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.