Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas tree, mantel and other Christmas cheer

I wanted to make my  Christmas decor as simple as possible this year. Finding new ways to repurpose what I already have, and adding a bit of creativity with something new is my favorite way to decorate, especially these days. Even though I'm rather late sharing my decor this year, I'm still enjoying putting together a few little vignettes around the house since it puts me in the Christmas spirit and simple and homespun suits my style. 

I wanted to add a bit of Christmas to my kitchen counter, so I added this cardinal tray I found at Joann's and a tin I found while thrifting. I love bird scenes for Christmas, so I was glad I found this pretty tray rimmed in red. I came across the little tin, love the winter swing scene,  and knew it would go well with my tray, then I added my little Christmas bears that I've had for years. 

The reverse side of the tin shows some sweet Christmas birds. 

I added a bowl and vase I already had on hand, and some fresh and faux greenery and pinecones to the vase to complete my little Christmas scene. 
I had planned on creating two posts for Christmas, but I realized I was running out of time, not unusual for me this time of year,  so I combined everything into one post. 

I wanted to do something a bit different on our front door this year. I decided on a snowflake theme so I could leave our wreath out all winter, so I added some glitter snowflakes I made along with some made out of fabric to a twig wreath. I really like the spiral pattern of the twigs, and I knew we wouldn't have any other decor outside, so this wreath filled in the door nicely. I added some pine cones and silver bells for an accent. 

Moving back inside to the dining area, not the best pic of the plates on the wall, but I wanted to show my little Currier and Ives plate that was a thrifting find. 

I have limited wall space here, so this  simply designed plate with its lovely winter scene works well in the dining area. 

I kept my wall basket up in the corner of the dining area and added some red and green picks along with some Christmas ribbon. 

I decided the  Merry Christmas ribbon was enough without adding a bow. 

The singing angel doll is a gift I received many years ago from my Sis in law and I always bring it out this time of year. 

Not the best quality pics on the west side of the living room, but I enjoyed coming up with something using my Dollar tree polar bears from last year. The tool box was already on the table with the jars so I just added some berries and pine cones for some Christmas color. I had some snowflake ribbon from Target and added it to my box, which led me to buy some wooden snowflakes and paint one white to add to the snowflake theme. 

The polar bear globe is also a dollar tree find. I've always loved the old fashioned look of spools with lace, so I found these at a craft store on clearance and added some lace I already had for a vintage look.  

The white snowflakes make a pretty contrast with the green toolbox. 

 I added this plate with a scene from The Old Curiosity Shop, mainly because I love green and wanted a vintage looking  plate displayed in my small antique chest, so this one worked nicely. My little tole painted Noel caroler is one of my favorites that I've had many years. I have many things that are inexpensive, but there is beauty in these simple things and I enjoy finding creative ways to display them.

A few pine cones, greenery and glitter add some sparkle to this winter scene.

I love the soft look of white for my Christmas mantel with the vibrancy of red and a snowflake ribbon for my wreath.  A mix of old with a little bit of new for a sweet angelic scene. 

We have had these tree for many years, so this will be our last year and I'll be adding a tabletop tree for next Christmas. I love the look of smaller trees all decorated on your tabletop with presents all around, such a pretty look. I aged this photo a bit since it is so hard to get good pics in this dark corner. 

A little whimsy is always fun with these vintage wooden ornaments. 

We all know Christmas can be a very difficult time for some, so I like to keep my holiday posts light and share the joy of the season. I hope the season brings you joy as well, Merry Christmas!


  1. What a coincidence! I bought that same tray this year because our new home is on Cardinal Lane. I also decorated a tree with cardinals. Then friend of mine told me the thought that a seeing a cardinal symbolizes a visit from a loved one in Heaven. (My Mom passed away almost two years ago.) Perhaps that story will mean something to you as well. Merry Christmas.

  2. How very lovely!!! So festive! Merry Christmas!!

  3. I like the display with the cardinal tray and tin. My kitchen is decorated year round with cardinals and they are at our backyard feeders all year long too.
    The touches of lace you have around have inspired me to be creative this way as well.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday, and Merry Christmas!

  4. Very nice:) From your intro I expected something super minimalistic, but this is lovely. Thank you for linking up at the Make it Monday Party! Join us next week for one last party in 2014.

  5. Lovely decorations...Merry Christmas!

  6. I do like the homespun simplicity of your Christmas decor. The cardinal plate is my favorite. You do not have to be fancy to share the joy of the season. Merry Christmas.

  7. I love bird scenes, too and lots of pine cones. Guess I like the "nature" look during the holidays. I really like your holiday decor -- very festive. Merry Christmas.

  8. I am a bird lover so of course I love those, and those blue plates are like the ones that I have from my grandmother! :)

    We are certainly on the same page here! :) Merry Christmas to you :)

  9. I love all of your little touches, Diane. Your tray with the cardinals is really pretty. Where did you get the "Merry Christmas" ribbon ~ I can't ever find anything like that? I'm with you ~ sweet and simple is better. Merry Christmas!

  10. You've put together so many pretty vignettes, your creativity really shines! The green Royal dishes have been a favorite since childhood,so pretty to display this time of year. Love the winter door wreath~~~

  11. I enjoyed your pretty Christmas home tour, Diane. Your home is so festive and cozy! I also love bird scenes during the holidays, especially watching the chubby little Oregon Juncos frolic outside in the snow. So cute! Happy holidays!

  12. I love decorating with natural elements for Christmas, mixed in with just a sparkle of shine, and your berries and pine cones accentuate your decor with such sweet charm. Snowflakes are also a favourite of mine, as well as snowmen and santas, and I can't resist the more subtle motifs, for their softness and quiet presence.

    Hope your Christmas was cozy and joyful.


  13. Your tree is lovely! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!


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