Thursday, December 3, 2015

Casa de Sotherden at Christmas Time

Similar to yesterday {Full Christmas gift guide with options for everyone - her, him, jet setter, monogram lover, home, dog lover} today is another one of my favorite posts each year - our home holiday decor.  I love having the memory to look back on {and also help me remember where things go} except this year, most things are completely different than the last since we've added on some extras to enhance what we previously had.  This year was so much better than last; getting decor for an entire house at once isn't easy - this time I just took a day and hit all my favorite stores to add enhancements.  And a few more ornaments, we do have three Christmas trees and they were looking a wee bit bare last year.

We decorate the whole first floor and the bar area of the basement.  The dining room is where I get my golds/silvers in, the main floor all the classic christmas colors and the bar area tree is purely red/green balls and garland.  Well, and theres a gingerbread theme going at the hightop and surrounding areas (forgot photos of that area!) This year I've really been eyeing plaid and raindeer.

The foyer houses the first of our three trees and one of my favorite little setups which holds our stockings (we don't have a fireplace).  We got Stella a stocking this year too but it's still in the bag, maybe we'll get around to hanging it sometime before Christmas.  Our manger scene (borrowed from my stepdad - my parents have a huge nice manger scene so I borrow one old one, and my brother borrows the other old one - perfect!) is also up there.

stockings - pottery barn
credenza decor and gold signs - home goods
tree ornaments {merry, joy, noel} - target
manger - family :)

Like I said above and as I'm sure you noticed in the foyer tree - the dining room area is where I do all my golds.  I love the traditional Christmas colors but I do love having the only gold section.  I left out a couple areas in photos which I might get around to showing at some point - just the favorites today.

My mom started a Spode collection for us last Christmas - I waited my whole life for it after always growing up eating off her "pretty" Christmas plates all season.  Each year I plan to ask her for an accessory piece or two for Christmas and this year so far we've already put in an order during the Macy's F&F sale for some matching glasses - really can't wait for those!
wreath as a centerpiece - target
spode - macy's 
gold raindeer, white raindeer, brown raindeer, gold trees - home goods

Where better for the Christmas tree than the family room?! We've also got some Christmas spirit on the bookshelves and have started displaying our Christmas Card photos.  I excluded the spot where this years' are displayed since they haven't been sent out yet but I will share those soon! My parents always did a special holiday card and I love that now Derek and I do one too.

nutcracker shelf items, glory to the newborn king, oh come let us adore him - kohl's 
peace shelf items, santa and snowman - pier one 
ho ho ho, don't get your tinsel in a tangle - michael's 
santa's magical key, christina's christmas shop - gifts from my parents :)

 Final stop for the first floor, the kitchen and the breakfast nook.  Last year the kitchen was bare but I love doing the breakfast nook up big - there's a credenza in there that's perfect for holding seasonal decor.

santa claus sign, gingerbread sign - home goods 
santa, photo frame - michael's 

I can't wait to pick up our "new this year" glasses to display on the countertop this year too. And to use!

We've still got to finish up the centerpiece for the table - I'm thinking a tall candlestick on either side of the centerpiece but for now we got creative with what we had - leftover garland and a mini wreath on a cake stand.
plaid napkins, plaid table runner, appetizers plates - sur la table
centerpiece items - old
credenze items - home goods

Onto the bar area of the basement.  In the winter this is one of our main entertaining spots if we're not all hanging around in the kitchen {when it's warm enough we are on the deck any chance we get} so we put up a couple simple {and some drinking themed} decorations down here too.  We typically have our red/green tree up down here next to the bar but just haven't gotten around to putting it up yet.

wine sign - here
drink recipe - family :)

We celebrated Stella's first birthday just before Thanksgiving {more on that to come} but since she's still very puppy and loves destroying her toys to get the squeakers out we got here a bunch of Christmas stuff for her birthday to play with for the season.  Love having that little face under our tree!

Now just to get the outdoor decor up this weekend! It's hard when traveling for Thanksgiving but we both agreed that next year if we are out of town we'll most definitely be coming back in time to have a decorating day over the holiday weekend.

