I hope this post finds you enjoying your holiday and ready for the continued festivities. It is really hard for me to believe it is Christmastime already. I feel like it all just snuck up on me so fast. I will be wrapping some presents today, making gluten free peanut butter cookies, and then we will head over to our friends' house for a fun little gathering.
Let me take you on a little walk-through of my holiday decor!
I decorated this wreath a few years ago using craft store picks. At the time, it went with our inside home decor, but I have since changed the purple to teal inside. However, the outside trim of our house is purple, so it all goes. I put candy canes in the tall side window and fitted a Santa hat to my gnome to make him holiday ready!
As you walk into the house, I have a little table in the entryway that I change up for every holiday or season. Sometimes I turn the vase over and prop the sparkly bird's nest on the top of it. This year, I went with a more "whimsical forest" look for the entry. The felt birds are from Target, while I picked up the sparkly squirrel from Craft Warehouse. The sparkly bird's nest is filled with vintage ornaments I picked up at an antique store last year. Picks of berries, pine cones, and shimmery "ice" crystals fill in extra space. The Party Lite tea light holder, a year round decoration, can be filled with anything you want to put into it. For the holiday, I have pine cones, "ice" picks, and ornaments to add color. Also new to the decor this year is the sparkly burlap flowers that I made into an arrangement. I really love the textures and the way it turned out!
To the side of the entryway is our front room. I stuck a few decorations on our bookcase, decorated our mirror, and hung a wreath on our closet door.
Our tree is in the front room decked out with all the ornaments I have made over the years. Usually we use our Christmas card photo or pick a big event from the year. I am now a few years behind, but these are 2005 through 2011. I also have ornaments we have collected on trips and ones we both had as kids.
Also in the front room are our light-up lawn ornaments. Sean bought the Yoda on impulse one year when he happened to see it at Home Depot. We are big Star Wars fans, so we put it out from time to time and not just at the holidays. lol My mother-in-law bought this cute piggy for me this year and brought it over a few weeks ago! In the rainy, dreary Northwest weather, I don't see the point of putting them outside (nor do I trust that people won't steal), so they stay in. lol
The dining room is equally festive with a sequin table runner, candles, and my collection of bottle brush trees. You may also recognize the garland trees I made this year and a tip from my holiday party post in action - tiny bottle brush trees inside upside down wine glasses! I was so happy I made the teal tablecloth in time for pictures as well.
The mantel is decorated with a craft store bought pine garland that I covered with sparkly teal and green ribbon and glittering picks of gold poinsettias and green leaves. Giant gold glittering trees are displayed at each side of the television, with candles galore.
I typically decorate the stair case in the same fashion because it is also part of our living room area, but I didn't bother to do it this year. I use the same big, fluffy garland and sparkly ribbons, but add picks of turquoise beads, gold and teal flowers, and silvery turquoise tinsel to the mix.
Last, but not least, is our office Nerd Tree. It is mostly covered in Star Wars ornaments, with Yoda lights and tree topper. We do, however, continue to collect other ornaments to add to the mix, like Lion-O from Thundercats and E.T. The laminated ornaments are from Castle McQuade on Etsy, who does amazing art, cards, ornaments, etc. featuring popular geeky subjects like Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Alien, Star Trek, Star Wars, and more. I usually buy a new ornament from his shop every year. Plus, his Christmas and Valentine's cards are so fun!
Santa Yodas complete the collection that you can see next to the tree. Also, if you look closely in the background, you see a big Santa hat-wearing Chewbacca that stays out all year. lol
I hope you enjoyed this little tour! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Do you have a themed tree? Do you make keepsake ornaments yourself or add to your collection every year? What do you love best about holiday decorations?