I love looking at holiday decor. Store window fronts, festive vignettes, home tours—I enjoy seeing them all. And I would be remiss if I left out the king of inspiration, Pinterest. Wow. There are some really creative minds out there.
Sometimes I think to myself, what could I possibly have to offer that hasn’t already been shared? People are probably tired of looking at Christmas trees and mantles weighed down with boughs of garland and pretty, glittery bulbs.
If you are of this mind, please forgive me and just overlook this post. However, if you are like me and you could seriously gaze at Christmas decorations until the cows come home, well then, here’s one more room for you.
This is my version of “decking the halls” where the budget is small and the children are many. In other words, welcome to my cheap and kid-friendly holiday living room.
This is the second year that I have purchased a real wreath for my front door. I loved it so much last year that I purchased two this year, one for the front door and one for the inside of my back door which is in my kitchen.
Home Depot runs a special on Black Friday for $5 wreaths and garlands. As I already said, last year I bought one wreath but this year I branched out (pun intended) and bought two wreaths and one garland. I love having the real greenery. Sure, there may be some needles, but I don’t find them overly messy.
The wreaths both came with velvet bows that were somewhat crushed from being packed in the warehouse and were looking a tad pathetic. So I whipped together a burlap and lace bow from my stash and replaced the old bow with this beauty. I love the combination of the two ribbons.
In an effort to not waste and also to just have fun, I stuck the bow on the front of our minivan. (Recycling can be awesome.) The girls were quick to notice the bright flutterings as the walked by the van in our driveway. Who knew that decorating your car to this small degree would bring such smiles?! They loved it.
(Recycling the pathetic wreath bow was perfect for the car, a place where the wind would only continue to destroy it.)
But enough about bows, let’s go into our home, shall we?
Welcome to my cozy, little living room decked out in rustic Christmas decor.
I love it. I am a traditional girl at heart and love to embrace the red and green. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good flocked tree with lots of Christmas whites and metallics. They are beautiful and some day I may try a different color scheme, but for now—for this year—the true colors of the season are what speak to me
Who knows what I may try next year? (And yes, I feel like I say that every year.)
My pinecone wreath is still going strong. This was a Smith and Hawken (from Target) after-Christmas clearance from three years ago. I love being able to display it throughout both the fall and winter seasons. Last year I tried hanging it in our hallway. Bad idea. The poor thing got knocked down so many times that it’s a wonder it’s still in one piece.
The crystals that lightly frost the entire wreath are probably my favorite detail. So pretty.
Another set of items that get moved around quite a bit are my huge lanterns, also from Target and also a tremendous clearance find. My candles are purely decorational. I pull them out every year. Is it odd that I never burn them?
Perhaps I take my mentality of reusing everything too far. I don’t know.
Here’s a full shot of our little music corner with our eleven dollar artificial tree that we’ve now used for twelve seasons. That’s less than a dollar a year now….not too shabby.
Even Charlie Brown can’t beat that price.
My tree is a mix of different ornaments. Some fragile ornaments like these that I bought during Target’s after-Christmas sale (at 90% off) for eighty cents.
I bought this for Nate on his second Christmas. It didn’t have a year, so who’s really gonna know that I didn’t give it to him for his “1st Christmas” other than me? And now you….who?
Nobody. It was a year late, the price was right and the ornament adorable, so I bought it. Nobody’ll know, I promise. One year off is no big deal.
How about nine years late? I also fell in love with this ornament for “Our first Christms”—which obviously it wasn’t. Again there was no year printed on it and I just loved the little guy with his miniture bottle brush tree.
I clearly don’t follow any rules when it comes to ornaments.
And if I can’t find ornaments that fit my need, I make them. Here’s Zip’s annoucement ornament from 2008. I’ve made one for each of my children, marking the day that we found out about each new little family member on-the-way.
I have six on my tree now, one for Bunny, Fuzz, Zip, Pop, Van and our sweet little Angel baby.
Ornaments like these make me smile as well. Aren’t kids creations simply the best ones on a tree? I think that my kids would tend to agree with the that statement.
I’m still in love with wrapping with paper grocery bags and shopping bags. The thickness of the paper can’t even begin to compare with what you typically find on a roll and I rather fond of not spending money on something that my kids (and Hubs and myself too!) are simple going to rip to shreds come Christmas morning.
As evidenced in the photo below, I have quite an assortment of printed bags recycled into wrapping paper under my tree. Pottery Barn Kids, Gap, Baby Gap, Trader Joes and Whole Foods Market just to name a few.
(I’ve even started using the paper grocery bags as our “stockings” . We brought four handmade stockings from Pennsylvania when we moved here and I just never got around to making more for our growing family. The bags are working just fine for now.)
There you have it. My traditional and rustically-eclectic holiday living room. I reuse as many elements as I can from year to year. To be honest, there’s something heart-warming and nostalgic pulling out some of those worn, dusty pieces every year—even our old tree. Bunny was really bent on using it for one more year.
I was rather fond of seeing it one more time as well. (Initially I wanted to try a real fir tree this year. But not getting one kept our holiday decor cost down to a bare minimum.)
Here’s my cost breakdown.
How about you? Are your halls all decked? Do you decorate with traditional colors or have you dabbled with a different colors this year? Ever buy specific occasion ornaments years later?Have one well-worn nostalgic seasonal item that you love? Growing up, it was our old well-loved (read well-played with) and rather chipped nativity scene. It was a favorite. We kids fought over unpacking and arranging the set every year. And I do mean every year. Ahhh, memories of the season.
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