I had planned on posting this last week, and had the pictures all taken on my camera, but 2013 has been off to a rough start for us. Allie has been very sick and was actually hospitalized last weekend; we are thankful that she was never in serious danger and recovered quickly, but it was such a scary and awful experience for us as parents. They believe that she has vesicoureteral reflux, and she will be having some testing done with a wonderful pediatric urologist next month. Given the nature of what's going on, she is perfectly happy and healthy at the moment, and hopefully should stay that way!
Now we're getting back into our regular routine and I have a few moments to myself. Personally, the house always feels so bare after all the Christmas decorations are gone. I had fun putting things back in place (although I don't think anything quite ended up in the same place) and trying to warm things up.
Our "mantel". Technically....it's the top of bookshelves. Really long bookshelves. But I like to pretend it's a mantel anyway, if only in the hope that some decor here will take the focus away from my husband's giant TV.
My pretty little lady. She was a Christmas gift from my mom.
Some Christmas decorations are still around in other parts of the house. I decided to leave the bay wreath in the kitchen permanantly. It dried beautifully, and the leaves are usable for cooking. I also kept the paperwhite for now.
The gardenia got moved from the family room to here.
I didn't change too much in the dining room.
The boxwood wreath is sticking around for now.
I have moved things around in these bookshelves so many times in the 4 years we've had them.
I added some more of the paperwhites we kept to this side table, and some sheet music and a vintage book under the cloche.
The house feels nice and fresh and pretty for the New Year!
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