Use what you have Christmas decorating is my motto of the year. My living room got some quick, simple and easy decorations that do not take up a lot of space but add a wow factor all the same. Am I repeating myself when I say that I am loving it? Come see what I came up with this year.
I have a rather small house, with limited space in my living / dining room. By US standards my home is downright tiny, but for me, living here mostly alone, it feels luxurious and grand. But I had to admit that the big real Christmas trees I put up the first two Christmases here gave me a bit of a cramped feeling. Especially when I had company over, these tree branches were always in the way. So this year I opted for the mini version. Still the same traditional feeling, but with a heck of a lot less space being taken up.
A big oriental vase with branches gave me the opportunity to still use some Christmas ornaments. And my star light (from Ikea many years ago) adds just the right amount of light. This little corner has a bit of an oriental theme going and I really like it. I think I might add more Turkish and Maroccan accents to my decorating even after Christmas.
My faux Christmas wreath used to be my go-to outdoor wreath. I used it many times on my front door and even as part of a centerpiece (find my outdoor Christmas decorations from the past in my Christmas gallery). In fact those little stars where from the Christmas when I went rustic and natural. I never took them off. I still like them so they could stay another year. The deer head was last years new addition. I simply stuck it in the wreath and gave him his own Christmas charms.
The wreath is hanging over a little side table. I am missing a mantel dearly at this time of the year. Decorating my mantel for Christmas was my favorite part. I’ll just have to do with a little tabletop decorating and dream of mantel decorations somewhere in my future..
Faux snow, a deer and a car, small bottle brush Christmas trees and little ornaments come together in these two winter scenes I made in my glass lanterns. The square candlestick makes up the threesome on my table. A white Christmas is hardly ever happening over here in the low lands. Christmas weather is traditionally more grey, wet and gloomy. But inside I can create my winter white Christmas scene just as I like it. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…..
I really do understand why this time of year is used to celebrate light. We have so little of it at this part of the Northern hemisphere. If it wasn’t for all the Christmas lights everywhere one would sink into a deep, dark winter depression. Instead I have a smile on my face while cycling through the dark to and from work, because little lights are lightening up my mood everywhere. My town really tries to create the perfect atmosphere by hanging lights from every light post, across the streets and in the trees. Makes me happy every time I see them.
Inside I can’t have a enough lights either.
In my childhood we always had a giant paper Christmas star lamp hanging in a doorframe. It was a DIY project from one of my big sisters. We nurtured it, repaired it and created a special spot for it in the attic so it would survive another year. We made it last for at least 20 years. Christmas wasn’t Christmas until I hung that star lamp in its designated spot. When we moved my father and all of his belongings out of that house the Christmas star lamp was sent to its final destination. I still miss it. But this Ikea paper star lamp has been with me for several Christmases already. I guess I have found a replacement. Let’s see if I can make this one last 20 years too….
On my window sill, I have a little old project making a comeback too. Remember these wooden houses? They where the stars in my star filled Christmas mantel. I used them once more this year and then I think I will part with them forever. You have to let go of some Christmas decorations, don’t you….
I have set myself a target of the number of Christmas crates I can use when putting everything away again. I do not want my garage be taken over by Christmas boxes. So with every new addition, something has to go. I haven’t let go of many things these last years, so I guess I am due a good clean out. Do you set rules for yourself on how many Christmas decorations you can have?
So tell me, do you agree that these are simple, quick and easy Christmas decorations? I love them. Hope you are loving them too.
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