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Red & Silver: Christmas Decor

My mom found this Hearth & Hand eucalyptus garland at Dirt Cheap. I wanted something to put around the window behind the sink and this light weight garland worked well. I found this cute Christmas towel at a local hardware store. They had a lot of chinoiserie Christmas decor. I need to go back and see if they have gotten in anything new.

My grandmother gave me these glittery red balls in different sizes. I decided to add a little color and texture to the stairwell garland which leads you upstairs to the red and silver themed den.

I am liking this eclectic den. It has turned into a mix of Asian, traditional, rustic, and bohemian decor, mixing old and a few new items. My brother pointed out that the art on the left side of the window look like two women (left and center) in traditional Japanese kimono, which I thought was neat because that wasn’t my plan when painting but makes me like the paintings more.

We finally got the sofa! It is deeper than I had originally thought but it is very comfortable and seems to be well made. It is the product of compromise. Matt wanted leather in some shade of brown and I wanted something with good structure (no squishy, over sized cushions or armrests).

As you can see, I have failed to paint the den. I just really do not feel like painting.

Here is the big red and silver tree. Added this year are the red and silver ornaments that my mom and I bought last year, tons of green stems and picks, red berries, red ribbon, and a silver star on top.

A few years ago we were making big bows to top off the tree. Then we started sticking glitter picks on top, then we shoved the picks up toward the top from the bottom, and this year I noticed tree toppers were more readily available. I found a silver beaded star at TJMaxx for $9.99.

I think next year I will have more fun decorating for Christmas because this year was the experiment year in our new house. Last year I just threw garland and trees around without much effort. This year I did a lot of shopping, trying to figure out what looked good where. But I didn’t want to spends tons of money on decor when after Christmas I will be able to find a lot of things on sale.

I really want some Christmas plates for the dining room place settings. I need more gold ornaments, gold picks, and definitely need timers. I am tired of having to physically plug and unplug lights. Since we have a sofa now, I may also try to find some Christmas pillows.


The House Is Too Tall For Lights: Exterior Christmas Decor

I would really like some icicle lights but the house is way too tall for lights. I purchased a spotlight to brighten up the front porch and I have solar-powered spotlights to brighten up the rest of the house.

We finally replaced the flag pole and the flag. The landscaping is still on the to-do list.

Painting the front door and frame is also on the to-do list.

I am not completely happy with the wreath. I started with a grapevine wreath that I made with my parents a long time ago. I added a strand of glittery garland to the grapevine a couple of years ago. This year once I picked out the garland for the door, I decided to use this wreath and add in some pine picks, snowy pinecone picks, and cedar stems. I think it needs more snowy stuff. My mom suggested some shiny ornaments. I may try that next year.



Christmas Decor Preview

I have a few more Christmas projects to finish. While taking photos around the house, I noticed a few alterations I need to make. The front door wreath is too green and needs to coordinate with the garland better. The gold tree still needs some work too. The house is way too tall to attempt lights so I purchased a spotlight from Lowe’s.  It prevents the lights on the mini trees from looking like they are just randomly floating on the front porch.

Back in September we hung the new porch light. I love it but I wish I had made Matt to clean the glass before we returned the lift we rented because it is covered in his fingerprints-haha. It is the small size of the Calisse 4-Light Pendant. It is huge so I cannot even imagine what the large version looks like in person. I forgot that I was supposed to paint the front door and replace the doorknob back in October. That project along with landscaping the front yard will be moved to January or February depending on the progress of the half-bath remodel.

I used all the older Christmas decorations outside on the back patio and in the den. Our sofa finally arrived and it is very nice and hopefully our den will actually be used now.

The red and silver tree is in the den, directly in front of the window above the front porch. The tree is filled with picks and ornaments that I have collected over the past eleven years. My mother and I found red and silver ornaments after Christmas last year at TJMaxx. I purchased some greenery, red berries, red ribbon, and red picks this year.

This garland was a donation from my mother. I took two pieces, twisted them together, and added cedar stems throughout. I added my trusty eleven-year-old pinecones and I originally planned on adding bows, but I like the natural, simple look. I also added greenery with red berries on some of the frames on the gallery wall.

And here is the trouble tree. I did not have any gold ornaments, picks, or ribbon. I had some silver ornaments left over so I just needed to find gold accessories. I have redecorated this tree three times (pictured: the second time). I am still not 100% happy with it but I do not want to keep buying stuff for it right now. Maybe after Christmas I will find some gold ornaments and picks on sale.

I am still working on my dining room table floral arrangement and decor. I’m looking forward to sharing the finished projects.