Do you remember a few posts back I said I hadn’t used Red as my Christmas color in forever. Actually so long I don’t remember using red at all in the main part of the house. Well I followed through with it and went with the red. I’m so excited to share with you what I came up with by searching my Christmas bins. As you all know I’m all about reusing what I have….and the only purchase I made for the dining room was the red and black buffalo check blanket for $3 and the matching bow $6 for the wreath.
I spent one day gathering up all my Christmas pillows, and throws to see what I had that worked together. From there I searched my closet for scarves to use as the table runner and the kitchen drawers for dishtowels that contained the color red to use under the dinnerware. Did you notice my dinnerware doesn’t have a Christmas theme print? I just picked what I had in red and white and made it work.
Next I went out into the yard and gave the boxwood shrubs a trim and gathered wild rosehips from our field to fill the glass spice jars I’m using for each place setting. I do have to say anything can look Christmassy with a gingham ribbon tied around it. I used a lot of red and white, and black and white checked ribbon this year to decorate with.
You know how I said I was tired of the red and white in my home? Well after decorating for Christmas using it, it made me long for it again, I sorta missed the red decor. It used to be the only colors you could find in the store to decorate with were red, green, and white but after looking around Hobby Lobby that’s not the case anymore. You can find any color you’re looking for these days and it doesn’t have to be colors that are trending either. It looks like anything goes for Christmas colors these days.
I think my favorite things I’m using throughout the house this year are the pinecones, deer antlers, buffalo check, and a few sparkly silver and gold things to give it all a little glam. My house tends to look like a hunting lodge if I don’t add a little glitter to the mix. I also did something I haven’t done since before my son was born……I broke down and purchased an artificial tree this year. If you remember past posts we always cut down a 25ft tree (our ceiling height is around 30ft) but the past two years the boys just weren’t into it and my hubby could care or less whether we have a tree or not so I made it easy on myself.
I bought a pre-lit, pre-flocked 8ft. tree. I adore a real tree but I really wanted to simplify the whole process so I gave in to a faux. I seem to be the only one around to decorate and undecorate it anymore anyway so why not make it easy? It’s a whole different thing when I had young kids in the house, but now everyone is grown and the fun of decorating a tree just isn’t there. My oldest works full time and goes to school full time plus is a fireman and EMT. He barely has time to sleep, so decorating a tree isn’t top on his to-do-list. And our youngest no longer lives in the home.
I’ll give the faux tree a go this year and see how it all turns out. If it’s not for me I can always go back to getting a real one next year, but I feel like the ease of it all is looking like a good decision. I especially like the part of it being pre-lit. No more untangling those strands of lights and trying to find that one bulb that’s keeping the whole strand from coming on.
I’ll be crawling out on the roof this week to get the wreaths up on the windows. I’ve been checking the weather forecast for a warmer day with little wind before I do this project and it looks like Wednesday is the day. So wish me luck!
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