Here are a few shots of our home with a few Christmas decorations in place, ready for the big festive dinner on Christmas Eve.
I brought in touches of rustic-warmth with modern touch to the living room, hallway and kitchen. I used a traditional colour story of mostly red and green with interesting natural textures like burlap, twigs and pine cones etc.
I was inspired by an earlier post with hung stockings from a branch – I completely had to pull this off! I used an old decorative branch I had (yes I already had branches in the home – that’s how much I like them ;) (this could easily be supplied through a nice bundled up walk around the neighbourhood with a pruner in your pocket ;) sshhh.) I found this beautiful mix of stockings in a local shop that same day and I was very excited to put this together. I didn’t want to drill in new holes in the wall so I used a great space under our large clock. I used an obvious hanging method of red yarn so it becomes part of the rustic decoration. This vignette is right next to our dining room table so it’s creating a lovely festive look for the holidays. I still hope to personalize them somehow with little touches that make them more ‘us’ (but maybe for next year). Now it’s time to fill them up to the brim ;)
Our table is created with simple modest styling. I used a large linen tablecloth with a layer of burlap as a table runner. The burlap in a fantastic addition that is super inexpensive – $1 per metre at a local garden supply store). It creates a fab look with a rustic feel – pulls the natural elements together and the texture is beautiful next to the linen. I added simple wooden candle sticks and glass votive holders with pine springs. Simple with lots of room for serving the Holiday Dinner.
Next to the table, we have a set of wooden shelves that got spruced up for the Holidays as well. Pine branches are in all white vases and a hand-carved nativity set adds a beautiful touch.
Our living room overall has a a few rustic and earthy Holiday touches. A gold olive leaf wreath, I made (I’ll do a close up later) is hung in between two bookcases. Originally it was intended for the front door but the leaves are very delicate with the glitter and I think it would get ruined completely in the cold and wind. Here it hangs as a highlight in the room with it’s shimmering delight.
A faux fur cushion is a must this winter – I made mine with a small piece of faux fur fabric I bought and roughly hand stitched on the back – quick and easy and temporary – although it could last right through till the end of Winter.
By the way, it is the first day of Winter today! Can you tell the difference? ha ha I certainly can’t. We’ve had snow on the ground for almost a month now and the frost bites of my face as soon as I open the front door ;)
Four more months of this – bring it on! Funny, a 3 year old doesn’t show any negativity for the colder weather – we have a lot to learn from our kids ;)
Back to the Holiday decorating – I will post a few more shots of what is happening around the home – like the Christmas tree – which fell again last night…. well, not entirely – it fell but didn’t hit the ground because it was hung onto a wire this time ;) It made it through the night with it’s new stand so hopefully it will be just fine.
Onto other news, I couldn’t finish shooting our home yesterday because we got a new addition to the living room – which is an early Christmas gift from my husband – an entertainment unit for that other early Christmas gift from my f-i-l. I’m the type of girl that gets more excited about furniture than diamond earrings (which I still don’t own to this date). I saw a beautiful shelving unit at my fave store and took a photo of it with my cell phone to show my husband. I thought it would be a collaborative decision and purchase – but the guy, ok. the sweet guy shows up with it yesterday evening! No red ribbon but none is needed – BEST GIFT EVER!
Have a Happy Day everyone! Did you get any early Christmas gifts already?
I hope you liked the Holiday Home Tour – more to come, I promise ;)
Big Warm Hugs!
PS. Today is a traditional Holiday bake-athon at my sisters. Can’t wait!
Lil’ sis – we will miss you terribly today. Where the heck are you in Cambodia now? Do they even have Christmas there? ;) love u.
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