Are you like my mom and not digging decorating for Christmas this year, but have friends or family coming over and you want to deck the halls, and need some last minute Christmas decorating ideas? Well it’s not too late! With five days left before Christmas day, here are 5 easy last minute tips for you to use to impress your guest!Continue reading
Vignettes ? What the heck is that?
I didn’t have any idea how vignettes applied to decorating a home. Come to find out, vignettes are all over my home and yours!
So basically vignettes are a grouping of all your decorative accessories, aka, knick knacks or stuff that you have sitting around your home that you have strategically placed together to create an interesting look. Yes a vignette. That is what those little “displayed groupings” in our home are called! This makes me happy because I had no idea that’s what they were called!
Vignettes are created all around our homes and can be found on bookcases, tables, sideboards, shelves, dressers, etc. Pretty much any home decor accessory can be used. This includes mirrors, framed art, lamps, planted pots, candles, knick knacks, or anything that you have that is memorable or tells a story. You can vary home decor items in size, using stacked books to create height and use with a grouping of odd numbers such as 3 or 5 for visual interest. Group home decor items by theme or color. Vignettes are what gives a decorated room that finished, polished look.
Southern hospitality created a beautiful bright and festive Christmas vignette for her kitchen.
The colors are coordinated and the christmas tree adds the height which gives viusal interest to this grouping.
Notesongs made this cute kitchen Christmas vignette using the corner of the kitchen countertop.
Cookbooks were used as a lift to give the bowl of pinecones some additional height. Notice how the cookbooks are not straight and even! These uneven stacked cookbooks adds interest to this vignette.
Dear Lillie shows us just how to make a simple but festive vignette using a chalkboard, fresh greenery, and a small christmas wreath. Think how simple this would be to recreate and decorate for each season!
In this dining room, Thrifty Decor Chic shares her Christmas vignette using lamps, many apothecary jars and other Christmas decor to create this dazzling showpiece!
Even I had decorated some pretty stunning Christmas vignettes that I shared in have yourself a merry rustic christmas.
Did you know what vignettes are or am I the only one who didn’t know?
Yikes! It’s already Wednesday, and I have totally forgotten to share my girlfriend, Heather, Renewal Home Decor, guest post! Remember when I introduced you to the next upcoming furniture designer? Heather knew I was crushing on rustic christmas decor this year so I asked her to send me her take on rustic Christmas decor with a contemporary look. She sent me a Christmas contemporary rustic tablescape, focusing on more natural elements, including bamboo and her beautiful candlesticks made form logs.
So here is Heather’s post, I love how she breaks it down into steps and explains why she did what she did.
As modern military wife, mother and designer I always love to find ways to add a touch of nature to all my designs. Today I am going to give you some ideas for simple, layered, contemporary table décor for your upcoming holiday party or just a nice dinner in.
I start first with my dining table size and style and draw inspiration from what I have to work with. My table is made of Monkey Pod and has an organic live edge design. Since I love my table and its beautiful
So instead I looked through my linen and runners and found a Pashmina with red and black paisley design.
Think outside your traditional tablecloth or runner. Scarves, or fabric scraps can work beautifully for the foundation to your design. I love the color, pattern and unconventional Christmas look it brings and decided it’s perfect for the task. By placing the pashmina at a diagonal, instead of straight down the center of the table I created a more casual feeling to the display.
The “Candlesticks” I made a couple of years ago when we cut down a tree that was about to fall on our cabin. You know me I’m all about reusing existing materials. These “candlesticks” were created by cutting the downed limbs into various heights. Notice some are slender and tall, others short and thick, (Just like us ladies) to provide visual interest and dimension. I then took a large drill blade that you can purchase at any home improvement store and drilled out holes the size of standard votive candles. You know the type that are metal lined and come in a bag from IKEA
Next I began to assemble décor items from around my house. Plexi-glass canisters from a craft store and filled with holiday sparkly balls. Some are small foam balls covered with silver glitter, others red balls of sequence.
