The Casting Dock

one last shred of Christmas cheer before we welcome the new year

First off, my apologies for being so MIA over the last week and a half or so.  I know there are like 5 of you who actually enjoy reading this random nonsense as part of your morning routine and believe it or not, I felt badly knowing that you would take the time to check in each morning only to find nothing new. Nada. So sorry about that. You know how vacations are–running here and there to see old friends, prioritizing time with family, checking out your favorite restaurants, etc. The blog took a big time back seat, BUT I intend to be up and running per usual next week!  So thanks for sticking with me.

Next on the agenda: I know that Christmas is past now, so this is really not the ideal time to showcase my meager, though well-loved Christmas decorations (strike two for this terrible blogger today, I know), buuuuuuut I realized that I never did show you guys what I made when feeling that surge of Christmas festivities on this day. Bear in mind a few things before you judge: 1. My apartment, as you can see above (the view is from the kitchen), is tiny so decorations too have to be small so as not to clutter our humble abode and 2. I was on a strict budget so nothing fancy for this gal.

I went with a red, white, and gold theme and my goal was to have a touch of color and festive Christmas cheer without having any of that cutesy Christmas stuff. I wanted the color palette to subtly say “hey, it’s Christmas!” without having to be knocked in the face with a stuffed santa or serenaded by a motion-activated reindeer.

The tray centerpiece for our ottoman is Jerry’s favorite. I love those style of old glass jars–I got that one at a really run down antique store in Maine for a dollar. I mean, this place was legitimately like a hoarder’s heaven that was buckling under the pressure of so much junk–the house was literally starting to cave in on itself. It was on the verge of creepy, but a sweet old glass jar for a buck–I’ll take it! And the hanging ornament Christmas tree (which is my favorite, I think) is my version of this guy…

…from my Christmas decoration post, which served as my inspiration. If you can see out the window in that picture, that was our first snow of the season. Welcome back to Massachusetts! Our apartment looks out over the most adorable little commons (ie. park) across the street which has a lovely gazebo, its own decorated Christmas tree, and is nestled right next to the public library. The park essentially serves as our front yard, which is glorious.

I strung some cranberry and popcorn garland around the apartment but it was really difficult to capture it well on camera. It brought a little youthful fun to the festive vibe, but you’re just gonna have to take my word on that.

Anyhow, I hope you all had splendid Christmases. Looking forward to bringing in the new year tonight. Wishing you all health, happiness, and new discoveries in 2011!


1 Meema { 12.31.10 at 6:28 pm }

I don’t know Jer/Lis–that table centerpiece sure gives the ottoman competition. Happy New Year to you also and looking forward to your visit. Love, Meema

2 k&c's mom { 12.31.10 at 8:01 pm }

I think it looks wonderful, warm and welcoming, Lisa. (And aren’t you glad I didn’t say whimsical since I appear to be on a “w” roll?) Very classy. Glad you got to come down south for Christmas. I know Noche was blessed, as was my girl!

3 Noche { 01.01.11 at 1:00 am }

Very nice Pumpkin… the snow out the window adds the finishing touch to my favorite decoration. Now my question: What will you do with all the inherited Santas?

4 Jer { 01.02.11 at 11:47 am }

Between the inherited Santas from Noche and the inherited snowmen from Mama Logan, we’ll be able to populate the entire North Pole.

Well done, Lis. Once you raised the cranberry-popcorn garland so I quit hitting my head, the decorations were delightful.

5 jenna { 01.02.11 at 2:06 pm }

lisa – i’ve never been to your apartment so this was such a lovely sneak peak. and i love it all. so cozy. come of my favorite highlights: the stone chimney, the tall window pane in the corner with all the photos (i have 2 window panes hanging in our living room and more sitting in my house that i have yet to find a place for – i find them on the street and snatch em up), and the sneakers under the DVD player. oh, and the holiday decorations are great, too. :)
coffee sometime? or baking? or conversing about decor over coffee and baking?

6 Rhonda { 01.04.11 at 8:43 am }

Such a cute apartment! I love it. Who cares how small it is. It is so quaint! You did a great job on decorating it! I admire people that have a knack at pulling things together in such a way it looks like it could be in a magazine. Very impressive!

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