Deck the Halls

My front room is finally finished and I am slowly putting it back together. I decided on Sea Pearl by Benjamin Moore, which is the same color I have in my office and bedroom. It’s a lovely shade of white with a bit of a greyish hue, that I can’t seem to get enough of. I usually use (and prefer) flat paint, but with Finn’s little fingers starting to grub up the walls here and there, I decided to switch to an eggshell finish so that the walls are at least wipeable.

We used to have a dated spray-on speckled finish to the walls, along with the wide horizontal stripes that the prior owner painted (and I never knew the colors to), and the ceiling was an awful texture that both Josh and I hated. My Dad smoothed both the walls and ceiling out to a nice flat finish and also filled in the recessed box above the mantle that I felt was too restricting.

It’s a nice fresh start to a space that I was tiring of. While I did enjoy the stripes for the six years we have lived here, I just wanted a change and a blank canvas to work with.

When all was painted and ready to decorate, the starkness was a bit of a shock. The trim and details don’t quite contrast the way they used to and the room just looked really white. However, I’ve lived with it for about a week now, and it’s growing on me. I keep making changes, and with the holiday decor taking center stage at the moment, it’s hard for me to imagine the room without all that fluff. But, I like it, and that’s all that matters.

Now, on to some holiday decor…. (sorry for the sheer volume of photos in this post, but I took them all weekend, so I had to share…)

These pictures were taken over the course of the last three days. They end with pictures from today, with Finn in his dinosaur jammies. I don’t think my poor tree is going to make it until Christmas. ;)

P.S. The grain sack dog bed, is from Maria at Dreamy Whites. Hannah and I both adore it!


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Morgan - December 10, 2012 - 4:39 pm

Oh Finn, you’re such a trouble-maker, but how can anyone stay mad at you in those jammies!? xo

paige - December 10, 2012 - 5:03 pm

sara, what a beautiful happy joyful christmas for ya’ll this year!!!
i love all these images….however what does it say about me that i instantly was drawn to the image of hannah…oh maria’s doggie bed yes?
oh wow!!!
nerry christmas!

Patty - December 10, 2012 - 5:27 pm

OMG! Finn is just so sweet and having such fun! Love the new look to your room. Enjoy the holiday activities.

melaine - December 10, 2012 - 6:17 pm

I could look at photos of your decor all day long! Finn is getting so big, love all those teeth! :) melaine

Sandy Miller - December 11, 2012 - 4:15 am

I’ve decided you are my new favorite blog! Love everything about it.

katey - December 11, 2012 - 4:42 am

Love the new look!! I really like your lab’s pillow. I laughed when I saw the picture of Finn with with string of beads in his mouth. Yes, I can see Finn mouthing the “red christmas balls” like my son did. Precious times!! Enjoy your new room and thanks for sharing.

Kris Vavra - December 11, 2012 - 5:13 am

Your blog is great and I love the Christmas decor. Your little guy is so so cute too. Love the Santos on your mantel. Everything is beautiful.

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - December 11, 2012 - 5:17 am

I just love your tree – so simple & full of sentimental ornaments — a real family tree! And, I love to see that Finn is appreciating it :)

Violet @ Create Beauty - December 11, 2012 - 6:43 am

Finn is adorable!!! What a blessed Christmas you are having with a little guy to cherish the holidays with!

I enjoyed your home tour and the lovely decor, thank you so much for sharing. Delightful!!!!

~ Violet

Cari - December 11, 2012 - 7:33 am

I know how you feel! My little guy will be 2 next month and right now our tree has the majority of the ornaments up at the top!

Jan's camera - December 11, 2012 - 9:35 am

Hi Sadie, your home looks lovely. Your son is so adorable. And that cute doggie, he is too cute. And the cat, so regal. Lovely post.

Jennifer Rizzo - December 11, 2012 - 9:51 am

It looks gorgeous Sara! You should link it to the housewalk party I ahve going on so everyone else can see it too!!!

