This year is probably my most simple Christmas decor year yet. I don't have a lot of Christmas decorations to begin with. We have our fake tree, some fake garland, ornaments, a few bottle brush trees, and stockings. Other than our wreaths that hang outside, that's pretty much it. I was going to add to it this year, but decided to roll with it instead. And guess what? I think it's my favorite yet.
Further in the entry you come across my happy accident. Sam let his stuffed puppy dog take a ride down the stair railing and it crashed into and broke one of my glass lamps. I haven't shopped for new lamps so I cleared off the buffet and grabbed what I had. I had a lot of vases. I filled some with Christmas tree clippings I got for free from the home improvement store (they were happy to let me take them off their hands), and the others with lights. Hanging over the mirror is a simple wreath I made using wire and fake Christmas greenery.
We purchased a new Christmas tree at the end of the season last year. The slender shape fits this part of our living room so much better! Part of the reason I was thrilled to see our old tree go was because the lights quit working. I'm beginning to think trees just don't like me. I had picked up the house the other day to take these photos and then ran out to pick up the kids from school. Came home to find a section of lights had gone out. WHY???!!! I didn't want to chance the house getting trashed while I looked for and strung up a new set of lights, so I just went with it.
This year's mantle is very similar to last year. I went with fresh garland again, which smells so good!!! I did make new stockings this year, and am completely in love. I'm telling you, I can't get enough black and white plaid! The little elf one is our dog's stocking. Here's a tip: Stuff tissue paper or plastic grocery bags into empty stockings to keep them from looking flat and sad.
This is such a fun and easy way to create a Christmas vignette. Fill the bottom of a vase of an apothecary jar with Epsom salt and add in anything you can think of. Bottle brush trees, tiny houses, figurines, toy cars with trees on the roof, pine cones, you name it.
The breakfast nook got a little snowy makeover, even though you can't tell a darn thing is going on in there :D
It's so incredibly hard to photograph this, but we made paper snowflakes and taped them to the windows. It looks great in person, just not in photos. This is a fun craft you can do with the kids (it was my daughter's favorite part of decorating) and you don't have to spend a dime.
That's it for Part 1 of my Christmas Home Tour. I'll be back next week with the dining room! Until then, here is a little sneak peek. Updated: Click here for Part 2!
ENTRY: barn light // wall hanging // hooks - rub n' buffed in gold (or similar here) // DIY bench // rug - Homegoods (similar here) // hunter boots // black buffet - antique // mirror - antique (similar here) // clear glass vases // white jars
LIVING ROOM: DIY plaid stocking (similar here and here) // glitter initials // collected brass candlesticks (similar here) // taper candles // silver bottlebrush trees - old Target (similar here) // brass deer (similar here and here) // chairs // sofa // coffee table // accordion table // rug // bamboo blinds // white drapes // lumbar pillow // DIY mudcloth pillows // DIY lacquer tray // DIY sunburst mirror // silver lamp
CHRISTMAS TREE: tree // topper - old Pottery Barn (similar here) // bead garland // DIY black tassel ornaments
BREAKFAST NOOK: lantern (spray painted black) // DIY bleached wood table // chairs // bamboo blinds // white drapes // basket // rug