So I’ve had my house decorated for almost a month and I’m just getting to these posts now. I’m one of those crazies that had their decor up in early November. My philosophy is that if I’m going to do all that work – I’m going to enjoy it for as long as I can! This year I did try to keep my decor simple (ha).
Here’s the thing; I really don’t go by any major rules or guidelines when I decorate – I just start putting things up and adjusting, adding, or taking away until I am satisfied with it. As such I don’t have any major design how-to’s or tricks for you. IF I was going to pass on any advice at all, it would be this: Do what you love. You have to live in your home, you have look at your tree every day, so decorate in a style that suits you and your family. Remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder! By all means use what others have done as inspiration (hellooo Pinterest!!!!) but never sacrifice your own amazing originality or personal style to be a copy of someone else.
Now that i have that off my chest (I feel 50lbs lighter y’all), I will share a few things I’ve done around my house this year.
We have a console table in our front hall that is one of the first things people see when they walk in the house. Last year I found these darling little village houses at the dollar store and sprayed them white. I. Spray. Paint. Everything. It’s an illness, it really is. Instead of the usual village display I selected a few houses and displayed them on cake pedestals and candle holders. Weird I know, but I wanted something different and I needed some space left on table – it’s right inside our door and handy to plunk keys and mail on while we’re taking our shoes off. Don’t be afraid to edit – just because you may or may not have about twelve little village houses doesn’t mean they all have to be displayed every year.*cough*
Our stairway is visible from our front door so I usually have it decked out for Christmas. Instead of the usual stockings hanging on the mantle I opted to hang them up the stairs. I found cheap wooden initials at Michaels* and spray painted them silver (told you!). I used inexpensive ribbon to tie the letters to the stockings and the stockings to the hand rail – so easy and so cheap! Oh, and those stockings, those are from the dollar store! The front of the banister has this amazing galvanized metal ornament I found for about $3 at Michaels*. They also had the laser cut word plaques that I hot glued to the front of it.
Let’s just take a moment to talk about this marquee sign. Again, I found it at Michaels*. I had my eye on it for quite some time but it was a bit out of my price range. This past week it was majorly on sale AND I had an additional coupon. Couple that with a chance encounter with the devil on my shoulder, er, I mean a friend that I bumped into at the store (who strongly encouraged the purchase) and this beauty came home with me. I hung it with the same ribbon that I used on the banister to bring it all together.
Stay tuned in the next coming days for more Christmas decor 🙂
*This is in no way a sponsored post – I am the nosy sort that loves to know where people get things from and I just assume you are too 🙂