For some reason, it took forever for me to get into the Christmas spirit this year.
I think my very long run of terrible headaches really took the light out of my heart a bit this year. But, fear not, the spirit of Christmas is now happily present in our house!
I moved the blue painting back to the dining room! I have never used blue at Christmas, but this year, I added a few blue accents to tie the painting into the Christmas decor:
I really like the more vivid blue with the brighter green tree clippings and little boxwood wreath. I haven't used these white wooden trees in ages, but they seem to work with the new painting...
I also used little bits of blue in the adjacent living room (to make it look like I know what I'm doing). I have acquired a small but unintentional collection of Christmas trees, as you can see from the photos above and below:
The Christmas tree is probably my favorite Christmas motif. The old "found" silver tray came from Rob Kurkut's wonderful store, which I featured in previous posts. The little blue bowl and the crystal clock were gifts from my mother.
Here is the tree, a real Fraser fir with coloured lights! I use our myriad collected ornaments, which together with the coloured lights, makes for a bit of a decorating disaster (considering that I'd rather it be all white and silver):
But the tree always looks wonderful and I love each little thing on it. I have a secret for making the tree look coherent with all the assorted ornaments - I liberally use all-white garland and tons of white balls, which I add after all the special ornaments are placed. This gives it an overall "white" look despite the chaos.
I don't really decorate the other rooms for Christmas, but I sometimes put one or two things in the bedrooms. Here is a little vignette I started on the sideboard and then moved to a dresser upstairs:
I also love this little Christmas sachet, on a bedside table. It smells of clove and cinnamon and all things Christmas...!
Hope your home is taking shape for Christmas. It's only 11 days away!