As I mentioned last week, I’m doing a series of posts around decorating projects I worked on this year. Today I bring the décor in my mom’s house. She has boxes and boxes of décor in many different colors, so we went into the attic, selected a few bins in gold, silver, cream and red and went to work. We tried to go with more of the natural and rustic colors this year. I’m sure my color palette influenced this as it’s been the focus of my house this year too. My sis, mom, niece and I each took on different little projects and they look really good when combined together.
The first pics are a menagerie of trees on her buffet. I call it the golden tree farm. She had several different groupings of trees along with some gold faux presents she had from a previous year. We also hung some gold snowflakes in the background with fishing wire. Sorry, these are all cell phone pics. Quality is less than good!
Into the living room, we put some light up branches (they have battery powered lights on them) in a glass vase with some silver, gold and crème mini ornaments. On the other side, we reused her birdcage and filled it with similar colored full size ornaments. Then in middle we wrapped her canvas print, but instead of the usual ribbon around it, we tweaked it by hot gluing some of the leftover gold snowflakes so that it would look like printed wrapping paper, but with the larger size of the snowflakes, the scale looked great. And then we added a ribbon used in the past.
As you can see the “J” in her JOY stocking holders suffered a terrible fate and is now in the trash as a lowercase “u”. 😦 We all spent about 10 minutes trying to come up with other funny words with the remaining letters – Looney and Lonely were contenders, but for now it says “Noel Yo” – very holiday-esque, don’t you think?!
You’ll also see what we call the Charlie Brown tree. My niece was a super helper on this project, putting the balls in the perfect places. We filled the bottom bucket with pinecones and then the cut tree trunks with tea lights adds to the natural palette. (You will see one of the pics has tons of large red balls, ONE of the decorators (not naming any names) added those huge things and we took them off after she went to bed! ha!)
Finally, we hit the foyer. There is a really cool print in the front, but it doesn’t look Christmas-y at all, so we used more of the gold paper taped on the glass, then decided to add a homegrown tree on top. To keep with the natural theme and using what we had on hand, we used the cardboard insert from the last of the gold wrapping paper to fashion the braches. (You know how they don’t use hard rolls anymore, its just a rolled piece of cardstock?!)
We squished it flat, cut it in half and then cut strips out of it. Because it was in the rolled shape the pieces automatically curled themselves into the perfect branch shapes. Then starting at the bottom, we just glued strips on row after row until we were satisfied with the size and shape. Easy and inexpensive way to cover a big piece of art that is detracting from your holiday style. And to gussy up below it – silver and gold bells and pinecones filled the bowl.
It took us 3 hours to do all of these decorations start to finish – not too bad considering many of them involved more than taking something out of a box and putting it on a mantel.
Decorating with my mom and sister is definitely one of the things I miss most about moving out of the house and becoming my own adult. We had a blast – making inside jokes and laughing at each other. It really reminded me of times where we went all out with multiple trees and garlands adorning all the entryways during the holidays in my teenage years!