It’s beginning to look a lot like … Chanukah!



hand painted dreidel & gelt


We celebrate Chanukah, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy decorating both inside and outside as much as the next person! Instead of a tree and the trimmings, you’ll find winter-themed outdoor decorations and special Chanukah vignettes made with heirlooms and handcrafted treasures.

The outdoor decorations this year are  birdhouse and garden themed with touches of silver, white and blue which are the traditional Chanukah colors. Indoors, you’ll find our decorated mantle with an antique brass menorah and a collection of beautiful hand painted dreidels taking center stage. A treasured menorah my son brought from Israel is in the window ready for lighting.

White orchids and paperwhites were grown especially for this time of year and greens were gathered from our yard to use both inside and out. We will just have a small dinner party this year since Chanukah arrived early in December. But next year, we’ll have another of our large gatherings of friends and family when I have the three or four days needed for preparation.

Come take a quick tour through our Fairfield home and garden and see what I’ve done to make this Chanukah special! (and … coming soon ~ pictures of our Chanukah dinner table and two of the most delicious Chanukah recipes ever, rugelach and cranberry kugel!)


winter potting sink

the potting sink decorated for winter with pine cones, fresh greens and dried hydrangeas


terracotta pot tower

stacked the pots into a little tree shape on rebar with a finial to top it off

winter window box

Winter birdhouse window box with touches of silver, white and blue for Chanukah

winter window box

kitchen deck window box with a birdhouse,candle and a touch of blue

winter window box

Winter birdhouse window box with hydrangeas sprayed silver and fresh greens from our property


greens & milk can

greens arrangement on one of our old milk cans



menorah ready for lighting with gelt & dreidels


spice box

antique spice box decorated for Chanukah


a menorah in the window

Chanukah decorating

paperwhites, an orchid and Chanukah decorations on the coffee table

hand painted dreidels

dreidels hand painted by my friend, Carol

Chanukah decorating

our fireplace mantle decorated for Chanukah

2 Responses so far.

  1. jody says:

    I am touched and inspired by your sweet creativity.

    • Barb says:

      Many thanks for such a lovely message, Jody! I am so delighted you checked out my ideas and hope you’ll visit again soon!


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