Monday, December 7, 2009

This Christmas - Home Decor

Down went the Halloween decorations and up goes the Holiday Décor! After years of collecting small items based around my limited storage space, I have started to expand the line in this last year as my closet area grows – Exhibit A is the feather tree set bought last season from Target. I stationed them on our media center with a gorgeous reindeer from HomeGoods, a glittery green candle and a few matching ornaments. The base of this display is the IKEA sheepskin rug from the guest bedroom.

Our stocking holder set of 4 was on sale at Target for $20. We could have gotten just two for $10, but we figured we would buy a full set now so we have them when needed in the near future (I’m thinking of our soon-to-be-adopted cats, of course – what were you thinking??). The “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” wall decal was a World Market purchase last year and I love that they are re-usable. They don’t seem to be losing any of their stickiness either. Embarrassing factoid: if you zoom in on this picture you can see I'm listening to Holly on XM and it is playing a Backstreet Boys song.

The candle in this hurricane is actually too short for the holder so I employed a younghouselove trick and first threw in an upside down juice glass. The candle sits on top of the glass and the surrounding garland hides it from view. My Plan B for this candle display was filling the hurricane with mini candy canes around the candle but I was worried about how sticky things could get!

The “vase” I’m using to hold all of the ornaments to the right is not a vase at all. It is actually the plastic case that was around my large green candle. I kept it taped together and filled it up. Just don’t lift it up as the bottom is non-existent! I got a canister of silver snowflakes from Target the other year and hung up a few with the included fishing line. I think whoever decorated these pulled the ole “loosen the lid on the salt shaker” trick with a jar of glitter. It is caked on and likes to rub off on everything! By the way, is this a record for how many times one can use the word Target in a post?

I used more of the silver snowflakes to surround a blue and white candle in this hurricane. Make sure to have your holiday CDs and movies close at hand. How awesome was this find: $15 for a 3-pack of Elf, Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story! I allow myself to buy one Christmas CD each year (this year it is going to be A Charlie Brown Christmas). A few favorites:
- Harry for the Holidays, Harry Connick Jr.
- Christmas Songs, Diana Krall
- One More Drifter in the Snow, Aimee Mann

I could listen to Christmas music all day long (and I do), but for every 10 versions of Silver Bells, there are a few gems they like to sprinkle in that I can’t get enough of. Have you heard of “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” or “The Twelve Pains of Christmas”? Love those!


  1. I want to come to your house and enjoy your decorations and watch Christmas movies all day! I can't believe the deal you got on those 3 favorites! I guess I will settle for seeing you in NYC tomorrow, though... :)

  2. i like "Santa Lost a Ho". check it out!