christmas 2018.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

*knock knock knock* Is this thing on? Sorry for the radio silence, friends. When things get busy, the blog goes silent, and for that, I truly apologize. 😊 

But I'm BACK today, sharing our Christmas living spaces. I have a few more detail things to share, which I hope to get to asap, but for today, here's our tree, mantel, and Christmas kitchen!

I mostly use the same white, silver and rustic ornaments on our living room tree year after year, but I like to throw in a new element that switches up the look a bit. This year, it was a buffalo check ribbon. I cut 18" pieces, pinched them in the middle, stuck the pinched part into the tree, and then tucked the tails around to make it look like the ribbon was weaving in and out.

Similar 10' Tree (this one is slim like mine, pre-lit, and SUCH a good price!) // Polar Express Train // Similar tree skirt (although I wish I had this one with the cutie pom poms) // Blanket

I LOVE our mantel this year. I saw these bottle brush trees in someone's IG stories and had to run out to Hobby Lobby to get a bunch for myself! They were $1-$4 each and I'm obsessed with them. I knew I had these colorful garlands and was hoping that the colors of these trees would work with them and whadya know, THEY DID!

The trough on the mantel usually lives on the kitchen island, but I love it so much here that I think I need another one for the island.

We actually use our fireplace a good bit, so moving the stockings to the bookshelves, while untraditional, made a lot of sense for us. That way we don't have to take them down every time we turn on the fire. Plus I like that they jazz up the shelves.

Stockings (ours are the Medium size)

I think this year's tablescape is the most simple I've ever done. I usually have a myriad collection of things in the middle of the table, but I found this table runner at Target (they have the BEST runners because they have extra long/wide options which, shocker, actually FIT on a normal sized table), which was really all the decoration it needed. I've had these brass candlesticks for years (best score at an estate sale, everrr), and just slipped them into these votive-sized candle wreaths and called it done.

Hanging wreaths on all the things in the kitchen gives me life. I hung 3 on S2's door, one on the vent hood, and one on each window. That's 7 wreaths in the kitchen. 🤣  But I won't apologize because the whole reason I wanted these windows in the kitchen was to hang wreaths on them

Wreaths and ribbons from Walmart (don't pay more than $5/wreath or you're getting ripped off)

I never get around to doing all the things I want to do at the holidays, and I'm starting to learn to be okay with that. I really wanted to put lights on the front porch columns this year but I don't think that's going to happen. NEXT year, though. NEXT year is going to be extra. Have I told y'all we're planning to finish the basement? Eeeeek! (Well, at least part of it, which the budget will dictate.) That means an extra tree or two, and extra spaces to decorate. EXTRA EVERYTHING. 🎄

Have a great week, you guys!

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