Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Deck the Halls...with Balls?!

I'm not a fan of blatant holiday decor.  In lieu of that, I tried to keep our year-round color scheme when I decorated for Christmas a few weeks ago.  I was going for green, white and natural with a hint of glitz... on a budget.

The mantle was easy.  I hung a twig wreath and metal star over the mirror to add some rustic texture.  Two white ceramic pillars ($5 each from HomeGoods) hold matching twig spheres while the green ribbon and greenery add hints of color.  My four-year-old and I constructed the cardboard garland (made from stockpiled paper towel and toilet paper tubes).  I added a thin strand of metallic icicles to the paper garland for some sparkle.

You'll notice stockings are missing.  I decided to hang them from our stair railing in the foyer.  I had the boys press their handprints onto them after smearing them down with glitter fabric paint.  Voila!  Custom stockings!  Just added some glittery swags of garland to the handrail and a snowflake pillow to the bench.

I went glam on the dining console.  A linen runner topped with shiny glass vases, candles, pearls, capiz and glitter twigs really sparkle against the succulent prints.  (I'm thinking next year I can switch out the prints for something more wintry... like black and white snowflake prints...not in the budget this year.) 

We have a live Christmas tree this year that we got for $25.  It is just the perfect size and shape.  I love it's slim profile and the way it tucks nicely into our front window.  Topped it with white lights and gold, ivory and cream glass ornaments (we only broke 2!: I dropped one and my four-year-old dropped one).  A few snowflakes made their appearance too.  Then I simply spiraled wired ribbon down all sides.  I think it looks peaceful.

I even did my version of a Christmas wreath on the front door and windows.  (Steve says I have a ball fetish... c'mon, you know what I mean.)

So, what do you think?  Winter wonderland-ish enough for you?  How do you decorate for Christmas?

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