The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Holiday Garland


What a fun blog! If you love to decorate and need fun ideas at a low cost, definitely check out, "Nesting Place" (Her link is on the sidebar to the right) and you will leave inspired! Today the "Nester" is asking her readers to post photos of their holiday garland. If you go to her blog you can see MANY awesome ideas on how to make your garland come to life. My garland doesn't even come close, but here is what I have to start with...the first thing I think our garland needs are feathers, (yes, feathers!) as the Nester uses many and it looks terrific! I also think it may be time to retire my artificial pointsettias...hmmm...time for a makeover!

The view by night hides many flaws!

The twinkling lights look great and hide my attempt to "swag" my garland...

By day though...bare walls and bare spots in the garland...Nester I need help!

In this view you can see my big wall that I am waiting for some great inspiration to know what to put on it, and lots of gaps in the garland swagging. The Nester says to double your garland, and use it in fewer places. This makes what you do have, look full and lush! Good advice for someone who will listen next year! :-)

The mantel above the fireplace needs to be flat so it won't catch on fire...this one could definitely use some feathers and embellishment!



The garland may need help, but the presents look pretty! :-)

Merry Christmas! Wishing you "garlands" of JOY! :-)

39 comments:

Kristi said...

The stairs/bannister is beautiful. My youngest daughter dreams of having a bannister like yours. Christmas blessings to you and your family!

Mom in High Heels said...

It's beautiful. I love your presents too! SO pretty.

Bee said...

It is beautiful. That's gorgeous ribbon on those presents. If I got one wrapped so prettily, I might not want to open it.

Laurel MacD said...

I think your stairway looks great - good job (like I know what I'm talking about)

Darlene said...

Everything looks so BEAUTIFUL!! Love all the snow in your pictures....what fun!!! Also, those presents look too pretty to open......

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your garland is so lush and pretty. I absolutely adore it!

The Nester said...

Now THAT is a staircase! Great work!

Holly said...

Your home looks so pretty and festive! I love the dramatic staircase and I think the garland looks great. Don't forget, Nester also says "it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful"!

stefanie said...

gorgeous

Biteofpunkinpie said...

Your garland looks great! Thanks for coming to comment on mine too! Now I need to go around and get pictures of all of my other little holiday decorations around the house.

Your blog is beautiful, btw. Praying for your mom!

S said...

Love you beautiful staircase, garlands, tree, presents...everything is beautiful! Makes me want to muve in with you to your lovely festive home!
Lamp Tramp

Judy @ In His Grip said...

I think your garlands look great in the light of day as well as in the dark. Love your blog decor too.

Sit A Spell said...

Love the stairway...I need a bigger garland...maybe next yr : )
Hey, I lived in CO for 10 yrs...be careful in the sun there...ok...read your profile.

Good "seeing" you again...

Lisa @ Take90West said...

I am various envious that you have such a beautiful, open staircase! The garland looks wonderful running down the railing! And your presents are wrapped beautifully!

The Busy Blaine's said...

Thanks for your comment! I think yours looks great! Isn't it fun to share these things, especially at Christmas!

Nikki said...

What a beautiful staircase! Everything look like it is ready for Christmas.

Miss G said...

Denise, you did a great job. I do love your pretty packages. That is one of my passions! Kelly

leigh ann said...

You have a beautiful family and a great blog. I love your wrapped presents. Merry Christmas!

LvPoohBr2 said...

Beautiful garland! I love your blog. After reading it, I feel that we have a lot in common. I will be checking back regularly. I wish you many Christmas blessing to you and your family!Ü

Deb said...

I wish I had a stairway to decorate!! Thanks for commenting on my rag garland. Yours looks great!

ceekay said...

Denise...thanks for stopping by. I took some time to look at your lovely blog and your beautiful family. I hope your grandma is doing well.

Aleesha said...

Your staircase is beautiful... I love the garland swag!

Miss G said...

Denise, thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment! Kelly

Barb said...

Your garlands are beautiful! Nice job.

Merry Christmas,
Barb

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Denise, thank you for stopping by! So glad you did. all your decor looks so pretty. I hope you'll come back & visit me often. I've got lots more Christmas to share.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Beautiful garland! And I also love your polka dot ribbon!

XO,

Sheila

Gina said...

I love the stairway, reminds of my house growing up-that's a comforting memory. And what amazing presents! Those wouldn't last 2 seconds around here!

Thanks for your comment too!

Half of the Style Sisters said...

Wow so beautiful...everything is just gorgeous.

I can relate to the cancer in your family. My younger brother was just recently diagnosed with colon cancer stage 4. You can read about him on my blog.

I wish your family the best this holiday season and will keep your Aunt in my prayers.

Momofgirls said...

Love all your decorations! And I bet you have nice cold winter weather too! Your wrapping paper is adorable!

Great minds think alike...we have the same cutest blog background!!

Kim said...

Wow! Look at all these comments! You are famous....! (and I know you)

Love the garland too, the packages all wrapped and under the tree make me jealous. I have never been that organized, prepared or in possession of such beauty! You are amazing!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Grand and glorious! I'm so glad you took pix in all different lighting. Great job!

Liz said...

That looks beautiful! Oh how I wish I had stairs to decorate!

Lisa said...

WOW!
This is so awesome, girlfriend. Nice nice job in the garland department! your gifts look rockin too. I wish I could be there in person to get the full effect, and maybe a present too. I love opening those gorgeous presents like that, unfortunately, the husband dosent wrap very well.
I love your blog! Thanks for sharing!
Lisa
coastal nest

Jennifer @ Priceless Moments said...

Your holiday decorations look beautiful! Enjoy the wonderful winter weather in Colorado- we often have a white Christmas!

Momofgirls said...

Yes! I know the Faires family...and I love the Faires family! It is a small world, Kim actually told me to look at your blog!

Have a great day!

Astrid said...

Oh my! I love your bannister garland! I love your staircase too!

Those presents are lovely!

Girly Stuff said...

Your stair garland is great! We can hit the after Christmas sales and stock up for next year!

Miss Sandy said...

Your home and garland are so lovely!

LenaLoo said...

You don't need that much help, it looks like you've got it down (way better than me anyways!) I noticed a couple of your pictures had captions from Whittier, theat's where I grew up... Graduated from Whittier High in 2002... My mom still teaches Kindergarten in the WCSD :)