Normally I get most of my holiday decorations up on the Friday after Thanksgiving. I’ve never been a Black Friday shopper, instead I like to spend that day putting up the tree and adding other holiday touches around the house.
But this year I was traveling home from Italy on Black Friday. Speaking of which, one thing that really surprised me on our trip was how many Black Friday sale signs we saw! Especially in Ravenna where we spent a little time on their pedestrian shopping street. I had to take a quick photo of this window display because it was so fab. I love the clock and the peg board on the wall. You can’t see them in the photo, but there was a stack of vintage books on the floor too.
In hindsight, now I wish I’d taken a photo of one of the Black Friday sale advertisements. Many of them were painted right onto the windows of the shops. But I wasn’t thinking ahead on that one.
Anyway, celebrating Thanksgiving on the 4th Thursday in November may be an American thing, but apparently celebrating Black Friday on the day after is universal.
So, after a bit of a travel related delay, I finally found the time to do some holiday decorating last Sunday and this year I decided to change it up a little and decorate our master bedroom.
I’ve never done much decorating in here in the past, but I’ve always thought it would be nice to have some twinkling lights and a small tree in the room.
The red and white knit stockings garland is from Michael’s. It was on sale for only $6. I just purchased one for our headboard, but my sister bought three of them and will use them on her tree.
The cable knit throw pillow is from Target. The furry white throw probably was too, but I’ve had that for several years now.
I tied together small bunches of dried boxwood from my local Bachman’s, added some pretty silver ornaments that I purchased in Germany a few years ago and then hung them above my old photos on either side of the bed.
Over on the other side of the bed (ie. my side) I placed a stack of my favorite holiday decor magazines, a cup of coffee and a lavender topiary in the shape of a Christmas tree that I also purchased at Bachman’s. I haven’t quite found the time to enjoy coffee and those magazines in bed yet, but I am determined to do that before the holidays are over.
My co-worker Jodie gave me the cute galvanized pot that the topiary is in, I just doctored it up a little with a Prima Marketing transfer from their French Pots IV set.
I added lots more holiday touches on the other side of the room too.
The little tree in the bucket is faux and I just purchased it a Target. It was the perfect size for the old bucket. I wrapped it with one small strand of battery operated lights which was just enough to give it some sparkle.
I also added a small strand of the same lights to the cotton bole swag that I draped over my old window.
I also purchased these cute little wooden houses at Bachman’s, one of them this year and two of them from last year. They have little lights inside, but I’m finding that the light in the newest is one so much brighter than the other two. Too bright in fact, so I don’t even turn it on.
My friend/co-worker/picker Sue gave me the calendar for my birthday last year. It’s not really meant to be a Christmas decoration, but I like using it that way.
I purchased the paper tree from my friend Lori Miller at the Holly Jolly Market just before I left on my trip. Isn’t it unique and fabulous? Lori always manages to find the coolest things.
I’ve had this adorable little linen ‘woolens’ bag for years and I think I very well may have purchased it at Lori’s old shop, The Round Barn (it’s no longer in business).
I’d never really figured out a great spot for displaying it in the past though. Turns out that it’s perfect hanging here on my cupboard in the bedroom. Who knew?
The girls are not especially dressed up for the holidays, they pretty much wear their fancy jewelry all year long.
I did add a dried boxwood wreath hanging from a vintage hanger behind them.
It was fun snazzing up the bedroom with some holiday decor. I think this just might become a regular thing from now on.
Speaking of things that become a tradition, tomorrow I’m heading over to my sister’s house for our annual Christmas baking. I’ve pretty much perfected my ball rolling skills now, so this year’s baking should be a breeze 😉
I hope you have some fun holiday season plans for this weekend too!