Lolo - December 11, 2012 - 11:34 am

Your home is perfect. I never tire of looking at photos of it!! And sweet Hannah….love her bed, its from Maria, right?! I am so glad that you have a pic of Hannah in it since I was wondering how it would handle a large animal (I have a lab too). I must add it to my wish list now :) Thanks for sharing hon. And that Finn…such an adorable character ;) XOX

Rita H. - December 26, 2012 - 2:59 pm

I was happy to discover the “clear suspending pendant light” in one of your beautiful photographs. I just recently found two and have plans to update the dated brassy parts and then make a white chain cover. Then not sure if I’ll keep or sale.

Picking a Tree

Bright and early on Sunday morning we made our way to the local Christmas tree farm with my sister Morgan. I’ve never been before and I really wanted to get a few pictures of Finn among the trees.

Finn had a blast (as you can see) running through the rows of trees. He adores being chased (and tickled when caught) so he had plenty of willing hands to grab and tickle him. We didn’t end up buying our tree here (I prefer noble firs and they didn’t have any) but we will be back for sure next year. It was too beautiful a place to not visit again.

The tree we did come home with may not make it until Christmas, little curious (and sometimes downright naughty) hands are brutally attacking it as we speak. This is going to be an interesting Christmas….

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Morgan - December 10, 2012 - 11:15 am

Love them! They turned out so cute! :) The one of Finn’s feet running through the trees might be my favorite.


Jody - December 10, 2012 - 3:09 pm

The photos are beautiful. I can’t get over the sunshine, lack of snow…and how big Finn is getting :)

Jen O'Brien - December 10, 2012 - 4:12 pm

Love the pictures Sara! Looks like it was a special day! Jen

Kare - December 11, 2012 - 12:22 pm

Wonderful, wonderful pictures. Just beautiful family tree cutting pictures, great memory keepers. Thank you for sharing them. Blessings, Karen from Cape Cod

Lori Byrne - December 20, 2012 - 10:56 am

I remember when my girls were that little and trying to keep them out of the tree and the gifts!! It was a chore in itself! But those days pass quickly so enjoy it, too!!

Krista and Brian

I’ve slowly been diving back into photography this year. I’m pacing myself and being very selective about the types of sessions I agree to and how many I accept a month, so I don’t get burnt out again. So far it is working out beautifully for me. The only challenge has been finding time to edit when I also have the design part of my job and Finn pulling me in other directions.

Last weekend I booked a session with a lovely couple looking for a maternity shoot with a few holiday card pictures sneaked in here and there. We almost had to reschedule due to rain, but decided last minute that we would just chance it and I’m so glad we did. The light was beautiful.

The couple has the sweetest little dog, Penny, whom they adore, so she had to be included, of course.

I had so much fun shooting this adorable family. I can’t wait until they discover how much fun little boys can be and what amazing joy they will have added to their lives. Congratulations Krista and Brian! Penny is going to be a wonderful big sister!

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Morgan - December 5, 2012 - 2:23 pm

Yay! I love them!! Such a beautiful mom-to-be and I <3 Penny so much! :)

Krista - December 5, 2012 - 3:53 pm

Thank you for the amazing photos, I love them so much!! :)

cathy - December 5, 2012 - 4:15 pm

Oh WOW Sara !!!! You are truly my favourite photographer… These images are exquisite xoxo

SuZeQ - December 5, 2012 - 5:47 pm

LOVE the picture of the empty shoes. You did a great job!

Brenda - December 5, 2012 - 6:36 pm

so beautiful – love their precious family. You have such a great eye for unique photos!

katey - December 6, 2012 - 10:46 am

These are SO precious. I can’t get over how well Penny did!!! Wonderful pictures. You are amazing.

elma - December 7, 2012 - 6:45 pm

Amazing pictures!!!

Melinda - December 8, 2012 - 6:09 pm

These are stunning Sara!!!
I love that they included their sweet little puppy too!
Hope you have a lovely night.