I’ve been looking forward to decorating this house for Christmas since I first started looking at floorplans. It has been such a delight to decorate my beautiful new house. Of course all that square footage instantly swallowed my measly 6 boxes of decorations, so I had to procure more. I still haven’t found what I want for the urns on the front porch either, but even so, this place is gorgeous. I get little thrills every morning when I go down and see how awesome my new house looks bedecked.
As promised, here is the breakdown on where I got the new Christmas things. I ended up including a number of things from previous seasons.
The most notable addition is the 9ft Fraser Fir Christmas Tree with “real feel technology”. Oh, yes. We laughed loud and long at the phrase “real feel technology” as is right. Personally, I also rolled my eyes very loud and long at the Jackie Chan movie everyone was watching as I decorated.
We’ve gotten some of our favorite ornaments from Mt. Vernon. Including the gingerbread Mt. Vernon,
and George Washington’s famous fan chair (push the pedal and it swings the fan over your head).
The Kennedy Center also has great ornaments. We got this ballerina after a Nutcracker performance.
Flufferella thinks this musical ribbon (from Costco several seasons back) is obscene. There was much giggling and pointing.
The rest of the new ornaments for the substantially larger new tree were purchased at HomeGoods.
The stairway garlands are a combination of Martha Stewart 9fters with lights, pinecones, berries and twigs, and our garlands from previous years. I mistakenly put one strand of 50 LED lights on the end which has got to go. I’m all in favor of LED’s, but they need to make them look less like warehouse lighting before I fully switch over. I also added poinsettias from Michaels to the garlands.
Almost everything on the mantel is new this year except for the Pottery Barn silver candlesticks and the Asian Poppy candles from World Market which continue to smell amazing lo these many years. Finding the silver polish to clean up the candlesticks taught me that this house is not as neatly organized as I thought. I still need to systematize the storage room. BORING!!
The garland is a rustic pinecone and twig number from Michaels which I underlit with 50 white twinkle lights.
If you buy only one flameless candle this year, buy these three! I am crazy about these puppies. They are real wax so they look and smell like real wax. They flicker like candleflame so they look like candle flame. And they are frigging’ remote controlled, baby! I bought two sets, and I’m just trying to figure out how to justify buying a bunch more. When Christmas is over and I start taking down the decorations (roughly May), maybe I’ll pop these bad boys into fat lanterns on top of my kitchen cabinets and remote-control light them up at night. Hot. And yet, not hot, because they’re flameless, battery-lit and completely safe.
I finally replaced the three deer stocking hooks we had with enough for our whole family. These monogramed picture frame holders from PB were a little on the expensive side, but they can be updated to work year after year. While we’re on the topic, can I just tell you how happy I am that this year’s Christmas color is not pink nor aqua nor burgundy nor lime nor any color other than intense cherry red?! One of my favorite colors of all time. I’m so happy to be finding it in every store.
I also replaced the craptacularly cartoonish stockings of yesteryear with fauxmade fairisle numbers from Pottery Barn Kids. I have always wanted to visit the tiny, desolate island of Fairisle in Scotland. I would love to go to Scotland period, but Fairisle just seems like the coolest out-of-the-way place that is super famous for this unique style of knit, but also a ghost island where nobody wants to live anymore. Of course I’ve already over-romanticized and -nostalgized it, so it would almost certainly disappoint me. And that, folks, is how you bum people out about Christmas stockings.
I also got this fun Kringle couple and these placemat/napkin rings on the kids table from PB Kids a few years back.
After really loving the rustic-fine look in the dining room at Thanksgiving, I decided to keep it going through Chritsmas. So we have poinsettia runner and lantern from HomeGoods.
And chargers, burlap potted trees (ubiquitous burlap!), and 20ft of slim pinecone garland on the chandeliers from Michaels. I tried thicker garlands on the chandeliers, but they looked heavy, shaggy, and um, barbaric. These are much more elegant.
I added all the poinsettias to the trees, the table and the inside of the lantern.
For the record, the velvet under this amazing resin nativity from Merrifield Garden Center (the BEST place to look for Christmas decorations, hands-down!) is navy blue, not black as it appears in this picture. I need to get a royal, Marian blue one to work better in the blue living room.
Merrifield Garden Center is also where I got Flufferella’s sparse “decorator’s” tree which is as pink and fabulous as ever. I let her decorate it entirely herself this year. Best year ever.
I let her buy an ornament every year for her collection. This year she chose this tacky peacock from World Market. WM also has a bunch of rustic, woodland ornaments this season if you’re not satisfied with the selection at Target and Michaels.
Fluffernutter did such a great job on her own tree, that I let her decorate my bedroom tree entirely by herself as well. I knew someday I’d be glad to have children. I think watching all those design shows with me has made a positive inpact on her. Thanks, television.
I also wanted to note that a) these plates (Michaels) of candles (IKEA) and poinsettia napkin rings (Z Gallerie) did not end up here. Please don’t assume I actually thought this looked good or anything. I was just assembling them there. Z Gallerie doesn’t have these silver poinsettia napkin rings this year, but they do have some completely stunning gold and white poinsettia napkin rings and ornaments right now if you’re keen to jump on the gold bandwagon. As I am.
To the many dozens of people the pictures of whose trees I have liked on facebook over the past two weeks, thank you for sharing. I love seeing what yuletide cheer looks like at your house.