Shhhhh – don’t tell my husband but I bought his first Christmas present last night online. It’s a sweater. While surfing for other ideas for him I couldn’t help but notice some things I like too.
Should he ask, I’ve noted a few gift suggestions I found online that I wouldn’t mind finding under the tree. Not surprisingly, they’re things for the house. I asked Terrie to pick a few house items she wouldn’t mind opening on Christmas too so that we could share them with you today. If you’re decorating addicts like us, you might find inspiration for your own wish list and save your husband some time and frustration about the wrong size and color!
Cindy’s Decor Wish List
Small things can make me happy and I smiled when I saw this syrup pitcher. My family loves hot syrup on Dutch Babies (a family tradition), waffles and pancakes. For years now I’ve used either a glass cream pitcher or a large measuring cup to heat syrup. For just $7.98 I can class up weekend breakfasts with this made-for-syrup pitcher.
I’ve coveted similar woven rattan chargers at a well known national furniture/accessories chain but their price tag of $18 per charger stopped me in my tracks. Did my little happy dance last night when I found these VERY similar chargers online at our World Market affiliate – on sale for 4 chargers for just $31.76…that’s less than $8 each. How cool is that? Less than half price for the same look!
I’ve mentioned before that we live amongst vineyards in beautiful Lake Chelan. That explains one of the reasons I was drawn to the grape embossing on this copper colored galvanized tub. It seems perfect solution for keeping wine chilled while enjoying the patio on warm summer evenings as well as on the kitchen island on cozy winter nights around the fireplace. I think it looks more expensive than it’s $19.98 price tag noted by our Lillian Vernon affiliate.
Santa might have a bit of a problem bringing this media cabinet down the chimney on Christmas Eve. Once down the chimney, however, he doesn’t have to move it far. I think it would be perfect in the inset to the left of our fireplace to hold the stereo equipment and accessories. I love the antiqued look of this new piece and the appearance of old apothecary drawers that are actually a combination of 2 doors and a row of drawers. Priced at $699.00 at Pottery Barn this Andover Cabinet definitely falls into the “wish” category this year.
Our living room has a 12-foot window seat that needs pillows. I’ve bought some fabrics but haven’t yet sewn any pillows. Maybe after the holidays? Meanwhile these pillows caught my eye while online and provide inspiration for mixing and matching prints, solids and textures the length of the seat.
None of these items are necessities and none are expected – but it’s fun to wish-list shop. For me it provides inspiration and ideas to further evolve my personal decorating plans.
Terrie’s Decor Wish List
As I sat and thought for a minute about what I’d like for my home, a couple of things came to mind (without too much thought, actually!). First, our new place has all hardwood floors and is a bit echo-y, especially in the office, so I went searching for an area rug.
I like both of these rugs and think the colors would work well in my office of wood floors, wood furniture, blinds (no drapes yet) and all hard surfaces. Prices on the Oleander rug range from $100-600 and on the Artichoke rug range from $80-$550 depending upon size. Isn’t it amazing that you can get things like furniture and rugs in the mail?
It is the holidays after all, and I collect Santas, so these fun tapers caught my eye. $10 for the pair. For the more woodsy or natural Christmas decor, these birch candles are a great idea. $8 and $11 from our affiliate Cost Plus.
Okay, this one is cheating a little bit because I already have a Kindle. I just think every reader should have one. Over 750,000 books available at your finger tips, usually for less than the comparable book, amazingly lightweight, you can bookmark, type in notes (for bookclubs), and my favorite feature – it has a built in dictionary so you can just move the cursor in front of the word you don’t know and the definition pops up at the bottom of the page! Excellent! The newest versions were just released and are priced at $139 and $189. I have the smaller one which is about the size of an oversize paperback (but lighter) and is so easy to slip into a purse so you have it whenever you’re caught in a line, etc. An amazing gift for the reader on your list (and one for yourself too). Click through here to our affiliate link at Amazon to read more. Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6
Also from Amazon this festive pie plate (hurry and eat the pie so you can see the pretty design) priced at $26. They have lots of holiday serving pieces and decor items – you can never have too many serving pieces!
We have so many photos from our travels and I’ve been sorely tempted for years to have a couple of the best ones transferred to canvas. Canvas on Demand (an affiliate) prices start at $59 for just a wrap but include several framing options as well.
I love Butler Trays – they are a classy version of a TV tray when you need a little extra serving surface. A great mini bar or for snacks or for dinner table overflow. This one from West Elm comes with 2 base finish options and several tray colors, priced from $60-150.
I thought I was done wishing and then came across this at Amazon. Since our move to back to the northwest, I find morning showers chillier than in Arizona and toasty warm towels sounds really appealing. Warmrails warmer at Amazon for $110.
Like Cindy, none of mine are must haves (well maybe a rug), but all are lovely and I would love to see one under my tree. How can I get my husband to read this post???
So What’s on Your List?
What type of decor items are on your Christmas wish list this year? What fun inspirations and ideas can you share by commenting via the link at the bottom of this post or by emailing us at email@example.com? We’d love to know what captures your fancy or solves your decorating problems.
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