Christmas Inspiration

Over the past few years, decorating for Christmas has been mostly about work.  That sounds terrible, because I love Christmas, but with a blog, freelance writing jobs, magazine shoots and a retail space, Christmas started in September, ended in February and often sprang up in July or some other random month.  By the time it was really Christmas, I was sort of Christmased out.  This is the first year that I have nothing going on.  No articles.  No retail space.  No magazine shoots.  While all of those things are an exciting and a fun part of my business, it’s sort of nice knowing that decorating for Christmas will just be about my family and decorating for us.  Yes, I’ll share pictures on the blog, but that’s not what it’s about.

So, I’m looking at holiday decorating with a fresh perspective and excitement this year.  I look forward setting up a pretty tree

…decking the halls with greenery

Elegant Flocked Snow Look Pre-Lighted Wreath & Garland Christmas Indoor Decor

…adding a little sparkle

…and a touch of the homemade.

Vintage "Merry Christmas" Hessian Bunting

I have some “real decorating” projects I’d like to finish before I dive into holiday decorating, but I’m getting geared up!

You can follow all of my holiday curated collections on eBay HERE.

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Disclosure: The is a paid featured post.  My eBay Collections were curated as part of a collaboration with eBay and Style Coalition.

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  1. I love it all. I would be like a kid in the candy store. I’m don’t sure what I would get.

  2. Lynnette says:

    Can I just have one of everything?!?! I do love it all but I might have to have the Silk Pearl Drop necklace or maybe the French Ladderback Settee.

  3. Kathleen says:

    I delved in to the furniture section and I would love to have the Burgundy Bar Cart. I have dreams of making a signature cocktail for the holidays.

  4. I just liked soft suooundings on Facebook!

  5. Jennie Andersen says:

    Liked them on Instagram !

  6. Jennie Andersen says:

    Liked them on Facebook!

  7. Diana says:

    I get so excited I have a hard time deciding then sticking to the plan.Smile……What an exciting giveaway, liked on Facebook.

  8. Marisa Franca says:

    I love the sparkle, the bling. Christmas makes me smile!!

  9. Jeanin C says:

    Such pretty things…my favorite being the white linen and lace stocking. I shared this on Pinterest :)

    Have a wonderful time decorating your home! As for us… we are waiting until our daughter gets home from college so we can share this wonderful time together. She didn’t want to miss out :)

  10. Wow Marian – great opportunity for you…and for us. $25K – I could use it! I probably have spent more than that on Ebay as it is! Would be a nice recoup!

    Enjoy your very own Christmas – you deserve it!


  11. How great would that be to win!! I love your collections.

  12. Sylvia Gorton says:

    I need a new winter coat, It is beautiful, I pinned it, as well as the slow cooker and panni maker…… :)

  13. Judy Marlow says:

    I have been receiving the Soft Surroundings catalog for some time now, & I love everyone thing they have. I love the clothes & Home Deco. Looking at the sweaters I am sure I could find one I love, if I win the $100

  14. Karen Velinsky says:

    Following on Instagram….

  15. Pamela says:

    Love your blog! Love your style! It’s like you see inside my head. I’ve been searching for the perfect blue buffalo check for months, would you mind sharing the info on yours? I promise not to cover my settee with it!

  16. Carolee says:

    Hi Marion…I have been following your blog almost from the beginning…I love your energy and talent…God has blessed you. You so kindly share some of your God given talents. I was wondering if you would consider doing a quick tutorial for the “sheet music star tree topper” for those of us who are states away and not local to be able pick one up from you as you are unable to ship it (providing you were doing this again this year)? I know that many would be excited and very thankful for the tutorial.

  17. Catherine says:

    Wow; everything is gorgeous! But you can never have too many French chairs….

  18. Kathy says:

    I would buy 2 pair of Everyday Lounge Pants.

  19. Awwwww…. nice that Christmas gets to be about just you and your family this year…


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