Monday, November 25, 2013

My Version of Holiday Decorating

Listen. I love seeing pictures of the decorations people (mainly bloggers) put up for the holidays. Themed mantles. Thanksgiving set-ups that come right on the tail of the Halloween decor. It is lovely and I'm actually relatively impressed that people have a) enough time and b) enough storage for all that stuff!

However, I am not that girl. Once I find a set up that works (that is usually styled with the help of Shannon), I don't mess with it.

For example, my front entrance still looks like this:

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Maybe there are a few more pairs of shoes under the table, but that's it.

So for the holidays, I wanted to spruce up our new fireplace with some holiday decor, and after scouring Pinterest for ideas, this is what I came up with:

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Funny, right? One candlestick and one pom-pom garland that I made last year. Oh and a TREE right next to it. hahahahahahah

I'm so design-savvy, it kills me.

However, the thought of taking down the stuff on the fireplace to make room for trees and snow globes and a billion candles...well...where would I put everything? I just finished the darn thing - I couldn't really mess with it now could I?

Ha.

Here it is at night (this will really blow your mind, I'm sure):

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I also spruced up the stairs:

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And there, my friends, is what my house looks like when it has been decorated for Christmas (insert laughter here).

A tree. A prelit garland and a pom-pom garland (strung on mint-smelling floss, of course).

Because it ain't the holidays if you haven't made something out of floss.

(ETA: Still have to hang the stockings but have to figure out how to do it without maiming my mantel)

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32 comments:

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Super pretty! I have the same question about mantles and "vignettes". Do bloggers just have a whole room full of tchotchkes that they switch out every season???

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I love it :) I similarly never decorate. Though this year I have decided that we will have stockings (that I will make) and for the first time in Chris and my nearly 9 year relationship, we will have a tree. That's just because I feel obligated to now that we have Zoe though, ha! And I'll be decorating outside, but only out of obligation too because our street does it so big. So really, it's just peer pressure that's doing it to me :)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

How did you make your pom pom garland?

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I put a finishing nail in each end of the mantel, on the sides, and hang the stockings from twine tied to each nail. The nails will stay there all year round - forever, actually!!! Might compete with the garland...hmmm

You could always put a little santa hat on your cow! Tee hee! Make it out of red paper and cotton balls!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I am so with you. I only put out a few things ... some Christmas balls in a container on the dining table, pinecones with orange slices and greens on the coffee table ... some christmas coasters, extra candles, a sleigh and reindeer on the mantle, xmas t towels and a wreath on the door. It gets less every year. I don't like all the extra clutter and the bright colours. Maybe a poinsetta if someone brings me one :-)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

ps. looking goooood, dollface!!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

You are super savvy so I am sure you know this already but don't use those fancy 'stocking hangers' that are weighted and just sit there. Kiddos pull on the stockings and the weighted hangers bash them in the head and man those things are heavy. We do finishing nails too but I bet the 3M strip hangers would work and they don't leave any marks at least the picture hanging strips don't.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Looks great!! Just think of the quick cleanup too! My friends mom has ... wait for it .. 15 christmas trees!! They store all of her stuff in a storage unit. It's stunning, but exhausting (and $$) to think about.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Looks great! I'm a firm believer that sometimes less is more :). But do tell...how are you keeping little hands away from the tree? Our decor is up high (mantle, credenza, etc.), but lord...I'm dreading that tree! The joys of a super curious & active toddler, huh??

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Hey Katie. We actually keep the doors to the living room closed most of the time for that reason. Plus, it helps contain the mess to one area. When Luca was in there decorating yesterday, he did like pulling the ornaments off the tree. It was cute (for a moment).

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I have serious fireplace envy ... I think yours looks fantastic. I'm thinking about some simple pine boughs and some Christmas lights (similar to what you have going on in your stairs) - I like that your mantel is so simple, especially as it's right next to the tree! Going full-Christmas on both the fireplace and the tree would totally be like emphasizing both your eyes and your lips, according to a decorating rule I just made up.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

looks great! i do the same..stick with what works. which reminds me i have to do all my decorating.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I'm personally a fan of this kind of style. I do like to go a little buckwild when it comes to the table settings though. I'm going to use some of the tips I found here this year: http://bit.ly/1bYOut4

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I use the 3M hooks for stockings every year. Perfect solution.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

well, the mint floss seals the deal.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I use weighted stocking hooks for our stockings - they really work and come in all sorts of designs, and I just pack them away with the stockings and other holiday decorations at the end of the year.

Maybe something like this would work well for you (I have a set of 5 that spell "Peace"): http://www.amazon.com/Seasons-Elegance-Christmas-Stocking-Holders/dp/B009OL5JV6/ref=sr_1_25?ie=UTF8&qid=1385601314&sr=8-25&keywords=stocking+holder+set

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I'm not a blogger, so I don't feel the same pressure, but I am 1000% (that's a thing right?) with you. I like to do a few little crafty things, but I don't have the time, or place, to rotate everything in and out for Christmas: pillows, new art on the walls, everything new on tables, shelves and surfaces... too much work (maybe I'm just lazy?).
Thanks for keeping it real!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I hear ya - honestly. Even if I had the space to store all that stuff, I'm not sure I'd have it in me to do much more than this.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks! I actually have 2 of those, but I think Luca will definitely grab the stocking and end up with a super heavy hook on his head. haha Those joy ones are cute though!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

My thoughts exactly. So what...my house doesn't smell like spruce? It smells like MINT people. The Christmas scent of 2013. BOOM.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I am totally going to do this. Thanks!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks! I've been trying to get it all done by December 1 (thanks to "The Art of Doing Stuff"'s Christmas Pledge. I'm not quite on it, but I'm almost there!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I love it. I totally believe in that make up rule (I also think it applies to T&A ;-)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

That is crazy. Like crazy-town crazy. A storage locker? She must get a lot of joy out of it to make that worthwhile!!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Thanks Neyir - that is why I didn't use mine. Funny how we don't think about that stuff pre-kids! I'm going to find some of the 3M ones! Thanks!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

But you have Christmas towels!! You are a secret decorating for Christmas lover!! :-) I love it! I love going to houses that go all out. I wish I had it in me. haha I will just appreciate yours from a far!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

I bought the pom poms online last year (on etsy I think). Wool pom poms I think. I then strung them on mint floss. I've got skills. NO DOUBT :-)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Kids bring out the traditionalists in all of us, eh? We often just let it go pre-Luca, but once he was born, I was all about setting up some traditions so that when he 'gets' it, we'll be ready. This year is a trial run since he still doesn't get it. Maybe he'll sleep in even ahahahah

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Yes. Yes they do. Not all bloggers mind you. Some take the same little piece of artwork in an ornate black frame and put it in each 'vignette' to take pics. :-) tee hee hee

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

That first picture of your mantel actually made me laugh out loud ! I love it !

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

holy crap this post was funny. I needed a laugh.
Thanks Janice! :)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Yes, I have a tree and some ribbon on the stairs....then there are some ornaments on the chandelier and a couple sparkly things strategically placed throughout the house, that's it. I hate overdone Christmas d├ęcor! Love your stair garland, especially!