Last Christmas, I decorated with aqua. I really enjoyed it, but I think this year, I will use more traditional colors. I haven't started decorating yet, but will probably start on Friday. I hope I can keep it simple. (That's hard for me). So in a couple of days, I'll show you how it's going.
Now, just a few shots from Christmas Past.
snowmen melt my heart
Have you already decorated for Christmas? I just can't do it until Thanksgiving is over.
You have all seen the little hall cabinet that I use as a side table in the dining room. I love decorating the top for the seasons, so here is how it looks at the moment.
I removed some stacked cake stands and brought in this wonderful turkey platter.
I love all the wonderful colors. They are very realistic.
I tucked a fall floral bush beside it.
On the opposite end of the table, I have my vintage sewing drawer filled with fall florals, with a small Mason jar full of old spoons tucked inside the drawer.
I didn't change out the runner, because this one is my favorite, and its colors work well with the items on the table.
None of this is new. I've mostly stopped buying things for the house for about the last 4 or 5 months. I just don't need to bring more in. I have about 20 large bins full of stuff that I switch out all the time, so rather than buying more, I need to purge those bins first, and there's not much I would get rid of. So that's how it is around here. :)
I've had the day to myself, so I made a trip to my favorite consignment shop. It turned out to be a great day to go. First I found this fabulous picture with the "new" price still on the back at $59.99, for $13.99. The frame, glass, and mat are in perfect condition, and I love pictures of houses. The colors are perfect in the family room, so I hung it above the loveseat.
I almost walked away, but I knew I would be sorry I didn't buy it at such a great price.
This photo above is a little dark, but shows it hanging above the love seat.
This shot shows the family room, coming in from the front door.
The consignment store had a bunch of stuff on the sidewalk priced at $2.00, and I bought 2 totes at $2.00 each. They are new. As far as I'm concerned, you can't have too many totes.
The one above is black and pink, with pink lining on the inside.
This one is turquoise and white with blue lining, plus it had a small change purse with it.
All in all, I think these were great deals. I'll be using the totes this weekend, and I've already hung the picture.
Time to change the mantel for the month of November. At first I added some small items to the mantel, but after living with it a couple days, I started over. Just too much, and the focal point (small sign) just didn't have enough presence.
Off came all the items, and I started over.
The taller pieces give a simpler and more substantial look to the mantel. All the small items made a messy display.
Maybe I can live with this for a couple more weeks and then the Christmas decorating will begin.