Christmas Tablescape 2015

Christmas Tablescape 2015

I have been absent this past week and I missed you!  Last week, everyone in my house came down with a stomach bug and it all started with my youngest.  We thought it was an isolated incident and then a day later my other son started with the same symptoms, then my husband and last but not least – moi.  I was already feeling like I was falling behind on so many things, but the flu doesn’t care about to-do lists and Christmas.  The flu is heartless.

I didn’t want this week to end without wishing you all the best holidays ever!  In a few days we will have our home full of family and friends and we will be hosting our usual Christmas breakfast.  I already went grocery shopping and the table is set.  I just have to pace myself with the cooking and the prep work, and of course I have to clean the house.  I never give the house a thorough cleaning before Christmas, I just keep it relatively clean and I focus on the bathrooms and the areas that guests will be using.  After Christmas, when the tree comes down, that’s when I will break out the cleaning gloves.

I did want to share with you one more thing before I take a little Christmas break, and that is my table setting for the breakfast.  Below is a picture taken from my living room, which leads to the dining room.  I do enjoy having a formal dining room, although our daily meals are always around our kitchen table.

Christmas Tablescape 2015

 

The living room is always decorated in a pretty neutral palette and I like to use the same colors in the dining room.  This year it was gold, green and white.  The little deer are from Target and I purchased them last year.

Christmas Tablescape 2015

I collect napkin rings and napkins but I rarely buy any holiday-specific ones so that I can use them year-round.  Plus, all these items take up space and it’s not worth it to me if I can only use them once a year.

Christmas Tablescape 2015

As always, I like to bring in another texture and this really casual, woven placemat does the trick.

Christmas Tablescape 2015

The centerpiece was not really a centerpiece at all.  I placed little trees (none truly matched the other) along the center of the table, the deer as if walking through the table and finally, a set of ball ornaments in rose gold scattered throughout.

Christmas Tablescape 2015

This year I had an extra garland (the one I usually use in the buffet) and I placed it on the lamp.  I didn’t have to secure it, as the curves hug the garland in place.  It’s funny because I was walking around the house looking for a place to use the garland so that I wouldn’t have to store it back in the garage.  #ResourcefulAndLazy   I liked how it turned out so much that I may do this every year.

Christmas Tablescape 2015

I hope you enjoyed all the tablescapes that I shared this year.  I really enjoyed putting them together and sharing them with you.

I hope that we all feel well in time for Christmas day!  Enjoy every minute, my friends!

 

 

 

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My Home Style Blog Hop: The Christmas Tree

My Home Style Blog Hop: The Christmas Tree

Earlier this week I shared my Christmas Home Tour and promised details about my tree later in the week, so here it is.

I am actually joining a group of 25 bloggers who will be sharing their Christmas tree style with you – all week-long.  If you are following the blog hop from Blue I Style, welcome!  The “My Home Style – Christmas Edition” blog hop is hosted by Stephanie of Casa Watkins so stop by to see her beautiful tree as well!  We will all be describing the style that we choose for our tree and telling you how and where you can achieve a similar look.  Of course, if your tree is already up, you can just enjoy sitting back and checking out everyone’s tree.  That’s what I will be doing!

My Home Style Blog Hop: The Christmas Tree

My style is classic, traditional and timeless.  So timeless that my tree has looked almost the same for years and I am still not tired of it.  Truth is that I have always wanted a fake Christmas tree because they are so much easier to decorate.  However, my husband won’t even hear it because he loves having a fresh tree in the house.  He likes the whole process of picking out the tree with the boys, the scent in the home…all of it.  Granted, I love all that as well,  it’s just the decorating that is more difficult.  You see, with a real tree you have to find the right branch for that perfect ornament, but I have learned to work around that.

Here we are picking out our tree this year.

My Home Style Blog Hop: The Christmas Tree

After we buy our tree and bring it home, my husband adds the lights and we allow our tree to rest overnight.  Since the branches have been constricted for some time, they need to open up naturally without the weight of ornaments.  Of course the kids don’t like to wait so they put on their santa hats and we start to sort the decorations for the following day.

My Home Style Blog Hop: The Christmas Tree

I have quite a few boxes of decorations in my garage and they are all labeled by color.  We have flocked our tree in the past and when we do, I like to use silver and blue accents, but my favorite is the vibrant red and green decor.  Every year I will add an ornament or two to our tree.  This year, I added the gold monogram ornament below.  Monogrammed items are my weakness.  That and salted caramel chocolates.

My Home Style Blog Hop: The Christmas Tree

Use medium and oversized ornaments.

I like to mix up different sized ornaments so the decor looks more dimensional.  I add big ornaments but they need to be plastic, because otherwise the natural tree would not hold them.  As far as color, all the ornaments are gold, red or green.  I found these ornaments on Amazon.com with all three colors.  They are a medium-sized which are great to fill in the tree.  The really large ones are from Bj’s Wholesale Club.  The poinsettia are from everywhere.  Some are picks meant for trees and others are pulled from faux poinsettia plants.

My Home Style Blog Hop: The Christmas Tree

My Home Style Blog Hop: The Christmas Tree

Beautifully wrapped gifts add a designer look to the tree. 

I wait until Christmas to add the boys’ gifts but I start wrapping all the adult gifts early on so that they can go under the tree right away.  Wrapping paper and cloth ribbon is inexpensive and makes a huge difference to your tree.  So much so that if you don’t have gifts to place under your tree, you can consider wrapping empty boxes just to add color and fullness to the bottom of the tree.

