a little Christmas~

Here is a glimpse into the living room~

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I had lots of help from my kids in deciding the color scheme.  I was hoping they would go for something subtle, but now that it is finished I think it looks fantastic.  Reds, blues, and silver this year with a hint of gold.

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This is my cane collection, it looks so fetching in these old equestrian boots.

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The mantel was particularly fun with massive ornaments and silvery reindeer.  The frosted branches and berries added enough nature to make me happy and the colors pleased the kids.

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The sleigh is holding some presents, but earlier it was the setting of an intimate get together.

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There is always the challenge of incorporating the southwest into my designs, especially with the overwhelming popularity of the cottage look; trying to be true to your home can be a challenge.  But for me I love the southwest, how wild it is, how green, the incredible wildlife… so although I don’t have the pleasure of enjoying a cozy cottage, I am beginning to enjoy finding the heartbeat of this particular home.

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Here is our tree!  I have been wanting a flocked tree for a few years now and have even looked at the canned flocking.  But the tree was spendy, so I settled on my little trick that I have used now for a couple years, flocked branches with pinecones and realistic pine needles.

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And finally, the white wreath with our little Arizona red cardinal ornament.  Cardinals can be seen in a flash of sweeping across the sky here and they have quickly become one of my favorite birds.

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I have one more post to sneak in before Christmas, I have a new camera and have taken quite a few photos but my schedule has been so hectic!  I hope you are enjoying the lovely Christmas season so far!

 

xokelly

 

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oh Christmas tree~

I was much more excited to do our family room tree this year!  The walls are now white and that has been a huge help with the blah beige house that we moved into.  I usually let a little something move me and this year it was my parents’ sleigh bells.

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I always start first by adding additional lights to the tree, usually with a larger bulb.  Then I add additional branches that have a more realistic look with pine cones.  The icy branches and wreath get added to the top along with adding in the sleigh bells.  I always tuck the larger bulbs closer to the tree trunk and the smaller ones toward the end of the branches.

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It turned out fantastic!  But before I move on to that, here are a few more changes I added to the room~

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The armoire received some new knobs, hooks actually.  I found these horse hooks at an antique show.  I had been mulling over what to do with them when I realized how amazing they would look on the armoire.  I also added some mercury glass pulls to the drawers and bottom doors.  It turned out so lovely!

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Carrying on the horse theme, the coffee table got a little love too.

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There’s a tiny peek of the tree~

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A candle on a sleigh pulls together all the memories; my parents used to hitch up the sleigh in the wintertime and we would ride in to town to buy groceries, bells jingling all the way…. magic, it was pure magic.

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And here is the tree!  I hope you like it~

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I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season so far, blessings to you and a lovely day~

xokelly

 

 

 

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a fall topiary~

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These are the lovely leaves I pressed from Oregon… such gorgeous color!  I had this…. well you could say ‘expired’ topiary sitting on my desk waiting for a new life.  How pretty this looks and it was so easy make!

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The colors are so vibrant, the leaves almost look like they are made of paper.

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I just tucked the leaves into the open branches, they could have been glued to ensure they would stay put, but I knew I was going to change it out so I didn’t glue it.  I also added moss around the base of the tree.  This isn’t the most practical craft, but I thought it looked so beautiful, I had to share it~

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My mom picked up these cute little acorns from her neighborhood in Portland, thanks Mom!

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xokelly

 

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place settings~

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A few simple place setting ideas using natural items that you might already have.  A little goes a long way in making an elegant table.

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This oak leaf is so spectacular, it adds so much color!

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These are the acorns my mother sent me, how stunning a small handful looks.

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A leaf can easily be made into a place card using a chalkboard pen.  Be sure to write gently, I like to practice on a separate piece of paper first.

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A tiny cloche with acorns would make a lovely little memento for your guests to take home.

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I hope you find these few ideas inspiring, as always, thank you for taking the time~

xokelly

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new curtains~

How desperately we needed new curtains!  The original ones, besides being laden with cat {which I am incredibly allergic to}, were just too red… brick-red with yellow-gold stitching.  They weren’t awful, but they looked very heavy for living in such a sunny climate.   And my goodness, so much beige!

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So heavy red curtains coming down, inexpensive painter’s tarp going up!

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The texture is just gorgeous, the flecked color is gorgeous, and the price?..  gorgeous.

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This room is far from finished, it needs a large area rug; all the furniture is from the previous house that we made do.  The fireplace area is being updated.  But for now, I am happy with things not looking head to toe beige.  The room has lots of neutrals, but it has a look of interest that appeals to me, the color plates on the back wall, the drafting desk, the modern glass table with the rustic leather, it looks like interesting people live here.

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The room needed something living and green, as soon as I bought this little tree I immediately put it under glass and I haven’t watered it since.

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The curtains made such a nice difference in the nook as well.

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By the way, this is green millet, how non-traditional and lovely!  The blue ceramic jar is an inspiration from my friend, Lee, in New Zealand.  I bought a pair of these at a consignment store for around $30.  Score!

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Have a lovely day!

xokelly

 

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