Beautiful Boston Holiday & Christmas Decor 2022

Hi Guys,

First of all, Happy Chanukkah and Merry almost Christmas!

Today, December 21st, is my second anniversary of moving to Boston!

But, ugh, I’m a bit under the weather today; just a little stuffy, fluffy and puffy. Covid is negative.

So, I’m taking it relatively easy. Soon, I will be sharing some beautiful Boston Christmas Decor 2022 images I’ve taken recently.


Let’s begin with about five weeks ago.


I just happened to go out one even when the guys were putting up and testing the Commonwealth Ave. Mall lights.


Comm Ave Mall lights going up 2022

Here, you can see the guys putting their ladders back in the truck. I went to do an errand, and when I returned 20 minutes later, they were gone and the lights were off. I believe they get turned on the first Thursday in December, and they remain on until early April.

Does that mean I can leave my little Suzanne Kasler Christmas tree up until April?


The day the lights got turned on this year was the day I went to Crown Point.


Most of the Boston Christmas Decor 2022 images were taken Sunday, December 11th.


That day I went on a beautiful tour of about six homes on Beacon Hill. The tour was a benefit for the Nichols House Museum, and I went with a group all belonging to the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum. Unfortunately, but understandably, photographs were not allowed.

That’s inside the gorgeous homes, but no one stops anyone from taking photos of the exteriors.

The only home on the tour I took an exterior shot of was 24 Chestnut Street. And, oh my, this home is SPECTACULAR.


Below is the front door to 24 Chestnut Street.


24 Chestnut Street Nichols House Museum Tour

Greeting us just the right of the warm entrance hall is a reception area surrounded by an antique Zuber wallpaper mural. Yes, the entire room. The home is incredibly gorgeous. I didn’t want to leave.


The rest of the Boston Holiday & Christmas Decor 2022 images aren’t in any particular order. Unless otherwise, noted, they are on Beacon Hill.


29 Chestnut Street Christmas 2022

29A&B Chestnut Street is one of the oldest homes on Beacon Hill. Please note the side entrance that was popular circa 1800.

The sign below has more information about this historic home.


29A Chestnut Street Beacon Hill Boston Christmas Decor 2022


29 Chestnut Street Boston Christmas Decor 2022

Above is another view from Chestnut Street.


Beacon Hill Boston Christmas 2022

This was the afternoon before the first snowfall in Boston, which I believe was less than an inch. That did knock most of the remaining leaves down.  I love that chartreuse color one sees when the leaves are newborn and then again, just before they die.


Chestnut Street Christmastime

A view along Chestnut Street on Beacon Hill


Christmas door Beacon Hill 2022

The same home from the front. I love the addition of the golden leaves to this color scheme.


Chestnut Street Beacon Hill Christmas 2022

Another long view down the street.


Chestnut Street Boston Christmas 2022 classic front door

Fantastic doors, always on Beacon Hill.


53 Chestnut Street Beacon Hill Boston Christmas 2022


For more doors on Beacon Hill please check out this post.


Christmas Carolers Beacon Hill Louisburg Square

On the southeast corner of Louisburg Square some delightful carolers.


Holiday house tour Beacon Hill December 2022 Front door gorgeous Christmas decorations

This display was jaw-dropping. The photo doesn’t do it justice.


Beacon Hill Christmas Decor December 2022

The quintessential front door on Beacon Hill decorated for Christmas 2022.

On my way home from the tour, it began snowing.


Commonwealth Ave first snow December 2022

I’m almost home and looking down the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.


The following images were taken on a walk in Back Bay Boston one evening recently, on Marlborough Street.


Boston Christmas 2022 Marlborough Stree December

Marlborough Street December Boston Christmas Decor 2022


That’s all for now, for holiday & Christmas decor 2022 from my image library.

You might also enjoy this post featuring magical Christmas Lightstaken in December 2020.

And, I also love last year’s Christmas post, again featuring homes, mostly in Back Bay.


And now for the news.


On Monday of this week, I had a hair appointment. As I was running a little late, I was concentrating on moving along Charles Street as quickly as possible.

However, focused I was, nothing, but nothing could stop me from seeing what appeared to be jumping out of the store window at me.