My Home Style Blog Hop: The Christmas Tree

Mix trendy with traditional ornaments.  

Right now reindeer/antler items are the rage and I purchased a few of those decorations last year in an after-Christmas sale.  I also love “words” on the tree and Target seems to have a few new ones to choose from every year.

My Home Style Blog Hop: The Christmas Tree

Add metallic colors to pick up on the lights on the tree.

Admittedly, after decorating the tree, there is glitter everywhere but all those gold accents look beautiful once the tree lights are on.  I add gold garland all around the tree and a bunch gold twig picks throughout the empty spaces.

My Home Style Blog Hop: The Christmas Tree

That’s my tree.  Maybe next year my husband will be on board with buying a fake tree.  Actually, that will never happen.  In the meantime I will enjoy my real tree and enjoy the fact that it is a little different shape every year.  Who decorates the tree in your home?  You, the kids or everyone together?

Next up is Amy from My Life From Home and below are all the links to the hop.

 

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My Home for Christmas

Hello friends!  I can tell you that I am officially done decorating my home for the Christmas season, and while I will be picking glitter out of my hair for the next week, I love all the decorations!  During the week I will give you many more details on all the rooms that I decorated (living room, dining room and family room) but for now I wanted to give you a quick tour of my home this Christmas.

I am joining  Hometalk.com and CountryLiving.com in a “Home for Christmas” event featuring lots of creative and talented bloggers.  I am sharing my home tour, but bloggers will be sharing different Christmas projects, so be sure to check out the links below and the hashtag #HomeForChristmas in all your social media.

Christmas Tour Cover

Some people choose a color scheme for the whole house and they bring it into every room.  While I love the idea and the cohesiveness of decorating within one color family, I tend to slowly inject holiday colors into the home.

The first room that I will share with you is my living room.  All the colors in this room are neutral so I only bring in white, gold and silver to decorate.

My Home for Christmas

Last year I shared my Christmas home tour and you may recall a similar setup.  I simply changed around some of the pillows, including this little one that says PEACE that I found on my last Target trip.  I went in for a candle and walked away with a cart full.  Story of my life.

My Home for Christmas

Since the gallery wall in the background is busy, I like to keep all the other surrounding tables decorated simply.  Here I placed a large initial hurricane (a $5.00 score at Marshalls) on top of a mercury class pedestal.

My Home for Christmas

I love these mercury glass ornaments but they are so heavy that I simply cannot place them on my tree.  Instead, I placed them on the same leaf that I used to decorate for fall, and I added greenery for a small pop of color.  To add a little dimension and interest, I placed the leaf on a rustic tree trunk slice.

My Home for Christmas

The opposite side remains almost untouched – those colors match my decor year-round.

My Home for Christmas

You may recall how I decorated my buffet for fall – I considered removing the wreath and adding the same one that I used last year.  After adding the “Merry and Bright” marquis sign and the little tree, I decided that this wreath would also work perfectly for Christmas.  I didn’t even have to pull out the ladder which is great!

My Home for Christmas

On the opposite side, there is a pop of color with the stockings for the whole family.  My kids really get into stocking stuffers so I purchased some big ones last year.

My Home for Christmas

Making another appearance this year is this sweet little tree from last years Christmas home tour, I just changed it’s spot.  It’s tempting to decorate exactly the same way year-after-year, but it’s way more fun to find a new home for decorations.  Sometimes as I am unloading the holiday boxes from the garage, I place something down on a surface meaning to go back to it later.  All of a sudden I look at it and think “I kinda like it there”.  A different perspective on an old decoration.

My Home for Christmas

Since the living room and dining rooms connect, I like to graduate color into the adjacent room.  I purchased 20 feet of fresh garland this year when we bought our tree and they said it should last 30 days – let’s see if it does.  For now, I love how it frames the entrance to the dining room.  I used Command Brand hooks to keep it from damaging the wall.

My Home for Christmas

In a few days I will fill you in on more details of the dining room, but it’s basically a lot of layering greens, gold and white.

My Home for Christmas

A little fur on the head chairs and small pillow soften the dark wood colors of the dining room furniture.

My Home for Christmas

So far we have been holding back on color but no more!  The family room is the fun room and our favorite room to hang out.  This isn’t even the “best” spot to put up our tree but we place it here so that we can enjoy it while watching T.V. and hanging out.  In a few days I will also give you all the details from my tree decorating adventures.

P.S. It involves broken ornaments…sigh.

My Home for Christmas

All my pillows are from different stores but they all work together nicely.  The throw and the reindeer pillow are from Target (last year) and the large fur one is from ZGallerie.  I love adding touches of black to anchor all the other colors.

My Home for Christmas

I had to take more than one picture because it’s a rare sight for all my pillows to be on the couch and not part of some “Fort” on the floor.

My Home for Christmas

More pillows – The one in the back is from ZGallerie and the front one (which I love) is from Marshalls.

My Home for Christmas

Almost done with the pillows.  Snowflake pillow is from Target and the beautiful (and personalized) one in the front is from Tiny Prints.   It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

My Home for Christmas

Don’t cut corners!  I love using baskets in corners full of pillows or throws.  Can you believe that the little deer pillow is from the Target dollar section?  Adorable right?

My Home for Christmas

So that’s my home for the holidays, but the fun doesn’t stop here. #HomeForChristmas is full of ideas and I encourage you to check them out by clicking  on the links below.  

Have you done all your Holiday decorating?  Do you do it all in one day or do you space out your decorating?

Home for Christmas