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Monday, November 30, 2009

Home sweet home

The dark winter days can be a bummer, but one of my favorite parts of the holidays is decorating our little fireplace. This weekend, we put up a garland, along with a grazing brass deer. Even though the fireplace doesn't actually work, the room already feels much cozier.

P.S. The framed photo is by Anne Hall.


Jane Flanagan said...

So cheery. I can't put up decorations before the calendar says December. So next weekend it will be my turn!

vanessa joie said...

Pretty! I love fireplaces. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. xo

stephanie said...

it looks very cozy & festive!

JBeaudetStudios said...

That's so cozy. I think I have to skimp on decorations this year because my living room has turned into my studio! My daughter's not too happy about it. Take care!

Joanna Goddard said...

my dad said it's bad luck to put up christmas decorations early, but screw it! :)

accidentally, kle said...

oh that is just beautiful!

ambika said...

Oh, love those deer. How festive!

Amanda said...

That is not *early.* That is right. on. time.

sharonlei said...

OH yes! I love decorating for the holidays. :) So much fun. Your fireplace is gorgeous. I Love the brick... we don't have fireplaces here in Hawaii... :(

You are always so lovely. I always have a cup of jo, while reading your blog.. seriously.

Love & Aloha, Sharon.

Taylor Sterling said...

I agree! Looks so cozy!

kms said...

so sweet, we do the same thing. don't forget the stockings! :)

margaux said...

yay, christmas!

Sunshine Sarah said...

"Joanna Goddard said...

my dad said it's bad luck to put up christmas decorations early, but screw it! :)"

If this was true, malls would have been broke by now or robbed or smth, cause malls always have christmas decorations put up early... :))

Joanna Goddard said...

oh, yes, stockings!! i totally forgot!

The Duchess said...

Beautiful! Love the red brick behind. Looks very cozy, Christmassy. Must dig my decorations out soon....

The Cottage Cheese said...

Aw, so pretty! My current and last houses haven't had a fireplace, but it is a must-have in my next home. A fireplace (even a non-working one) really makes an apartment or house feel warmer.

Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** said...

Love it! I wish my fireplace had a mantle. If your fireplace doesn't work, they have some amazing faux-fires out there that use gel...something like this:

Would definitely add to the coziness!


Blue Is Bleu said...

I love the twinkle lights entwined with the garland. I need to get my Christmas stuff up from the basement soon... such a slacker hehe

Conversation Pieces said...

Looks so lovely and cosy... me and the OH are getting our tree tomorrow... can't wait to dig out the decorations :)

Brittney said...

I love the Anne Hall print. How did you go about buying it? I couldn't figure out how to on her web site?

DailyDivaDish said...

It's just so pretty I want to run and put mine up right now too!

colormekatie said...

Anne Hall was my professor in college! A lot of the projects on my blog I made for her class. That's so fun that you know her!

courtney said...

i think anytime after thanksgiving is fair game. and this looks quite lovely!

Sparks said...

Mantles are one of life's small delights, aren't they?

Where is the brass doe from? Very delicate.

alicia abood said...

aw, i love this. and that grazing deer is perfect!

jean goddard said...

That looks so pretty!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

so cozy--it looks perfect for sitting next to with tea and a book!

thislovelycity said...

It looks beautiful! Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving! xo.

jlc said...


Miss hearing from you dear! Hope all is well with you! :)

Joanna Goddard said...

sparks, we got the brass deer from High Street Vintage on etsy -- it's a great shop!

Joanna Goddard said...

brittney, i emailed anne hall directly. (she doesn't sell online.)

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for all these sweet comments! xo

jen jafarzadeh said...

love the twinkly lights + garland! I think I may keep my globe lights up year round — they just make me happy.

grass1167 said...

It's the 1st Dec here in Sydney, so I am decorating this afternoon with my boys. So very excited.


Kristin said...

There is something about an adorned fireplace around the holidays that seems so cheery. Love what you did!

Melissa Blake said...

Now all you need is a blanket and some hot chocolate!

litlmissunshine said...

Our fireplace works but it rarely gets cold enough to use it here in NC so I fill it with candles. It makes it so cozy and romantic.

Rebekah @ Shell Blog said...

soooo pretty, joanna! i'm very anxious to get my tree up and mantle decorated, so this was a good kick in the pants to get going!

