I usually take my time decorating for the holidays, doing a little bit each day. This year, my friend Angie was in charge of the annual Christmas dinner for the ladies at church, and asked if we could use my house. I said of course, and then panicked when I found out that it was scheduled for exactly a week after Thanksgiving.
So, with the help of Eric and my sister and her family, we busted out the garland and lights and ornaments and got it done!
My entry way, with my very favorite Goodwill purchase, the peacock front and center. He inspired my dining room ceiling and niche paint over. And I love these battery operated candles from Costco! They turn themselves off after 5 hours!
I used burlap liberally. It's cheap and chic and doesn't need hemming.
My living room. This room is very hard to take pictures of during the daytime, because of all the sunlight (not complaining!) It's my favorite room in the house.
I am frequently accused of having too many decorative pillows, but I don't think there is such a thing.
My favorite new Christmas vignette. I bought the moravian star online, then Eric rewired it with this cool pendant adapter I got from Lowes, then I spray painted it to match. It was a tight squeeze getting all the wisemen, shepherds and beasts in the picture, but we managed.
Another wreath in the dining room and some plug in candles.
And my mercury glass ornaments in glass bowls on the dining room table.
The hand I got in St. John decked out with some holiday ribbon and since I needed something to go in the other cloche...
I took two of my little bird ornaments off the tree (they were very hard to see) and hot glued their little clips to the base. I think they're adorable.
A few more mercury glass ornaments and some tiny old books I found on ebay in a basket on the coffee table.
My mantel. Burlap stockings, two turtle doves (actually, quail from Eric's grandma) and capiz shell garland.
The tree. It's hard to get a good picture of a Christmas tree. I have a love/hate relationship with mini-lights.
I have a few more little things here and there, but keep forgetting to take pictures. Although it was stressful getting it all done in a short amount of time, it is so nice to be able to focus on other things and really enjoy the holiday season! I think I'll set myself an early deadline from now on!