Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to my new blog-decorating your home and life with the un-new. I'm getting this up quickly so I can join in on the Christmas Home Tour linky party. Please come back soon as I post more and more on the joys of junk!

I love this very simple coffee table display. I wanted to use burlap in my decorating this year because it reminds me on growing up on a farm and I adore the smell of it. I know it's crazy. The women at the fabric store hate cutting it and some say they're allergic to it Despite their attitude regarding burlap, I bought a bunch of it. It just makes me happy! I added some gold ribbon I had left over from last year. Popped in some phoney hydrangea I had in my crystal hanging vase (you see it later with evergreens in it.) into an apothecary jar and used votives from Ikea. Then I remembered that I had a copper tray from my Mom in the basement that I never, ever used. It went perfect with all the metallics I have in the room. I really adore the table scape.
I have three large ceramic shells that I use consistently throughout the year along with varying items depending on the season. I found a bag of vase filler at the dollar store and added some glitter to them and some sparkly metallic ornaments form Target. I have two large pine cones I found at Lake Tahoe when my daughter was living there. I use those consistently around the house, too. You never know where those pine cones will pop up. I added some more of the vase filler and some little gold bells.

This is my crystal hanging vase with evergreens, sparkly stuff and some crazy round pine cones.

The area above my mantle is wide and I wanted to use three wreaths to fill the area. These are cheap artificial wreaths from the Christmas Tree Shop. I wired two together to get the fullness I wanted. The mantel has garland with lights, sparkly vase filler and more of trhe metallic ornaments. I also painted my silver NOEL stocking holders gold and sprayed them with glitter. Since I no longer use silver in this room, spray painting them was the perfect solution.

Pottery Barn candle holder loaded down with Santa and Mrs. Claus, garland, holly and skates pulled out of the basement.

Two little Swedish gnomes on a dollar store wreath wrapped in grosgrain ribbon and hung with chair webbing.

A little wooden truck my husband made years ago holds a load of merry.

Vintage angels from my childhood share a tabletop with pictures of my kids in their Christmas morning PJ's. All the frames and mats were painted to match.

More little gnomes sitting in snowball candle holders.

A sparkly star hangs from the chandelier.

Another view of the candle holder.

This urn usually holds wooden spoons. I like to use things that are already there and just make them a bit more special for the holiday. I stuck in some jumbo candy canes along with some traditional ones.

Ahh, my beautiful Swedish tree!

Ornaments from my kids' colleges.

I like to cluster similar ornaments together for more impact.

A fun goodwill find! I think these are luminaries but they could be tumblers. Anyway, I'm using them with candles. $.99 a piece. Love it!

Goodwill plates and prints I transformed into a cute display above my stove. I'll post the before and after of the Goodwill re-do a bit later.

Little snow couple I found at Goodwill. The best part is they jingle when you shake them!


  1. Love all your Christmas decor! Thanks for your comment. I know how much I am loving brown and burlap this year!

  2. It all looks wonderful!! Hope you have a very happy new year!