Last year we had gotten finished with whitewashing and sealing the floors in the old main house, just in time for Christmas. It was a time of dust and all-around mess, but the Christmas tree was up and glowing by the 24th!
This year the mess is more or less contained and I’ve been adding Christmas-y touches throughout the main living areas. There’s SO much one could do, but I’ve decided to take it slow and add to my arsenal of Christmas stuff year by year. It would be fun to just go crazy, but you need two things. One, a decent budget. Two, lots of energy. Both of which I’m lacking these days LOL
But nevertheless, this year I added this amazing hanging wreath from IKEA. I’m smitten by it and it fits so beautifully into our big room with the tall cathedral ceilings and exposed beams. I added a bunch of faux pine around the wreath and hung some warm toned ornaments and straw stars I inherited from my mom. Instead of using twine or ribbon, I ripped some white and red striped fabric into strips, which gives the whole contraption some beautiful texture.
For whatever reason, I felt like going with a slightly more traditional color scheme. In addition to the natural overall I added bits of red. It’s cute and all, but to be honest, I’m not quite sure if I really love it. I think next year I will commit to a black and white theme, in addition to the usual natural touches.
The dried orange slices look especially cute this year. I’ve added them to all my wreaths on the outside and wrapped a few here and there around block candles and ceramic candle holders. It gives any color scheme such a calm and organic touch.
And by the way, we both are still SO in love with the DIY floating credenza we made from IKEA kitchen upper cabinets! It’s such a great place to add seasonal touches and make this big room more interesting.
By the way, the fireside lounge has been up for some months now and the room looks like this:
Oooh, and have you seen my new shelves in the kitchen!!?? It’s the newest improvement in the house. They replaced the beautiful painting and I’m utterly smitten by the new look of the kitchen. They make your eye go up and you kinda forget to look at any small cluttery messes that might be happening on the marble countertops.. LOL
And then of course the Christmas tree. My faux flocked baby. I was so giddy to put this darling up after a year of being wrapped up in big black garbage bags and stored away in the basement. What a horrible surprise it was when I opened one of the bags and this big, ugly, completely dried up rat (or mouse?) appeared!! It had made a nest inside my lovely tree, peed all over the branches (and faux snow) and then decided to grace my tree one last time by dying right then and there. Oh well, I guess it’s an honor to have your Christmas tree be the chosen graveyard or some critter…
Long story short, the tree is up and is looking quite darling in its little corner.
I’m still working on the living room. I’m not happy with the WHITE cotton rug (it’s a mess already!) or the coffee table, but for some reason it’s extra tough to nail down some options. We just hung a TV (yipeeee, after over a year of watching movies on Adrian’s laptop we finally have a real screen again!!) and I have a feeling that now I will be able to pull things together rather quickly. Including FINALLY adding some art to those two frames behind the Christmas tree….. LOL