This and That… on Christmas

christmas table setting

I have to admit that I’m not having the easiest time getting back to work after the holidays. And being that we just moved, I wish I could just take a few weeks off and say See ya after the new year! But I feel the pressure mounting. It’s lame really. I’m lucky that I don’t have a boss telling me I “have” to work but on the other hand, the boss inside my head won’t shut up either! I’m trying to work through my funk today and it’s not going very well. But I will say that we had a lovely Christmas, though I didn’t really get any family photos. Sometimes I want to just enjoy the moment without documenting every single second of it, but I end up regretting it later when I have nothing to show for it and the moment is over. Can you see/feel my inner battle today? I think it’s best to just leave my computer. But before I do, I’ll share with you just a few tidbits of our day…

As you can see above, I hung my DIY word art canvases and I love them in the new house. I didn’t think they were going to make the cut actually and was thinking about doing a giveaway for them. But I love them here… for now anyway. {You can see them in our old dining room here}

I used a tablecloth I found at Crate & Barrel a few years ago with a mix of new white dishes and vintage blue and white China my mom passed down to me. The blue dishes work so perfectly in the new house, I wish I could use them every day!

vintage blue and white China dishes

Since the new house is not fully pulled together just yet, my creativity for a centerpiece was lacking but I actually love the simplicity of it. I used a few brown paper trees I found at Michaels with a few old white trees, blue water glasses and simple Calvin Klein champagne flutes, and called it a day.

white and blue woodsy christmas tabletop

Unfortunately it didn’t snow on Christmas or Christmas Eve but it made it easier for family to drive up without worrying about the weather conditions. Of course the very next morning we woke up to snow. I love it when it snows here. The first thing I do in the morning is look out the window for snow.

white and blue large vases

feather wreath on the window

The husband cooked an amazing dinner… {I stole this shot from his iPhone}

Christmas dinner feast

Oh! Gifts! This is what the husband got me for Christmas… a gorgeous infinity ring with champagne diamonds all the way around set in rose gold from Cynthia Wolff, of course. It’s so pretty and sparkly in person, I’m so lucky to add it to my collection.

champagne diamond ring, rose gold diamond ring

champagne diamond ring, rose gold diamond ring

A few more random Christmas decorations…

small glam tree in the bedroom

The small, faux tree in our master bedroom… {love}

living wreath

Front door wreath…

stockings on the stairs

We don’t have a mantel, so the stockings hung on the stairs… {and in our master}


Hope you had a wonderful holiday and lovely Christmas.


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Mawiyah

    December 27, 2012 |

    Sounds like you had a good time 🙂

  • Heather Carson

    December 27, 2012 |

    LOVE the simple centerpiece!
    i think it works perfectly.

    merry – heather

  • drollgirl

    December 27, 2012 |

    GGGGGASP! your ring! so gorgeous! what an awesome gift!

    and i am glad you had a super christmas! i am so glad it is all over. ’tis the most stressful season of the year, but the gifts help! lol

  • Anonymous

    December 27, 2012 |

    Wonderful decor photos……Next year have your family take photos of one another! The best of everything to you in 2013!!

  • Jessi

    December 27, 2012 |

    I just love love love the DIY word art! And as always, your home is just lovely! It’s fun seeing it’s transformation as you unpack and settle in. And don’t pressure yourself too much to work… ’tis the holidays, so just be 🙂
    xoxo J

  • Jennifer

    December 27, 2012 |

    Looks like you had a beautiful holiday 🙂

    xo Jennifer

  • Whitney James

    December 28, 2012 |

    Very pretty decor! I love the tree in the master!


  • J.

    December 28, 2012 |

    Your home looks absolutely amazing! And that present is so nice as well 🙂

  • Naomi at The Occasional Indulgence

    December 28, 2012 |

    I love that you home is accented in white fur! So glam!

    Giveaway on my blog!

  • Rachel

    December 30, 2012 |

    I am so thrilled to see you reveling in your home/hometown. The photos are lovely.

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