WITH JUST 10 SHORT days until Christmas, my halls are decked and (most of) my shopping and wrapping is done! Being ready for the holiday this far in advance only can be the result of my nesting in these final weeks of my second pregnancy. If all goes according to plan (which is laughable when it comes to having a baby), I should have a few weeks after Christmas for final preparations for the arrival of baby #2. I still need to finish the nursery, pull out all the baby gear, install the infant car seat, launder newborn clothing and stock up on baby essentials like diapers, wipes and gas drops (a must!).
But first, Christmas!
I don’t purchase a lot of new things each year, but I do like to make small changes in my Christmas decorations to keep things fresh! For example, since I gave the chandelier in our dining room a makeover this year, I thought it appropriate to cover it in sparkling garland and multi-colored bulbs for a festive look.
Other than a few odds and ends sprinkled throughout the house, my main focus for holiday decorating is in our living room, where we keep our Christmas tree and stockings.
I changed the tree up just a bit this year by using red and gold mesh ribbon rather than my typical green. It’s amazing how the smallest change can make such a big impact in the overall look. The red really pops against the deep green branches.
I also used one of the Mexican yoga blankets I bought on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore as a casual tree skirt to shake things up a bit.
We always seem to pick up a new ornament here and there throughout the year, but many of my favorites are back this year, including the DIY jellyfish I made a few years ago.
I also added a ton of DIY yarn pom poms to the mix. These things are so cute and so easy to make, and after crafting a pom pom mobile for the new baby’s nursery, it’s safe to say I developed a slight obsession with the little balls of puffed yarn.
I also love the opportunity for extra sparkle that comes with decorating for Christmas. One of my favorite moments this year is this glass vase with rattan overlay that I filled with sparkling bulbs, a gorgeous dried flower from Terrain and a faux pine spray dotted with shiny holly berries that I picked up from Pier 1 Imports last week. If you have low resolve or a few cocktails in you, I’m warning you NOT to shop Pier 1 around Christmas unless you want to spend a pretty penny. It’s seriously dangerous. I’m not sure how I made it out under $10. It must have been the crazy toddler I was wrangling atop my bowl full of jelly pregnant belly.
I actually changed the mantel up a bit this year. Rather than using my sparkling tinsel from years prior, I decided to do a casually elegant mix of sparkly beaded garlands and giant snowy yarn pom poms.
Flanking the television are potted Norfolk Pine trees I purchased from Lowe’s. They came with the tiny felt snowflake ornaments, and I added a strand of battery operated lights and some multi-colored disco ball ornaments for some extra sparkle.
My stockings are from the Fair Isle collection at Pottery Barn. This year I decided to hang a monogram ornament above my son’s stocking since his name is not embroidered on the front yet.
I strung a few more yarn pom poms on the console table on the opposite side of the room and hung my ornament wreath over the turquoise mirror that anchors the gallery wall.
These darling abominable snowmen, a new addition to the holiday decorations, came from CB2.
I must not have been the only one charmed by these little wooden figurines because they appear to be sold out on the website!
As always, I chalked up a new sign for my gallery wall. This one is supposed to be a directional sign, and it was hard for me to draw! When my husband saw it, he commented that Key West and Pittsburgh are NOT in the same direction. Whether it’s technically accurate or not, I think the message is the same! And I love it!
A few toss pillows from Target Dollar Spot round out the festivities in my living room.
When I’m not wearing it, I’ve also been tossing this gorgeous tartan blanket scarf my girlfriend bought for me over the arm chair that was displaced to the other side of the room while the tree is up this month.
My cat looks less than pleased to be having his photo taken, but he does love curling up on the scarf!
I made my own knockoff of the Inner Peace Wreath from CB2, which runs about $50. My version cost just about $15 after a savvy use of coupons and a string of lights I already had on hand. I made mine using a 36″ grapevine wreath from Michael’s and a long dried grapevine coil from A.C. Moore. To hold the loose grapevine in place, I fashioned the straight pieces from a piece of plumber’s foam and two cardboard pieces from dry cleaner’s hangers. Then I used floral wire to secure the loose grapevine to the middle part. I didn’t have the energy to take photos of my process, so all you get is the glorious finished product. I love how this looks at night.
Next to my peace sign are the DIY seaglass Christmas trees I made a few years ago. These continue to be one of my favorite holiday DIYs of all time! I must admit I’m terrified one of my crazy cats is going to knock these over and shatter them into a million pieces!
If you’ve been following along with me this season, you know I made a Book-A-Day Advent Calendar for my little guy. So far we’ve opened just over half of the books. I’m enjoying the process more than he is, but he did zone in on a few of the stories! Little Blue Truck’s Christmas is by far the favorite around here! After we open and read our book each evening after dinner, I place it back on the shelf with its tag so the Advent tree is still in top form!
Speaking of my son, I had to do some decorating in his playroom. A three-foot vintage tree that I used to have in my room when I was a little girl and some pompom fringe come together to create an adorable Christmas nook on the top of one of his toy bins.
Lastly, I added some cold-weather luxe to my typical light and bright bedding. Gray and white flannel sheets from Target and a faux fur throw from Restoration Hardware make the bed super warm. Actually, too warm considering it’s been nearly 60 degrees every day for the past two weeks. What a weird December. I’ll take it!
More Target Dollar Spot pillows add a final touch of Christmas spirit!
That’s it; my colorful Christmas home! Decorating for Christmas always puts me in the holiday spirit, and I hope it does the same for you! To all of my friends who celebrate it, Merry Christmas to you and yours, and happiest of New Years to you!