although i’ve had my house decorated since right after thanksgiving, i am just now getting to posting pictures!
when the busyness finally lessened, the rain came and shoo’d away the sun, so getting decent light for taking pictures was tricky. so on the brightest gloomy day i got as many pictures as i can. of course, as i’m typing, the sun is shining brightly and would be perfect light. of course.
while i changed up so much of my decorations this year, this little rudolph is in its same home as last year. i just love it! i bought it last year at the queen bee market from misfit menagerie. i am dying to get this little doe for the rest of the year.
this feather wreath is also an oldy but goody. i’ve had it since i used to decorate for christmas in all white and silver (12 years +). its just a feather boa wrapped around a grapevine wreath.
and speaking of wreaths, here’s my wreath that i made a couple years ago that was featured on the chew. if you do attempt to make this, i HIGHLY recommend you follow my directions rather than theirs as mine is much less time consuming. their’s is really cute, but much more difficult.
i love what i had done the last few years for decorations, but i was ready for a change. i’m not a huge fan of buying tons of christmas decorations each year, so i haven’t for a couple years. so with wanting to do something different, i had to get creative with what i already had – which was actually really fun!
i also wanted to tone things down a bit. past years have gotten very colorful (nothing wrong with that), and decorations everywhere, so i went a little bit more mild and just not everywhere with the decorates.
my tree usually has the kids ornaments (my mom gets them each a snowflake, reindeer or star each year), ball ornaments, and also tiny picture frames with pics of friends and family.
this year i opted to only use the ball ornaments and went for a kind of ombre/rainbow look, and i am so happy with how it turned out! the only bummer: when people come over and ask the kids if they had fun decorating the tree, i have to duck my head in shame since i did it when they were out of the house! in my defense, they didn’t seem to care too much and have a tiny tree in the playroom that they decorate themselves.
i love how well grace’s version of michelangelo’s horse fits into our everyday decor. with a little wreath slipped over it’s head, it works perfectly for christmas, too!
yep, our tree is fake. i gave in years ago since sean is allergic to the real deal. poor guy would get sinus infections every christmas!
the ornaments are a mix of yarn wrapped balls, glittered balls, glass and plastic balls. most of the ornaments were from target, but a few fancy ones were bought years ago from crate & barrel (pre-kids).
the pillow was a recent find at the stitch market, and the blanket over the ottoman was one of silas’s hand knit baby blankets.
i love the nativity scene by willow tree. i know there’s more to the set, but i kind of love it just like this. this year i added the stars. its a little much, but still fun.
i have a little start punch and then sewed the punched stars with my sewing machine – so easy! then i just randomly cut the strands of stars and taped them to the top of the shelf.
i am so happy with my mantle this year! i bought the stockings when sean and i had our first christmas. they were from kmart and were so inexpensive, i just grabbed a bunch! every year i say i’m going to add some ribbons with names on them, but never do…
the wreaths are a new addition here. they are usually hanging over our back windows with different decorations on them. i stripped them down and just added a bunch of tiny pompoms i made with my pompom maker and extra yarn i had on hand.
i’ve been doing the trees for awhile now and am so tempted to just keep adding to them! maybe one year i’ll make enough to go all the way across the mantle… this year i elevated a few of them on silver footed dishes and mint julep cups.
my favorite addition this year are the antlers i bought from ruby rose. i bought a wooden plaque at michael’s and painted it coral and gold with some deco art paints. then i added some cut glass crystal strands i had from back in my flea market days. the “joy” banner was a gift from a friend ad the ornaments were a random addition to fill space. i don’t love them, but i don’t know what else to put there. maybe a big star… i can’t do a wreath since i already have one on either side.
this is quite possibly the prettiest ornament ever. it belongs to one of the kids, but i had to steal it to put it on display. its just too pretty not to!
i’ve never done much in the kitchen, but i had this old wreath in my decorations box, so i made more pompoms in various sizes and tied them on.
i also stole a scrappy wreath tea towel from my shop for my stove!
a few extras for you:
– the cart filled with games is an old laundromat cart
– the wall color in the room is called silver sage by restoration hardware
– the sofa table is painted mermaid’s net by behr
– the entry way mustard dresser is painted french pale gold by behr