Luckily, Ian's cool with keeping our Christmas decorations up through my birthday this Wednesday. That's one of my birthday wishes each year. I certainly don't get tired of shuffling out of the bedroom each morning to fix a Sugar Plum tea and making a quick detour first to the tree to turn it on and admire its beauty. I love it.
This year we went with colored lights which I think really suits our eclectic ornament collection. As you can see, I'm not a themey-tree girl unless your theme is "the crazy look."
And the true reason why we went with colored lights is because our white pre-lit tree, only one year old, decided to only light up the very bottom row of lights this year. Too lazy to try to fix it, but too optimistic that one day the white lights may start working again, I just threw a strand of 600 colored lights right on top of the non-functioning white ones. If they ever do start working again, then we have a choice of colored or white! Problem solved.
We are rarely in our dining room so I didn't go all out with the decor, but I did keep it decorated simply with some white glittery pinecones, leaves and fruit on top of our hunting print and my beloved Swarovski ornament collection displayed on my gold tree. This year I received my twelfth ornament, and the 2013 snowflake is absolutely gorgeous. We have a lot of natural light in this room, so it's the perfect spot for these ornaments.
On our chest in our foyer, I have our mini-tree with some silver balls and crystal drops. I also decorated the botanical prints above the chest.
Our living room mantle looks so great and I know it will look so bare when the decorations come down! I may start leaving a wreath hanging over the mirror at all times.
The wreath is from AC Moore and the gold leaf garland and gold bead strands are from Michaels. The gold deer are from Target. My mom made our stockings! Once we have a name for Baby Girl, I'll get our monograms embroidered on the stockings. For now, wooden snowflake ornaments from Michaels hang from the stocking holders.
By the way -- most of my holiday decor is purchased at the end of each season for 75-90% off!
Our breakfast room table is kept simple with some gold deer (which remind me of my mom), ornaments with black and white ribbon, and some faux cranberry garland.
I already mentioned that we chose three different Christmas cards this year based upon sales going on ... the constant between all is that we used our photos that were taken by Stacy Reeves while we were in Paris for our second wedding anniversary. Best money spent ever!
I might need to pump the brakes on my mini-tree purchases but this one in our den is a favorite. It came from Michaels in a gold vase which accidentally shattered a few years ago. Rather than trashing the tree, I just bought a new base for it and stuffed the empty spaces with green moss. I love it even more now!
Tomorrow I'll share more photos from our Christmas with family in Columbia! I hope your holiday was nothing short of lovely.