I had it in my mind that I wanted to use bay leaves in my Christmas decorating this year. I wish I had it in my mind back in the spring, so I could’ve planted some… But, anyway, I looked around for some bay wreaths that were fluffy and full and reasonably priced. I ended up buying a pair on Etsy from McFadden Farms to hang on the corner cabinets in my dining room.
They are just the perfect touch and just what I had my mind set on.
They came with a small hook that I was able to slip over the top of each cabinet door to hang them.
And I’ll have plenty of bay leaves for soups, stews, and sauces this year!
I’m just going to let them dry and see how long they keep.
I also added a few Christmas touches to the home office. This room is a passthrough from the dining room to the kitchen (and the basement, the upstairs etc), so it’s nice to make this room a little festive.
I hung a fresh swag that I bought from Wegman’s on the bookcase, added a gingerbread house to the shelf above the radiator cover and the “Merry” pillow from my Society6 shop. The checked chair is usually in the living room, but I moved it in here to make room for the Christmas tree.
As I typed this out, I realized gingerbread might not play nice with the radiator, but it’s hasn’t been an issue so far. It’s quite possible I’ll come home to a flattened gingerbread house at some point, though…
I hope not, because this one turned out so sweet! This is only my second year making gingerbread houses, but I love that each one has a personality.
I put a gingerbread tree on the back corner of this one, though, because the wall stuck out about 1/4″. That’ll be our little secret.
Between the nobel fir, fresh juniper, bay wreaths, and gingerbread, the house just smells about as much like Christmas as it can.