Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Decor Tip For The Kitchen


Kitchens always get a work-out during the Christmas season.  This space in our homes sees us preparing meals and hosting guests.  As such, it needs to look festive and yet be functional.



Although I'll be waiting awhile longer for an update to our oak cabinets/hunter green countertops and am reluctant to show our kitchen, I do want to give you a tip that I've found makes decorating the kitchen for Christmas easy.


Almost all of the decorative touches I've added are "corralled" in either trays or baskets.
 
 
This allows for easy "pick up and move" capabilities.
 
 
 
This especially applies to the kitchen island where these apothecary jars can be moved whenever the full space is required.
 
 
Some faux snow and a few Christmas picks were added to the glass vessels which sit in a small black wooden tray.
 
 
Some wooden gingerbread men and a plate stack stand at the ready in this woven basket tray.
 
 
 
A matching basket-tray in the far corner holds a Santa ornament, some Christmas greenery along with the necessary jars of tea bags.
 
 
A red Christmas plate against a plain white one makes a backdrop to this display.
 
 
At the far end of the kitchen, a shelf also holds some festive accents. This is a good area to decorate since it is up and out of the way.
 
 
The HOME sign is flanked by a Santa sugar & creamer.
 
 
Christmas greenery with red ornaments sit on each end of the shelf.
 
By placing your decorative items in easily transportable trays and/baskets, you'll have a festive kitchen and save yourself time and stress when it comes to making room on your counters for prepping or serving food during the holidays.
 
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas Sideboard Decorations


Since my sideboard (or buffet) is directly behind my dining table, whenever I create a new tablescape, I usually try to come up with a similar look for both areas.
 


This is how I decorated the sideboard to coordinate with the Christmas tablescape in my previous post.
 
Bottle brush trees were used as placecard holders on the table. 
 
For the sideboard, I placed a bottle brush tree and some faux snow (Epsom salt) inside a Dollar Store hurricane vase. 
 
To add some of the same colours as on the table, I placed a white bird atop a red pillar candleholder.


A white pitcher filled with faux greenery and red berries coordinates with the wreath used in the centerpiece on the table. 
 
Wreath/hurricane centerpiece from tablescape.

Although I used different but coordinated items on the sideboard, it has the same vibe as the table setting and provides a cohesive look for the dining room.
 
In the corner area, I placed a red berry wreath alongside two candle holders and a vase of branches.
 
 
 
The evening look...
 
...sparkles with candelight and the lights in the garland along the back of the display.
  
The larger tree is mirrored behind the smaller bottle brush tree.
  
If you'd like to see more details from the Merry Little Christmas tablescape, click here. 
 
 
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Monday, December 1, 2014

A Merry Little Christmas Tablescape

As someone who tablescapes as a hobby, naturally, I create a few different table settings throughout the holidays.  Unfortunately, I don't always get them posted right away.

Here's a look at a festive Christmas tablescape I created last year that worked well for a special breakfast and a cozy dinner.


 
 
The centerpiece started with this snowflake hurricane shade by Partylite that I've had for years.
 
 
Placed inside a wreath that had red berries, pine cones and snow on it, the hurricane shade becomes the star of the table.
 
 
Glass blocks adorned with snowflakes and red berries were added to both sides of the centerpiece.
The matching votive holders were set on top of the blocks.
 
 
This frosty look runs the length of the table.
 
The place setting
 
I've had these Christmas dishes for years but still love their patterns.
 
 
 
A mug and clear glass goblet are ready for the beverages.
 
White napkins were given a special touch with a red berry napkin ring on top of a plain red one.
 
 
These bottle brush trees in white pots were from the Dollar Store and made great place card holders.
 
The table is set for Christmas morning breakfast...
 
...or an intimate holiday dinner.
 
With the busyness at this time of year, it's wonderful when a tablescape can be multipurpose.
 
Dining by the Christmas tree in the evening adds to the coziness of the meal.
 
Here's some tips on how to create a similar table.
 
Use your favourite Christmas dishes or basic plain white ones will do too.
Do you have your Christmas tablescape planned out yet?
 
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Woodland Christmas Mantel


This year's Christmas mantel is similar to last year's with a couple of additions.

I wanted to give it even more of a woodland vibe.


 
I added a wreath over the round mirror that's always over the mantel.
 
 
A trio of metallic acorns hangs over the mirrored center.
 
 
Four of these bronze coloured reindeer add to the woodland feel.
 
 
 
 
 
None of these lights are in a pre-lit form.  I just wound ordinary strings of mini-lights through the garland and the wreath strategically hiding the wires and cords.
 
 
 
I'm still liking how Mr. Delight attached a curtain rod to the underside of the mantel.
Works great for the stockings!
 
The full view of mantel and fireplace
 
 
 
 
 
The lights make the room so cozy in the evening.
 
 
The woodland feel of the mantel coordinates well with the Christmas tree.
Click here to see more of the tree.
 
 
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