Christmas 2015 – Home Tour

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Here we go! I’m finally finished with our Christmas decor for this year & couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

Typically, I stray away from the traditional reds & greens & I opt for neutrals with a mix of metallics but this year, I went for it with the red. The inspiration, of course, coming from our custom tree skirt by The Christmas Belle which is a beautiful red velvet, trimmed in white feathers.

I used some natural elements along with the black/white gingham ribbon from last year & added the buffalo check ribbon that I found at Big-Lots for $3 per roll! I couldn’t believe it so I bought all that they had.

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This guy was a gift last year & he loves to perch on top of the tree!

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I love to use a mix of poinsettias in my vintage, galvanized bucket.

If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, you’ve heard me mention that due to our lack of fireplace, I style our TV cabinet as a mantel. I carried the same buffalo check ribbon into the lighted garland & my favorite addition this year was the metallic gold reindeer from Target, by far my favorite Thanksgiving weekend purchase!

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My grandmother made this pinecone wreath a good 40+ years ago & it’s one of my favorite things to use from Fall all the way through Spring. It lives in the guest bedroom the rest of the year but I decided to use my Noel pennant banner on it this year, rather than over the TV.

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You’ll also see that I filled an apothecary jar with faux snow & 4 mini Nutcrackers. My grandparents started a Nutcracker collection for me & since my first Christmas, I’ve gotten a new one every year. Typically I style them all together in the dining room but I decided to scatter them around the house this year.

Oh, and I finally found the stockings that I made two years ago, too!

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Moving into the kitchen, which now has an entire new look including two-toned cabinets & light grey walls. (Blog post to follow…) As always, I used greenery & pinecones in the chandelier but this year I added a bittersweet kissing ball in place of the crystal ball that is usually in the center of the light. It’s the main thing everyone notices when they first walk into the kitchen. Tied some black & white gingham ribbon around it (mainly to hide the wire that I used to connect it) & here we have it!

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The pinecones hanging from strands of pearls in the window, over the sink make me so happy. You’ll see more Nutcrackers here, too! Also, Santa iceskating because that’s what happens on window sills, over sinks, in kitchens, in Greenville.

Maybe it’s because we’re Italian but for whatever reason, I tend to spend the most time decorating in the dining room for Christmas. It’s home to the second tree which is flocked & so fancy that you can, indeed taste its gold. Plus, it has a crown so, yeah, fancy.

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Since the dining room walls are espresso & my parents will never let me forget how much the wallpapered accent wall cost, I’m stuck with working around it but, challenge accepted! I recently added indigo drapes from Restoration Hardware on the dark brown walls & they’re perfect. To reinforce that selection, I set the table with Blue Willow dishes & for some contrast, used fresh oranges in the table arrangement.

I used a vintage, brass urn in the center from Maliasmark with two strands of garland spilling out of either side, as well as fresh cut greenery in the center. I layered in some fresh oranges & clementines, as well as some gilded magnolia leaves & gold ribbon to complete the look.

This is by far my most favorite Christmas table EVER!

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IMG_8093.JPGThe rest of the Nutcrackers are on my great grandparent’s Hoosier cabinet in the dining room, as well. IMG_8099.JPGIMG_8097.JPGIMG_8061.JPG

I drew some inspiration from Dear Lillie this year & tried my hand at chalk lettering for this chalkboard above our Nativity scene. I’m not sure if it’s an Italian thing or a Bertolini/Chambrelli thing but it’s a tradition for us to put Jesus in the manger on Christmas Eve.

Just hours ago, the manger itself was a cherry color & quite honestly, in the 20+ years that we’ve had this set, I’ve not been a fan of it so I used some Graphite Amy Howard One Step paint on it. I just dry brushed it to give it a weathered look & I think it turned out great! It’s still more modern than I think it would’ve been but it’s more about the symbolism than it being truly accurate, right?

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