I love Christmas, it’s a great time to relax and enjoy loved ones. I also take a lot of pleasure in decorating our home. I like to do something different each year and try to add a few elements that are sparkly or glitzy that don’t scream Christmas, and sometimes will leave those decorations out all year round. This year I decided to force upon my loving family..lol, a “Harlequin Christmas”. Lately I’ve been very drawn to black and white with red accents. Harlequin, stripes, polka dots, checks……you name it. Here’s a few pictures of how my house is coming along so far.
I made these snowmen from some old sweaters and shirts that were waiting for donation. I made the front door from 1 roll of black and 1 roll of white wrapping paper.
The angel in the foyer was a gift made by a very dear cousin. She is so old her paper is starting to yellow (the angel..lol..not my cousin!), but I can’t bring myself to get rid of her. Sounds like a group crafting day ahead! I bought the candle holders at the thrift store for $2 apiece. They had a brown base so I spray painted them black, glued glass candle holders, put some wrapping paper inside, added ribbon and berries and a battery tea light inside.. (another touch of harlequin….lol)
I found this angel on sale at TJ Maxx for $10., the poor thing was bathed in glitter. It was so thick that you couldn’t even see the white of her skin. I rescued her! Bathed her and gave her a red sash and now she’s much happier in my dining room. I’m not real happy with how the lights look in the swag during the day, but I’ll work on that later!
I usually decorate the mantle with a large swag and attach all kinds of goodies, but time is running away from me this year. The white stockings don’t usually seem so naked because of the swag, so I decided to spray paint some initials and top off with some berries. My good friend inspired me with that one. Thanks Ellie!
This is my kitchen, which leads to the living room. My hubby found four french doors without a frame on sale at the Depot and installed them. He’s a software guy, but you’d never know it to look at the wonderful job he did on these doors. They look awesome and I love them! Thanks Gray! The swag around the doorway (as well as the swag in the foyer) look like something I saw at Pottery Barn, for about $100 for 5 feet. So, naturally, I had to make my own. I feel that I got the look for much less.
Over the summer I saw some nice looking wooden pallets in the Best Buy parking lot. I talked to the manager and he said we could take what we wanted. My husband wanted a decorative fence in the back of the yard but as usual, said it wasn’t in the budget this year…..lol……well, now it is. My husband did a little carving work on them to add some interest, bought a few 2 x 4’s (as I said, just decorative) for installing and I painted them white. Voila, a pretty fence for little money. We can see this from the kitchen windows and I enjoy looking at it while doing dishes. I’m sure I’ll keep these decorations up all winter. I’ll have to work on some bird feeders.