Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Tour 2014

This year I decided to keep our Christmas decor nice and simple.  I chose natural elements with plenty of texture and small touches of shimmer here and there.

I hung a simple wreath with a burlap bow between the two windows.  The NOEL banner was made using a piece of burlap ribbon and the NOEL letters I made last year.  I created the centerpiece using a large wood slice that my Dad cut for me as the base.  I then placed a basket filled with a vase of pine cones and a couple of votive holders in the center.  Our table gets a lot of use through out the day so I needed a centerpiece that was simple and didn't take up much space on the table.

I placed a little Christmas tree on the table in our foyer.  The base of the tree is wrapped in burlap.  The tree is decorated with white lights and little white silk flowers.  The flowers were Audrey's idea, and I think she did a great job! I would have never thought of that.

The banister is decorated with a simple garland that I made using twine, ornaments, and burlap bows.

I shared the details of our Christmas card display in a previous post, but here it is again!

I placed another little tree on one of the end tables in the living room.

We have two trees set up in our living room.  One is our Boyd's Bear tree filled with Boyd's Bear ornaments and handmade ornaments made by our children.  I added candy canes this year and the kids love it! As of now there are only a few candy canes left on the tree!

Our second tree is next to our fireplace.  It is decorated with rope garland, sparkly white ribbon, burlap bows, and plenty of white and silver ornaments.  Some of the lights went out near the top of the tree, but I was not about to spend forever tracking the bad ones down, so I just left it.  It's not so noticeable in person. 

I recently made the JOY letter wreaths out of card board and garland.  They add a festive touch to the fireplace!  We do not have our mantle yet, so this year I used command strips to hang the garland and our stockings.

So that wraps up our 2014 Christmas tour!  I hope you all have a very merry Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Card Display

Christmas is only a few short weeks away and that means Christmas cards will soon be headed our way! I absolutely love receiving Christmas cards in the mail from family and friends, especially the ones with photos!
Usually all the Christmas cards we receive end up propped up in various places throughout our house or taped up on a cabinet or door.  This year I decided to create a designated place to display all the cards we receive.

I chose to place our card display in our foyer.  We pass through this area of our house countless times each day.

I began by painting a large framed piece of art that I found in our attic.  It was the perfect size to fill up the small wall I had in mind for the display.  

First I painted the frame using the same white chalk paint I used recently to paint all of our living room tables.  I then distressed it with sand paper and gave it a quick coat of furniture wax.  Next I painted the glass with chalkboard paint.  Two thin coats was enough to cover the glass evenly.  After all the paint was dry I colored the entire chalkboard with chalk and then erased it with a dry cloth to give it more of a worn look.

I wrapped twine around the frame in a zigzag pattern and secured the twine on the back with tape.  The cards are pinned onto the twine with clothes pins which I decorated with small pieces of wrapping paper.

Right now the only cards on display are ours.  It's still a little early to be receiving Christmas cards, but I couldn't wait to try out the new display!  Speaking of our Christmas cards, I just received them in the mail yesterday and I couldn't be happier!  This year I ordered our cards from Tiny Prints, and they turned out beautiful!  The white pearl finish adds just a hint of shimmer!

I finished off the display by pinning up a few festive ornaments.

Below the display is my husband's antique knife chest.  I styled it with a scarf, a burlap pillow that I made with an ornament tied to the front, and a small wire basket filled with a few pretend gifts. The basket was actually a Target dollar aisle find!

The great thing about this card display is when Christmas is over I can take down the cards and twine and I will be left with a giant chalkboard that I can keep up year round.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit! I'm spending this week getting our our house all decorated for Christmas, so I will be back soon with an update on my progress!

Have a BLESSED day!

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