Upstairs Downstairs Beacon Hill Chinese Chippendale stools

Yes, two gorgeous vintage, blind fretwork Chinese Chippendale stools. However, there was no time to go in the store.

Three hours later, I went back to the store, Upstairs Downstairs, a lovely store that sells a wide variety of vintage and antique, just about everything. Please follow Upstairs Downstairs Antiques on Instagram. All of their contact and location info is there as well.


Upstairs Downstairs Antiques - My Chinese Chippendale style benches
Their prices are quite reasonable, as well.


original art Upstairs Downstairs - Boston Beacon Hill
Above is some beautiful original art and a Gustavian-style chest in the middle.

Did I get the stools? Well, I’ve been dreaming about stools like these ever since I saw similar ones in Maura Endres’ living room several years ago.

Room flow - analogous blue and green - art walls Maura Endres - @m.o.endres on instagram

Maura Endres Chinese Chippendale Stools with skirted table
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okl blind fretwork chinese chippendale stools

The ones above are exactly like mine. I saved this image in February 2017 in the post where I featured Maura Endres’ home. I’m not sure who the manufacturer is. The tag said they are from the 1940s.

So, yes, of course, I got them!

Where will they go?  I’m not sure yet. I carried one home and will fetch the other one when I’m feeling better.


Very lovely, Laurel, but I hope you’re not planning on painting them. It would be such a shame to paint over the gorgeous mahogany.


Forgive me, but I don’t recall asking you if it would be okay or not.

Besides; we don’t talk like that to other people on this blog. And, unfortunately, some of you did after Sunday’s post.

There’s a note at the end of that post, recently added. I don’t want to mess up this post with stuff you were supposed to have learned in childhood.

See this not-very-good photo of my bookcase?


bookcase decorated for christmas like a mantel

I had it painted. That was 21 years, ago, and I have enjoyed it immensely ever since.

mahogany-bookcase-before copy

I hated it in its original state. And, it looked awful in my white-on-white living room. But, I bought it because I knew it would be gorgeous painted.

You may leave your mahogany bookcase brown, or you can paint it hot pink if you like. I don’t care, because it’s none of my business– unless you ask me.


peaches-living-room - white furniture - living room layout floor plan
Here it is circa 2002 with my darling Peaches.


easy Christmas decorating - Boston Christmas

Last year.


Okay, I’m going to leave you with a positive word. I appreciate and love each of you who are reading my blog. And, I wish everyone, peace, good health, and an abundance of everything good all around you.




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28 Responses

  1. Love the stools! My mother in law has ones like them. They are so convenient. I have not seen them anywhere else before so very exciting to see them in your blog!

  2. Dear Laurel, Happy Chanukkah and Merry Christmas! Thank you for the beautiful photos of Boston; how lucky you are to live among so much beauty! I hope by now you are feeling much better. Oh, and I LOVE those stools that you bought (and the serendipitous story of how you found them). I look forward with anticipation to your posts in the New Year :]

  3. So happy that you got those benches, Laurel! I’ve been searching for a pair like those for over a year! It was meant for you to have them, and I know they will look lovely in your home.
    If and when I find some, I will definitely paint the dark wood a lighter color, similar to your bookcase, and update the upholstery. I plan to use for coffee table. Hope you’re feeling better now, and try to get extra rest going into new year! Thank you for all your wonderful posts!

  4. Love all the beautiful doorways and tasteful Christmas decorations. The sparkly lights are magical. You are so right when you say you find the best things when you you aren’t looking …enjoy the beautiful stools. Glad you took advantage and bought them. I hope you are feeling better to enjoy the holidays.

  5. Laurel, I can’t tell you how delighted I am that you love living in Boston. It’s really a special city and beautiful there year round. But the lights. Oh the lights — They make it magical. The first time I saw white lights was in Faneuil Hall. I was smitten. I lived on Comm Ave and Marlborough St in the 80’s and loved it. I’m so happy you get to call it home now. Feel better and Happy New Year

  6. Thank you for another beautiful post. I hope you feel better in time for Christmas. A reminder for those decorating stair rails – handicapped people still need access to them! Please don’t make them inaccessible.

