It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I'm getting into the Holiday spirit by decorating my house. I may not be a religious person, but I absolutely love all the craftiness, cookie making and handmade gifts that go along with this season.

The following are a few of the Holiday projects I'm enjoying...

I know it may seem early to have a tree up, but frankly, Christmas trees are way too much work to have up only a few weeks! I like to enjoy the lights while having a cup of tea in the evening and the comforting evergreen smell fills our entire main floor. What's not to like?? My roommates and I went to Swanson's Nursery in Ballard to get our 6ft Noble Fir. Though the price is a little higher than other places, the service and quality can't be beat! We decorated with lights and an assortment of colorful balls and some personal figures. On our table is an awesome stain-resistant green table cloth I found on sale at Fred Meyer, a rattan trivet from TJ Maxx gives some earthy texture and supports a red felt doily from Crate and Barrel. The leaf-embossed glass vase is another clearance find from Crate and Barrel's after-Thanksgiving sale which we filled with pine cones and red jingle bells.

This is the sideboard and bar in our dining room. Usually adored with vintage bud vases and Polish pottery, it now holds a dancing Santa, garland, Menorah and a bowl of peppermint candy. Santa sings Jingle Bell Rock and shakes his hips to the music... a delightful addition this year given to us by my folks. The garland itself is totally fake and has delightful little red berries and apples attached. We usually snug all of the holiday cards we receive between the branches of the garland. We also hang another row of the same garland on the archway between the living and dining rooms. I like to combine kitschy and whimsical holiday fun with classics. What I feel helps keep the decorations unified is the color scheme as well as the sense of curation-- that each piece is part of a collection put together over many years representing the traditions of family and friends.

Our stockings also live in the world of kitschy holiday silliness; purchased from Target last year at $2 each, they are felt with puff paint I used to write each of our names on them. I didn't want to obstruct the other mantle decor with stocking-hangers, and frankly couldn't find any in our price range, so I got sticky hooks from the drugstore which have served perfectly. We bought two poinsettias from Swanson's as well and put them in a red metal bucket between silver, green and red candle holders. You may also notice that we keep a bust of Marc Antony on our mantle. He has been passed through many of our friends and lives a great life being dressed up seasonally by myself and the roommates. We have also hung a few extra ornaments on the plant in the corner.

Next up will be the few Dickensian village pieces I have acquired from my parents as well as our wreaths. With an old door like ours, particularly in a rental house, it can be tricky to hang a wreath on your door... Stay tuned for my ingenious way to hang a wreath in a tightly fitting door without using a hammer or nails!