Thank goodness it is finally getting a little colder! I’m sure that some folks will guffaw at that statement, citing the pleasures of warm weather. That’s all fine and dandy, but personally I like it to be cold for the holidays- preferably with a high likelihood of snowfall. Waking up to 37 degree temps, therefore, was greeted by yours truly with a smile and warm socks. Arriving alongside the chill is my motivation to get a little holiday decorating done in the ole homestead. So far I’ve made and hung garland outside and strung the lights, but there is still more to do on the exterior before I can claim completion. Until then, how about a tour of the one room I have successfully tackled in the interior?
With the Christmas tree placed prominently in the Living Room, it seemed like the natural place to focus my decorating efforts. I decided to keep things rather neautral this year, with a touch of beachiness thrown in to remind of us of our old hometown Charleston. The only items I actually purchased this year were flameless LED candles…safe, cheap, and much more likely to be used than real candles (in our household at least).
The rest of the holiday decor was either from years past and/or picked up for free- like the trimmings from Lowe’s that I used to make the garland. The garland is my effort to compensate for not having a mantle/fireplace to hang any stockings from. While we are fortunate to have had such luck selling our last home, I will miss its three fireplaces that offered plenty of space to deck out with holiday cheer.
Of course I found a huge garland hanging off of our wall too plain (imagine that), so I trimmed it with a simple garland of magnolia pods and pinecones and several of our favorite Christmas cards from years past.
For the console table, I placed two more lanterns from Ikea outfitted with those handy dandy flameless candles. I then added two papier mache Christmas trees from Hobby Lobby, some homemade paper ornaments, and a glass case filled with driftwood picked upon our travels.
So at least one room can be checked off the list for Christmas readiness. My next targets are the kitchen, Roscoe’s room and finishing up the outside with a few window swags. More pics to come as progress is made!