Tis the season for overeating, Christmas everything, and of course the common cold. I’m currently experiencing my first cold of the season and all I’ve got to say is Rudolph can keep his shiny red nose ’cause I’m totally over it!
Growing up decorating for Christmas was definitely my Mom & Nana’s claim to fame. Every inch of the house had Santa’s face or a giant red bow. My mom would put on the Alabama Christmas album, we’d get what seemed like 100s of boxes out of the garage and go to town. I’ll be honest, I never really embraced the decorating but you better believe I knew every word to every song on that album (which is actually very helpful at Dollywood- fun fact). I was surprised with just how excited I got last year to decorate our first apartment. I’m going to call Pinterest the gateway drug to my full blown addiction to Holiday Home Tour blogs. I’ve been looking forward to Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalks all season. I mean to check out 33 gorgeous, creative, brilliant house tours spread over 5 days? That’s the kind of fire I need to fuel my obsession.
Inspired by these amazing homes I thought I’d share the little area I finished decorating last night.
Normally I stick to the living room/kitchen only for decorating but after seeing this gorgeous mercury ornament garland from Jennifer Rizzo herself and this awesome tomato cage Christmas tree from the amazing Liz Marie blog I knew the bench upstairs would be the perfect place to try them out.
How gorgeous are those shots?
I made my garland from some leftover glittery twine and 3 packages of ornaments from the dollar store. For $3 I was pleasantly surprised with how festive & fun it looked framing the artwork that Zach’s awesomely talented brother made for us. My photo has done a huge disservice to John’s artwork, you should definitely check out his website to see some of the incredible sculptures and furniture he’s made!
Walking into Lowe’s on a Saturday night in December and asking for a tomato cage definitely got me a weird look but oh well it was totally worth it. The cage itself was less than $2, I added a garland that I bought last year but never used (or returned…) and picked up a bag of mini pine cones at the local craft store for $4.
I’m really happy with how it came out! I love how rustic and simple it looks especially on my old hand-me-down throw blanket.
Also, Lowe’s tweeted back at me after documenting my trip there so I’m basically a celebrity.
Have you made any cool holiday decorations lately?
Have you fallen into the house tour obsession?
If not get on it, you won’t be sorry!