Do you change up your Christmas decorations from year to year? My answer to that question is yes and no. The primary tree stays pretty much the same. But I do change some areas, just using (mostly) decor that I already have.
For example, the mantel is different every year. Don’t ask me why that particular area demands newness but it does. This year a nature inspired theme was called for. I’ve had these dried pomegranates for over 20 years. One year I rubbed a little gold leaf on them to give them some shine. The greenery is fake and I use it throughout the year in various arrangements on the dining room table or in vases around the house. I gave up on real garland a long time ago. The daily shedding and mess were too much!
Vintage items, especially vintage holiday decor, always speak to me. I found this cute snow people salt and pepper set at an antique store. I think my granddaughters will love this little vignette.
At the same antique mall, I found this unusual reindeer. I’ve never seen one on rockers before. This particular antique mall had so much vintage Christmas that it was overwhelming. None of it was expensive either. I really don’t want the clutter though so I resisted, mostly.
This guy was just too unique to pass up!
The library needs some sparkle and frivolity, which this vintage tree provides. It’s just the right size for a table top tree.
I’m off to a good start. How’s your decorating coming along?
I have noticed that if I wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas I feel as if I am behind. But if I start before Thanksgiving I feel that it is too early. So I’m left with a 24 hour window the day after Thanksgiving (when I’m still doing dishes)that the timing feels right. But first I have to look at all the blogs to get inspiration. Oh well, I have managed to decorate a few areas since Thanksgiving and I thought I would share some of my vignettes.
I was outside clipping holly and doing a few other chores and this little scene just happened.
Today it is in the mid-50s here so it’s a good day to do some outside decorating.
These reindeer were brass when I found them at a thrift store. I spray painted them silver but I would love them either way. They are some of my favorite decorations to bring out.
Another of my vintage finds was this little caroling Santa. I am sure he was part of a set but somehow he became separated. I gave him a setting with the tree and snow (of kosher salt).
Something about these miniature trees is magical to me. Every year I add a few more to my stash.
I’m still working on a few areas of the house. But it’s starting to feel like Christmas around here.
We are having some family over for dinner this weekend which is the motivation I needed to finish putting a few holiday touches in the dining room. My decorating had stalled after the initial burst of getting it done early. Is there such a thing as decorating fatigue? Yes, I think it’s a thing.
But there is nothing like having company to get me going again.
The greenery on the mirror is new this year. Having that swag on the top of the mirror does draw your eye to this side of the room.
And the centerpiece on the table varies from year to year. This one is more simple than in the past. I used faux greenery with some pillars and ornaments. I dried the artichokes back in the fall which is pretty simple to do. You basically just leave fresh artichokes out on a counter and they dry, retaining their shape perfectly. When the Christmas season rolled around it seemed that they needed to be spray painted gold. What a budget friendly item they have turned out to be!
My sister gave me this Spode Christmas china. I look forward to using it every year. Traditions give us the continuity and unity of the past. But I do like to update and tweak too.
Honestly I did not have much going on over here on the sideboard. But I decided it would be a good place to stage my dessert plates. I usually use this area for wine and side dishes when we have guests over.
The chandelier is always the same. I found that hanging ornament at TJ Maxx a few years ago and this has always been the perfect spot for it. I keep those gold spray painted hydrangeas from year to year.
And here is another new variation: some greenery and lights on the armoire. This end of the room is always dark and it finally occurred to me that a few lights up here would remedy the situation. I might just leave those up year round. I don’t think it would be weird.
What’s on the menu, you ask? I am making Jamie Oliver’s recipe for lamb shanks. It’s really good!
I thought I would share a little of my decorating so far. I noticed as I was decorating this year that doing less might require more effort than doing more. It certainly requires more thought and discernment.
I mentioned earlier that my mantel looked unfinished. To fix that I brought out some mercury glass containers and filled them with greenery from my yard. That seemed to do it. What do you think?
I experimented with various options but many seemed just too much.
And now, on to the tree, which is kind of the centerpiece of the whole shebang. This is the view from our front entry hall.
It took me a few years to decide that I didn’t have to put up all of the homemade Christmas decorations from back in the day.
And here is the view from the kitchen.
I like to set up little vignettes to display some of my quirky finds, like this caroling Santa. I’m sure he must have been part of a set, but he was all by himself when I found him.
He’s just singing his heart out. Kosher salt makes good snow, in case you are wondering.
On this table which is the second part of our front hallway that leads into the family room I added a few more reindeer. Those spikey looking items are my dried artichokes which I spray painted gold. Have you ever noticed you can spray paint just about anything gold and it becomes a Christmas decoration. Cheap decor you can throw away!
I am still working on my dining room. I hope I will see you back here for the rest of the tour next week!
It’s early December and I already feel like I am behind on everything Christmas. Partly, well mostly, it’s because I am comparing myself to other more organized types whose house is decorated and shopping is finished. Well, my house is partly decorated, but the shopping has not started.
However, I was excited to start decorating in the living room because I purchased this new reindeer. Something new is often a motivator for me. He adds a slight modern vibe to my traditional decor and I wanted to see how he would fit in. Just fine I think.
I’ve never been one of those people who go overboard on Christmas. With a small house, it would be overpowering. But I do like a festive atmosphere so each year I try to find that balance. It seems to always come down to balance doesn’t it? Not only in decorating but other areas of life also.
The plant is called a “frosty fern” and I found it at the grocery store. I like to tuck moss around the top of houseplants so that you aren’t looking at dirt.
Then across the room on my console table I added a few more natural elements. This area needed a little more something so I added some dried berries in a julep cup.
I also collected some magnolia leaves. They are so plentiful here in Virginia, neighbors and friends willingly share their bounty.
I place them in water to prolong that rich glossiness. As you probably know magnolia leaves dry well and are still beautiful in arrangements.
My mother-in-law needlepointed this Santa picture for us. Sometimes I put it by my front door, but this year I thought this corner needed some extra color.
I am still working on my mantel. I was going for simplicity, but this seems a tad sparse.
It’s good to get started. I hope to have a full house tour later in the week.