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Christmas decor 2017

This year was all about KISS! I don’t mean kissing under the mistletoe (although that is never a bad idea)…I mean Keep It Simple Sweetie!!

Typically I decorate every square inch of the Corner House and then I leave for the season and come home in May to a house full of dusty, Christmas decorations! That is not fun at all.

SO this year things are being kept to a minimum.

Yup…this is the tree! ..and yes, I am aware it’s a bit of a Charlie Brown tree, but none the less, I love it. I thought the girls might be upset but, they were not. How easy will this be to take down? Check out the snowfall out the front window….it couldn’t be a more Christmassy kind of day out today!

I added some empty boxes under the tree for a little pizzaz. I adorned with some simple ribbon. If you can’t find coloured boxes it would be easy enough to wrap some empty boxes in pretty paper as  you will see below in my hallway.

I couldn’t find a tree skirt small enough so I used a pretty Kate Spade scarf and wrapped it up in a little bit of fashion!

I used gold balls from a local craft store and pink ribbons to affix them to the tree. It couldn’t have been any easier. The lights I used are battery operated and the scarf easily hides the battery pack.

I love these furry wreaths. I had one last year that I am using in the dining room. I was excited to find two more slightly smaller ones at Home Sense this year. This one is in my living room. I have two windows that flank either side of the fireplace and they are both decorated the same.  Using gold ribbons and pink balls I was able to stay with my colour scheme. The white fur really gives it a whimsical, Christmassy look. I’ll be able to use these year after year and change the look by simply changing the colour of the ribbon and balls.

I took down the two pictures that sit on the mantel year round and added a mirror that I had in my basement storage. I bought these two wooden plaques and simply leaned them against the mirror. Nothing permanent. Easy up, easy down! The rest of the items I already had. Again…KISS. It won’t take any time to dismantle (no pun intended) this set up before I leave. I didn’t even hang stockings this year. Is that a bit hum-buggish? I’ll know when the kids all show up! When I moved into this house the brick around the fireplace was a bit orangy. I did a really easy white wash finish on it to tone it down. I love the monochromatic look.

Did anyone notice this photo is sideways? LOL

This arrangement was so simple to make. I had the greenery and the vase already. I saw the antlers at the craft store and bought them not knowing where I would use them…I think they work perfectly in this arrangement.

I am in love with this arrangement. Tulips might scream spring but, throw in some greenery, pearls and a ribbon and it completely dresses them up for the Christmas season. Such an inexpensive arrangement to make. This is a perfect and easy hostess gift to make.

I’m loving the fake presents. They add great impact for next to nothing. These boxes are really pretty and given that you can buy them in various colours, it’s easy to match them up with your decor with the addition of pretty ribbon. Moving into the front hallway I opted for this simple swag. A few balls and a gold ribbon and the job is done. No messing around with garland or lights I actually ordered these from a friend whose daughter was doing a fundraiser for her school.

I wrapped some empty boxes and added them to the foot of the stairs for a little more impact. I want to keep things simple but not boring. I was going to use actual presents but I knew the girls would figure it out and be all over them and have them destroyed LOL. They know the boxes are empty and pay no attention to them.

In the kitchen, I hung 3 fresh wreaths. These  are also from my friend’s daughter’s fundraiser. They smell divine!!! After our  Christmas dinner this Sunday they will go home with the kids to use in their own homes.  I tied the ribbons in a bow around the top of the shutters. When it’s time to take them down it will take two secs!!! You have no idea how happy this whole KISS solution is making me! LOL

I added a few of these little trees to the cupboards that have glass fronts on them. I even tucked in a strand of battery operated lights.

This little white tree cost me maybe $10. I added the 3 pink balls to dress it up a bit and it worked out quite well. You don’t have to pay a fortune for Christmas decorations.

Even my new updated powder room got a little glam going on. I’ll be doing a post on the powder room makeover as soon as my little wall cabinet gets here and is installed. I am also debating on a window treatment for this room. Stay tuned for that.

I had a tea party on the weekend for some friends….nothing says tea party like marTEAnis served teacups (more on that in another post..so fun!). Anyways, the flowers I used for the party will stay until we have our Christmas dinner and will also go home with the kids.

This little furry arrangement is on my buffet. The girls love it. You can see a bit of the large fur wreath that I mentioned earlier. I bought these seals on sale after Christmas last year as they matched the polar bear that I had. They have the cutest little faces! The fur runner that I was going to use on my table this year actually works much better in this little winter scene.

Cute right?

I cannot lie…these spearmint chewies are one of my favourite treats!!! This was quite a bit fuller…everytime I walk by I sneak one…

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of what I did to decorate my house this Christmas season and maybe you even got inspired by something. It truly was all about keeping things simple this year.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting my hot chocolate stand and hopefully my Christmas dinner table too.

Until then….enjoy this magical snow we are getting today. I am happy to be home in Canada for it….but pretty sure I’ll be ready to head south with my other ‘Savvy Snowbird’ friends when the roads start to get slushy!

Merry Christmas to all.

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