Christmas decorating… Check!

That’s right. Christmas has arrived at the Spragins abode. And today, I’m here to tell you about it.

Let’s begin with our dining space….

I’m really happy with how it turned out.  It’s just enough glitter and sparkle for my taste.

I reused the wide silver ribbon from last year for a table runner, but crinkled it up to make it seem more casual. For the centerpiece, I used the bowl and glitter picks again, but this time, I added a gold charger with candles and a tall bamboo to vary it up a smidge….

The shelves that I recently styled simply got some glittering red ornaments and sparkly leaves in the milk pitcher. I tried to keep the details on the shelves subtle so that they wouldn’t compete with the centerpiece.

Aaaaaand a little far away shot…

Onto the tree. Now, first I must explain that when one is the poster child for Murphy’s Law, one will inevitably spend forever restringing the branches of the pre-lit tree that decided to burn out on Christmas Eve of last year (#timingfail), decorate the rest of the tree, then attempt to take pictures for one’s blog only to realize that another two strands have gone out in the meantime. Doh! So, in looking at these pictures, I’d like you to imagine a beautiful, evenly lit tree that glistens from top to bottom. I’ll be restringing those branches as soon as I have a chance to get to Walmart and buy more lights. But in the meantime… Embrace the imagery.

Anyhoo, here she blows…

Notice how she’s creatively hiding on the edge of this shot.  Nakedandafraid.  With the craziness that has been going on in our lives this season, I decided to keep the tree decor the same as last year. Silvers, burgundys, greens, faux sheepskin rugs in lieu of tree skirt. It was just easiest. I’m looking forward to changing it up next year, though.

Here’s a view of the entire living room…

We hung our stockings on the various ledges of the fireplace, which I’m totally loving….

Here’s more of a side shot so you can see the different depths of stone on our fireplace….

Joey calls it “rock climbing wall”.  I call it “amazeballs”.   The console behind the couch also got a little dazzle….

A small tree, some lighted garland and a tree star (that sadly was too heavy for our tree).  As for our Charlie Brown tree….

He sits unaltered in our breakfast nook. I love the simplicity of just leaving him bare. He suits the space well this way.

And lastly, our foyer…

I had grand plans for this space, but then I came to the realization that there are NO outlets in or anywhere near the foyer. Total bummer. So, I just reused my reindeer printable from last year and added another small tree set in a simple white and cork tray, atop of our little ex-media cabinet.  Simple but charming.

So anyways, that’s what we’ve got going on this year.  How is your holiday decorating going?   Which of you lucky folks out there has finished shopping?   Which of you are like me and haven’t purchased a single gift yet?

Linked up at: Thrifty Decor Chick

 

Snowflakes and shimmer

If you’re outside and become blinded by something reflecting in the distance, it might be me. I finished decorating our house for Christmas yesterday and have a feeling that I may never completely rid myself of the glitter that adorns our home. Not that I’m complaining. I like glitter.  It’s so Christmas-y.   Anyways, the areas of that I decorated were our front porch (will be in another post), dining table, and windows. And I’m so excited about the result!

I wanted our dining table to incorporate shimmery, but elegant features. I found this wide mesh ribbon at Walmart for around 8 bucks and thought it would make a great table runner.

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I picked up a few large snowflakes for $3 a piece and a spool of red wire ribbon for around $4. Then, I headed to Hobby Lobby (or Lobby Lobby according to Lucas). Where I considered buying this….

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…but only because it dwarfed my head (not that that would take much… My head is tiny. Sunglasses and hats that fit are rare cats.). I totally snuck a few selfies with this power flower between idly standing and looking bored whenever another customer walked into view. I hope they don’t have surveillance cameras. Or maybe I hope they do. I’m sure those good people could use a little work-time entertainment. In the end, I passed on the flower. I did pick up these goods though….

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A few berry picks and ornaments (Sorry for the tiny pics… these were taken with my cell). When I got home I set up our dining table….

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The mesh ribbon was perfect. I simply cut it down to size and set it on there. And I have a ton left too. Bonus!! I simply added a red bamboo bowl filled with silver ornaments, a few Ikea candlesticks and the bottom of a glass/woven urn that I got on clearance from Marshalls filled with my new glittery berry picks.

Next, the windows. My original plan was to do something like this pin but with different ornaments and only one ornament per window.   I’d planned to create them with 3D cardboard stars. When Lobby Lobby disappointed me with their lack of selection of cardboard shapes (so weird, they had a much bigger section last time I looked for them), I decided to go with the already bedazzled snowflakes that I found at Walmart. I simply cut a few long strips of red wire ribbon, looped it over our curtain rods and tied a bow.

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Then, I added a wire hook to the snowflake and hung it from the bow.

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I adorned the two windows in the living room and one in the breakfast nook.

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Not too shabby for 13 bucks (give or take). I wish I could’ve gotten a good shot of the living room with the window snowflakes, but they all came out so dark.  Maybe another time.

All I can say is I’m loving my little sparkly friends. The first time I stood back to look at all three hung, I automatically started singing A Winter Wonderland out loud. It just felt right. So, I went for it.

So, that’s the rest of our indoor decorations this year.  Tomorrow I’ll show you the porch.  🙂