Christmas is less than one week away! If you’re like me, you’re busy doing All. The. Things. It can get crazy this time of year with shopping, baking, parties, decorating. You may still be readying your home for the holidays, or maybe you’ve moved on to getting all the gifts wrapped and under the tree. Or, if you’re super-organized, you’ve got it all done and you’re already enjoying this time with the kiddos and the family. Where ever you are in the stages of preparing for the holidays, I hope you will take some time for yourself.
This week I want to share with you some of the things we’ve done here @Home With Sunflower Designs to make our home ready for the holidays, starting with the front door. Nothing welcomes your guests more than a beautiful wreath on your front door. Here’s what’s on our front door this year.
I really wanted to keep it simple this season, so I chose carefully when decorating in order to get the most impact with the items I used. When you step into our front door, the first thing that you see in the foyer is the stairway leading upstairs. This year it is adorned with lighted garland, pine cones, ornaments, and bows.
In keeping with the minimalistic approach, the dining room table is adorned with a simple runner and a centerpiece that is made from a bow and some berries. On the wall is a Christmas wreath (available in my Etsy shop).
On my side board I always have a pitcher and a bowl in the Autumn Leaf pattern. My mother used the Autumn Leaf pattern and having these pieces keeps me grounded in my family. This year they are decorated with an oversized silk poinsettia, greenery, flocked pine cones and LED fairy lights that are battery operated. Bonus: the lights have a built-in timer! Set it and forget it! I always keep a chalkboard as part of this vignette and it gets decorated for each season. There’s something so vintage about a hand-lettered chalk board isn’t there?
The powder room just off our living room needed some light and some pop, so I added a small lantern that is decorated with a simple lantern swag made of greenery, berries and lots of different ribbons to create the bow. The battery-operated “candle” includes a glittery winter scene of various trees in the snow. The candle gives a warm glow to those entering the powder room and helps them see the light switch.
The living room is where we spend a lot of time and it gets a bit more holiday decorating than some other rooms in our home. I like to mix new and old in almost every room in our home. We have two vases on our mantle that are there year-round and decorated for various seasons with seasonal florals. The vases are over 100 years old and I am so proud to be able to have them on display on our mantle. I like to keep them the focal point, so they hold seasonal greenery and glittery berries for the holidays. Add a handful of votive candles, and the mantle is done! Because we have so many fires in the fireplace during the winter, the stockings are hung in the room where the tree is during the holidays.
I like to add whimsical touches to keep things light and balanced with our vintage pieces. The whimsical penguin and Long Tall Santa are just the touches to add a bit of whimsy.
I try to group like items together to give them more of an impact. That’s why this gang of snowmen stand ready to help us welcome in the holiday season. The snowmen have been collected through the years, and the gang is growing! I typically don’t put them all out, but just a select few each year.
Finally….our sunroom. This room is just off of the living room and it’s where we spend a lot of time. The view is beautiful, and the deck can be accessed from the sun room. The sun room is where the Christmas tree goes because the lights are reflected from all the windows and it looks as if we have multiple trees. Our tree is a big one – it’s an artificial pine that belonged to mother-in-law, but is too big for her apartment. My mother-in-law lives with us and it’s my honor to have her help me decorate the tree each Christmas. The tree is 8 feet tall, and this year we have 1,500 lights on the tree. (Apparently we like to be able to land planes with all those lights!!) One trick I’ve learned through the years is to wrap blinking lights around the trunk of the tree. The movement of those lights draws your eye toward the center of the tree and gives the tree depth. This works on both real and artificial trees.
Last weekend I sat with my granddaughter around the tree. I was in my “grown-up chair” and she was in her little rocking chair. She talked with me in her sweet voice about the lights and how much she liked them, and asked questions about some of the ornaments. Such a sweet moment, and such a great memory to last through the coming years. I hope you are able to make these kind of sweet memories this holiday season.
Here’s hoping your holiday season is magical and filled with family, friends, food, and fun. And be sure to make some time for yourself to relax and reflect on all that’s special this time of year. From the Sunflower Designs family to yours, have a joyous holiday season!
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