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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Holiday Decorating and Friends: A Look Back

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Did you ever watch "Friends"?  Please tell me that you did...

and that you had a secret crush on Chandler.

Tell me that you used to wish that you were Rachel...just a little bit.

Ahhh, the characters from Friends: Ross, Phoebe, Chandler, Monica, Joey and of course, Rachel.

I spent so much time watching their lives unfold that I felt as if I knew them. Heck, I felt as if I was one of them.

Absolutely.  I would have been the slightly older (but equally cool) girl in one of the apartments upstairs. I wouldn't have been in many episodes, though,  because my job in finance required me to work 8:30 to 6 most days while Rachel, and the gang were drinking coffee.

But we'd have still been BFF's, Rachel and I

...mainly because we were so much alike.

Truly, the similarities were uncanny.

We both had cute shag haircuts...and highlights.

We both wore our white t-shirts tucked into our jeans.

We both frequented local coffee shops that had real ceramic mugs.

See?! Eery, isn't it?! 

Of course, my coffee shop wasn't Central Perk and we didn't have guitar music but,  if Rachel had lived in my neighborhood here in Illinois or if my career had taken me to New York instead of the Chicago 'burbs, well, who knows what might have happened.

Maybe if I'd moved to New York, I'd have had a job with more flexible hours.

Seriously, I still marvel at the fact  that Rachel and her friends all had jobs that allowed them to spend hours drinking coffee in the middle of the afternoon while my friends and I barely made it to dinner before 8 p.m.

If I had been Rachel's cool and slightly older BFF, I may have helped to spare her at least some of the man drama in her life. But she probably still would have ended up with Ross.

As the years went by and the seasons unfolded, even I saw that one coming, didn't you?

Do you ever wonder what would have happened if the show was still on the air today?

I'm betting that Rachel and Ross would have moved to the suburbs within a couple of years. Right around the same time that I did.

They'd have gotten married, had a couple of children, needed a bigger house.

Heck, we'd have probably moved to the same village....since we were BFF's and all.

We'd have lived near each other.

Somewhere with a great coffee shop...and good schools.

Which brings me to my next pressing question: What do you suppose Ross and Rachel's house would look like today?  Would they have painted their kitchen grey? What about their dining room?

Would their furniture have come from Pottery Barn? Or maybe Restoration Hardware?

Or West Elm?

Obviously, Rachel and I would still meet at the local coffee shop...

on Saturday mornings...before our families woke up.

We'd  drink venti skinny vanilla latte's and discuss whether or not to color our hair

and if anyone could tell that we were wearing "stretch" denim jeans with our white t-shirts

because friends who are now...well...middle aged do things like that.

This week,  no doubt, we'd be discussing the holidays. Talking about how shocked we are that Thanksgiving is so much earlier this year...

and what colors we're using in our holiday decorating.

Yep, that's what we'd be doing if Rachel and I were BFF's.

But since we're not, I hope that you don't mind if I share my Christmas decorations (along with some tutorials) with you over the next few weeks.

I think that you'll find that this year's decor is much less formal than what you see in these photos from two Christmases ago...

and much more Friend-ly.

Yes, you can groan now. My real friends do that, sometimes. 




  1. WOW you really go all out. Mine are very minimal in comparison. Now I have to get busy and start collecting more Christmas stuff:) Just beautiful! I often wondered the Friends day jobs as well LOL..certainly not like mine was.

    1. Hi Debbie! My Grandmother was a HUGE fan of Christmas. We've inherited some beautiful pieces from family members and like most of us who are "junkers", I'm a collector of darned near anything and I've found some great stuff at GoodWill.

      I will want to be Rachel...or Jennifer Aniston...even WITHOUT Brad Pitt! :)

  2. OMG - pure gorgeousness but how long does it take you to create this perfection? I'm exhausted just looking at it all!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Hi Denise! I work full time so I start putting garland on the staircase sometime during the first week of November. The tree in the family room and the decorations in the dining room go up after Thanksgiving but the rest of the house is usually complete before then.

  3. I've never decorated quite that much, but almost. now the thought of it makes me pooped! "Simplify" is my word for the Holidays...hope I can do it!

    1. Mine's much less formal this for whether or not it is "simpler"...well...we'll see! xo

  4. Your house blows me away, Kimberly. Seriously. Away.

    1. Coincidentally....I feel the same way about yours! I've got a "thing" for older homes...I'd never know it for where I live right now but, trust me, I do.

  5. I have decided to deconstruct and reconstruct Christmas a LOT less formal this year.Was just having this discussion with the men during dinner as a matter of fact. I am curious to see what I come up with.
    Yours is beautiful... awaiting the 2012 version :-)
    Cheers, Gee

  6. Wow ! Gorgeous decorations !! Love your kitchen tree !

    1. Thanks, Priscilla. It's probably my favorite tree in our home...except for our "family" tree with the ornaments that my sons have made over the years.

  7. I'm thinking that you and Rachel and I would've been the best of BFFs ... and your holiday home is stunning. Seriously. Puts my decorations to shame!

    Oh, and I'm just drooling over your gorgeous mouldings ...



    P.S. I worked in NYC and there was no hanging round the coffee shop. Not sure how those "friends" could live so large and carefree on so little ...

    1. Thanks, Linda! I'm really proud of the molding and mill work in this house. I designed our house and we had it built 10 years ago. As for the decorating, it's fun to see how it has changed over the years and how I didn't really realize how much of it there was at the time.

      Those friends were living the dream...only on television..... :)

  8. I didn't groan. But I did hear beautiful piano music floating through the rooms on the tour. I think it was Oh Holy Night, or maybe Nutcracker Suite.


    1. Probably something by Elton John, Billy Joel or Adele if you were wandering through my house and my sons were at home...they actually DO know Christmas carols...playing them, however, is another story....xo

  9. :) I totally enjoyed reading this post. I never watched Friends I don't think. (I grew up without a tv) Fun to see your decor from 2 years ago. I've been thinking it would be so fun to dig out all my photos from the past 15 years of Christmas decor and compare. Although I'm not sure I'd have the nerve to show some of the first years on my blog! LOL!

    1. Hi me, I looked at some from the late 1990's...and then I put them back into the album...and back on the shelf...NO ONE really needs to see that! ;)

  10. Well of course you're absolutely cool enough to have been Rachels BFF - I've totally seen her reading your posts (that absolutely did not happen). The "seeing" part, I'm sure she actually does read them. Your Christmas decorating is as crazy and gorg as you my friend. love it all. xoT.

    1. She lurkes...I KNOW that she does....she seems like he lurking type...not actually following...far too stealthy for that. If you could see my house right now, you'd wonder if I photoshopped those pix! ;) xo, Kimberly

  11. This is your house? And you really do all that decorating? AND you work FT?! Wow!!! Amazingly beautiful...

    1. Hi Melanie! It is, I really do and yes, FT..but my sons are in highschool/college so it's not as bad as you'd think. :)

  12. Friends is one of my all time favorite shows! I cried like a baby after the last episode. O felt like I had lost my best friend. Love your Christmas decorations!

    1. Mine too! I SOOO wish that they'd do a reunion show...just one episode...*


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