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Seasons Greetings From My Home To Yours

Gail Smith-Peterson

Seasons Greetings From My Home To Yours ~ Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson

I hope your enjoying this magical season. It’s my favorite time of year. I love to see how others decorate their homes for the holidays. So since this is a near Christmas post, I thought it would be fun to share a little of our French-Nordic woodland inspired decor and favorite traditions with you!

The tree is chosen by a vote by our family. We have a little technique {family secret} how we conduct our search for the best tree!
I love how the fresh tree adds such coziness to the room right when we put it up. We elevate ours on a vintage railroad cart. This is pre-decorated!

I use fresh evergreen garlands, wreaths, and little lemony evergreen trees and twinkle lights. Glitter crowns and a carefully placed little bird for the old vintage black top hat.

Season’s Greetings hangs under dried hydrangeas, from falls last blooms.

A hand made woolen felt heart wishes all a “Merry Christmas” with some evergreens I cut from our pines.

A little gathering of angels, all different and unique just likes each of us!

Boxwood wreath and evergreens hanging in the kitchen around my vintage scale.

Each Christmas has it’s own memories; One of our favorite traditions is our Christmas Eve dinner here at home. A sit down dinner, fireside that’s true to our casual Loves elegance lifestyle. Dress code: The men can wear jeans, though must wear a crisp button down collar shirt! Something about dining by candles and the warm light of the fire make this so memorable and special.


Simple little stars hung in the foyer to the Boyz rooms.

I love using nature inspired elements in my decor for the holidays like this nest and birdie.

Vintage suitcases that I have collected are filled with my special ornaments and holiday decorations. They are stacked in the living room all year. Tagging them with the dates lets me know what is in each one.

Our holidays include Miss Chloe our Tibetan Mastiff. Freshly coiffed for Christmas, She prefers outside lying in the dirt! {Her coat is extremely thick this time of year so she won’t stay indoors long!} We also have a Saint Bernard puppy, Mr. Lincoln.{no picture} He will be one year soon. We love our dogs; they are a special part of our family and our Christmas memories.

On Christmas Eve my husband reads the Christmas story. Those are precious moments of stillness and excitement all in one. Christmas is magical for those who believe... I believe! I hope I always hear the Christmas bell...

My design tip: Decorating a home for the holidays is preparing our home to be a welcoming, cozy place for gatherings throughout the season. It’s truly about lovingly adding a few special touches made to share the beauty of the season with others.

Warmest Christmas Wishes,
xo, Gail
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Photo source: All photos by Gail Smith-Peterson


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