December 13, 2011

Our Bling Tree and Metallic Tree

As I mentioned in a previous post, my husband I celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas. I like to use the term Chrismukkah when I think of the holiday season. Some people may thing it is strange to see both a menorah and Christmas trees (yes trees) in our house, but I like to embrace it all! One of my favorite aspects of decorating for the holidays is decorating our trees. There are so many possibilities for color schemes and tree themes, that I could never make up my mind. I convinced my husband that we should have two trees. So now the kids that grew up without a Christmas tree in their homes have some fancy trees!

The first tree is our "bling" tree. It reminds me of winter, with its white and silver tones, just like snow and ice. This year, we added some charcoal grey to add a little contrast. 

These crystal butterflies are some of my favorite decorations on the tree.

 Shoe ornaments!

The chandelier ornaments are my absolute favorite!

I just love the sequin trim of the tree skirt!

Our other tree has the warm metallic tones that I love so much. It has copper, bronze, and gold ornaments.

I love the fairy ornaments and the bronze poinsettias.

The mask ornaments were a great find at Target a few years ago.

My husband I each have a 'J' on the tree for the first letter of our first names.

A great bokeh picture by Laura.

December 12, 2011

Holiday Mantel

This year I'm continuing to decorate with for the holidays with a color I have never used before, purple! I had so much fun using this color for my winter tablescape, that I decided to use it on my mantel as well. Let me first start off my saying that I greatly dislike my fireplace and mantel. The fireplace insert isn't centered and the mantel is VERY narrow. This never does stop me from decorating it for every holiday and occasion.

I started decorating by using a green garland and adding silver leaves, ornaments, and "iced" pine branches.

I found these mini purple trees at Christmas Tree Shops. They added just the amount of color I was looking for.

I love these little birds that I found at Michaels

 Keeping with my Winter Wonderland theme, I hung snowflakes over the mantel. I layered purple, silver, and charcoal colored ornaments in tall glass vases. I bought the silver goblet candle holders at HomeGoods a few years ago and have used them for many different seasons.

I do love the decorations that I have used in the past on my mantel and decided to decorate one of my sofa tables with all of those warm accents.

I'll be sharing my Christmas trees in the next few days.



November 30, 2011

A Winter Wonderland

 I love to play around with different color schemes when decorating for the winter holidays. I can never decide which ones I like best. I love the warm tones of gold, copper, and maroon. I also love cool silver shades.When I found out that Centsational Girl and Adams Homes were both having a Holiday Tablescape Party, I knew that I wanted to use a nontraditional color palette. Coming from a family that celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah, I like to use colors in my designs that people don’t associate with one holiday or the other. I decided to go with a theme that incorporated white, silver, different shades of purple, and of course a lot of sparkle!

I did many DIY projects for this tablescape and used coupons whenever possible.  I shopped at the Christmas Tree Shops, Crate and Barrel, CVS, Michaels, Joann Fabrics and  HomeGoods, where I found great deals!

My very talented and kind friend, Laura Caggiano, took these beautiful pictures. Her work is amazing!

I started with a silver tablecloth from HomeGoods with a pintuck taffeta overlay that I already owned and had made of fabric that I bought on ebay. One of my favorite budget friendly ways to dress up a table is with fabric.

I bought beautiful sparkling purple fabric and sewed my napkins out of it. It was a great way to save some money!

My favorite project for this table was my place card holders. I bought clear ornaments and filled them with purple, silver, white iridescent glitter, water, and glycerin to make my own "snow globe" ornaments. On top of these ornaments I designed my own place cards using a font called "Christmas Flakes". I then took glue tape, sprinkled glitter over that, and adorned each card with a lilac jewel. These ornaments are also great favors for guests to bring home!

Each place setting started with a silver "diamond" glitter mat that I found at HomeGoods. I used my wedding china and added color to this setting with a purple rimmed salad plate purchased at Crate and Barrel for just $2.95 a piece. I designed my own Winter Wonderland  dinner menus using the "Christmas Flake" font again.

I made white flower "snowballs" with Styrofoam balls from Michael's (40% off) and I bought a bulk of white rose buds from ebay for a steal. I then took nails that I bought from the hardware store and stuck rhinestones to make my own bouquet jewels. Crystal wrap is my new best friend. I wrapped this at the top of all of my votive holders and centerpiece cylinders. One roll was just $6.00!

I was lucky to find purple wine glasses at the Christmas Tree Shops. I'm always finding great pieces for my designs there!

The two shorter "snowball" centerpieces were filled with water beads. Snowflakes hung from each of them.

I draped lilac snowflake ribbon (purchased at HomeGoods) down the middle of the table. A purple beaded garland (from CVS) also garnished the middle of the table as well as iridescent snowflakes.

I bought the purple disco ball ornaments at HomeGoods and placed them on silver pillar holders.

My large "snowball" centerpiece was filled with white and purple gems. These gems were a great find as they were on clearance from Halloween for less than a dollar for a bag. Iridescent snowflakes also hung from this centerpiece.

Happy Holidays! 

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