Christmas in the New Place

So with no new projects on the horizon (we’ve got some ideas, but haven’t started executing anything yet…we know, boring, lazy, not entertaining, etc.) and the holidays taking up all of our time, we figured we might share a quick post about what Christmas is like here in our new place!

As you know, I’m a big huge gigantic fan of Christmas. This is due, in part, to the fact that I was born on Christmas day. I know, ‘it’s amazing’, right? Joking aside, Christmas is super important to me. You can read all about my crazy obsession with Christmas tree ornaments here.

Now that we have so much more space, my Christmas decorating has been taken to a whole new level (of crazy)!

We have a bay window in the living room and a bow window in the kitchen now. These are two fantastic new places to add decorations that we couldn’t have otherwise accommodated in the past. I made a little pine, berry and candle/lantern display for the kitchen window:

DIY Christmas display, pine and berries DIY Christmas display in the kitchenI added my mom’s classic manger display to the bay window in the living room right next to the tree:

Christmas manger display

We also now have a mantle on our fake (it’s electric…boogie, woogie, woogie) fireplace, so of course I had to spruce this up with some lights, and some familiar old decorations that just didn’t really have a proper spot in the old place. I’ve got to admit, even though it’s a fake fireplace I am SO excited about this because we can actually hang our stockings by the chimney – with care, of course. 😉

As you saw in one of our previous new house/old house comparison posts (click here) we still have our coffee bar. However, there just so happens to be a very handy electrical outlet right above the mug rack, so I took full advantage of this by adding a little light display here too!

Coffee bar Christmas light display

Of course we still have our tree, but now with the added space and bay window, we thought this would be a great opportunity to make the tree even more of a focal point. In our old house, we really had no choice but to kind of stuff the tree in the corner next to our couch. Now, we have the tree right in the window for all to see. So this makes for a nice display looking in from the outside and also a way better setup for enjoying the tree on the inside of the house. Don’t mind my fun Instagram filters. 🙂

Christmas tree (old house)Christmas tree (new house)

And of course, our outside display is still just as fun. We are thinking we will probably add to this as years go by, but this is a good start for our first year in the new place (pardon the low lighting in these quick cell phone snaps). We also have these fun bushes now that we spiraled some lights around!:

Outdoor Christmas light displayOutdoor Christmas light display

How do you use your space to decorate for the holidays? Head over to our Facebook page to let us know!

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I’ll be honest, we haven’t been updating the blog as much as we were a few weeks ago, but that isn’t without a good reason. We’ve been pretty busy doing holiday stuff, shopping, attending Christmas parties, etc. Also, there’s something about the below freezing temperature that doesn’t exactly make me want to set up shop and start building and painting something in the backyard. You saw us hanging our Christmas lights a few weeks ago, so here’s the house all lit up at night. Those are LED icicles, and I think they look mighty fine. Also, we just might be the brightest house on the street, not because we have a lot of lights, but because those LEDs are SUPER BRIGHT.

House decorated with lights

Last weekend we went into New York to check out the city decorated for Christmas. This weekend we went to see friends in Philadelphia, one of the many perks of living in New Jersey, sandwiched between two major metropolitan areas. Here’s some shots from last weekend.

30 Rock Christmas Tree

That’s a shot of the chaos at Rockefeller Center. Oh yeah, and the big Christmas tree.

Zucotti Park Decorated for Christmas

This is Zucotti Park, site of the Occupy Wall Street protests, a little bit more peaceful and decorated for Christmas.

Bryant Park Christmas

Bryant Park at night. This park is home to one of the cleanest and nicest public bathrooms I’ve ever experienced. Who knew?!

Christmas in Times Square

Stay tuned this week for a dramatic new post featuring some (finally) completed kitchen cabinets.

A Coupla’ Things

Long time no post! Well, not really, but it feels like it anyway. We’ve been super busy since our bathroom project was completed! We had a hectic work week leading up to Thanksgiving, then, of course, we had Thanksgiving! Now we’re just enjoying our bathroom and tackling the next big project; Christmas lights!

Christmas LightsIt’s not that big of a project, but since this is our new house, we’re making it a big deal. We’ve been to Target and Lowe’s several times so far, planning our lights and we’re still not as impressive as the neighbors, but we figure we’ll build up to it over the years.

We used some clips we picked up that hook directly along the roof line. We chose these multi-colored “icicle” lights (I say “icicle because they don’t really look like icicle lights, but we like ’em anyway).

Hanging Christmas lightsHanging Christmas lightsWe’ll have more on this once we get a picture with everything lit up at night. Maybe we’ll use our brand, new…CAMERA! Introducing the newest member of our family, the Canon EOS T2i.

Canon EOS Rebel T2i

Being the photography and film geeks we are, we knew we needed a Digital SLR that could should quality video. We also love Canon, so it was a fairly easy decisions. These are some of the last photos you will see from the old Canon Powershot A610! A great camera, but we’re running with the big dogs now. Stay tuned for some more updates on our Christmas lights and look out for some lovely new photos from our new camera!