I love Christmas. I decorate halfway through November and keep everything up until after New Year’s. I love the opulence and coziness of the season. I love that you get to merge the worlds of tackiness and tradition and not have to make a single apology.
And I love just a dash of things-that-are-tacky. They put a smile on my face.
There have been some absolutely jaw-dropping holiday home tours this season. It’s *almost* enough to keep me from posting my own decor.
But comparison be damned.
I’m posting it anyways.
I’m a big fan of shopping the clearance sections right before and after Christmas. While I adore the season, I don’t always agree with the price tags that some retailers slap on Christmas decor. This polar bear and Santa are from Superstore’s giant Christmas sale last year – I think I paid around $2 each?
And now that that they’re sitting happily on the mantel, I don’t know how I did without them.
The tall bottlebrush trees are from HomeSense this year. I’ve never had a vaulted ceiling before, and so I’m learning about scale and height when decorating the mantel. I love that they’re subtle, but still add a bit of drama to the vignette.
Now that we have room for two trees, I jumped onto the chance. Using sinamay (the mesh fabric) and various poinsettia and berry sprays, I decorated the tree. I treat the tree more like a floral arrangement than a traditional tree.
Mr. Suburble just stands back and lets me fret and fuss over it.
It’s safer that way.
This little deer is a thrift store find. She came in a bag of miscellaneous bits and bobs for wreath decorating. Lila is enamoured with her and moves her around the tree constantly.
I have to admit, I really like her. I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for more vintage ornaments the next time I head to the used shops.
Our table setting in the dining room is made of things that were just waiting in the craft room. The napkin ring tutorial is a quick and easy one.
My bloggy friend, Virginia, got me hooked on bottle brush trees this year. I want to put them EVERYWHERE.
(pro tip: they’re 4 for a $1 at Dollarama!)
We used fake snow – the blanket and the loose version – on the tree, and then added light blue sinamay. We’ve been adding little silver and blue accents to as we find them.
The wreath was thrown together with a grapevine wreath form and the contents of that thrift store bag in which I found the little deer ornament. It took no time at all.
Twigs from the yard were mixed with berry sprays and put in a vintage-blue mason jar.
But alas, you’re not. So I can only wish you the most wonderful of Christmas holidays, and thank you for coming on a walk through my home.