This year, I decided that less is more when it comes to holiday decorating.
(I didn’t fool you if you’ve read my blog for any length of time. I’m about as low-key and less-is-more as Tammy Faye or Dolly Parton…Love you, Dolly.)
There are a lot of lovely blogs out there that do a great job with less-is-more. I’m not one of them. I’m more of a “throw-everything-out-there-and-make-it-work” holiday decorator. I love holiday decorating, especially Christmas. I like to have multiple themes going on in different areas of the house. I like to have more than one (or two, or three, or four) trees.
I also strongly believe in themes for holiday decorating. This year, I’m going to take you on a little holiday decorating tour in our house.
Here were my holiday decorating ground rules for this year:
1. I will not buy any Christmas decorations this year. If I want something new, I will try to make it myself. (Exception: I’m giving myself liberty to purchase $50 of supplies for handmade items. Nothing pre-made.)
2. I will not stress about getting it perfect. I will do what I can and not become a holiday-decorating monster. (Not that I ever would. I would never turn anything fun into an ugly chore.) I’m subscribing to the Nester’s mantra that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.
3. I will rethink how and where everything is placed this year. I will not automatically put things where they were last year. I will flex my creative muscles.
So, on to the first stop on our tour.
Holiday house tour: Seeing red in the dining room
One of my favorite holiday decorating tools is tulle. If you don’t use tulle on your tree, you so crazy. It makes a tree fuller, resembles snow and is something many newlyweds have. (I actually was given tulle from a friend before our wedding.) I use tulle on every tree.
This may be my favorite element. Did you spot my new “art?”
I blatently copied was inspired by a silhouette by Ballard Designs.
This may be my favorite things that I’ve made this year for Christmas. So simple and completely free, everything was on-hand.
So, grand total for this dining room tree and surrounding area was….. $0. I had everything on-hand from past holidays, I just repurposed.
What do you think?
Next up in the holiday home tour… dining room hutches and table decor (next week).