Sunday, December 18, 2016

Fur, Feathers, and Pearls For Our 2016 Christmas Tree

You may not know this about me, but I'm quite Scroogey about the holidays.  It's not that I don't enjoy the decorating, it's just that I dread taking it all down, packing it away, and finding a place to store it all until next year.  I felt especially lazy this season.  I decided not to decorate the mantels or any other space in the house.  The tree and a fresh wreath on the front door were my holiday concession.

We found a beautiful tree.  I convinced myself that it was so shapely that all it needed was some lights and a draped pearl garland.  My ulterior motive of course was that the less I put on the tree the less I had to remove.  Well, I thought it looked lovely in a minimalistic way.  Unfortunately, anyone who stopped by asked me when I was going to finish decorating the tree.  My sister even offered to help me decorate it! 

 I caved and added some feather wreaths, a section of fur fabric as a tree skirt, and a few ornaments.  The other difference is that I normally photograph our tree in daylight.   I decided to give it a try at night.  I like the shadows and contrasts that the darkness creates.

Our tree with fur, feathers, and pearls.

Tree reflected in my mirror on the stairway.

View of the other side of the tree.

Faux fur tree skirt from my fabric stash.

The jester moves when you pull the cord.  Love bubble lights.

Mini Feather Wreath

Pearl Garland

This was our first try with bubble lights.

Gold Tear Drop Ornament

I want to wish each and every one of you a wonderful holiday season.

To see last year's tree, go here.

Last Year's Tree

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Let's Decorate Our Chairs for the Holidays

I like to have a centerpiece on my holiday table, but once the food is served it has to be removed.  I thought it would be more practical to just decorate the seating instead.   If you're in, here are some ideas to get you started.















I'm sure this next one is from a wedding, but I do love my pearls.


So, are you in?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Holiday Display Ideas-----Holiday Market Round Two

Yes, two sales in November.  I wanted to share how I pulled it off for round two.

Deer head vases and some greenery fit perfectly into these huge cloches on a metal base.
I could also see them filled with an assortment of shiny ornaments, greenery, or both.

Cloche close up.  I layered an ornament over a frame and filled a glass container with ornaments.
They are reflected in a vintage etched mirror.

Deer close up number two. 
 More ornaments fill a vintage silver plate tray and a felted bunny hops out of a trophy.

Who says you have to put candles in mercury glass candlesticks?  These spiky gold spheres look much better to me.  Next to the candlesticks is a vintage scale, filled with what else but ornaments and antlers.

A section from a table base can be part of the holiday decor.  Just add a ribbon and a sparkly gold floral mirror.  I could see this as part of a mantel holiday display or on a front door.  You could substitute a wreath for the mirror.

Layer ornaments over a star mirror.

I recently purchased this canvas-lined french market basket and used it to display the dancing glitter deer. 

A huge roll of corrugated cardboard is one of my tree bases.  I draped a vintage fur wrap around the base, placed a peacock wreath horizontally onto it, and dropped the "trunk" of my faux tree into the hole in the center of the cardboard roll.   

I was able to hang some ornaments from the wreath too.

If you follow this blog you know that I'm always layering empty frames.  These chippy chunky frames give sneaky peeks of a vintage floral oil.   Suspended inside one of the frames is a glitter laurel wreath.  I used a small crown ornament as a tree topper and a french book as a riser for my tassel ornaments.

Why not paint a barrel green and upholster the top to make it a seat with storage inside.  When I was setting the space,  I needed another base for my second tree.  I took off the leopard cushion and dropped the tree into the bucket.  This is my menagerie tree.  The felted animal "trophies" are tucked into the branches.  The tree on the dresser in the background is an inverted tomato cage covered in grapevines and painted white.

A Victorian wall pocket can hold ornaments and magnolia branches during the holidays.

Are you gearing up for Christmas or still working on Thanksgiving?

If you live in the Washington DC area make sure to stop by the Co-Op.
Details on our Facebook page here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Holiday Kick Start

Yes, I'm still eating Halloween candy and it's not Thanksgiving yet, BUT we're having our Holiday Open House at Buckeystown Design Co-Op,  Here's a sneaky peek of my holiday decor and accessories.  To see it all go to our FB page here.

Here's to a wonderful holiday season for all.