Finally uploaded some photos from around the house. Now you'll be able to see what's been occupying my time!!!
I shared the photo above in the previous post. Decided to do my buffet in silver & white this year.
Put the small bottle brush trees inside some of my silver pieces and I think it shows them off well??
It's hard to photograph but at night the whole effect is very pretty (and sparkly!)
It's also the first year I've used tinsel in quite a while and I have to say, I'm liking it!
For some reason, I decided to only decorate the right side of the mantel ~ figure that one out??!!!
Maybe because I wanted to leave the tray in place??
Whatever the reason, that decision made everything else pretty simple. I just looped a bead garland from the bird stocking holders:
Two holders on each end and one in the center:
The artichoke and magnolia garland was added next with some battery operated lights.
I LOVE this garland. Was fortunate to find it half price after Christmas several years ago.
I bought the only two left!
The final step was to add a few fancy ornaments & ribbon, also hung from the stocking holders or those command hooks:
Below: A photo at night:
Next to the kitchen sink I have some juniper sprigs along with my Santa chocolate mold:
These photos are not very good but I think you can still tell I love vintage(y) things!
The focal point of the dining table is once again (like last year) the reindeer sleigh.
I centered the sleigh on a large silver platter then started filling it with greenery, balls & an old Santa tree topper:
Last year I only had greenery & the decorative balls inside.
This year I kept adding to it with berry picks, etc. and I like the effect much better.
Above: a side view.
Next to the table, the sideboard has greenery, two ceramic birds, fresh granny smith apples & my Amaryllis pot:
The covered silver dish on the left is an early Christmas present from my Mom. Love it!!! Thank you Mom!
Below: White bottle brush tree on sofa table.
The coffee table features what I call my "plate" tree (12 plates altogether, a plate to represent each subject in the 'Twelve Days of Christmas' song:)
Alongside the plate tree, my favorite new candle ~ Traviata's 'Foresta Alpina.'
It has just the right evergreen scent without being overpowering.
In my bedroom, I placed the flocked tree with glitter twig nests, champagne colored Amaryllis & white Magnolia picks.
I put this tree on a timer (and now I don't know why all my trees aren't on timers!!) I love going to bed by the light of the tree and not having to get up again to turn them off!
There's also a gorgeous poinsettia in salmony/pink color:
I'm not usually a poinsettia person, but this color won me over!
Above: another view of the crystal snowflakes hanging from the great room ceiling. I thought they deserved a second look since I took life in hand climbing to the top of a ladder to hang them!!!
Outside: patio lantern with greens & shiny red ornaments.
I don't have any "big" trees up this year which is another first for me. I find that I'm okay with that considering the year we've had. There seems to be plenty of holiday "cheer" around so that we don't miss them!!
Now I think I better stop ~ you're probably all on overload with the decorating photos!? After you catch your breath, I'll think about adding more!!!!!! and yes, I'm embarrassed to say, there IS more!