A Perfect December Day

By Kate Riley December 21, 2010


A perfect December day consists of a visit to a friend’s house . . .

mia mantel


. . . and appreciating her seasonal touches.

nutcracker collection


Embracing the season for all its beauty . . .

holiday vignette

simple silver decor


. . . and a great before and after.

before and after house


Starting a new project . . . 

primer on cabinet


. . .while listening to the rain fall outside.  

raindrops in red poinsettia


No obligations, no schedules, no reason to dress up.  Just good friends, happy children, a warm fire, sweet treats and hot chocolate. 

Wishing you your definition of a perfect day this holiday season! 






  1. That was the most beautiful thing i’ve ever read – how lucky it would be to be your friend!

  2. It sounds pretty perfect to me! :) I’m hoping for that day on Thursday. My sis, the baby, and her hubby (fresh home from Iraq!!) will be here. Taking the girls to see Santa this morning. :) Hope you have a wonderful day, my friend!

  3. Your day does sound pretty perfect! My perfect day is a day where I can sleep in, have breakfast waiting for me, and my daughter doesn’t cry at all the entire day :) Dreams do come true… right?!

  4. That sounds like perfection! That collection of nutcrackers is so cute.

  5. We can tell you live in California – listening to rain in December! Where I live, that would be replaced by “watching the snow fall”.

  6. Wish my day can be as wonderful as yours! Sit in the office all day long, and stucked in a not too bad snow storm after work for more than 2 hours! Looks like we are going to have a white Xmas! Yay!
    Love your friend’s decor. Isn’t that the room you helped ‘upgrade’ a while ago? Obviously your friend has the same great taste as you. Love all the silver colors! Adore the nutcrackers! Oh, we will build some gingerbread houses at our Christmas party too. Hope they will turn out as cute as yours.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Cannot wait to see your new project.

  7. I’m home from work, my kids are at my mom’s and my hubby is at work. this hasn’t happened since before I was a mom?!?! I’m not even sure what to do?!?! I’m kind of wandering around the house fussing over things. :)

  8. Estela, that day will come, I promise!!!
    Chantalle, I *WISH* we had snow, just for Christmas.
    Xin, that is my friend Mia’s house where I repainted her fireplace. She loves it!
    Cassie, enjoy it while it lasts! I wander around aimlessly too at those moments.

  9. That sounds like a perfect day. A perfect day for me is a day spent home with my husband and kids, doing crafts, playing games, without our normal crazy schedule, just enjoying each other. We don’t get so many of those right now so we cherish each one we do get.

  10. All I can say is that does sound like a perfect day! And, your gingerbread house is adorable.

  11. Crocheting with a cup of chai in my big green chair next to the window while the snow flies, my kids playing happily on the rug nearby.

    This moment may only last 3 minutes until something interrupts it, but hey–a girl can dream! :)

  12. BEAUTIFUL! And what a yummy butterscotch shade on your walls!! It’s actually been a BEAUTIFUL December down south in Florida too… Merry Christmas Kate and BEST wishes for you, your family and your projects in the upcoming NEW year!!

    xo Lynda

  13. oh … my … goodness!
    I just spent (literally) hours looking at your wonderful blog.
    You are a girl after my own heart. I, too, LOVE white spray paint lol.
    Your projects are great and your pictures are gorgeous.
    Thank you for sharing your things with us

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