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Cedar and Magnolia Leaves For Christmas

My original plan was to visit a Christmas tree farm or store selling trees to get limbs and I hoped to find someone with a magnolia tree that did not mind cutting a few limbs. I finally went to Lowe’s and purchased cedar garland and got a few straggly Christmas tree limbs. I worked on a floral arrangement for the mailbox using the cedar garland and the tree limbs for hours. What I ended up with was not what I had envisioned.

Thankfully, I ran into my neighbor who has a magnolia tree in their backyard and they cut some limbs for me. I tore up everything and started over.


I added magnolia leaves to the front door garland and wreath. If I had more leaves, I would redo the wreath completely but it’s a week before Christmas, so it’s just fine.

Please ignore my mailbox. It needs to be pressure washed.

I prefer the mailbox arrangement from the side. I should have paid more attention to what side of the leaves were facing forward as I zip-tied each stem. Again, it is a week before Christmas, it’s fine.


Since I had two magnolia stems and some cedar leftover, I placed some cedar around the den.

I placed the magnolia stems and some cedar on the foyer table.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with my decorations this year. Merry Christmas!

Dining Room Christmas Decor

I am much happier with this year’s Christmas decorations. Last year not so much. I did not have enough ornaments or picks, and I did not like my dining room table decor. I did not really like the decorations on my foyer table. This year, I am not completely thrilled with my dining room table but I like my tree.

Christmas 2019

I purchased a few things after Christmas 2018. I decided I was going to do silver and gold and in October and November 2019, I scrambled to find inexpensive ornaments and picks to fill the tree. I did not want to spend hundreds of dollars so the tree, table, and china cabinet looked bare.

My plan was to do some Christmas decor shopping after Christmas and to my surprise, once I went to TJMaxx/Homegoods and Hobby Lobby, there was nothing left to purchase. My mother, in another state, found all kinds of things at a local craft and decor store. She found tons of greenery, gold and silver ornaments (all sizes), picks, and wreaths. Thankfully she picked up a few things and shipped them to me for me to use this year.


Christmas 2020

So this year I was much more prepared. I ordered sale and clearance Christmas items up until this August. I had the gold ornaments from last year, the gold ornaments my mom bought for me last year and sent to me, and I had been slowly purchasing the white and gold ginger jar ornaments from Williams Sonoma all summer since they were on sale for half price.

In October 2019 I was perusing the Ballard Designs website and found these pine and gold glittered trees and wreath on clearance. I got them for almost 80% off. I wish I had ordered three. I also wish I had purchased the greenery chargers from Pier 1 two years ago because since going out of business, the new online Pier 1 store is not carrying the chargers and I had to settle for pine garland from Target cut in half as my greenery chargers.

The vintage style plates I found on clearance at Pottery Barn set the colors for the dining room area. I’m not crazy about the table runner but it was on clearance and it looked cute on the Pottery Barn website. I found similar patterned ribbon at Hobby Lobby a few months ago to use in the tree.

All the gold and silver trees came from TJMaxx/Homegoods. I added a few brass deer from Kirklands and two oversized glass ornaments that my mom found last year to the china cabinet this year.

I found the bells on Etsy. I hung them with twine on the antique record player and a couple of doors in other areas in the house.

My mom found the cedar garland last year. I put one piece on top of the foyer table and one piece on the mantle over the fireplace. I am not completely satisfied with the foyer table but it will do.

Last year I used the two mini trees outside of the front door in the black planters. This year I put one in a fishbowl planter. I used some of my extra ornaments to decorate it.

I can say I am pretty happy with the tree. Here it is day and night .


Christmas Decorations

This year, not much changed with the red and silver areas of the house. I decorated less upstairs in the den but added some color to the garland on the banisters. I used some of the bells I purchased from Etsy upstairs and moved a few things around.


Last year I used silver candlesticks, votives, a red and cream striped table runner, pinecones, and white poinsettia arrangement on the coffee table. I’d been collecting silver Christmas decor for years. After Christmas 2018, my mom and I found a lot of red and silver ornaments at TJMaxx so in 2019 I added red to my silver tree. I bought tons of green stems and picks, red berries, red ribbon, and a silver star topper.


The cute “Merry Merry” Christmas towel I found last year at a local hardware store is on the dishwasher. I ordered the chinoiserie wreath towel from Etsy.

I replaced the magnolia wreath outside with a different wreath and hung the magnolia wreath over the oven.

I repurposed my paperwhites, adding cypress picks, pinecones, and magnolia leaves.

Along with some pinecones, I added some of my shiny silver and mercury glass ornaments to the kitchen display cabinet.

Last year my grandmother gave me these glittery red balls in different sizes. This year I decided to add a little more color and texture to the stairwell garland with some red berry picks and magnolia leaves.

The den is a little less festive this year. I moved the poinsettia floral arrangement to the side table, threw some bells on the table, put my snow globe that my grandfather gave me on the other side table, and put a couple of the silver ornaments my mom sent to me on the media cabinet.

I tied red bows on my foo dog table lamps and added a little silver mesh that I had to the tree this year. I set a few mercury glass votives around. But all in all, nothing new.

This room is difficult to photograph. It looks so dark and warm-toned. As my friend across the street recently mentioned, it is really difficult to take a good picture of a tree. It looks a lot better in person.

I haven’t used this silver mesh since 2009. I added it in this year along with last year’s silver ribbon and red ribbon. I am not loving it but I’m not going to remove everything from tree and start over, so the mesh is staying.