I’ve been promising to share my house decorated for the holidays for a while now, but the darn weather here in Minnesota has just not cooperated. We’ve had days and days of gloomy, grey weather filled with something the meteorologists like to call a ‘wintry mix’ a.k.a. rain, sleet, and snow which is not conducive to getting beautiful photos indoors or out. The sun has finally started to peek out a little here and there, but never at a time when I am home and can take pictures. This is one of those times when having a day job really impacts my ability to also have a blog.
But, enough whining! It sounds like we may get some glimpses of the sun this weekend, so maybe I can get some better photos to share next week and in the meantime, I’ll share the handful of photos that I have deemed to be ‘blog worthy’.
This year I went with red and green in the kitchen. I added some vintage jars full of ornaments to the shelf above my microwave.
I couldn’t resist this darling vintage Christmas card when I saw it while visiting the antique shops in North St Paul a couple of weeks ago. Isn’t it sweet? I just love the “Mr.” and “Mrs.” lanterns. I propped it up in an old green ‘frog’ next to the jars.
Santa is hanging out under this glass dome.
I found a square boxwood wreath at Home Goods last week and thought it would be perfect on the pantry door. I “kitchenified” (my own made up word) it by adding old silverware.
I just tied the silverware in place using clear fishing line.
I added words (using Cricut vinyl) to some vintage red gingham trays recently (if you are local and want one of your own, I brought them to both Reclaiming Beautiful and Eye Candy ReFind and they are $12 each). I love the way mine looks just leaning on the back splash on my kitchen counter.
On Wednesday you saw the seasonal message I added to the chalkboard chair that hangs on the wall in the kitchen. It also makes the perfect spot to hang my vintage Santa dish towel.
Let’s move on from the kitchen into the Q Branch. In this room I’ve focused on pinks and aquas, with a little pale green thrown in. You already know that my silver tree is in this room.
I added a festive touch to each of the mini dressers that sit on the credenza. The little felt wreath ornaments came from Target and were the perfect size to hang on the dressers.
I am totally in love with the look of old toy trucks loaded with Christmas trees, how about you? I had trouble finding a tree that was just the right size for my truck though. I ended up with this one that was only $3 at Target. The scale of it is a bit too large, but that kind of makes you feel like they did need a dump truck just to haul it, right?
This year I hung my ornament wreath on the chalkboard door behind my desk.
Just outside the Q Branch sits my Kitchen Scale buffet. After admiring a wreath made with faux cotton boles on D.D.’s Cottage & Design, I spotted this faux garland of evergreen and cotton at Home Goods and I had to have it.
I draped it over my Kitchen Scale buffet.
And I added battery operated lights and a few white ornaments.
Since I don’t have a fireplace, the stockings were hung with care (in hopes that St. Nicholas soon will be there) on the buffet.
Last week Reclaiming Beautiful hosted a little get together for all of their vendors. While there I met Joni who made these stocking out of old quilts. Aren’t they gorgeous? There were still quite a few left after I purchased mine ($14 each) so if you are local and in need of adorable stockings, you should head to Stillwater.
I’m hoping that Santa fills mine up with something good this year!
By the time I got to the living room I was nearly out of steam and out of decorations! You’ve seen my row of tree toppers in the window …
And I put a wire tree full of aqua and silver ornaments on the radiator ledge. I love the mid-century modern feel of this tree and I placed my ceramic white deer next to it to play that up a little bit more.
Well, that’s all you get for today. I hoped you enjoyed taking a peek at some of my holiday decorations.
Hopefully I’ll be back next week with a few more. Stay tuned.