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{Day 12} Greenery & Foliage

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Aside from my Christmas tree, I love the way that lighted greenery can transform an area of the home. It doesn’t need to be fancy or with all the ornaments, ribbons, and bows. Sometimes just adding the additional lighted greenery is all the space needs. Garland looks so beautiful whether it’s in an entryway, on a fireplace mantle, on a console table, or on a buffet table. I don’t live in a two story home, but if I did, you could be sure to find it on my stairway wrapped around the rails! I also really love the string lights that have a twinkle effect to them. I have those lights on my dining room garland and feel it looks so elegant. It reminds me of the flicker of a candle. All of my garland is artificial, but you can also use real garland. I do not have what you would call a “green thumb”, so it’s in the bestRead more …

{Day 11} Gift Wrapping

Christmas wrapping paper

I absolutely love wrapping up presents! I find great pleasure in turning on Christmas music, pouring a glass of wine, and wrapping gifts! I go out and shop for my gift wrap that I am going to use and put under the tree and prefer it to all be in the same color scheme. This is due to my issues with OCD and liking everything to look symmetrical. Ever now and then, my husband will add a present beneath the tree in his “not approved” wrapping paper and, I’m not going to lie, it drives me a little nuts. Somehow, that gift ends up behind the tree and not front and center. It’s like a little elf moves it! All joking aside, I usually buy my gift wrap at Home Goods (are you beginning to see a theme here?) and pick up my ribbon from Hobby Lobby or Michaels. One “special touch” that I give my wrapping is called “picks”Read more …

{Day 10} Table Setting

Christmas centerpiece table

I love the time spent gathering around the table with my dearest family and friends. There is something about sharing a meal together that is so beautiful. Perhaps you have searched online for photos on how to set an inviting table. Most that I see, even though they are beautiful, are not practical if you are actually going to be sitting at the table and eating. The table is so full of decor items that there is no room left for anything, much less dinner serving pieces. I even see photos with vases and candlesticks so tall that you literally would not be able to see the person sitting across from you. Maybe that IS your wish this holiday season, and if so, no judgment here. However, I want to show you that you actually do not need a lot of items to create an elegant table setting this Christmas. This year, I have chosen to have greenery as myRead more …

{Day 9} DIY Glitter Starbursts

DIY Christmas Decor

Are you all decorated for Christmas? I know I am! I love this time of year and absolutely LOVE finding simple, inexpensive DIY ideas to decorate with. These Glitter Starbursts are so easy to make and will add a POP of SPARKLE to your Holiday Decor! Getting Started I always have glitter on hand because I think glitter makes almost anything come to life! I used rose gold and silver glitter for this project, but you may use any combination you would like that best fits your decor. Next, determine the size you would like your starbursts to be. You do not want your toothpicks or sticks to be out of proportion with your styrofoam balls. I used 1″ and 2″ balls for mine and felt toothpicks worked best in the 1″ and a variety looked best in the larger. If you choose a larger styrofoam, you may want to use small wooden round dowels and cut them to theRead more …

{Day 8} Stockings

Christmas mantle

“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…” Stockings! I have had many different variations of stockings throughout the years, primarily due to the fact that I have changed my decor colors many different times. Now that I am decorating with ivory, golds, and silvers I bought new stockings last year. I like mixing my textures and found that fur and sequined stockings look quite lovely together. Since neither of the stockings will allow embroidery, I decided to “glitter up” some letters to personalize the look a bit. I found the wooden letters at Michaels and bought the beginning letter of my kid’s names, added glitter, and drilled a tiny hole so that I could hang them with fishing wire. Simple and inexpensive! What’s not to love about that? Happy Decorating! If you like it, share it!

{Day 7} Entertaining

12 days of christmas

It doesn’t take a lot of holiday themed plates and platters to make entertaining feel festive. I really only own a few of them and really that is all you need. I mix those plates and platters with my everyday serving dishes and done! And remember, serving dishes and platters don’t always have to be used for food! My two-tier serving platter is actually used more for “decor” right now than serving. I have my lighted globe lights on it mixed with ornaments. One of my favorite items I own, but actually use all year round, are my jeweled wine stoppers. Who knew corking a bottle of wine could look so beautiful? That is, if there’s any wine left to cork! Does that actually ever happen? Maybe that is true for most households, ha! I also buy festive paper napkins to have on hand for the holidays. They are perfect paired with clear disposable plates and even though they areRead more …

{Day 6} Pillars, Candlesticks, & Tealights

candlelight christmas

There is definitely something about the soft glow of candlelight. It’s romantic, it’s elegant, and it requires no batteries or electricity to be beautiful. I do own a few of the battery operated candles and love that they require no effort, but I still prefer a real candle when entertaining. Again, almost all of my candlesticks shown in my photos were purchased at either Home Goods or one of its sister stores. Not a single one cost me over 19.99. If I find candles in gold or silver that also have a unique texture to them I almost always will scoop them up. I feel it adds a little more interest and character to them over the traditional ivory candle pillars. Not that ivory is boring, I use those too…but I mix them with my golds and silvers. I also LOVE floating candles. Not much is required to make them look pretty and they can be used with almost anyRead more …

{Day 5} Trees & Reindeer

christmas decor

Two decorating items that I have in all types of variations are trees and reindeer. They are perfect to pair with almost any scene you are creating when decorating. My entryway consists of a number of different trees, paired with reindeer, a santa, and some candles. When decorating your mantel or entry table, try mixing your mercury glass with different textures of trees. I have mine paired with my glitter trees and matte gold reindeer. Reindeer usually come in pairs, but you don’t have to keep them together. I have them scattered throughout my decor. On Day 2, I wrote about my love for faux fur. Guess what? I don’t just use it to snuggle up with! Occasionally, I will drape it over a piece of furniture and set my scene on top of it. I have a lot of dark, heavy wood in my home and this is one way to “soften” it up. Another decorator tip I learnedRead more …

{Day 4} Lights, Lights, & More Lights!

christmas lighting

In fashion, one can never have too many shoes. In decorating for the holidays, one can never have too many lights! Lights can turn the ordinary into extraordinary! There are so many fun uses for them and the options are endless. I have 3 different types that I consider my “must haves” for my holiday decorating. Fairy Lights. I buy mine in bulk on Amazon **. They are battery operated and they work so well in my vases and jars. The battery pack is clear, not black, so it makes it a little easier to disguise in my vases. They have 8 different setting options from “steady on” to “slo-glow” and also come with a remote. Another benefit is that there is a timer feature on them so they automatically turn “on” and “off” for 6 hours a day. What is easier than that? I find these fairy lights also look amazing in lanterns inside or outside! Just make sureRead more …

{Day 3} Apothecary Jars and Glass Vases

Apothecary fillers

I LOVE Apothecary jars and use them around my home all year long. The only thing that changes throughout the year is what I put inside them. When it comes time to decorate for Christmas, I simply just swap out the items that are in them and replace it with items for the holiday. Perhaps you also love the look of them, but struggle with what to fill them with. Hopefully after this read, you will be able to use at least one of the ideas that I am going to share with you. If you have never invested in any Apothecary jars, I will share with you where I bought mine for minimal cost. However, most of the tips that I am going to share with you can also be put inside a glass vase or cylinder to get the same effect. It’s best to use a few different shapes and sizes. If all the jars are the exactRead more …