Christmas Décor

dsc_0335This year I wanted to change up my Christmas décor without buying many new items.  It is our first Christmas as a new family and I wanted to make sure I mixed enough of my traditional items but also created some new looks.  I will admit, I have gotten into a bit of a rut when it comes to Christmas decorating.  I find a nice mantle style and I put it up year after year…well, not this year.  In fact, I moved my traditional mantle garland out around the front door, along with the matching wreath.









For the mantle, I changed it up by using the greenery from our wedding, along with lanterns from the center pieces.  I added enough Christmas items, like the sleigh and pine cones to keep it Christmas-ish.











In the kitchen, I used more greenery that had been part of the wedding arch on my pot rack, more lanterns and some red holly.









Last year, I added a second tree but wanted to make it a little more personal.  This year I added lanterns, floral, ribbon and some other details from the wedding décor to this tree.  A few items we purchased on the trip to Vienna at the Christmas markets seemed to top it off.



















I found these placemats at Steinmart and the napkins at Pier One, which I think brings in a slight county Christmas feel without it becoming too bland.



Markus helped out by building wooden toolboxes that I have found several Christmas décor uses for…











The toolboxes make great gift baskets, too!




We are in the process of making stockings out of the table runners from the wedding.  Turns out, my girls are not bad seamstresses, and they are actually enjoying it!  I think that is the key to your Christmas décor – whatever you do, enjoy it and make it a reflection of your love.



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