Thursday, December 17, 2009

christmas decorations: part deux

PREFACE: zero dollars were spent in the making of this post and its contents. you heard me. i spent $0, zip, nada this year on christmas decor. score!

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so i just couldn't feel complete without doing a little tour of the rest of the main floor. because after i finished decorating this weekend i kept singing 'whoa, oh, ohhhhh, its MAGIC!!' and dancing around on my tip toes with excitement.

let's start with the teaser i gave you in my christmas tree post: the kitchen table display. a touch of pretty plumage plus some jewel toned ornaments and aged-silver stars. ahhhh.

the feathers + ornaments i've had several years now and the tray i repurposed into a christmas item. well c'mon, with its shiny mirrored bottom the festiveness is built right in!

call it my love for accessories and bold earrings but i've always had a fondness for doing double-duty ornaments on french doors.

on the foyer closet knobs: birds of a different feather, flocking together

and on the kitty-corner office knobs, these guys came ready to party. grass green, lime green and apple green square sequins. and totally snagged 'em on clearance a few years ago. either hobby lobby or memory fails me.

swinging around to the right of the front door, stands a completely different kind of christmas tree. i ran into this fellow while going for a walk through our neighborhood, which butts up against a bit of wooded wildland.

kevin thought i was crazy hauling this skinny but cumbersome twig back up to our house, but i'd already fallen for its sexy striations. and plucking it from the gorge meant no swipe of the ole plastic.

add a few gilded twine balls and we've got a party. nntss nntss! oooh oooh!

but where oh where is that smattering of disco ball sparkle coming from, splayed across the french foyer doors? here's a better shot, sans feather ornaments:

why from this quintet of silver trees! the two taller ones i snagged off a cluttered shelf at tj maxx, and the more blingy three of the set were a day-after-Christmas target snag. just check out the gleam off that chair! major swoon.

thanks to the lovely front window, pretty well every nearby wall gets touched with some of that tree lovin'. have i been known to kick up my heels and dance around the dining room, showered in sparkles? maybe.

you can see the star trek-esque effect close up here....check those light beams shooting out across la table!

on the back console table i've got just a random gathering of silver items dug from our christmas decor boxes. some silver tinsel back from the days we were gathering decos for our wedding, and silver candles my mom in law gave me a few years ago from pottery barn. and the vases were about $4 each, marked down at pier one. their angular yet circular shapes had me at hello.

as for stockings....yes i finally got stockings!

you see i've been stalking [he he ho ho!] some from west elm for quite a while now....

....that are currently on sale for those who may be similarly stoked about them....and i was pretty happy to find these diamond-white ones in canada that i think have a comparable look and i actually love the crisp white in my overall scheme.

i just wasn't loving the expected placement of stockings on the fireplace so instead i opted to dress up this little bit o' banister. it was feeling a little lonely prior to picking up the fab four.

i stuffed 'em w/ a bit of newspaper that was on hand [used to pack away delicate ornaments] and they instantly gained some life. feeling sorry for us, with our newspaper packed stockings? well we haven't been THAT bad....we just don't like to pilfer away our cash on lots of itty-bitty things when we've got bigger fish to fry these days.

and how did i get those oversized socks strung up there? well in my random bin of collected Christmas goodies i had a piece of tulle that i'd previously used in a few different ways. i first tried using mostly-invisible twist ties wrapped around the top of each baluster. to no avail....they were larger than i'd thought.

so i started snip-snip-snipping that tulle and next thing i knew, a little ballerina tuft held up each stocking and there was enough remnant to split four ways and subtly pretty up the tops.

last but not least. the living room. i didn't go too nuts here, since i didn't think competing with the tv would be a good idea. instead i placed some glistening branches and beaded ivory balls and called it good. oh, and i threw in a few more of those peacock feathers just to tie everything together.

and a little bit of fool's gold tossed in....

amidst some other sparkle & shine, and....

it's a wonderful thing.

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