Christmas 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Well I started my Christmas decorating early and ended late. We took a trip and I came home in a full blown flare up. I was only able to do a very minimal amount each day. I ended up scaling back my plans considerably. I'm  grateful that I was able to accomplish what I did.The struggle was real folks, I'm late for every holiday link up but better late then never! So here's my living room and dining room dressed up a little for Christmas!

I used my tabletop tree again this year and placed it in a wine crate that I wrapped in the same birch wrapping paper that I used for my dollar store candles makeover. The cute fawn pillow was a H&M Home purchase.

 I bought faux fur from the fabric store with the intention of making fur pillows, nope didn't happen, so I just draped the fabric over the back of my chair and called it a fur throw.

I put my dollar store Christmas house on the floor under my mora clock. I just like the way it looks with the tree and the clock.

Just another view of the sitting area, you can see my sad little paper whites struggling along. I just am not good with growing things indoors.My armoire will be moved to my bedroom someday and a DIY Trumeau will go behind my as yet unfinished settee.

A fast coffee table vignette using bottle brush trees purchased from Target, some trees that I bleached and flocked a couple of years ago, my snowy dollar store village and a thrift store bowl filled with mercury glass ornaments, feathers and a few sprigs of greenery.

 Here's a close up of the wine crate wrapped in the birch paper and my white deer that started out a bright turquoise, it was a pretty color but the glitter was atrocious.  I applied a coat of  gesso to the turquoise glitter and then two coats of antique white paint, a light coat of snowy glitter and I liked it much better.

 I ordered paper script ribbon from Decor Steals, it kind of reminded me of bark so I added it to the tree.It kind of ties in with the birch candles and planter.

I only used birds, nest, ribbon and icicles on the tree. Oh I also added white faux hydrangeas deep in the branches.

This is the vignette that I created on my buffet. I ordered the download for the print from  Dear Lillie and had an engineer print made at Staples. The standing deer started out life the same as the one next to the tree. It got the same makeover.The sitting deer is a new purchase from Target.

A few close ups of the buffet vignette. The ice skates were made last year.

The repainted deer

I set the table using my mom's china, my everyday flatware and chargers that I purchased years ago from the dollar store.

The arrangement is a combination of real and faux greenery placed in a silver thrifted bowl.

  The  candle holders are all thrift store finds and the goblets were bought from the dollar store years ago. The vintage tablecloth was a Goodwill purchase a few years ago. It's tattered and mended in spots but I still love it.

 Thanks for stopping by, I hope everyone has a blessed holiday season. Linking up late at these fun parties.

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  1. Karen, What a beautiful room you have there. It is just gorgeous and I can see that you have poured lots of love into it. I love your tree in the box -so pretty. Your whole room is so soft and serene.

    On another note, I am so sorry that you had a flare. I know exactly what you go through and the importance of pacing yourself so that you can do SOMETHING but not overdo on ANYTHING.

    Blessings to you- xo Diana

  2. There are so many things I love about your beautiful decorating! The whites, the silvers, the neutral tones. And all the deer! I also love the houses, and what you did on the tarnished silver tray. So many great ideas. Thanks for showing us. Hope you have a blessed Christmas.

  3. Karen, I love it all. It is so beautiful. Take care of yourself. Blessings for a wonderful holiday, xoxo,Susie

  4. That room is stunning. What did you mean by flare up?
    I am new to this blog so I don't understand.
    Sorry, but I hope you are feeling better after some rest.
    God bless you.😍

  5. Very pretty, Karen! I love how it just flows between the two rooms. Love your tree and that house. Your vignettes are just wonderful (as always!). I just love that chalkboard print on your buffet, too.

  6. Oh Karen, this is all so beautiful! I really love what you've done. It all goes together perfectly. I think the buffet is my favorite!

  7. Wow! It's gorgeous! Enjoy your beautiful Christmas!

  8. What a beautiful job you've done of making your home ready for Christmas. I too have health problems and started the season with lots of big ideas, eventually I realised that with my limitations I wasn't going to be able to manage half of them, but I guess there's always next year (or at least I hope so, lol)

    Love everything you've done.

    Merry Christmas

    Judi in the UK

  9. Great job, love your tree and vignettes.I really like the skates and your wonderful arm chair


  10. your home is so pretty! i love the dark gray walls in the dining nook!

  11. It's all so gorgeous! I love your gray walls in the dining room. Spectacular tour!

  12. Exquisite~~~you've created such a beautiful space, loved the tour. Mickie

  13. Everything is so beautiful! I love the little tree and the chalkboard and the little silver tray scene...I love everything :) Merry Christmas!

  14. Karen, wow!!! Seriously, everything is so beautiful. Your style is perfection. You really outdid yourself. So sorry you weren't feeling well, but you still managed to knock it out the park.

  15. Your home is so quaint & gorgeous! I love the color scheme & all the lovely holiday accessories !!


  16. Karen, your home is beautiful and I love the theme you have for Christmas. I was scrolling back through a few of your posts, since I am a fairly new follower, and saw that you lost your beautiful little baby, Paris. I'm so sorry and know some of what you feel. We lost out wonderful golden, Buddy, a few months ago. This will be the first Christmas without him for 13 years. It is hard but I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas..Judy

  17. Very pretty-glad you were able to show us and bummer about not feeling great

  18. So very beautiful - a winter wonderland! Love it all - hope you are feeling better soon. <3 Karen

  19. Lovely decor! Loving all the white against the gray!

  20. Olá amiga, hoje quero agradecer a Deus pelo dom da sua vida, e desejar a você e sua família
    um feliz e santo Natal, cheio de saúde e alegria!!!
    Que seu coração esteja preparado para receber o Menino Deus!!!
    Um grande abraço, Marie.

  21. Everything looks beautiful, Karen! Sorry you had a flare-up. I am still using my little white houses and bleached trees that I copied from you a couple of years ago.

  22. When I "walk" through your home I feel like sitting and enjoying the restful whites and grays. Last year I even turned my drapes backwards and let the linings be my white drapes! I covered my floral chair with a sheet strategically using safety pins and it worked great!! My ornaments and table cloths and decor all flowed with a winter scene of snow as our state prayed for snow in the Sierra's!! This year I'm back to my colorful decor with touches of white. But I look upon all you did, and I relate for mine was done not well...but yes...worth the effort!!!

  23. Everything looks so very lovey! I just adore the winter wonderland you have created for Christmas time!

  24. I simply loving your home. And I can't believe that house came from the dollar store. Loving your decor. Happy Holidays

  25. Karen, you have truly outdone yourself! Sooo very beautiful and calming. I love the coffee table vignette and tree as well.
    Wishing you a happy and blessed holiday season!

  26. You made your dollar store finds magical! There is just so much pretty going on here! ... i'm enjoying catching up on your posts!



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