  7. Congratulations on finding your stools. It’s always when you’re not looking that you find the best stuff.
    Thanks for showing the scenery of your lovely town. It’s so beautiful all lit up.
    I hope you feel better soon. I’m getting over the flu myself so I can sympathize.

  8. What a lovely classy area you have the pleasure of living in. The evergreen winter decor is beautifully done. Sadly, in my area (which will remain undisclosed) there is an abundance of the inflatable holiday decorations (shudder).

  9. Love the stools – what a wonderful Christmas present…!
    Look forward to seeing your magic wand at work…
    Have a wonderful holiday…

  10. Hi Laurel,
    I hope you will feel better soon! Those stools are fabulous! I loved seeing them in Maura’s gorgeous home. I love painted wood, as I think you know, and I know you will make them “sing” whatever you do. I recommended two stools instead of a coffee table to Melissa the other day. NOW the hunt begins. Happy Everything.

  11. I opened your email first thing this morning and what a treat it was to see Boston at its holiday finest! Thanks so much Laurel for a beautiful trip down memory lane – lots of inspo on how to up my game for next Christmas. Feel better soon and all the best to you in 2023!

  12. Thank you for sharing your photos of those beautiful homes Laurel! I have never been to Boston, but I do think a trip in December would be really nice. I am Canadian so I can handle the cold. As a matter of fact, it is currently -32C here, (I think that is almost -26F for you)… Anyway, I am happy you found your stools, a wonderful early Christmas present to you! Thank you for everything you share with us, it is so appreciated! All the best in 2023.

  13. I’m thrilled that you are living where you are! YOU are the best one to appreciate beautiful architectural “eye candy”, and design details, and thanks for sharing with all of us!
    Christmas JOY to you!

  14. Happy Hanukkah and Merry almost Christmas! Those stools are simply gorgeous. And about painting furniture, Pantone’s COTY 2023 is Viva Magenta. Not suggesting you paint your new stools that color, but my wouldn’t that be quite stunning? I’ve seen the orange Chippendale chairs in several of your widgets, but I’m more of a pink girl, myself. I’m sure whatever you do will be beautiful. Enjoy!


  15. I’m so excited about you finding the stools! I’ll be delighted to see what you do with them. Thank you for the glimpses of Boston, so nice to see!
    I’ve enjoyed reading about the painting trm or furniture. For some reason, I feel I cannot paint inherited furniture. Trying not to shock my mother who is no longer with us? Looking at how painting your bookcase transformed it has me glancing around and thinking…

  16. Hope you are feeling much better soon! Lovely photos, thank you so much for sharing them. Wishing you holidays filled with love and joy!

  17. Merry Christmas!
    I love reading your blog and have learned so much. I have used your ideas on paint colors and my son did too for his new house redo.

    Hope you feel better soon.

  18. Happy Hanukkah! Love, the pictures of the Christmas decorations, and not a blow up Santa etc. to be found. I think those ugly things should be banned!
    Beautiful stools and a lucky find. I am never that lucky.
    Hope you are feeling better soon

  19. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, Laurel! Love your pictures of Boston. Here in Orchard Park, we will be getting lots of snow and blizzard conditions for Christmas Eve. Go Bills!


  20. Beautiful and uplifting post, with all of that beautiful architecture and tasteful Chrismtas decor. I’m so glad you found the stools you’ve been looking for–that is so much fun, isn’t it? Whatever you decide to do with them, I’ll look forward to seeing them worked into your home’s decor. Take care.

  21. Happy holidays to you, and thank you for your repeated reminders to people to use kindness. You do whatever makes you happy with your own possessions! I think sometime I would like to come to Boston during the month of December, it does look beautiful!

  22. What a find! They’ll look gorgeous, whatever color you paint them, and wherever you put them. You were certainly in the right place at the right time…just destined to have these stools! Hope you’re feeling better. Happy Holidays!

  23. Isn’t it an exhilarating feeling to find something you’ve drooled over and dreamed of?! So glad you found the stools, Laurel– they will look great in your place! They were in the shop window, just waiting to become your Christmas present to yourself. Happy Holidays to you!

  24. Lovely post and pictures, they brought back memories, I lived in South Boston as a child in an old Victorian..still have memories of the homes.. Have a wonderful holiday and stay well

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