,


  2. Betty Robinson
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 12:29:29

    Everything looks beautiful.. Merry Christmas!!!


  3. Jen
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 19:27:24

    I love the gumdrop displays… where did you find that ‘Yummy Brand Gum Drops’ sign? Also where did you find the beautiful black & gold Merry Christmas ribbon?


    • seasonalhome
      Nov 29, 2012 @ 00:54:26

      Hi Jen, I found the gumdrop sign at a little family run store called The Stable in Lake Alfred, FL. It was last year, however. I believe I found the black & gold Merry Christmas ribbon at Dillards last year. If you have that dept. store, definitely check out their “post Christmas” sale because their ribbons are always fabulous! Also, I rarely use ribbons more than 1 year, so if you really like that ribbon and would like it after this year, let me know. 🙂


  4. Karen
    Nov 29, 2012 @ 09:29:56

    Hi Eileen! As usual, your home looks beautiful and reminds me of the holiday tradition our family shared for many years when we were invited for a tour to see the Christmas magic up close! Great memories!


    • seasonalhome
      Nov 29, 2012 @ 12:26:50

      Aww, thank you Karen. I still hold those memories close to my heart too. We should have a reunion one year. And I have no doubt that you’ll have a Merry Christmas because your grandchildren are simply precious and adorable! 🙂


  5. Pia
    Nov 29, 2012 @ 13:10:04

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I am glad I did. Your home is so fun and festive for the holidays. Such an inspiration. Merry Christmas.


  6. Selina Ahlstedt
    Dec 01, 2012 @ 09:53:36

    OMG, this is amazing!! Any child or even adult would have an amazing Christmas at your house! Congratulations, it is the best I’ve ever seen


    • seasonalhome
      Dec 01, 2012 @ 18:52:01

      Thank you very much Selina… Please feel free to pass it around, with my sincere thanks. Merry Christmas! Eileen


  7. Joanne
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 06:57:51

    Hi, I am so happy I found your blog. I too love Christmas and am already working on my decorating plans for next year 🙂 I am doing gingerbread in my kitchen and would love to know if you are selling the picture you made with the three gingerbread cards you put in a frame? If so, I would LOVE to buy it from you. I can’t find anything I like and I love what you made!

    Thank you for showing how you make things too. It’s hard to find things like that. I am going to buy your DVD but wanted to see if I could get the picture from you too. If not, I’ll just get the DVD but felt it couldn’t hurt to ask 🙂

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!


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