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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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

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The toolboxes make great gift baskets, too!

 

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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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