Monday, December 15, 2014

Home For the Holidays Part 2: Adding Holiday Elements the Easy Way

December is here and I'm spending some very special time decorating my own home for the Holidays.  I have finished several of my decorating jobs for other people so I am working on my own.  You can see pictures of our tree on this post.

In the entry area I always decorate the top of the East Lake Chest.  I like adding pheasant feathers to the greenery and berries.  A Santa picture and Dickens book complete the setting.

A pinecone swag hangs to the side of the closet.

At the top of the stairs, a simple greenery pick adds Christmas to the black table.

In the living room, the oak secretary becomes festive with greenery.

An antique sled gets adorned with greenery, pinecones, and a brown bow.

The top of the entertainment cabinet even gets a little greenery.  The penny ball was a DIY project.  We brought it inside for the winter.  See this post about how we made it.

This antique oak spool cabinet was used in a general store to hold sewing thread.  It serves as our coffee table.  It now holds antlers found in our yard and small pieces of driftwood collected from our Pacific Northwest trip, see that post here.  The wine cork tray was a DIY project, see that post here.

My antique doorknob display only needs a little sprig of greenery for the Holidays.

This cabinet is a vintage music stand which was used to hold records.  I painted it black several years ago, replaced the top and added the rope wood molding.  It is at one end of our sofa.

Another antique oak table is at the other end of the sofa.

The kitchen table top is in keeping with the "natural" theme as well.

I haven't finished decorating outside.  The "funky junk" mailbox still needs a bow.
I hope the Christmas decorating is progressing nicely at your house!!

Miles to go before I sleep, and still decorating......

Friday, December 12, 2014

Home for the Holidays Part 1: The Tree

It is that wonderful time of year when we take extra efforts to make our home a warm glowing space where memories are made.  December is here and I have finished several holiday decorating jobs for other people.  Now it is time for our home.  We will be staying home for the holidays this year so it is time to "deck the halls." 

I thought I would share a few pictures with you, starting with the tree.  I am not really the traditional "red and green" person, so our tree is more natural, with pinecones, bronze, browns, golds, some old brass ornaments, and some newer glass balls. 


Our house is a work in progress during the month of December.  Keep posted and I'll try to share more photos as Christmas moves into other rooms.

Continuing till the 25th,

Friday, November 28, 2014

2014 Christmas Sneak Peek

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of great food, love and laughter!

If you follow me on Instagram then you saw a little teaser about my tree this year. It is my very favorite so far and I was thrilled to find so many great ornaments that matched my inspiration look.

Here's the overall look at the tree. Sadly ,one section of lights decided to burn out the night before I took these photos. But you get the idea.


I just love the mix of mercury glass with silver, burlap and white.

This is one of my favorite new ornaments. I wish I could say I made it (and frankly I may get crafty and do something similar) but I found it at my favorite shop called Dwell.

I also found the burlap at Dwell. The white "pinecone" ornaments came from TJ Maxx Home Goods. The silver keys I found last year when we shopped downtown Littleton with Brent's parents. They were on sale after Christmas.


For the mantel, I like to keep it simple. I just add a few sprigs of greenery and some silver bells.


In the front room I added a few things and I have more to go! I love this silver reindeer alongside a basket of pine cones with small silver bells and some greenery.


Right when you walk in our front door, you see our closet door with this simple wreath. I also put a fun banner on the stair rail.

I still have a bit more to do. I need to set up my newly painted village (thanks, MOM!) and work on the outside decorations.

I'll do that this weekend---after turkey and pie.

Happy Holiday Season!