The halls were decked just in time to host the second annual Friendsmas last weekend (blogpost forthcoming). While most people spend the days leading up to a party planning menus, shopping for supplies, and cleaning, I, instead, spent all my time on the Christmas decos. Priorities.
Once again, I was highly influenced by my pink living room. Though I feel the need to remind everyone that until very recently I was not a "pink girl." It's more likely that my unbridled usage has more to do with the irreverent nature of boldly embracing a color with such strong gender and personality connotations - one that could even potentially be characterized as polarizing. This is how I'm justifying it to myself, at least. Finding a 7ft hot pink Christmas tree at Goodwill really solidified the vision. Ladies and Gentlemen meet Fir Elton John.
I love that after six years of married cohabiting this is our first full-sized Christmas tree. I'm not thrilled about the placement. The bay window is where he belongs, alas, I'm once again thwarted by having two sofas in the same room. I really contemplated trying to lug one upstairs, but eventually succumbed to reason. It is only a short season after all. To fill the void in the bay window I compiled and strung all of the festive materials in my possession. It's a little nod to last year's garland with the addition of some decorations from previous holiday installations at work. Luke says it looks like a mess. I say it's whimsical.
Here's the mantel all done up. I just added in a few thrifted items to update it from its everyday look. And I'm obsessed with those glass boots! They're actually old Avon men's cologne bottles which I think is so hilariously weird. The gold trees have been making Christmas decor appearances for a few years and the extra large glam ornaments, a more recent acquisition, I'm sure will too.
Even the entry got a modest update to accommodate some holiday cheer. Honestly, the cardboard frame I made for around the mirror fell a long time ago; and it took me this long to remove the ugly dorm room mirror and do something new with the space. It's all part of this super fun game I play, completely dictated by whim, wherein I decide I simply must change/update/move ____________, but the catch is I can't spend money. Wait, let's be real, it has little to do with spending money and everything to do with not wanting to leave the house. So I root around looking for items to move from their current location to a new and better location. It's very fun!
Ready for some more secrets? When I took these photos of my dining room it was just after Friendsmas and everything was still set up. Because I didn't get any good pictures of the refreshments at the party I'm not embarrassed to admit (though maybe I should be) I made a faux punch comprised of water and juice. I even made another ice ring the night before to drop in the punch bowl... I sort of feel like these should be black and white with the word "re-enactment" at the bottom. And, yes, yes, that is a beautiful brass ice bucket I'm very pleased with.
I kept the decor simple in the dining room and focused the color palate on silver and gold and pops of orange. Some dollar store garland, bowls of silver ornaments, and a lot of candles were all it took. Oh yeah, and that white wreathe I made a few years ago from cardboard, strips of lace and white muslin - another on a whim project.
So there it is - Christmas decor 2014 edition!