The River’s Boat

At the halfway point of my walk through a local park, I came across a curious sight: an airboat! The old-fashioned boat with its rustic wooden exterior perfectly matched the mood of this historic park. Located at the base of one of the waterfalls, it appears the boat is anchored there for decorative purposes rather than a practical one. A similar idea can be used when decorating your own space. Items such as plates, large utensils, and even old lampshades can be used as decorations by hanging them on walls, or putting them on shelves or tabletops. Remember, no matter how out-of-date an item might seem, it’s easy to give it a second life as a new piece of decor for your space.

Framing Windows with Wreaths

Red and green Christmas wreaths_dining roomLast year after Christmas my Mom spotted a pile of wreaths on clearance at a big box store. I wasn’t sure I wanted them, but my mom insisted “You’ll find something to do with them.” And you know what? I did! While last year I used traditional wreaths, this year I opted for the shiny red and green ones my Mom found. I couldn’t decide which ones to use, so I used both (there’s a set on each side of the window)! I then added bows to give them extra dimension. Want to do something similar? Try combining decorations to create something unique and memorable. It’ll give you a chance to show off your great taste and unique style!

Simple Christmas Window Decor

Dining room window Christmas decorWhen it comes to window decorations, there are so many choices! It’s easy to get in over your head with elaborate displays full of colors and unique ornaments. However, this year I decided to go with a ‘less is more’ theme for my dining room window. As seen above, I used a combination of bulbs and bows. The bulbs were ones I didn’t use on the Christmas tree, and then I used bows that typically go on presents and stuck them to the wall. With only two items I managed to bring both color and interest to my window! A little goes a long way, so no matter how few items you have to work with, you can create something fanciful and unique.

Christmas at the State Capitol

Capitol Christmas tree 2014I recently decided to visit my state capitol to view its annual Christmas tree. I was told it looked nice, so I brought my camera to snap a few photos. The large evergreen fits perfectly in the rotunda! It’s covered in faux snow and features red bulbs, snowflakes, candy canes, and many Frozen-themed items. Around this time of year you can find Christmas trees in many government buildings, malls, and other public places. If you snap photos of several of these trees, you’ll have a collection of Christmas trees. You can frame the photos and display them during the holiday season. Additionally, you can also use the photos as an inspiration for your own tree. Here’s hoping you find the inspiration to make your Christmas bright and joyful!

Sparkles in the Darkness

Sparkling flower in the darkAs I walked by the Christmas tree one night, I noticed something shining in the darkness. The lights from the tree were causing the gold decorations above the window to sparkle in the dark! I thought it looked awesome, to I decided to take a photo. I love the colorful sparkles shining in the darkness! Not only is this a great way to add interest to a room, but it also reminds us that there is always light in the darkness (hang in there!). Happy Holidays!

Switching from Thanksgiving to Christmas

Above the painting_Christmas decorAs seen on the right, I decided to update the space above our painting for Christmas! To replace my Thanksgiving decor I decided to used a simple red bow and two glittery trees. I have an identical bow attached to a hutch on the opposite wall, so I wanted to decorate in a way that tied together the two sides of the room. If you don’t have two of the same decorations, you can also use decorations that are the same color. No matter what you decide to do, you can create a decorating scheme that ties together any space!

The Bird in the Backyard

Bird in backyard_unknownYesterday as I was working on my Christmas decorations I was alerted to visitors in the backyard. I looked out and was surprised to see a group of birds having a bite to eat. I’ve never seen this type of bird before (do you know what type it is?), so I decided to take a photo and put it on my blog. I love the different types of wildlife you encounter throughout the year! A photo like this would make a great Christmas gift for anyone that has a passion for birds or nature. Additionally, due to its neutral palette, a picture like this would also look great on a wall in any space. Be sure to stay tuned for great design ideas for the holiday season!

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Enjoy Christmas until the End

Lighted Christmas treeHave you taken down some or all of your Christmas decorations? If so, you can still enjoy what’s left of the holiday season. Even though there are no decorations on my tree, I still enjoy the lights every evening. When you take down your decorations, try leaving the tree up until January 1st. The glow of the tree will remind you of Christmas, and welcome you into 2014.

Create Your Own Wreath

Christmas wreathInstead of keeping the same pictures on your wall year-round, try replacing them with wreaths. The wreath on the right (I made two) replaced a set of pictures that framed the dining room window. Buy a plain wreath at your local craft store, then decorate it how you want. I used mini-bulbs, snowflakes, reindeer, birds, flowers, and other ornaments. I suggest sticking your ornaments within the branches instead of gluing them. This allows you to re-use the wreath next year (and for other holidays), providing a fun and budget friendly holiday tradition.