Well, in typical fashion, here I am to share Christmas decorations AFTER the grand holiday! They stay up through New Year's so I am happy to post so timely - ha!
I always hang garland on the staircase but Dan doesn't like it on the hand rail. Thanks to Pinterest, I found the perfect compromise.
With the exception of it not being as visible on the inside of the stairway, I like it. Next year, I'm going to try hanging it on both the inside and outside. I'd also like to hang ornaments between the balusters.
Looking at these pictures convinces me that 2016 will be the year the staircase gets a makeover!
The antique mantel hosted a cadre of glass finials this year:
They are so pretty!
They mimic the clear glass candlesticks in the window
The tree is decorated with teal ornaments and glass drops.
The electric fireplace is on a setting for just lights and sound of a crackling fire. It's 70+ degrees here in Virginia. On Christmas day, with the oven on and all the hustle and bustle, we needed the air conditioning on for a bit. That's nuts. It was damp and warm so opening windows and doors wasn't helpful - yuck!
The family room got the most attention this year. I was thrilled to find these two leaping reindeer on super clearance at Hobby Lobby. I say super clearance because I got them for 70% off because they were broken :) It wasn't anything a little glue couldn't fix!
They tie in the reindeer art over the fireplace:
The sugar pine cones came from A.C. Moore last year. They were on after-Christmas clearance and were $1.25 each. I wasn't sure what to do with them until I consulted Pinterest! The icicles are a little much but considering the weather we are having, I'm using anything I can to bring the winter to Virginia - ha ha! Overall, I think the room is very cozy.
Do you see the Lucite quilt rack the stockings are hanging from? It's a thrift find from earlier this year--$20 from BThrifty. It's awesome. I needed something to hang stocking on since the mantel is packed!
I found ornaments for the sun room Christmas tree this year! This little tree was a thrift find in 2013 (details here). There was going to be a new tree in here - one that was 10 foot tall --but it just didn't look right to me. It felt too big and I had to move out the coffee table and rearrange the furniture. It just wasn't worth it. So, it was returned and I put up my little thrifty tree!
I love the texture of this tree. It feels and looks so soft. Since I didn't have to trade my coffee table for more real estate for the bigger tree, I could put out the Windstone Edition polar bears (another amazing thrift find HERE).
A couple other random snaps...Shelly bought me this adorable metal house at Thanksgiving:
The glass evergreen was a thrift find from the Goodwill Outlet in Richmond a few years ago. It looks so cute with this house :)
I like to have fresh flowers in the house so when I grocery shopped last week, I picked up a couple of bunches from WalMart. I was surprised but delighted to find a bouquet with white hydrangea!
The vase is one I found at Goodwill (here) a few years ago. It has become my go-to vase because it's so tall and roomy. I just love this arrangement!
This silver plate champagne bucket was a thrift find this year (from BThrifty). It was one of the things on my thrift bucket list! It's beautiful and not engraved! WooHoo!
Here's a better look:
It was $10!
The dining room was pretty much the same as the year before too:
One of my favorite decorations is the nativity I bought the year Jenna was born:
I like to display it with the (thrifted) antique Indiana Glass compote in the Bethlehem Star pattern. I put an electric tea light in it so it glows!
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