I know I said the kitchen, but it's a disaster. And the slipcovers aren't done. I'm thinking about taking those photos tomorrow, slipcovers or not. For now, how about the living room?
This is the view from the entryway. Yes, it's a fake tree. I have had to get over this with all the allergics in the house, me included. We deal.
Wait. The door wreath is real. That counts for something, right?
Last year I decided to move all of our red decorations to the basement and swap in some lime green, peacock blue, gold and white. Our main floor is very light and I like it that way ... bringing in too many traditional dark colors makes it feel heavier than it needed to be. The whites and blues were a welcome change.
The bannister is a combination of long-needle pine garland (that I got for a stupid good deal for $2 each and am kicking myself for not buying the case), cream burlap, and ornaments. I have found so many at thrift stores in bags for $1. Do yourself a favor and pop into a thrift store next November for decorations. One of my friends picked up a 6' slim pre-lit tree for $12. Stealio.
You can kind of peek into the kitchen in this photo. I made those boxwood wreaths from the overgrown shrubbery in our yard. And there is a slim tree to the left of the cabinets.
The pink bag behind the couch is where my afghan lives when I'm not working on it. The bag was a gift from Beki last year.
I found so many glass (and plastic) balls that put them everywhere. On top of candelsticks...
on the piano...
and even in a vase (with marshmallows) on my dresser.
I've never added anything in our bedroom before but I like it. We had a lot of vases left over after the memorial service in August. I like that I can use some of the again.
The plastic snowflake was a thrift store snag. So were the cut plastic covered dish and the gold ornaments in the vase... I love it when that happens.
Decorating the house is something we did for the girls. If it were just the mr and I, it would be difficult to get into things right now. Setting up was a nice distraction and it was fun to use the same stuff in a different way this time around.
The one thing I haven't been able to do is hang the stockings. Fidget is begging me to, and my heart is so heavy. We were supposed to add a new stocking this year. I go back and forth about what to do.
Enjoy your week, friends. I know it's hectic and stressful, but I hope you can carve for yourself and your loved ones some time for peace.