Of course we have to start with my favorite thing ever, my vintage ornament wreath on the front door. The door color is called Chance of Showers by Bher BTW. Apparently people link these products and the companies sponsor them or send them product or whatever. I guess I have to buy all of my stuff. HAHAHA
The stackstone was done earlier this year and finishes the space nicely, eventually something may go up above the fireplace but for now we are content and the bookshelves give occasion to change details out now and then. Rug is West Elm, coffee table is from Leathers.
A beautiful chance to take a moment with my advent book and I had to show off the results of our church's ladies event: Sign and Dine. Isn't it cute? Vinyl stencil with gold paint on ply-board.
I'm sure the yellow lighting from this photo could be improved. If I knew how. My reclaimed bookshelves look black but they are a weathered grey. My mom made the paper chain from old hymnals. The edges are glittered and its so light and pretty. The plant pots tucked into the bookshelf have rhinestones set in them. The ornaments I bought clearance at Hobby Lobby end of season. The paper chain hung far enough over the glass that I couldn't display much I actually wanted "seen" but the pots add the perfect sparkle and Christmas Spirit.
The coffee table gets a coloring book that all visitors are welcome to make their mark in. An interactive moment is so nice in the coming and goings that happen more frequently this time of year.
Two nice moments in the bookshelf to the left of the fireplace are the Christmas succulents I placed in front of my book ends and the beautiful, bold silk poinsettia and silver votive on a stack of magazines I got on our local buy nothing site. The deer is a vibrant fuschia and has christmas lights twined around his antlers. The metal snowflakes add that rustic moment and I love the recently purchased houseplant that just lights up that corner with it's variegated leaves.
Here is a quick look at the vignette on my IKEA tv stand. A hot pink poinsettia, a Swedish sparkly Santa I purchased at a favorite gift shop now closed in Ellensburg, WA. and a home-made snowglobe Isaac made me in preschool with a tiny tree inside. I adore it. Again the pink is totally washed out. sigh.
Last but not least before we turn to the kitchen is a decorative plate I've had since I was a child. I was TOTALLY into the artist Jody Bergsma when I was young. Her whimsical character with their large eyes, and the wild creatures she paired them with. This plate of Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus just warms my heart and is one of several childhood pieces I put up every year without fail.
Christmas in the kitchen is actually pretty simple, three chocoalte advent calendars add whimsy around the L shaped counter, a pinkish/coral poinsettia sits in the corner with a vinatge glass house and MR amd Ms Claus candle set. I suppose a real photographer would have moved the batter charger! the "ice block" on the fridge was a craft my mom had made years ago that used to have a ribbon around it so it looked like a gift. I don't remember the exact story but I remember the ribbon burned off. Oops. My Spode water pitcher and Old World Christmas display "tree" sit up there as well. I took one close of the detail of those tiny ornaments but I wish I had a picture of each. They are all sparkly and unique. A train shape, a stocking, a wreath, snowflake, and different images painted on each. Truly beautiful collectibles that can be got for a song at their factory in Spokane Wa.
the table is a mess but we were mid-decorating. I was inspired by another artist-blogger that put a bunch of geometric ornaments into her chandelier and it looked so cute and fun that I hung a cluster of ornaments and used pipe cleaners to add the fun. It's a little silly and juvenile but also joyful and colorful. I love it.
a slightly picked up shot. Still a few school things on the table. The Spode serving bowl holds plush snowballs for the impromptu indoor snowball (many and often) and our Childrens advent cards from She reads Truth. The two red ombre tinsel trees were clearence from Home Goods. I obsessed over them and couldn't believe there were TWO still left post Christmas. They are a highlight each year with there festive minimalism. I wish you could see my smokey blue Ikea chairs a little better but oh well. Final touches for this room in the future are hopefully a frosted glass whiteboard on the left wall and a black sputnik globe chandelier I have my eye on. the table on the right was made by my Uncle Jim who has passed on and was our main dining table in our first apartment.
Another thing I love is all the cute little pieces of art my mom has made me over the years. I have two not displayed this year but they will be rotation again someday. She made the sign above and the pine branch below on the table.
Our traditional Christmas puzzle. This year I chickened out and we are completing a 500 piece instead of a 1,000 piece like the last two years.
So I know we don't have a chimney to hang our stocking by and I always have this bare stretch of wall so while it's not high end I still love the charm our family stocking bring to the dining room.
And here we have the last poinsettia on display. . .um are you sensing a them with the rhinestone pots?? Also, if your child has not yet been introduced to the Scaredy Squirrel series they are very funny and worth a look.
The last glimpse of the downstairs is our piano corner by the front door. Just a small nativity and two more silk flowers that pull the colors of my FAV artwork. I found the painting in an antique store and my mom watercolored the Whippet. There you have it! I hope you liked getting a glimpse of our home ready for the Holidays.