The smaller jar I fill with Christmas M&M’s, cause you never know when you will have a chocolate craving and need a few!
Now to add serving pieces and set the table. If you were decorating your table for a large party think of your table as a serving station and set the serving dishes throughout the display on all sides of the table. For todays example I set the table with four place settings to show you how you can mix and match dish wear to add interest and texture.
Notice I started with a placemat, in this case black bamboo. Next I chose to set the large red dinner plate in a diamond shape, then the white smaller salad plate and finally a wooden bowl. This mix of colors and textures adds interest and makes the table pop.
For napkins I selected a basic white fabric napkin. Not only are they crisp, easily bleached and more elegant than paper napkins; it gives me an excuse to use the beaded napkin holders.
Last, but certainly not least, I add the sparkle! Sprinkle the silver glitter balls I found at Target in their dollar section, throughout the center display. This helps draw everything together and makes it feel more festive.
Just remember contemporary design doesn’t have to feel cold. It’s always great design to bring the outside in through the use of wood serving bowls, and repurposed tree limb candle holders. So dig in, search through what you already have and think outside the box for non- traditional uses for the items you already have. Happy hunting and Happy Holidays!
Lets back up a minute, remember how I shared all of my favorite rustic Christmas ideas in my rustic inspirations and have yourself a merry rustic Christmas? I even showed you my all time fave rustic Christmas decor from I’m Mad for plaid.
Well what I didn’t tell you was that while in North Carolina for Thanksgiving, I actually did recreate that hip, cool rustic Christmas tablescape! Here’s my Thanksgiving version!
So here is how it went down. My sis and I were tasked with decorating for Thanksgiving, and we took the opportunity to have my dad help us out. He needed something to do, and rustic style is oh so his style!
As soon as Thanksgiving was over, my wheels got to turning, my Christmas creative juices flowing, and my blogging ideas took over!
After a few hours of recreating and decorating, we ended up with some pretty awesome ideas for using our logs, mason jars, tea light candles, candles,and the globes from hurricane lamps for our rustic Christmas decor.
Here are several ways that we used the same logs, candles, glass hurricane globes, and mason jars for our different Rustic Christmas looks!
What recreations have you made this Christmas? Where do you find your inspirations?
When I saw this Christmas reindeer and sleigh on the internet, I knew I had to recreate the look!
I’m sorry, but I do not have the source for this cutie! I’m thinking pottery barn?
Even though We don’t have snow in Florida, I knew it would still look amazing in my front yard.
I already had the wicker reindeer and sleigh. I love just love everything about it. The simplicity of the plaid throw and snowflake pillow in the sleigh just SCREAMS my name!
Actually the plaid throw is not a throw, I improvised with a plaid tablecloth
I’m thinking I need to find me a larger sleigh for next year! Maybe even throw some Epsom salt and Flour on the ground to give the snow effects!
So what do you think, won’t to ride in my sleigh tonight?
I love decorating with plaid at Christmas! Plaid is a traditional print, but can be used with other accessories to create the decorating style you love!
I love these plaid stockings hung at the fireplace! And I’m really loving that gray mantle!!
And my favorite of all! This is one hip Christmas tablescape!!
I believe a wool, fleece or flannel blanket was used for that tablecloth!
Tip: a tartan plaid wool scarf could be used as a runner or if you have 2 matching scarves, you can place them across the table. Plaid wrapping paper could also be used!
The plaid pillow and throw just make this room look so “stately”!
Of course beautifully wrapped plaid gifts add just the right touch under your Christmas tree!
You know how I’m digging rustic this Christmas! This Christmas wreath with fresh greenery, berries, and tartan plaid bow is perfect for my rustic taste!
Potterybarn has these adorable plaid candles! You know I’m all about that rustic sled decor!!
What about you, are you mad for plaid!?