I can’t believe that Christmas is only six days away! Before the week gets away from me I wanted to share some of our seasonal décor with you all. Remember in this post when I said that I had big plans for our dark, dreary mirror?
Boom! Dark and dreary no more. All it took was a good cleaning, a couple coats of spray primer and a couple coats of satin white Rustoleum. I’m toying with the idea of adding a high gloss finish – what do you think? In any case that will have to wait until after the holidays. Being mirror-less for two days while it off-gassed on the porch was two days too many. Our living room is tiny, and without the mirror to bounce around light it felt absolutely miniscule. I also have plans (are you sitting down) to actually hang it from the wall. You know, with anchors in the studs and everything. That way it will reflect more of the opposite side of the room, instead of the ceiling.
On a non-related note: the only thing I can think of after typing about “anchors” and “studs” is something like this:
Now you probably won’t be able to hang a heavy object on your walls without images of gyrating sailors coming to mind. I’m sorry/you’re welcome.
Side note to the side note:
I have to stick up for my Monty Python boys. Ahem. Anyway. That was a serious tangent.
As you can see, our Nativity got moved to a shelf where it would no longer be molested by curious little hands. And I’m very excited that we found this tree on Black Friday weekend for $30, because now we can have a brightly colored children’s tree (in the dining room) and this soothingly decorated specimen in the living room. My love for silver, gold and blue is no secret, but this time of year it goes into overdrive.
Sparkly snowflake ornaments make me very happy.
I rezhuzhed things around on the coffee table. My 2 1/2 year old is finally getting to an age where she will mostly leave the coffee table vignettes alone, which fills my heart with inarticulable joy. The lacquer tray is West Elm, and does a great job corralling candles, remotes and other little items. Then of course there’s the ubiquitous stack of books with an antler on top. Luckily there is still room on the far side for a couple of coasters, just in case you wanted to use the table for its intended purpose. I need a bigger coffee table.
I got these antlers on Etsy a while back, but I was waiting to give them a little makeover. There were some bright colors on the base, and I wanted to coat the whole thing in tranquil matte white paint. Voila! If you are looking for antler-related décor, or other interesting items be sure to check out James Robinson’s übercool Etsy shop!
I’m pretty darn excited about these modern, mirrored Christmas trees. I found them a couple weeks ago on clearance at Target. Why would they put holiday decorations on clearance before Christmas?? And there is nothing wrong with them! Oh well, whatever. At $11 and $9, they were mine. Bwahahaha.
And there’s some new pillow action going on around here! The wool flotaki pillows on the side are so comfortable and fluffy, and I absolutely adore them. The husband refers to them as “Abominable Snow Monster” pillows, but I think secretly he likes them too. You see that sequin-covered, disco-ball-awesome pillow on the side? I got those pillow covers from Hobby Lobby for only $4 and change a piece! (they are usually $6.99, and I had coupons) So, I put some pillow inserts inside that I had on hand, and bam! Instant couch party! BTW: when the sun shines on these, they project amazing sparkliness all over the walls and ceiling. Bonus.
The faux mistletoe kissing ball is from Target, but I gave it a length of aquamarine ribbon instead of the red one that it had originally. This really makes my Christmas décor seem complete. Everyone needs an artificial representation of obligate hemi-parasitic plants in their home to instigate demonstrations of affection, right?
Ahhhh, last but
not least most awesome: behold, the gorgeous bisque ceramic seahorse, designed by Jonathan Adler, sent from my goddess of a sister, and opened by a crazed person who saw the words “Jonathan Adler” on a very large package and lost all sense of “wait-for-Christmas” reason. How is it possible for something that was shaped out of clay and fired in a kiln to fill my heart with such excited, joyous, bubbliness whenever I see it?? Ah l’amour. (update: just realized that you can see a glimpse of my Jonathan Adler phone cover in this pic. Obsess much? Haha.)
So, that’s our living room for you! I’ll share some pics of the dining room, and all of its crafty, family-friendly, red and green splendor with you in the next couple of days. How about you all? All decorated for Christmas? What is your favorite decoration? Did you go with a theme this year, or did you go the traditional route? Please share!