Last Bit of Christmas

So every year I fight the urge to take down the Christmas decorations on December 26th.  I’d like to return our nest back to “normal” as soon as possible, but the Christmas lover in me usually ends up keeping it all up until after the New Year holiday.  They’re all still up and even though I shared most of our holiday decor with you in my Christmas Is In The Air and Partial Kitchen Reveal post, I thought I’d share a little more with you before they all come down for the year for good.

Do you recall the rusty grill front I purchased at the holiday market?

Instead of putting a wreath on our door this year, I thought I’d try something a little different.  I filled the grill front with greens, faux berries, pine cones and I even wrapped it with little battery-operated twinkle lights and then finished it off with a red burlap bow.  It looks really pretty lit up at night.
By our other door, I put out a fabulous worn out wooden desk chair and filled it with our black lantern from Halloween, some more greens and pine cones.

Our chalkboard in the living room (that sits atop one of my most popular transformations) got a little makeover with a stocking made of vintage felt, a garland and an antique dough bowl filled with even more fresh greens, pine cones and scented white candles.
One of my favorite decorations this year was our card holder that I made out of an antique frame I picked up at a garage sale for $1 (I spray painted it white).
I hot glued on some left over upholstery trim and gross grain ribbon and had an instant card holder with the addition of mini clothespins.

Once the Christmas cards began arriving, it quickly became apparent that (1) this frame wasn’t large enough for our needs and (2) we’re blessed to know so many wonderful people!
Oh and I couldn’t forget our backyard either.  Our chippy white bench that hangs out in front of our shed was joined this summer by a beautiful antique, rusty, iron headboard (which I picked up for a mere $28 at Junk Bonanza) so I decided it needed to be dressed it up for the holiday.
Even our Arborvitaes along our property line got into the holiday spirit.
And when we arrived back in my hometown for Christmas this past weekend it quickly became very obvious where my love of beautiful home decor comes from.  Just take one look at my talented Aunt Julie’s lovely home and you’ll agree . . .
The family dinner table is set and ready . . .
I love that we can all eat at one table together.

She even dresses up their television:

No detail is ever spared.

She does not decorate for a living, although I’ve told her she should.  She never misses a detail and her home always looks fabulous as if it’s straight out of a magazine.  
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday and you’re starting to think about your New Year’s resolutions. Tick tock, tick tock . . . 2012 will be here soon!
Tomorrow I’ll reminisce about 2011 and share some of my favorite B & B’s Nest projects from this past year.  Stay tuned . . . 
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