Merry Merry!

By Kate Riley December 23, 2010

Season’s greetings friends!  I simply can’t believe Christmas is two days away, there is still so much to do!  Presents to wrap, family to visit, and cookies to bake for Santa.  Here are a few lovely images that will get you in the mood to enjoy the weekend!

paper whites my home ideas


Create this glittering decoration by trimming a noble fir wreath with silvery ornaments and sprigs of seeded eucalyptus.

cottage living ornaments

tinywhitedaisies tumblr white marshmallow via good girl gone glad


country living poinsettia wreath


red and aqua holiday decor  via pepper designblog

cocoa in a jar via apt therapy


Words simply cannot express my gratitude to all of you who visit here every now and then.  You inspire me so much!  Thank you all for your kind words of encouragement through comments, emails and tweets.  I’m so excited for all the promise the New Year brings, and even more creative projects and opportunities that await. 

Signing off for the weekend wishing you all a very

Merry Christmas!  


See you next week!   

Image sources: My Home Ideas; Martha Stewart; Cottage Living; Country Living; Good Girl Gone Glad; Pepper Design; Apartment Therapy




  1. Merry Christmas Kate! I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend celebrating! And yes, here’s to a great 2011…it is going to be a good one, I’m thinking!

  2. Kate,
    I’ve been enjoying your blog for most of 2010 and I just wanted to say “Thank You” for sharing your decorating inspirations, your amazing photos of your home, your holiday traditions, DIY projects, thrifting fun, paint colors, reply emails to me, and so much more… but also thank you making me laugh. You know, I’m leaving on vacation and I really want to take my laptop with me so that I don’t miss anything (I KNOW I’m on the naughty list now!) *smiles*

    My heartfelt wishes go out to you and your family for a blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.


  3. Have a lovely Christmas, and thanks for sharing your great blog with all of us.Just has to laugh so much when you were telling in your other previous post about the lady who told you all her trade secrets about upholstering as you ” always talk to everyone ” you sound such a fun person!! Have a great great Christmas !!!

  4. Can I live in your blog?
    You are on my naughty list today because, after seeing your beautiful glass stone wreath, I’ve been contemplating a trip to Michael’s, AC Moore or WalMart ALL day to do a small one in aqua for myself.
    (So far I’ve resisted, but it’s only 5:00 here!)
    I canNOT spend any money on myself two days before Christmas, it’s just not right lol.
    Love your pictures, and I potted some paperwhites a few weeks ago in the hopes that they’d bloom by Christmas day – i might get my wish – they’re all sprouted up and two already have green leaves poking through.

  5. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!! I’m grateful to have found your blog this year. You are a true inspiration!

  6. Kate, may your Christmas be as beautiful as you are, as full of loveliness as the home you’ve created for your family. Your kindness and generous spirit shine all year through, and I am grateful for you.

    Merry Christmas!

  7. Thanks for sharing your decorating inspirations and your easy tutorials. You are such an inspiration and your sense of humor always makes me smile. I always look forward to reading your blog. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  8. Kate, thank you to YOU for inspiring us all, day after day, week after week, and now year after year. Your blog is first rate and your talent is amazing! I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve got in store for the new year. Merry Christmas girlie!

  9. Merry Christmas Kate! I love these beautiful photos of Christmas decor. I’ve enjoyed your blog so much this year. I think you’re the one who had those amazing velvet pumpkins. I saved my stems from Halloween & I’m going to thy making my own this coming year. You’re amazing!

    Warmly, Michelle

  10. Merry Christmas Kate. Hope you will actually sit and rest, no projects? Thanks for featuring me and my humble silver dresser. You have such an amazing blog and your energy and creativity never cease to amaze me:)

    Have a Merry Christmas {since you live in California my guess you won’t be having a white Christmas – glad I am not the only one, but you will most likely get sun, we get rain}


  11. Kate – thank you so much for a wonderful year of inspiration and ideas. I didn’t discover your blog until a few months ago but have become a devoted follower. I look forward to what you have in store for your readers each day. I am in the process of making over my master bedroom incorporating many of your ideas and projects as I go. You have been my catalyst and motivator! I am looking forward to what you come up with in 2011!!
    Julie from Montana

  12. Kate, DITTO on all the above – THANK YOU for oodles of fabulous inspiration, fun projects, great ideas and your fun personality injected into every post you write – I love to visit CG! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family! xoLisa

  13. Always feeding us with lots of eye candy! Love ya (cause this kind of feast doesn’t make one look 4 months pregnant….yes, I totally over ate at Christmas…but it was worth it! ha!)

    I just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog throughout the year. Thanks for all your effort you make to put up fantastic tutorials and inspirational posts!

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