Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Christmas Cheer Using What’s On Hand…

It seems I start decorating for Christmas earlier and earlier these days. I always have a house full of relatives for Thanksgiving, and I like having it out of the way before it gets busy around here. Its also cozy having our turkey dinner by the tree.

I try to use what’s on hand, so I don’t go out and blow money on decorations for two months out of the year. I’ve accumulated quite a lot of holiday stuff over the years though. A lot of it I made or repurposed.

My artificial tree in the living room was one that I bought for my Urban Farmhouse suite last year. I got it for $40 while out thrifting! Its full, classic and stands over 10 feet tall.

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I wanted to do something really relaxed and whimsical for the mantel this year. I had a large vintage frame that I used as a chalkboard at Urban Farmhouse over the years. I originally planned to use the chalkboard and write a cute saying on it in white chalk, but then I kept thinking about the subway art that’s so in right now.

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I found this great Free Printable Christmas Subway Art that I thought would be perfect for the frame. You can get it here.

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Some of the other things I had on hand were vintage decorations that I just used in a new way this year.

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For the formal living and sitting room, I wanted to keep it a little more sophisticated…again, just adding touches with things I had on hand.

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The tree in our front room was another great find on Craigslist. It was still sealed in the box and was originally purchased for a model home that sold before the holidays. I think I’ll try one of those no-sew ruffle tree skirts I keep seeing on Pinterest….the one in the picture is too dinky for this tree.

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I always like extending the d├ęcor into other rooms in the house in small doses as well, including the bedroom.

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Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!!!

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