Even though I do this for a living, I think it’s easy to become overwhelmed with design ideas on how to Holiday Up your house….I follow so many amazing blogs with such talented & creative decorators/DIY-ers, the inspiration is endless. Between my blog pals and Pinterest, it could be noon before I’m even dressed. Don’t ever tell anyone that.
At my house, I did want to change it up a bit this year, (you can see all the things I was inspired by here), but I wanted to use what I had, and not spend a fortune on new pretty.
Here’s some of the merry going on around here:
Mantle – Freshly cut boughs all decorated; I opted for candlesticks this year, instead of winding lights through. The ‘JOY’ is just wooden letters wrapped in tin foil (shiny side down), and lightly blotted with black craft paint.
Dining room table – I glued 3 10” mirror rounds from the dollar store to a 1×4, with small round bubble vases in between. I wrapped white feather boas around the wood base, and added candles, boughs, and some sparkle. Can you see the clear glittery snowflakes on each candle?
Coffee table – A thrift store cake stand with boughs & candles. Of course, all the boughs used everywhere are flocked….which you can’t see in the pics, so there’s a trust element here. Just flock your boughs.
A bit more decking of the halls was bows & ornaments on door frames, and ornaments and glittery snowflakes hung from ribbons in the windows (just tie the ribbon to the curtain rod). I love how it all turned out – I love that most of it was simple and either used what I had, or came from the dollar store (really!), and the Mister & I had fun putting it all together. I was feeling so festive, so joyous, all ‘tis the season-ish. And then right in the middle of all that happy, anticipating all the pretty that would be….GAH!
This is our kitchen ceiling….well, lack of kitchen ceiling. A leak from the upstairs shower caused a rainstorm in the kitchen.
S.O. Excellent. But between working, shopping, visiting, wrapping, and all the general celebrating, this particular
huge gaping hole imperfection is NOT going to get dealt with right away. And that’s what got me thinking about creating some holiday spirit in your home, and what it really means…..it isn’t about perfect, or perfectly styled …it’s about embracing the moments, laughing, and creating memories.
As busy & crazy as this season can become, make an effort to slow down & enjoy the moments….the ones that matter. We’ll have our family & friends over during the holidays, and we will enjoy the time we have with them immeasurably – and the house won’t look ‘perfect’, and that’s totally OKAY.
As the Grinch surmised, “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store…..Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!” Maybe it’s even more than just drinking & overeating too, though those truly are plusses to the season.
So enjoy what’s perfect, and laugh about what isn’t.
Let your heart be light.
Go get inspired at these parties: StilettosInTheMud;
Southern Hospitality; HomeStoriesAtoZ; DIYbyDesign; My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia; Hooked On Houses Holiday party; TenJune; Addicted2Decorating; RomanticHome; ChicOnAShoestring; HouseOfHepworths; DelightfulOrder; TatertotsandJello;