advent calendar and holiday decorating with red & pink

Saturday, December 1, 2012

This years Advent calendar is almost a complete opposite of last years where I used a chalkboard as the background.  A new house and a white stone fireplace was my starting point.  While my kids may appreciate the look,  it’s the little presents that get them talking and waiting in anticipation of December 1st.  I was honored to see my calendar at Marianne Simon Design and Marin Mama Cooks.Most Lovely Things Advent CalendarMost Lovely Things Advent Calendarholiday decorating at Most Lovely ThingsI’m using many of the items I used last year, but with touches of red and pink.  I’ll be filling my candy jars with treats and will be making more wreaths…lots more…from all the greenery in our yard.  I love adding a few new things every year and mixing it with the old things from family and friends over the years.  Have you started your holiday decorating?

28 comments :

  • Lori H

    I love to see how you make your wreaths with your greenery! Lovely fireplace and advent calendar :)

  • Lori H

    Sorry, that should have been “i’d love”

  • Nancy... Noticed

    Red & Pink together with greenery is a stunning look!! Your lovely advent display on the hearth almost looks southwest! Glowing …so warm!

    My new addition this year is a Charlie Brown tree that I bought at Elawa Farm Christmas Market yesterday! I thought sugar cookies with red ribbons would be fun, and then my family reminded me that Cooper our dog would eat them all :( Thinking of a new idea??

  • the gardeners cottage

    oh this is so pretty annie. love it all, esp that stone fireplace! wow.

    maybe show us a tutuorial on wreath making. i’d like to make mine this year too!

  • The Buzz Blog

    No decorating yet but lots of baking and candy making! Love the look of white on white with a touch of red thrown in… Bet your kids love December 1st as much as ours do!
    xxoo
    C + C

  • jackie @ marin mama cooks

    Annie! I love everything that you design. You are so darn talented and have such amazing ideas. I wanted to let you know that I’m writing a brief paragraph about you in my weekly menu post tomorrow. I going to link over to your 2 advent calendars as well as your holiday gift tag idea. I think they are all marvelous ideas and I want to share them with my friends! I wish I had the time and talent to do what you do. If you lived closer to me, I would hire you out in a nanosecond.

    Ok, have a lovely day girl!
    Jackie

  • K @ Shift Ctrl ART

    It looks really great! I am in full swing over here, although I keep finding myself drawn to coming up with new little crafty things instead of getting the lights up outside and the tree decorated.

  • Sue/the view from great island

    I want to see you make your wreaths, too. You’ve inspired me to scout out some greens in my yard. Are those your glassybabies on the mantle? So pretty…

  • kim

    Annie,
    Love your advent calendar! Your fireplace is so cute, especially with the pillows. Did you paint it white? It reminds me a lot of ours, which was brick not stone, but had a shelf above like yours. I painted the whole thing.

    Your address pots are adorable too! Going to try those!

    Love everything here. Lot’s of great ideas!

    xo
    Kim

  • Elizabeth

    Annie, absolutely beautiful! You are an inspiration….so creative…love your photography too! Xo Elizabeth

  • pve

    Annie,
    you seriously know how to rock the advent calendar. It must look so cute as the count down begins!
    pve

  • Tabitha

    Annie I want to move in with you, everything you do is so so beautiful, you really do elevate life in simple ways everyday, Janet ( gardeners cottage) does that too.

  • Tabitha

    Annie I want to move in with you, everything you do is so so beautiful, you really do elevate life in simple ways everyday, Janet ( gardeners cottage) does that too.

  • Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

    It looks so pretty! Charming, serene … And some lucky kiddos!

  • colleen

    Annie, I love all your glassy babies. Your home looks so comfortable. Enjoy the holidays in your new home.

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  • Marianne

    You have outdone yourself again! What a perfect spot above the fireplace with your glassybabys! Did you say you made the wreaths?! Wow, you blow me away with your talent! xo

  • Claudia Lane

    Gorgeous Annie…thanks for restoring my faith in red :) Cx

  • Pam @ Simple Details

    Annie, it couldn’t be more charming! Decor from nature is my favorite and you certainly have a knack for using it!

  • Karen

    Annie it looks great! I love how you keep it simple and yet so festive at the same time….that is quite a talent! As a lover of white, your advent, fireplace, hearth, pillows etc are just perfect. I am settled in my new apartment and ready to decorate for Christmas….thanks for providing much needed inspiration!

    Have a great day!

    xo

  • annechovie

    Annie,
    Thanks so much for making my day with your sweet comment! Your house is looking lovely and I love the way you painted the stone fireplace white. The advent calendar idea is one I want to use when I have kids and the Bonne Maman jars as votive holders is genius! Merry, Merry Christmas to you and your family! xo

  • annechovie

    Annie,
    Thanks so much for making my day with your sweet comment! Your house is looking lovely and I love the way you painted the stone fireplace white. The advent calendar idea is one I want to use when I have kids and the Bonne Maman jars as votive holders is genius! Merry, Merry Christmas to you and your family! xo

  • flwjane

    I raced through the pictures, my mind is a blur of beautiful images. Going back to inspect more slowly……what a fireplace and OMG those pillows.

    I’m crocheting garlands for the tree. This years’ tree I’m hoping.

    xo Jane

  • Angela Duke

    Thank you so much for stopping by so that I could “meet” the mastermind behind that calendar. I just love it! And I am so glad you did also because I just love your blog! Thanks for coming over! Merry Christmas! :)

  • The Vintique Object

    Well, Lady, you’ve done it again. This scene is the very definition of simple cozy and Christmas-y. Pure loveliness. The pillows are so quiet and beautiful.
    Awe struck,
    Camille

  • Sherri Cassara

    You never cease to amaze me … such talent and creativity and fabulous photographs too. Beautiful job Annie!

  • Holly

    Your fireplace is beautiful Annie and I think this may be my favorite Advent calendar that I’ve seen so far this year. It’s simple yet so pretty at the same time. Great job and what a cozy space you’ve created.

  • René

    I loved your advent calendar last year and this one is equally beautiful! Don’t think I have seen your fireplace yet and it is gorgeous! This is a must pin!

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