Chessa! said...

I adore your fireplace! And those photos:) do you guys put candles in your fireplace? I love how that looks when you can't make a real fire:)

R.C. said...

oooooohhhhh! I just love cozy holiday decorations!!! I have to put some white lights up and never take them down!!!

Tammie Lee said...

It is absolutely time for tiny sweet lights! Your little deer looks like the ones that wander through my yard.

Laura Trevey said...

I love decorating for the holidays... especially white lights everywhere... it just puts you in a good mood!!

xo Laura

Jennifer said...

Beautiful! Definitely cozy... makes you want to cuddle under a blanket on the couch! :)

Chelsea said...

I'm loving it! Will you use a real tree or a fake tree? We're pulling out our Christmas stuff this weekend and I can't wait to do the mantle!

{lovely little things} said...

I feel the same way, my house is so much cozier with my little lit up tree.

Gillian said...

You've decorated OUR mantle! lol
It looks beautiful.

TheBeautyFile said...

That brass deer just made me so happy. All you need is a piping cup of hot cocoa. Pure bliss.

Myne Whitman said...

Will shop for a tree next week.

Desiree Fawn said...

I have a collection of brass deer (ok, well it's just three right now, but that's a start!!)

Joanna Goddard said...

oooh, filling the fireplace with candles is a great idea!!!

Annette said...

agreed. Fireplaces make EVERYTHING better.

Kate said...

Decorating for the holidays is one of my favorite things to do. Agree with you that a decorated fireplace makes any room cozier...

jeff said...

This chimney is superb ! I find that a little of red colour is missing ! No ? For me, Christmas is a magical day !
There are no dreams on this earth at present !
I think that, it belongs to us to make dream about the children and adults !
Traditions don't have to get lost ! It's landmarks which tie us and give us true pictures of happiness ! ! !...;-)
Have a good day Joanna !

See you ...;-)

cutlex said...

I find it enjoyable trying to decorate fireplaces since they're just square but what to put to make it look presentable since it's in the center of the living room amuses me.

We skip decorating this Christmas too. We just plan to change the pillow cases, mantelpiece and flower vase on the center table to make it look quite festive. Poor, I know!

Tiffany Elizabeth said...

Awwwww it feels so lovely and warm... My little boy and I tried to put up a nine foot tree with eight foot ceilings... hahaha

Neon Gypsy said...

I love christmas decorations! (: garlands are so lovely in the winter

SHOPJNSQ said...

Looks super cozy! Love it!

Shannon said...

Yes, Joanna, accessorizing and enjoying a fireplace is one of life's true pleasures when you live in our climate. Thanks for sharing. :-)


lucy said...

sooooooooooooo cute!

Pesky Cat Designs said...

It's just perfect! Happy Holidays!

kim said...

Love it. I decorated on Thanksgiving night! I love the framed photo too, i remember you posting about it.

Sarah Bradley said...

Love it! Everything looks so cheery and homey!

The Sale Rack said...

hey, where did you get your garland? instead of buying a tree this year, we're just going to decorate the mantle to save a buck or two. though the garlands i am seeing cost just as much as a tree!

...Seyma... said...

wow beautiful pics!!

I ♥ NY said...

it looks beautiful! i put my tree up this weekend and you're right it just makes everything more cosy :)

Bailey@ said...

Mmmm cozy, perfect for roasting some chestnuts on an open fire! Merry Christmas!

Heidi said...

Beautiful! I love a simple garland with twinkly white lights. Now I'm wishing I had a fake fireplace.

The Lil Bee said...

So pretty, Jo. I love garlands on a mantle. Your apartment is so pretty:)

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kelly said...

you should put candles in your fireplace! my friend did that (different sizes placed randomly) and it looked fantastic.

.lauryn said...

Lets see more of your apt! :-) Looks lovely.

Joslyn said...

oooh it looks fantastic! i love decorating for the holidays...we're kicking things off this weekend.

Erin said...

Joanna, I adore the garland! I just posted about your decorations. They brought such a smile to my face at the end of a long day. Thank you!

Gwendolyn Little said...

hi joanna!
i decorated my own non-working fireplace mantle as well! ..i posted about it b/c everything i used was thrifted..i am also a huge sucker for brass deer :) check it out if you have a sec!

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