Monday, 8 December 2014

Welcome To My Home - A Peek At My Holiday Decor


This weekend I began decorating my cottage this years theme would be 'natural', possibly I went a wee bit overboard with my mantelpiece, hopefully it will survive until Boxing day.



With my mantelpiece I basically foraged for foliage while out walking. I bought a couple of pieces of Pohutakawa (NZ Christmas tree), for a central feature, The secret is lining your mantel with clear cellophane and then using pre-soaked bricks of florists oasis. I placed one in the centre and then one at each end. I started with the centre one poking in pieces of foliage. I then added some longer pieces at each end and filled in between. Once I was happy with the balance, I added a few silver balls and a garland of tiny silver stars which I weaved in and out. I need a few more Pohutakawa and pinecones in the centre but fairly happy with my first attempt at doing something like this although possibly it is a little overdone and I may prune it a little before Christmas day.

Above: I created some little candles for my guests on Christmas day...I have a post about  the diy candle holders here.

And a glimpse from my bedroom which is almost finished and will be shared on my blog next week...

I have more decorating ideas to share this week, including how to make a cute little candle holders for your place settings and much more.




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16 comments:

  1. Lovely. My hanks for,the how-to on the mantle.

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    1. Thank you for taking time to comment, I am glad you enjoyed the mantel.

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  2. Hey Lee, love the wreath over the shutters and great job on the mantel. I've gone for extreme minimalism this year, no tree b/c of the new puppy who loves to chew things! However i've done a silver and gold coffee table setting which i think looks nice and the collection of santas (all from craft places) on the top of our kent fireplace and that's about it. So unusual for me who has about 9 big boxes of decorations!

    Jane

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    1. Thanks Jane for your comments, I should really be going for minimalism having such a small cottage but went a little overboard with the mantel. Hmm yes a new puppy is probably far from tree/present friendly. Your silver and gold coffee table sounds really lovely, I do love that combination and used it last year.The collection of santas sounds great too. Gosh, 9 boxes of decorations! I still have my 8 foot tree packed away under the deck, I am hanging onto it in case we extend on our house or move.

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  3. Lee, it all looks beautiful! Love how you've brought in the greenery from outdoors and made it a focal point on the mantel. Lovely pics!!

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    1. Thanks Rhoda for the nice compliments, I may have overdone the mantel and might change it a little but I think the idea is good.

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  4. Very soft and pretty Christmas decor.

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  5. Your home is so pretty. I love all the little details.

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    1. Thank you Heather for calling by and taking time to comment :)

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  6. Love if you share your pretty Christmas post on Fabulous Friday Party! It will be a hit!
    http://www.simplenaturedecorblog.com/fabulous-friday-party-christmas-ideas/
    Thanks Maria

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    1. Thank you Maria for featuring my post on your blog.

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    1. Thanks Kim, I made a few changes to the mantel, a little less over the top and more structured :)

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  8. Congrats, thanks for sharing your holiday ideas at my last party! you will be one of my features for your holiday ideas! Its tomorrow the party
    thanks
    Maria

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  9. Your home is gorgeous!
    Have a happy New Year :)

    xx
    Mila
    milawayable@gmail.com
    milaslittlethings.com


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