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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Decor

This is just my second Christmas as a married gal and my first Christmas out of college. We're in the stage I like to refer to as "building". We don't exactly have enough room to fit a Christmas tree, and there is no mantle on which to hang stockings (which raises the question as how Santa will get here. Especially with our security system. Would a sleigh and jolly old man set off a home alarm system?)

Despite our building stage, I love our little apartment home. It's exactly where I want to be right now and filling it this season are a few subtle touches of Christmas...

...such as these ornament filled lanterns. 
I have a thing for classy lanterns ala Pottery Barn. I actually snagged these for a fraction of the cost at Home Goods. And the ornaments (to coordinate with the silver, blue, and green touches of our apartment decor) were an after Christmas buy at Target. $20 worth of Christmas balls for $3. I felt like I had won the lottery. 


I have two very wonderful and style smart friends who I practically grew up with. Going over to their home I admired their mom's Christmas tree filled with ornaments in shades of blue. Ever since then I've been sold on the idea of non-traditional colors for Christmas decor, particular cool shades like blues and greens with plenty of sparkly silver touches.  


Ever since I spent a year working for a wedding designer, I've had a thing for the look of mercury glass. Maybe it's all those platinum wedding centerpieces gone to my head, but I just love mercury glass decor. I found these look-almost-identical-to-mercury-glass-without-the-price tag candle sticks at Michael's for $7. The pillar candles also came from Michael's and I got two for $3 with a 50% coupon. I like that I can keep these up throughout winter because they aren't necessarily "Christmas-y).


Though I'm always all over Christmas balls, glitter, and Christmas glitz, I don't want to forget the real Love behind this season. My mom gave us this Willow Tree Nativity set last year, and I love the simplicity of the figures. 



When I found this free printable from AKA Designs on Pinterest the other day I knew I definitely wanted to add this to our Christmas decor.  What I like about this printable is that it's 1) easy, 2) reminds me of the true reason for Christmas and 3) has a modern look with the chevron and white background. Oh, and it goes well with our green inspired living room decor. #score  I printed it out on cardstock and used a silver frame I already had from Pier One. 



Linking up for some blogging Christmas parties...








Tell me about your Christmas decor!

11 comments:

Savvy Seasons said...

Love the lantern filled with ornaments, absolutely beautiful! Happy Holidays! ~Liz

catie said...

i love the lantern idea, it's gorgeous! stopping by from the nesting place to say "hello". have a merry christmas!

Bethany said...

Savvy Seasons- thank you! Happy Holidays to you as well and thank you for becoming a follower. I look forward to checking out you blog as well!

Catie- Thanks for stopping by from Nesting Place, I'm glad you did! Merry Christmas to you too!

Mom of the Twinkies and Tot! said...

Very sweet & simple decorations!

Bethany said...

Mom of the Twinkies and Tot- Thank you! Glad you stopped by and Merry Christmas!

Summer said...

what a great idea...love the silver blue christmas balls in the lantern and that print!! Just gorgeous!!

Bethany said...

Summer- thanks for stopping by and thank you for the compliment on the decor. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

redefiningdecor.com said...

I love the blue and silver ornaments in the lantern. I'm kicking myself that I didn't think of doing the same thing, so i'm filing that away for next year. I wandered over from Nester's Home Tour!

Jennifer said...

Hey great job so far. My husband and I have been out of college for 4 years now? And married for 2, so I know how it is to be starting out. Love the lanterns. I used a lot of that blue in my house this year too! Merry Christmas!

Bethany said...

Redefiningdecor.com- Thanks for visiting, and I'm glad to hear you like the ornaments in the lantern idea, definitely worth filing away for next year. Merry Christmas!

Jennifer- Thanks for your feedback. With all the blogs out there with perfect looking homes, it's nice to hear someone else out there is also just starting out. :) Merry Christmas to you!

Candis Berge said...

Just wanted to stop by and say I visited too! Love the blue & silver balls in the lantern too - all very classy. Merry Christmas!

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