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January 3, 2012

Winter Shelves

I spent my ENTIRE New Year's Day
tearing down every single piece of Christmas decor.
We started with the outdoor lights,
then the tree
then the needles...then the needles....
Having a "fresh cut" tree helped a little
but I think the only way to avoid the needles is to go fake.

I put everything away.
Even though it took ALL day!
I had an early start
since it's not like I slept very late!
Our New Year's Eve consisted of an early dinner
out with friends and the kids.
The big excitement was letting the boys stay up until midnight
and then bang pots and pans on the front porch
like we did as kids!
I can't believe both of them made it until midnight!

Anyway,
since the holiday decorations were stored neatly
back in their boxes in the basement,
I had to fill up my baker's rack shelves again.
It was all red and Christmas-y before!

I went with wintery earth tones and some pine cones.

I was actually inspired by my
from last year.
(I wish it were the end of winter now!)

I used some of the Royal Doulton china
that I have on my shelves in the dining room.

Along with some browns and a few cream candles.

Pine cones always work this time of year.

I know my little spider plant is a bit out of control
but I needed some green so the shelves wouldn't look too much
like the dead of winter!

I will probably keep things this way until spring.
I can't see myself
doing a Valentine's or St. Patrick's Day makeover!
Unless the kids beg me!

Oh, and speaking of kids,
today was the first day back to school for us.
And guess what?
My older son is home with a fever!
Oh, I just love this time of year :(

Have you cleared out all of your holiday decor yet?

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25 comments

  1. Your bakers rack looks very pretty, Shelley. I still don't have all of my Christmas stuff down. I have been sick, and it just has not been priority! Hoping your new year has started off wonderfully, and stays that way!

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  2. Your baker's rack looks great! I especially love your Royal Doulton. I need to get back to blogging! My kids don't go back until Jan 9, so my schedule is out of whack. Hope your son feels better soon!

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  3. Happy New Year Shelley!! I love the shelf, it looks beautiful. I took down all my Christmas stuff the say after Christmas, I was in a zone and cleaned all day long. :)
    I hope you little one feels better soon, that is no fun.
    xoxox

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  4. I like the winter look on your baker's rack, Shelly. I am still putting things away and trying to get things back in place. I think the house looks blah after the pretty Christmas decorations so I'm glad to see ideas like your baker's rack to inspire me. Hope your son gets rid of that bug and returns to normal very soon.----------- Shannon

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  5. Your bakers rack is lovely for the season...Love the china! Hope your 2012 a prosperous one!
    All The Best, Loretta

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  6. Very nice baker's rack. The decor looks amazing! Happy New Year!

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  7. Ahhh, love the fresh, clean look on the baker's rack! Hope your son is back to school soon!

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  8. Love the look of your baker's rack! Very appealing! First time visiting, now a new friend...drop by my blog soon...gift-giveaway going on!!

    Blessings for a happy new year!!

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  9. Everything looks so pretty! We finished tearing down today but still have a lot of work left in regards to cleaning up.
    Happy new year to you!
    XO
    Kristin

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  10. Shelley, A great transition and one that will work through to springtime!! Bravo!

    Happy New Years and All the Best in 2012!

    I hope you will come to enter my Giveaway from Serena & Lily!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  11. Your hutch is so pretty and your display is gorgeous. I love the Royal Doulton. Isn't it wonderful to have all the Christmas packed away. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

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  12. Looks amazing my friend love your style. Hope you have a wonderful day.

    Always Wendy

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  13. I love that piece of furniture and the shelves look beautiful!

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  14. We just started clearing up the Christmas things today! You are super-organised!! I like to do it all over a couple of days...with the children if possible!!

    Your rack looks fab! You've made it so pretty!

    Sarahx

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  15. I like your winter look... it's minimal, yet warm. Great job!

    Sharon

    p.s.
    I'd love for you to come link up at my Show & Tell party.

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  16. I haven't even thought about taking down decorations - too darn busy and it's only the 4th day of January lol!

    Your shelf looks lovely and will work perfect until winter is over (hopefully, sooner than later).

    Have a lovely week,
    Marie
    xoxo

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  17. Hi Shelley! I did the same thing as you did on Monday! I was exhausted after putting everything away! But we have had a fake tree for the last years and I don't miss the needles everywhere at all. It was my mother who convinced me to go fake and I am so glad I listened! Happy New Year! Angie xo

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  18. Nope! I need to do this, but have put it off. This just may be the push I needed...
    Happy New Year!!!

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  19. Very pretty! You've inspired me to pull back out the pinecones and put together a quick Winter vignette before hubby gets back in town later tonight. That empty spot's been bugging me anyway... Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  20. Your shelves are arranged so nicely. I really like the addtion of the pinecones to add a little natural element.

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  21. Oh, how pretty! Your bakers rack looks gorgeous! Love the pinecones!

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  22. Thanks everyone! I hope you all are getting some organizing done this first week of January!

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  23. Love the bakers rack! So pretty! I am one of your new followers!

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  24. Hi again Shelley. I know I already left a comment, but just wanted to thank you for joining my party! I appreciate your visits to my blog and hope you'll join me next week too.

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