christmasy shelves


hellooo!  i am finally decorating for christmas and i am learning some things about myself: 1) i never ever ever want to wait until after thanksgiving to decorate ever again.  2) i like to take my time to decorate.  i do not like to be rushed.

i like to keep somethings the same year after year with my christmas decorates, but i also like to try new things.

like these photo shelves in our dining room.  i wanted to make them new and christmasy and fun.


last year i changed my decor from super bright and colorful to a luxe lodge look: plaids and fur with some sparkle.

luxe lodge christmas

this was my inspiration board from last year.


i snagged the “joy” marquee letters from target way back in october, when i was verbally scoffing at them for having christmas decor out so early, but secretly so glad to get these letters that i knew would sell out ;)

last year emily sent me a handful of christmas prints that she and some friends put together and they were the perfect addition to my shelves.


the floating shelves are from ikea.  they’ve been the perfect shelves for just blending in and are nice and deep to hold lots of frames.


i added a little bit of green with these adorable mini trees and stuck my teeny vintage glittered deer i found last year at the thrift store.


this is my favorite of emily’s christmas prints.


i backed it with some $1 wrapping paper from target – a quick and easy sort of matting.




and just because i like to keep it real, my house is an absolute disaster right now.  to be honest, these shelves are the only thing in my house that are finished.  i have opened boxes and piles of ornaments all over every surface.  plus our normal every day piles.  and then some.  sheesh, i need a maid.  and a personal assistant.  time to go add these brilliant ideas to my christmas list…


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    I always knew my name would good in lights ;) Your shelves look really great! I think I might be coming around to decorating before Thanksgiving.

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    This was the first year I allowed myself to decorate before Thanksgiving, and I’m so glad I did! Definitely going to be the trend from here on out. I’m a huge fan of your plaids. It’s something I’m slowly bringing in so I don’t shock my husband too much. He has a harder time with those kinds of changes. :)

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    So funny you are posting about these shelves today…I noticed them in the background of the shower photos and just scoped out some Ana White plans for my husband to make me some. I like the IKEA link up better! I was wondering…how do you keep your frames from sliding off the front of the shelves? Is there a little lip or indentation I can’t see in the photos? Thanks.

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    I absolutely love your shelves and have even shown them to my husband with the hope that he would put some up in my house, I’m sure I can find the space for them😉the Joy letters are fabulous and who said you can’t leave them up all year round, the whole arrangement makes me smile.

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    I love your decorations they look great! I also like the way you keep it real too. My house looked just like yours a couple of days ago. I had to get mine cleaned up because my in laws were coming. ;-)

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    Thank you, thank you for showing that last picture especially.
    I had a stroke in the fall and this is how my living room looks now what with thanksgiving last week and my brother in from TX this week.
    Life seems to be overwhelming this year :)
    Love all your ideas!

  7. 8

    The shelves look great! I love your decorations especially the Joy letters. Great job! I need a maid too!

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    I bought the same lights! My middle name is Joy so I was smitten and I too was sure they’d be gone if I waited for the holidays to buy them. I love the way you hid the wires.

    I have found the same thing with decorating, if I wait, it’s stressful. I’d rather sit around after Thanksgiving with the lights on and a cup of hot chocolate.

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    That last picture made my day. That is exactly what my house looks like right now as I am trying to decorate. Your shelves are so sweet and I really like the idea of wrapping paper for the background! Thanks for the inspiration.

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    the things you discover when you up-crop a picture. :) That’s what my house looks like too. Love those shelves. I’ve been on my husband to hang mine as well. Maybe I’ll get a second and he can do them both at once….hmmm… Love it.

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    so stinking cute! Love your dining room! so festive but not like santa threw up! <3


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