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Thursday, December 7, 2023



Ivy topiary in our kitchen

Happy Thursday, My Lovelies!

I thought I'd pop in this morning and share our Christmas decor.  I like to use a lot of living things, from potted plants to greenery cuttings.  I tend to bring in the holly and evergreen cuttings a little closer to Christmas, so I'll share them later.  I'm lucky that I'm not allergic to Poinsettias because I love them (so many people are allergic).  Let's take a look at three of this year's varieties:

This little pink one lives on our kitchen island which is painted pale pink.

Displayed in our foyer, this one is surrounded by ivy.

This one is also in our foyer, and it's the first bit of Christmas decor guests see.

Another little ivy topiary; this one is angel shaped.

We like Christmas cacti, and we love the red in the one below:

Another plant we enjoy during Christmas is cyclamen.  

It's also fun to bring in houseplants that are red and green: You don't have to limit yourself to Poinsettias.

We also have a couple of artificial arrangements we enjoy displaying every year:

These work nicely until we bring in fresh cut greenery.

Here are a few vignettes in our kitchen and family room:

Christmas village

Coffee table

Normally I use my work table to arrange flowers, but this time of the year I use it to wrap gifts.
You can see our stocking stuffers in the bowl.

A little arrangement from Oak Street Garden Center

I bought several of the beaded green candle bobeches at At Home in Homewood.  I've used them all over the house.

Our dining room is decorated with plants and bowls of glass ornaments.

And in case you missed it, you can see my Christmas tablescape HERE.

I'd never leave out the art studio: I love playing in there!

This is my Daphne's Diary Advent Calendar.  I'm having way too much fun playing with it!  You can see all the fun things in it daily on Instagram.  There's a follow link in the right-hand side of my footer if you'd like to follow me (and of course I'll follow you back!) :D

Speaking of Advent: I styled our Advent wreath a little differently this year.  I used moss, cinnamon-scented pinecones, and snow.

Please read my Advent posts every Sunday during Advent!

Our youngest daughter works for Starbucks, and this little tree with the Starbucks Been There espresso ornaments is a fun way to celebrate her hard work.  Each ornament represents a favorite state.

We also include a few decorations in our bedrooms which include plants and special Christmas pillows.

Finally, we use a slender artificial tree due to allergies and room constraints. 

I got a little heavy-handed with the tinsel!  ;P

That's pretty much all the highlights of our decor before the last minute greenery is brought in.

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Ricki Jill, I just really enjoy seeing your artistic touches all around your home. The colors, ribbons, china pieces, books, all of it! It's beautiful.

  2. RJ, I love how you’ve decorated your home for Christmas, it’s just magical! The vignettes and the plants and flowers are lovely. I think you always do a stunning setting on the hutch. I adore the little village and the beautiful tree. I love your little angel topiary….Thank you for treating us to a Christmas home tour. Hugs

  3. It all looks so lovely - BUT, what really caught my eye is your wall vase - that piece is to die for!!! Gorgeous! Enjoy the season!

  4. I feel so inspired to finish my holiday decorating after seeing your home tour! I love your selection of poinsettias, my favorite is always pink. Of course I love Ivey mixed with anything and yours looks beautiful with red. I have not purchased any cyclamen for the season and I hope I can find it in pink, maybe tomorrow. I have not been to Oak St. Gardens Center but I think I need to! I always enjoy the way you decorate your art studio, it's nice you can use it as a center for gift wrapping. Shelly's little Starbuck is adorable! Your home looks absolutely beautiful! Look forward to seeing you next week.....


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