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'Tis the Season… 
Linking up with Thoughts for Thursday today.


  1. Such fabulous decor, lady! Love your golds, greens and reds. And LOVE that you frame your Christmas cards, too! Cheers to your happy holiday abode.

  2. So many pretty holiday things! I love those gold reindeer on your table--so cute!

  3. I love it! I have gold in my house, too :)
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  4. All of your decorations are so pretty! I'm really obsessed with reindeer myself, but I also love your Spode place settings! They're so beautiful! I love that your parents get you a few new accessories each year because before you know it you'll have the whole set!

  5. I don't know which room I like best. Each is so fun and fabulous. I love that you put out your past Christmas cards. Such a great idea. I've been making ours into yearly books. All of the christmas signs make me happy. I need to add some to our collection.

  6. Love it all!!! Everything looks so beautiful!! You guys have such a lovely home too!! :-)

  7. Such gorgeous decor girl, and loving all the cute little signs! I'm all about the metallics and plaid this season too <3

    Green Fashionista

  8. I love your themed trees! As always, you nailed the tablescape- love those linens with your Spode!! I've been trying to find the perfect linens for my holiday china too!

  9. oh my goodness your decorations are so gorg! loving the gold theme in the dining room and the bar is so simple and cute! you are great at what you do girly! i am loving the plaid stuff too :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

  10. I love all your decorations! Especially what you have in the kitchen and the breakfast nook...I love the plates!

  11. I love it!!! Thank you for the wonderful boost of Christmas decorating inspiration!! =)

    Melanie | Blog:Toots + Dill

  12. Girl, your house looks like a Christmas wonderland on the inside! So many decorations and they're all so pretty!

  13. I love your Christmas decor! Everything looks just like you and so festive! I'm 90% finished with mine and I'm not sure if we're going to put the icicle lights on the house this year or not, but my front door is complete! Beautiful pictures!

  14. Oh my goodness, your decor is to die for! We have literally done next to nothing thus far in the decor department. I am, sadly, very far behind. I guess I need to up my game haha

  15. Your house should be in a magazine's holiday issue! I love it all and it is so festive. We haven't put out much this year with a kitten who loves to jump and knock this over I am afraid something might break!

  16. LOVE all of your little accents! I've been trying to find more of those (like I have for fall), and they're so much fun to pick up. I especially love the gold chargers and your matching stockings!

  17. I love all of it and I love how you guys go all out! The more the merrier, right?!

    I've been working on my Christmas home tour post for a few days now and I hope to have it up next week... taking good pictures of Christmas lights is really hard! Haha.

  18. Loveee! Your house looks so fabulous and festive! Totally obsessed with your Spode - I really need to start collecting that for myself. Nothing says Christmas list eating off of Christmas tree plates!

  19. Your house is beautiful! It just emulates Christmas! I also love your wedding canvases! :)

  20. You have the cutest decorations!! Your house is so festive!! I can't even pick out just 5 things that I love - it's all so cute!

  21. Yay, I love seeing all the Christmas décor! Everything is gorgeous...I love your table settings! And the wine sign by the bar...too perfect!

  22. Love all of your decor! You have the most festive house ever!

  23. Great decorations! Love all the pretty tablescapes!

  24. Beautiful decorations! It all looks fabulous! I think the breakfast nook might be my favorite. Love the plaid and those cute plates!

  25. Oh my gosh you have such cute decor!! I want to come to your house, Christina! :) Next year will you please help me decorate mine?! :-p

  26. Wow you have so many beautiful decorations! Your house must be glowing with holiday spirit! Love your dining table set up with the reindeers. So happy the holidays are here!

  27. Your house looks so beautiful and festive for the season! I'm working on my Christmas china collection, too - you never can have too many dishes, right? :)

  28. stopping by from the the dining room, beautiful!

  29. The decorations are adorable and I have that same wooden Joy sign - I LOVE it! :)

  30. Everything looks beautiful! Great job! Merry Christmas to you and your family!