When I clean and when I decorate I find that I work in “zones”. I don’t dust everywhere, then vacuum everywhere. I take one space and do it all, move on to the next space. You get the picture. Well, yesterday, my laundry / mudroom needed a good heavy zone attack. So, why I was there, I decided to put a little Christmas in as well.
This is a shelf when you enter the room from the outside or the garage. Most of the stuff is there year round, I just added a few extra details. I have looked for the Putnam Dye box for years, but they are so expensive. This past May, I found both the box and the shelf sign at Brimfield. Both were very reasonably priced. I bet you can guess what my last name is!
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The snowman just seemed to fit right in. I added a few ornaments, bottle brush trees and some greenery. I just wanted to do something simple, but still fun.
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The tractor is my husband’s from when he was a boy. I felt it worked perfectly and I just added a little festive wreath. Every boy needs a John Deere!
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This shows you a little better where the shelf is. There are two steps down from the laundry area to the door to the outside and to the right is the entrance to the garage.
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This is the view from when you enter from the garage. The hooks are for guests and also for wet snow pants and such.
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This room is a “real” room. As much as it has some really beautiful details to it, this is a well lived in room. There is the family desk for all of the millions of papers that come in, file drawers, slop sink, washer and dryer, bins, cubbies, a freezer, art work, calendars, white board lists, the dog dishes and usually piles and piles of laundry. This is the door friends come in and most of them just accept that there will always be some sort of laundry everywhere.
Notice I didn’t make this picture quite as big as the others! This is actually in pretty good shape but mostly I wanted to show it to you because it is such a functional room. This actually use to be one half of our garage. Since we added a detached garage last year, we decided that this was a better use of the space for the functionality of our family. I am very thankful for this space.
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On a completely different note, last night was M’s Holiday concert. My girls were re-districted a few years ago. That combined with several other factors made this the first Holiday concert we have ever attended. It was stunning. I felt so fortunate to be there. It was a little bittersweet as the crazy weather here in the Northeast prevented my husband’s flight from getting in and he missed the concert. With all of his traveling, we are fortunate this is the first time that has happened. The good news is he is going to be able attend today’s performance. The audience will be a little different this time as it will be K-2!
Just before we left she was leaning over me as I adjusted something on my camera. She looked so lovely so I snapped a quick picture and was so pleased that it captured her so truly.
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I will be sharing this post at Rhoda’s Holiday Vignette Party at Southern Hospitality. Come on by and see what lovely vignettes have been shared.
More decorating and vignettes to come as I attack each zone!
Have a Fa La La La Lovely Day!
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December 02, 2010 — Laura Putnam