Monday, December 23, 2013

The Simple Things in Life
are the Ones We Remember Most.
I hope your Christmas is filled
with Simple Joys.
Thank you all for reading my blog.
I hope you enjoy it as much as
 I enjoy creating it for you.
Merry Christmas!
and the Lily Home

Sunday, December 22, 2013


We are so lucky to live very close to Manhattan, so I thought I would share some sights of the season with you. It's my favorite time of year in "the City." This is a garland from the Essex Hotel on Central Park South.

Not upside down. Windows on 5th Avenue.

For me, Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without at least one trip to New York City. I know Katherine feels the same way. She is becoming a true city girl. I love our trips to NY together.

This time, we made it an overnight "girls weekend." It was so special. In a little more than a year she will be off to college. I want to spend as much time with her as I can before she goes. But when she comes back, I know I will always be able to talk her into a "girls' trip to the city."

A horse, a dog AND sparkle. You just knew I would love this one, mais oui!

The famous tree at Rockefeller Center. It's just magical. How long does it take to string all those lights?


Ho Ho HO!!

A magical Christmas in Town.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

I had hopes of cutting down our own Christmas tree this year, but time got away from me. Which turned out to be just fine, because"someone" surprised me with a trip to the most beautiful nursery instead.

Even though I insist on a real tree, this "not so real" one was right up my alley. All white, with just a little linen and burlap, and the perfect amount of silver and gold shine. Every Christmas tree needs just the right amount of sparkle.

Linen and sequins. The perfect sparkle for a French Country kind of tree.

This would look so perfect with all my antique Swedish and French Country furniture.

I just love how the shine of the silver bird contrasts with the rough of the burlap. I could see the same look being created with, say, a French grain sack or some homespun. Come to think of it, any antique French fabric could look beautiful on a Christmas tree.

Look at the way the light reflects. The ornament looks like ice on snow.

I would love to see some pictures of all your favorite tree ornaments and decorations. Would you send me some? Just post them in the comments section.

Nothing ever turns out the way I planned. But most of the time things turn out even better. Thank you to my "someone" who gave me this year's tree. It was a very special beginning to a  beautiful Christmas.