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Christmas on the Upper East Side

by habituallychic

12 . 20 . 10
Luckily, I managed to get out and take some photos of the wonderful holiday decorations on the Upper East Side before I became an incubus of viral plague.  New Yorkers really know how to go all out.  Enjoy! 

Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic

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  1. La Dolfina December 20, 2010 | 3:38 pm

    Especially love the one with the chartreuse green door!
    Merry Christmas

  2. Luciane From HomeBunch.com December 20, 2010 | 3:39 pm


    Wow, good work, girl!

    This is so amazingly beautiful! NYC is so chic! 🙂

    Definitely one of the most fun and beautiful post about Christmas… I felt like I was touring the east side!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  3. Anchor Cottage December 20, 2010 | 3:46 pm

    Every one worthy of a picture. My son is coming in from NYC today!

    Merry Christmas from Anchor Cottage

  4. LESAPEA MUSINGS December 20, 2010 | 3:53 pm

    Loving this post Heather.The chartreuse green door is divine! Great pics. Happy Hols.

    Lisa @ Lesapea.

  5. I Dream Of December 20, 2010 | 3:53 pm

    Love, love! Especially the sweet blue door (we are painting our front door that color). Great shots, Heather. Thanks for sharing them. Are you under the weather??? Hope you feel better soon.

  6. Paul Gervais de Bédée December 20, 2010 | 4:01 pm

    I learned something from this as I’m about to make a wreath—they don’t exist here in Italy where I live and so I’m left with making one myself. Great photography here. Admiringly, Paul Gervais

  7. jones December 20, 2010 | 4:04 pm

    I needed that visit to the Upper East Side—hope that you are up and about asap. Merry Christmas. Mary

  8. Designwali December 20, 2010 | 4:12 pm

    So festive!

  9. lindaraxa December 20, 2010 | 4:16 pm

    I know what this entailed…I did the same for Halloween! No question there’s nothing like Christmas in New York, especially on the UES. Thanks for the memories. Merry Christmas!

  10. bells 'n' shells December 20, 2010 | 4:31 pm

    love these wreaths, so simple & festive! happy holidays!
    xoxo bells ‘n’ shells

  11. Tabitha December 20, 2010 | 4:45 pm

    So trad, that’s where we spent our honeymoon 12 years ago – everyone thought we were mad not flying off to a warm country but NYC – the Upper East Side, is stunning at this time of year.

  12. Modern Traditionalist December 20, 2010 | 5:24 pm

    Lovely! So tasteful. I’m going to add to the earlier praise of the chartreuse door! That’s going in my inspiration file.

  13. Cherish December 20, 2010 | 5:24 pm

    They’re all so beautiful!! There’s nothing like New York City at Christmastime. I love the way the entire city gets into the spirit of the season!!

  14. Christina December 20, 2010 | 6:17 pm

    This is such a great post. Thanks for sharing. I love to see the decorations and the beautiful buildings.

  15. Teresa at Splendid Sass December 20, 2010 | 6:35 pm

    SO BEAUTIFUL, Heather! Thank you for sharing.

  16. CareyAnn December 20, 2010 | 6:41 pm

    Great pictures. I was walking around NYC over the weekend and forgot my camara. I also love how they decorate the little streets down in the village. Love your blog. Happy Holidays,

  17. Jürgen December 20, 2010 | 8:18 pm

    The buildings and decor are fantastic.
    My favorite is the yellow door.
    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  18. La Maison Fou December 20, 2010 | 9:30 pm

    So Pretty.

  19. Lacquered Life December 20, 2010 | 11:40 pm

    Love love love 55 East 77. And the Union Club looks great too! You’re inspiring me to get out and take some pics!

  20. Liz@http://infusewithliz.blogspot.com/ December 21, 2010 | 12:36 am

    Great tour, thanks! I love the window box on the house with 22 on it…they are all marvelous! It’s nice to know that even “city dwellers” appreciate the beauty nature can add! Love all the beautiful shaped doors too and entrances…nice to see good details like that.

  21. pretty pink tulips December 21, 2010 | 2:41 am

    I think that would make a darling coffee table book – the doors of Manhattan! Love all your photos!

  22. amelangeetmoi December 21, 2010 | 4:20 am

    How lovely to enjoy your tour and the wreaths , thyeremind me of Lonodn Sadly i havent seen a single one in Florence x Fay

  23. quintessence December 21, 2010 | 4:43 am

    So many lovely images – I certainly hope you’re feeling better and that the night timeTylenol does the trick!

  24. Fleur de Bee December 21, 2010 | 8:37 am

    You managed to photograph my families home in NYC. I just got back from there so the memory will last longer since I forgot to photograph it! I won’t mention which one, only that you captured it so beautifully! Your blog always makes me smile and I am so inspired!

    Happy Holidays!

  25. jones December 21, 2010 | 9:16 am

    Hi Heather, I hope that you are feeling better. If you can get some one to bring you green tea capsules (500 mg) and cinnamon capsules (and take a lot of them)–they really help. xoMary

  26. Bethany Dirksen December 21, 2010 | 11:35 am

    I love that you actually went out and took your own photos instead of just copy and pasting ones from online! If that isn’t a good blogger, I don’t know what is!

    I just stumbled across your blog for the first time and thought I would say hello! I looked through a few of your posts and love your style. Love the name of your blog too, by the way.

    I’m a blogger as well, about the world of art, but my history is in interior design and fashion. I love to hear what people are saying! Hope we get to see more of each other in the future.


  27. Sherri Blum, CID December 21, 2010 | 11:57 am

    Beautiful! However, now I’m feeling as if my home is a little “under dressed” for the holidays! 😉
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Heather!

  28. Serena December 21, 2010 | 4:26 pm

    The best Christmas post ever! A trip down memory lane. I grew up on E 81st @ Madison and it’s still my favorite part of the city. What a treat! Happy Holidays!

  29. Emily Ruddo December 21, 2010 | 6:47 pm

    This is my fav post of the season Heather!! Lovely photos. I had a fantastic time in NYC on Friday…. thanks again for the tips :). I didn’t want to leave! Merry Christmas!

  30. Party Resources December 21, 2010 | 10:10 pm

    I love it! I did a similar post (up today) on Boston. Merry! Merry!

  31. Claire December 23, 2010 | 1:46 am

    “All out” is the suburban dad decking every square inch of the siding in lights, with animatronics on the lawn… comparatively NYC is classy and very self-restrained. And beautiful.

  32. Sarah December 23, 2010 | 5:40 pm

    I love pictures of people’s Christmas decorations! I did a post on the decorations of the little shops in my town (Alexandria, VA), too. Very different from the Upper East Side but Christmas decor looks good everywhere!!

  33. fashionable palette December 26, 2010 | 1:01 am

    Just beautiful! I love to see how people decorate their doors…and who better than upper east siders!