Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas 2012

I've been pretty busy lately; painting my living room and other personal stuff.  I decorated for Christmas over the past Thanksgiving weekend and here are the results.

I have so many people to thank for letting me steal their ideas inspiring me:  Amy Chalmers at Maison Decor for her wall paint color suggestion, Life Is a Party for the inspiration for the coffee table greenery arrangement, Rosemary at Villa Barnes for the beautiful sewing drawer in which I made the arrangement, many sites for the roses made from book pages (they really are easy and are so effective), One Girl In Pink for inspiring my "Joyeux Noel" sign, Shelley at Sow and Dipity for the Mason jar luminaries (these are simple and incredibly beautiful), Marian at Miss Mustard Seed for the glittery pine cone reminder, and my mom, for choosing such beautiful furniture and crystal and silver...it made the perfect backdrop.  There are so many others ... I am always so amazed at the talent out there in blogland...I hope to come close to that some day.

I don't know that I had a "theme" ... I guess it would be silver and white (original, huh?)  I tried to have elements (the book flowers, the natural pieces, the lumiaries) flow from area to area for some attempt at cohesion.

My tree is pink.  I wanted a pink tree, dammit.  Most of the ornaments are vintage Shiny Brites that I either had or collected over the past year via eBay auctions.

Some notes:

95% of the things I already owned.  The other 4% came from the Dollar Store (for reals), and the remaining 1% was from Michaels or Home Depot.  All the silver and crystal and things belonged to my mother. The "tree skirt" is a $14.99 silver lame tablecloth from TJMaxx.

I also lucked out on the greenery; because of the big storm here a few weeks ago, a neighbor lost an enormous evergreen.  He was kind enough to let me have as many cuttings as I wanted.  This saved me beaucoup bucks.

Things I learned:


  • White and grey spray paint can turn a hideously cheap looking wreath into something pretty nice.  
  • That spray "snow" is straight from the inner rings of Hell.  I did much better with Ivory Satin and Winter Gray spray paint and some spray glitter
  • Decorating will always take longer than you thought it would.  Always.
  • There's a certain bittersweet feeling about doing all of this when you know you'll be alone at Christmas.


Standard Disclaimer:  my photos always stink.


Living Room








Coffee Table





End Tables



Bar Area





Piano




Dining Room






Tea Table





I am linking to:

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Newbie w/a Twist Party @ Debbiedoo's 
Mod Mix Monday @ Mod Vintage Life 
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Table Top Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House 
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Countdown To Christmas @ Dixie n Dottie
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence
A Homespun Christmas/Vignettes and Mantels Party @  Savvy Southern Style
Fall Into Fall @ DIY by Design
Show Off Your Christmas Tree @ DIY Showoff




26 comments :

  1. Wow--your home is so gorgeous with its winter finery in place--I love all the silver pieces, and I am so in love with your coffee table with the transfer on it! Beautiful all--I still have the dining room covered in boxes that I have to go through to get going!

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    1. Athena:

      Thank you so much for your lovely compliments and for stopping by!

      Pamela

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  2. I love the Christmas Wreath in front of the mirror. Your decorations are gorgeous! I'm following now :)

    Melanie @ keepitsimpleandfun.blogspot.com

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    1. Melanie:

      Thank you so much...I'm glad you came to visit!

      Pamela

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  3. Very very beautiful!! I love your home!!
    Jenn

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      You are so kind...thank you so much!

      Pamela

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  4. Very nice job! You've created some very pretty settings! Your tree looks beautiful! I love that tea table arrangement- it's the best!
    Beautiful dining table arrangement! Great job! Looks like you are ready for the holidays!

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    1. Liz:

      Thank you so much for your kind words..and thanks for stopping by :)

      Pamela

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  5. Oh my goodness, everything is so pretty. I love it all. You have done so much, boy am I behind. I need to get my act in gear. I love it all, but the dining table centerpiece really caught my eye. Stunning. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Marty:

      Thank you so much for the party and for stopping by with kind comments :)

      Pamela

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  6. So beautiful! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)
    http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/2012_11_27_archive.html

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  7. Dixie n Dottie:

    Thank you for stopping by and for the kind invitation. I'd be happy to participate! :)

    Pamela

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  8. Beautiful, beautiful! I love the pinecones and bird nests. My decorating is going SO slow it's making me crazy.

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    1. Laura:

      I understand that feeling...I thought I'd never finish!

      Thanks so much for the kind words :)

      Pamela

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  9. Stunning! Everything is so beautiful, love all the whites and silvers...Christine

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      Thank you so much...and thank you for stopping by!

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  10. How beautiful. Everything is just stunning.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Shelia:

      Thank you so much..and thanks for stopping by :)

      Pamela

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  11. http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  12. Are you kidding me...your photos are great. I clicked on them to view them bigger. You really do have some wonderful pieces to work with and you did them justice. So many pretty vignettes.
    I love your humor and am now following along on your blog. (and maybe one day you will drop the word verification that I had to try 3 times to get it right lol)

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    1. Lori:

      Thank you so much for your kind words.

      I didn't even know I could eliminate the word verification...lol I will work on that.

      Thanks for stopping by

      xoxox

      Pamela

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  13. I love your silver, white and evergreens. It all looks beautiful even if it was a time suck. You have a great eye and stylist touch. It looks ready for a magazine shoot to me.

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    1. Michele:

      What a nice thing to say...thank you so much.

      I appreciate you stopping by.

      xoxo

      Pamela

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