Or you could just come in the front door if you prefer. or feel less sooty. but it’s totally up to you. maybe soot is your jam.
Either way, you will be greeted (or screamed at – because dude, we have a whiteish rug and soot is not easy to remove)…by our indoor Christmas decorations. Yup, they are up and they feel like they are everywhere. Let’s begin wiht the foyer.
I scored a little table at a yard sale and we stuck it in the foyer as sortof a greeting display table…the size is perfect, so it’s probably gonna stay – but for now, I draped it with an old tree skirt (my mom gave it to me ages ago and it reminds me of Christmas’s of yore).
This little table is the perfect spot for my paperwhites. I had Jer build me the box – and I used one of those silver dishes that frozen lasagna comes in to contain the water.
On the table I put our reindeer display…it’s more of a counting exercise for Will because he has no idea what Christmas is or who Santa is or why we have crazy stuff up all over…so we practice counting to eight. I figure if he doesn’t learn nine and ten, no harm….I mean, cheerleaders never need those numbers, why should he, right?!
Don’t get your panties in a twist…I was a cheerleader in college.
The little bulbs are peeking through…we’ll see if I can keep them alive. To disguise the tray I used some rocks I picked up outside and some silver and gold ornaments and berry picks.
On the sides, I just put random decorations that I had nowhere else to put 🙂 I like decorating using that method sometimes…
Beyond the foyer table is our stairway. I really wanted to make this area special because it would have our mini tree and our stockings.
The mini tree has our sentimental ‘memory’ ornaments. A bunch of you asked where these went – here they are. All the tiny ornaments I had as a child…our homemade breakable ornaments…our wedding ornament and Will’s yearly photo ornament…they are all there mixed in with vintage red bulbs and strands of red beads and red berries.
Next door…err…next table is a relatively easy display – a nutcracker (bought at Goodwill for a buck and a half way back in June), three candles with berries, three cylindrical vases filled with red ornaments, a little pine foliage, and a couple books.
I was able to utilize this little wall area for our christmas card holder….I might keep it up year round…I like seeing the photos that much. It’s really filled out now…I’m kinda in love.
Next to our mini tree is the stairway. I REALLY wanted to put our stockings on the stairs because we don’t have a mantle and this way Will can’t reach the bags or pull a fireplace screen on top of himself.
I also got to reuse our Christmas wreath from years past. This glimmering fancy pants use to grace our front door – but I needed two wreaths this year – so this lonesome gal made her way inside.
I did add a few more balls though. Can’t have too many of those 🙂
In the living room, we added very few decorations besides the tree…
I brought in my old round white mirror – because I love vain little Vixen looking at her reflection next to a big bowl of ornaments.
And our fireplace screen got a facelift for the holidays with a strand of garland and some metal snowflakes. I also gave our metal fireplace giraffes some ornament bling and I balanced out the hearth with a mini tree (base tied up with a blue bandana and some green ribbon – to tie into our big tree!).
Of course, my mini trees found a home in here too…
And I got crazy with the coffee filters…my mom helped cut these out…and yes, the shadows are crazy in these photos (I should have turned off the overhead spotlight) but in real life, it’s subtle and fun.
The other side was a home for more silver and white decor…ornaments, some simple wooden nutcrackers sprayed in white, a sparkly star and a Goodwill tree…
But the silver stuff takes second fiddle to the tree…all lit up and stuffed below with Christmas presents. Oh and for a little snowy effect even here in Hotlanta, I added a few snowflakes in the windows.
Moving right around the house…
to the back door….
it got Christmasfied.
It totally is a monochromatic display…
And the other side still is sporting Will’s coin jar (which is worth it’s weight in gold…or pennies…because he loves sitting there QUIETLY and putting the little coins in the hole) and a brass nutcracker candle holder with a vase full of fake white poinsettias.
And you can’t forget the crowning glory – our gold berry wreath hung over the mirrors with care.
Next to the dresser I also included a strand of my rustic pine cone garland.
Moving right along to the dining room – our last stop in this tour of christmas decor….
the buffet gets the main sprucing….heehee…get it, because of the trees…
A vase full of acorns (leftover from our Thanksgiving celebration) got blinged out…
And I threw my old twine ball ornament on a plate….
And last but certainly not least is the table centerpiece – our old fall decor got the addition of cinnamon scented pinecones (that might not look holidayish but SMELL like Santa).
Booyah – indoor decor…DONE!
Up next – outdoor decorations…Bring it!