From the blue and white ginger jars I found on Amazon and spruced up with a gold pen, to the dried orange sliced I bought from Amazon (no way I am going to dry those myself, who do you think I am, Martha Stewart?). Then I found the wood rocker horses and fell in love and they were just $2 each at Antique Gatherings and so I bought all 6 of them.
I didn’t use any woodland creatures on the tree this year, I was very specific with Old World Christmas meets traditional and it works for this year. I might want to switch it up next year so I kept those other ornaments, woodland is such a classic look too.
I kept my normal blue and white collection up. The mantel I just added to it instead of taking it down and redoing it – due to space and because why not? I wanted to show I could add Christmas to it instead of redoing the entire mantel – just touches of red, taper candles and red bows and never forget the greenery (this is faux from Gardener’s, no longer available or else I would link) will make any room festive!
I have about 10 faux garland strands – a variety of types. I bought them last year after the holidays when they went on sale and went crazy – and it was worth it! I found a place for all of them around the house. I was a bit worried when I unpacked them this season thinking I overbought. No such thing – but don’t tell Benjamin that! haha!
I found some faux magnolia stems from Alice Lane Home, use code DIANAELIZABETH for 10% off. These are 5 of them. I love the way magnolia looks and these look real!
The Russian doll is really from Russia a gift from a friend my dad had who I remember! I was a little girl when he came to visit and he gave us two of them and they sat behind a glass case forever like a museum collection. Well, I took them and I gave the yellow one to Avery, one of my best friend’s daughter who I call my little best friend. She and I send video Marco Polos all the time, she is SUCH a mature little 10 year old who sometimes I swear is more thoughtful than many adults I know, I just adore her!
I just added a wreath above the Murphy bed. We do have one visitor, Michelle’s family who used it this holiday as they passed through to ABQ from San Diego. I also felt like I styled it decently – I might add plates to the sides but I’m waiting for them to be found. I just want them larger than 12″ and I wanna pair so right now, we just wait.
My ornaments are a mix of international ornaments from Taiwan, Germany and France, with some Amazon wood beads, antique wood ornaments, West Elm, Ballard Designs and a TON of filler red ornaments from Target! I really am transitional when it comes to design. And when I shopped for wrapping paper I looked for the prints that complimented one another and felt like it would go with my decor. Instead of picking what was cute – because it’s all cute really, I wanted elegant.
Maybe that’s why it took so long to take photos and share with you actually – I had to wrap some gifts under the tree! The ribbons are from The French Bee and Michael’s. I love collecting and using good wrapping, I think it makes a gift – and it sure sits pretty under the tree and can bring you joy when you look at it! Wrapping paper is from Tuesday Morning and Home Goods.
And that’s it! Once I focused on the Christmas theme I wanted it really helped me with my Christmas decor selection and what I buy. If you missed that post, click here. Even if you’ve already decorated it’s something to keep in mind for anything – clothing, home decor, and next Christmas. The more you understand your style or the look you WANT, the easier it is to look for those items and select them before you bring them into your home. xx
Merry Christmas my loves!
Diana Elizabeth still needs to show you their Christmas cards this year.