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Indoor Holiday Decor

December 11th, 2010

After picking up our tree on Tuesday, we pulled out the bins of holiday decor from the basement and set about decorating the inside of our home for Christmas. I’m partial to natural decor inside just like I am outside. I usually stick to white lights, glass balls, pine cones, and a few strings of glass beads when it comes to trimming the tree. Here’s a peek at the holidays inside the cottage at Chiot’s Run.

I made some mixed pine garland from those pine boughs we got at the Christmas tree farm and put it over the sliding glass door in the dining room. I simply love these little mica tree silhouette lights I got a long time ago, they are handled gingerly and strung up around the house each year. I had so much fresh pine left that I even put it on the light fixtures.

Of course the best part is the way the lights warm the house at night. We put our tree lights on a dimmer so we can dim them if we want to. I always love looking at them all squinty eyed to make them blurry.

Last year we didn’t put any Christmas decorations up in the house except for some of my nativity sets. Mr Chiots was very sad and said this year he wanted it really festive. I think we’ve achieved that, he’s very happy.

How do you decorate the inside of your home during the holidays? Do you go all out, or do it simply? (if you’ve posted about it on your blog, add a link below, I’d love to see it)

Too Busy to Work in the Garden

June 3rd, 2010

I’ve been pretty busy lately with office work. Sadly, that means I’ve been spending a lot of time indoors working on my computer so I haven’t been doing a ton of exciting things in the garden. At least I can enjoy the gardens during my work day since I work from home.

Sometimes it’s nice to look at the gardens from inside, it’s a different point of view than I’m used to. I have a small garden outside the office window that got an oakleaf hydrangea that’s about to bloom a few lovely hostas and some astilbes. It’s quite lovely when viewed from the inside.

Do you ever enjoy your gardens from indoors?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.