welcome to my home! let me take you on a little tour of our living room, now that i’ve decorated for christmas.
here’s our little entry way table. the pumpkins were just cleared off to make way for this ornament-filled lantern and feather wreath.
here’s the birdcage all done up, sitting on my sofa table (still not painted, dangit. the table, not the birdcage). i filled an urn and hung a few ornaments from the top bars of the cage. this was a serious balancing act. i think hot glue could’ve come in handy on this one.
we, my mom and i (my partner in crime), hung ornaments all over this incredible HUGE birdcage that is on “long term loan” from a friend. the ornaments are simply hung from the cage wires and from ribbons taped to the top. at the base there is a plate full of more ornaments. better than the standard poop catcher, right?
these little urns just needed the ornaments plopped on top. they usually are just filled with the moss. i like to use my everyday decorations and chochkes (sp?) for holiday decorating by just adding an ornament or combining fun colors together.
the trick to filling the cake cover is turning it upside down, filling with different sizes, then placing the plate on top of it, getting a good fit. then flip it over carefully. super easy, super cute.
behind my dining table are these shelves filled with pictures. the shelves are from ikea, and i think they were around 25 bucks. killer deal. one bummer about them, though is that they are really slick and everytime a door shuts in the house and slightly rattles them, the frames all scootch a teeny tiny bit until one time a door will shut just a little too hard and BOOM! there goea another frame. i’ve lost 4 frames to those slippery shelves already, so i wised up and got museum putty and stuck it on the bottom of each frame. no more wiggles.
to finish off the shelves i hung the little glittered “joy” banner from the top shelf by taping the ribbon down. not rocket science.
here’s the mantle with the most ridiculous unused tv above it. you didn’t even notice it, right? good. i got a bunch of those stockings years ago (as in pre-kids) for a few buck at k-mart. i want to get some satin ribbon emroidered with everyone’s names to attach to them somehow. wouldn’t they be cute with lime, hot pink, red and turquoise ribbons on them? i think so, too.
the feather trees were a newlywed christmas purchase (going with the all-white theme, back then). still am madly in love with them. wish i had 10 more. the glittered candlesticks are from last year, and i need some lime-y tapers to go in one set to add a bit more green up there. do you think i’ll get to that? me neither.
and how cute is that “believe” banner? i’m really not a huge santa fan. not totally against him, but i try not to make him the focus, so he’s not usually a part of the decorates. but when my sister in law set us up for this banner project then whipped out a huge collection of vintage santa christmas cards my grandmother had collected for years, i was done for. really, the idea of a sign saying “believe” is supposed to be about the birth of Christ, but then santa snuck his way in. sneaky little guy!
these are the shelves on either side of the fireplace. see how i snuck in a little bit of color to the everyday stuff? easy.
where’s my tree, you ask? have you not heard about my son? right now we have the fake-y up (my husband really truly is allergic to christmas trees. i tested it for 5 years, just to be sure.) and it only has lights on it. or sometimes a ball or truck is shoved inside. it just might remain that way this year. but i’m also contemplating a colorful paper chain. hmmm….
you’d never believe this, but our first few years as a married couple we had all white and silver christmas decorations. it was beautiful, and went great with our home. but after a few years i added in a deep red, not burgundy, but just a beautiful deep red, mostly ball ornaments in a matte or crackled finish. then i added a bit of lime-y green. then it expanded last year to include hot pink, turquoise, and a bit of orange! just a bit of a switch, right?
over the next couple weeks i’ll show you how to make the feather wreath, the glittered candle sticks, the “believe” banner, glitter dot ball ornaments and maybe some fun pillows if i can get to them.