I just LOVE having my home decked out for the holiday season! I didn’t realize that I had decorated so many corners of the house that there was no way this was all going to fit into one post. So, this is part 2! If you missed Part 1, you will want to click on that link and visit that page too!
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The Front Porch
The porch is decked out with red ornaments this year. A pair of trees flank the front door with LOTS of white lights and red ornaments.
I used a pair of plain craft store wreaths that I attached back to back to make my wreath appear fuller. I then added shatterproof ornaments to the wreath, larger ones at the top and then using smaller ones as I moved down the wreath to the smallest ones on the bottom of the wreath. One other trick I use is to add different faux evergreen picks to my wreaths. That makes the plain wreath become much more lush and full.
The Living Room
This is where the action is this year! In the past I tucked my Christmas tree into a corner of the family room. This year I decided on the living room and the rest of the room got the Christmas treatment too!
This year I decorated the tree with white glittery snowflakes in a variety of sizes, silver accents and crystal balls. Bold red poinsettias and a generous helping of buffalo snow added to the wintry look.
When you enter my home there is not a formal foyer, instead you see the living room to the right and the formal dining room to the left. With the Christmas tree just to your right, when you look past it you see our piano. As you can see, the piano got decked out for the holidays too! Since it plays itself, I thought I could get by with a big bold decoration on one corner that doesn’t block any of the keys.
After putting up and decorating that fabulous tree, the piano looked a little bland and empty. I used a VERY large silver bowl and just went to town! I had no idea it was going to get this large, but it does balance the tree. I used faux evergreen branches, a garland and artificial poinsettias like I used on the tree. I wanted to add some of the extra large snowflakes like I have on the tree, but alas, Michael’s was all sold out. Then, wandering through Hobby Lobby I found these extra large metal snowflakes!
Don’t overlook the mistletoe! A perfect place for a sweet holiday kiss! I picked up three faux mistletoe picks from the Target Dollar Spot and tied them with a red velvet bow.
This spot will be perfect for taking holiday of photos of my granddaughters when they arrive! I love how the piano bench spot is framed by the arrangement on the piano and the tree! I think this room will look a little sad after the Christmas season when all of the decor comes down!
The Dining Room
We will be a small group gathering for Christmas dinner this year, so we will be able to enjoy the dining room! I set this table for a dinner party earlier in December, enjoying the early setting sun by illuminating the dining room with candlelight!
I knew I wanted to use the pair of Chinese vases on my dining table filled with real fresh cedar. I brought the cedar from Ohio. I have never really found a good source for fresh greens here in Florida.
I know they look black in this photo, but these are actually navy blue 18 inch tapers. They look so elegant in crystal candleholders.
I styled this table with this ruffled throw I picked up at Ikea years ago. I love using it this time of year, it looks like snow! An oval mirror is the base for my centerpiece of candlesticks. Faux snow makes it ever so pretty!
Keeping with my blue theme, my plate stack began with blue Spruzzo chargers from Z Gallerie. Dinner plates are Caskata Newport Racing Stripe pattern, while the salad plates are Caskata Newport Garden Gate pattern.
Why not start with dessert? Each place setting is topped with a champagne coupe filled with blue sprinkles and a few snowflake and star cookies.
My Granddaughter’s Bedroom
Down the hall is where you get to peek into the guest room where my granddaughters stay. The room usually carries through the coastal decor that is in the rest of my home, but I have added some red for Christmas.
The oar that stands in the corner got a little Christmas treatment with some evergreen boughs and a red velvet bow!
The pair of twin beds received red quilts and red and white striped pillow covers along with some small Christmas accent pillows!
Each bed is topped with a weathered white charger enhanced with a Santa mug for delicious hot cocoa, a candy cane, a tiny gift in a red and white package and a little faux cupcake! I will replace the cupcakes with some homemade Christmas cookies for their arrival!
Even the nautical themed lamp between the beds got dressed up for the holidays with an artificial wreath trimmed with a red velvet bow.
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Simple additions like these basic craft store wreaths with red velvet bows on all of the interior doors just add to the holiday spirit!