Christmas...my FAVORITE time of year! Our house is getting REALLY close to being done...I mean I can almost SMELL it! So this year I had a lot more fun with the Christmas trimmings than I did last year, when I was still overwhelmed with projects and figuring out what looked good where.
My inspiration this year came from these wrapped packages...black and white. I've never liked black before and now I'm obsessed with black French stripes and half-painted walls in black and white. (That might be a little teaser for a reveal coming up after the New Year).
So, I went out and bought a bunch of black satin ribbon. That's pretty much it. I also ordered brass bells off of eBay. Let me tell you, these bells have the most beautiful, delicate, angle-like ring to them. I wish I could jingle them for you right now.
I made my wreaths. They were so easy, I didn't even have to use a wreath frame or thick wire to hold the circle. I just used a thin floral wire to fasten one branch to the next. I love the imperfection!
Yes...I still use florals in the winter. But I do add some wool and fur textures to warm things up.
Do you like my new sofa?? Over the summer I fell in love with a Pottery Barn sofa. It was more than we usually pay for furniture (since I always buy at flea markets), so I thought about it a lot before I brought it up to the husband. Since all our furniture was old, I thought he would be all about something COMFORTABLE...and not falling apart. Well, when I asked him he replied, "I kind of like that everything in our house is old." WHAT GUY SAYS THAT!?! Of course I love him for saying it, but the thing is my style is headed back in the "modern" direction and he's still catching up to my primitive, shabby look.
So being the generous guy he is, he says "yes", but I still couldn't just go spend so much on a sofa. But then I found this one, on Joss and Main. It's the same look, but half the price and best of all, it's a slipcover! That is of course appealing to a mother of 3 little ones. So Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas to me!
I really wanted some black French striped stockings, so I made some...LAST NIGHT!
I know...they desperately need to be ironed! But my iron is up in the attic right now because the husband is working on my laundry room (YAY!). How did I make them? Drop cloth, a sewing machine, duck tape and a black Sharpie.
Oh, how I love these bells. Can you tell??
These are my favorites out of all my vintage ornaments. I felt like they'd be overlooked on the tree so I put them in my...big antique jar of some sort...so I can see them. If you know what these jars are called please let me know! I have only ever found ONE (on eBay), and they called it a conditioner jar from a drug store. These are real thick glass and 2 of the 3 have the lids.
I painted the iron legs on my table so that they would pop since the floor is dark.
My salt glazed crock...one of my favorite finds! I don't even know what makes it so beautiful.
I did not deck the kitchen halls with much since it's already so busy. I've been feeling my kitchen is a bit cluttered. It wasn't 6 months ago. But my style has changed so much lately and I've been going towards this "minimalist" look. My poor, poor husband.
Thanks for letting me share and Merry Christmas, everyone!