6 Trees and a Deer!

In keeping with my “vintage” Christmas decorations, I decided to find alternatives to the standard Christmas trees. The traditional green trees are fine, but I wanted to be creative.  So, here is what I created:

1) pineconetreeswmPine cones tucked in mercury glass containers create a pine cone forest.

2) branchtreeswmGreenery in vintage glass containers with vintage balls and a tree topper.

3) topiarytreewm A Topiary wrapped in a white shawl with a red  brooch.

4) treeinbasketwm White branches and nandina berries in a vintage metal bucket, with an apples and berries wreath.

5) railstreewm 3 Chippy white stair posts, a metal star and a burlap “tree” skirt.

6) clochetreewm A glass cloche filled with vintage holiday balls and a metal star.

deerbeforeAnd a deer.

I recently attended a holiday gift exchange and cute teenager got this deer as a gift.  It was obvious, she did not like it.  I loved it and was thrilled to “steal” it from her.  I could see the swan (I mean deer), it could become.

deerafter2 So, after a coat of paint and a new bow tie, here’s Dasher! He’s so cute……

I’d love to see your alternative Christmas trees and Deer.  Happy Decorating!

Love, Nicole

Vintage dictionary + wire = Wreaths & more


I was contacted by Hometalk (an on-line site dedicated to everything home), about writing a how-to post about holiday decorating.

I decided to share how-to make paper wreaths and more. To see the complete post, copy and paste the following into your browser:  http://www.hometalk.com/6119762/vintage-dictionary-wire-holiday-wreaths-and-more

Thanks and Happy Decorating!




The Landing-A Decorating Opportunity

The stair “landing” is not a place most people think about decorating. It’s usually a small space that’s mostly used as a pass-thru.  But I decided to turn my boring landing into a stylish space!

1019141036a1019141036  Landing “Before”

I did not want to spend any money on this project, so I “shopped” my house” and found the following:

0915141342 A bookcase with lots of cubbies! It’s really narrow-perfect for a tight space.

rooster lampA french style rooster lamp (made by my father in law)

old windowAn old window (from a neighbors trash)

old yellow chairA chippy yellow vintage chair (curbside find)

potteryglassetc pillows and fabricsAnd, an assortment of colorful books, pottery, pillows & a decorative throw.  I combined these items to create…..

My Stylish Landing…………..

landingafter1 landingafter2

When decorating any space, I try to always include my “design trinity” for a well balance space. 1) lighting for ambiance; 2) textiles for softness and 3) artwork for sophistication!

Happy Decorating!