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A little bit at a time… decorating for the holidays with perfection in mind.

I love
looking at great chic Christmas displays. I think about color schemes and
styles that I would like to try. I go to family and friends homes and get
inspiration for things I would like to see in my own home. I am completely
addicted to pinning holiday décor on Pinterest (who 
isn't)… but my own home can
be somewhat lacking in holiday decorations.

I used
to attribute this to the fact that I 
didn't have the time or energy to decorate
seasonally. I worked. And then when I no longer worked, I had a baby… and then I
had a baby and a toddler, and then I had two toddlers and another baby.  We sold a house and we bought a new house and
still my seasonal decorating was minimal. There was always an excuse. Always a
reason why not.

I think
that part of me never started to decorate because I had unrealistic
expectations of what I wanted my home to look like. I would see pictures of homes
with beautifully crafted centerpieces and picture perfect mantel displays and I
would get intimidated. I would look at my mantel and see everything I needed to
change in order to attain this image of perfection. I would get so flustered I
would not know where to begin. And then once I would decide to begin – to do SOMETHING – I would get
so caught up in all of my choices that I would just get completely overwhelmed
all over again. Did I want to do gold theme Christmas décor? Did I want to do
felt garland and modern pops of color all over? Did I want lots of garland or
lots of ornaments? There were just so many choices.

… and
then one day my husband asked me to get some holiday decorations for the house.
There was no judgment on our current lack of décor, just a simple “hey, if you
have some time can you pick up some more Christmas decorations for the house?” Apparently
that was all I needed to get started, someone to ask.  I looked on Pinterest for two days and looked
at what I could do with what I had and I made a decision. This was not rocket
science. I would NOT get caught up with unrealistic perfectionism. I would take
it slowly and do what I could.

Holiday Decor Christmas Chandelier Gold and Green


shopped at a few stores. I looked at what was out there. I looked at how much I
was willing to spend and I made a choice. I love garland and greenery and since
I have so much bold red already in my home décor I thought I would stick with
simple and go with gold. I bought gold pine cone 
garland that glitters as well a
ton of greenery. I tossed it around my chandelier in my dining room and atop my
mantel. I even wrapped some around my banister. It is not much, but it is a

Holiday Decor Christmas Mantel Gold and Green

Holiday Decor Christmas Chandelier Gold and Green

Holiday Decor Christmas Staircase Gold and Green

I am
trying very hard to look at my decorations and be okay with what I have – proud
of myself for having made a decision. I like my pine cones
. I am trying to be
okay with doing a little bit at a time instead of being blinded by what it
could be – “the after” picture perfect idea I have in my head. Because lets be completely
real for a minute, very few people can walk into a store and buy a whole room
on a whim. I am not sure that I would want to do so even if I could. I like
having a story behind the pictures hanging on my walls and I like the memories
I have when I look at the figurines smiling on my shelves. While it can
sometimes be hard to take things slowly, I feel by waiting and taking your time
you end up with something that is more personal.

friend Ann Marie over at White House Black Shutters talks about her struggle
UNREALISTICPERFECTIONISM – and it inspired me to write this post and to be okay with
the idea of being a work in progress. The most I can do is a little bit at time
and I need to be okay with that. I too am a work in progress (as is my home). I am right there with you Ann Marie - #TheStruggleIsReal.

You have to start somewhere. Decorating for the holidays with perfection in mind. #TheStruggleIsReal

I am
proud of making a choice and starting to decorate. A little bit is better than
nothing and you can never finish what you don’t start.

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