Greetings and Happy Holidays from South Carolina !! I'm excited to finally be dipping my toe into the world of blogging and sharing my addiction to decorating !!  I've enjoyed visiting so many creative blogs (Kristen's, Nesting Place, Between Naps on the Porch, Melissa's... the list goes on and on) filled with wonderful decorating ideas, recipes and witty (and often poignant) thoughts on life. I decided it was time to lose my blogger *virginity* and join the party, despite the fact that I have no.idea.what.I'm.doing. when it comes to creating a festive and fun blog. So, please bear with me, and forgive me that I don't know how to add a pretty Christmas background, Christmas music or a lovely, cursive signature ... I'm still learning (lol). (And, a special thank you to my friend, Beth (at momx2) for answering my many blogging setup questions!)

With this being my most favorite time of the year, I thought my first post should, of course, be about the wonderful holiday season. My husband and I were thrilled to have been asked to put our home on the local Christmas Tour of Homes, which was this past weekend. I jumped at the invitation because, not only do the proceeds benefit various worthy organizations, but give me an excuse to put my decorating obsession on overload and I'm ALLL over it !! Below are a few pics around the house ... I'd love to share more later on. Hope you enjoy, and I look forward to getting to know you all !!


I decided to make our kitchen fun and whimsical for our three year old son ... I love how childlike it makes me feel (however, I *don't* like having to avoid the temptation to attack the sweets that are scattered around). The tree is dripping in elves, candy and other whimsical ornaments.\

The great room mantle is carefully being guarded by our nutcrackers; however, I don't know how protective they'll be when the 50 lb. garland comes crashing down (fingers and toes crossed that doesn't happen) !!

The sitting room towards the front of the house I decided to decorate in a musical theme. Please come sit in a wing chair with your brandy, hot cocoa, tequila (or whatever it takes) to make you want to pick up an instrument and start singing "Joy to the World" ... the carolers are carefully perched in the bookcase under the street lamp, ready to sing along with you.

I chose to dress the dining room in traditional pieces ... the tree is full of Christopher Radko ornaments, birds and gold, glittery (which equals messy!) ornaments. I love the Lenox Winter Greetings bird plates. As we're from Virginia, I wanted to have the cardinals surrounding us this time of year.

I hope you enjoyed the pics ... I'd love to post more later on.

Best wishes,

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