Saturday, December 3, 2011

Let the Decorating Begin! Part 1 - Decorating with Wreaths

Decorating is a passion of mine. I love catalogs, magazines, and websites that give me ideas. I take those and add my own ideas with what I have on hand or can afford and make it work in my home. I am not a professional interior decorator or an authority by any means.....I just love it and enjoy doing it. Because I am always interested in what others are doing and looking for ideas to "steal", I thought I would share some of my have my permission to steal them!

Decorating for Christmas is a two week long affaire for me. I decorate every room in the main living area which includes the kitchen, bathroom, dining room, parlor, living room and hallway to the upstairs. I live in an 1870's Victorian in a small village, so all the quaintness and architectural stuff that I love is already built in, which makes the decorating a lot easier.  It is truly a labor of love for me because I have to un-decorate what is already there year round in order to decorate for Christmas.....and all the boxes of decorations have to come up from the basement and down from the attic. And if there is a box around, you will find Miss Kitty laying on it....

She was in her glory here!

Everything from the mantel and the cupboard and the window seat gets stuffed in the storage under the window seat and the unpacking and decorating begins!
I have a thing for wreaths and so they are a big part of my Christmas decorating. The focal point of the parlor is the wreath above the mantel and all else falls in behind it!

I have three wreaths in the living room. I love the idea of hanging them over windows. Another great idea is to hang them over a mirror.
Here I have hung this wreath from the curtain rod with a decorative ribbon. The lights from the tree across the room make it sparkle at night....

The focal point of the living room is the bay window and I felt something else was needed amongst all the windows. The sparkly gold wreath is a Christmas decoration but I leave it up year is hung with fish line from a nail hidden behind the window treatment.

This next wreath is new this year. I have always wanted a square wreath so when I saw this one in a catalog, on sale with free shipping, I grabbed it! It is made of wood curls formed into the shape of tiny roses. Not that the tree needed a decoration behind it, but I think it works and is kind of a new idea for Christmas decorating.....

I found this handmade star wreath at a barn sale and it was in bad shape! The tag on it says that it was made from wood from a 100 year old home....that was all I needed to know! I fixed it up and added the berries and angel. It goes well in my dining room which is more Country Victorian style....

One more wreath! This one is hung on the pocket doors on the other side of the tree, which goes into my entry hallway. A lot of wide open space needs something! The stars are actually the wreath holder. I just bought a faux pine garland, added the pinecones, molded it into a wreath and there it is....very easy and with a sparkly wooden NOEL sign, it looks great!

I hope you enjoyed my wreath tour and were able to get some ideas for your home. I would love to read your comments.

Visit Part 2 - Decorating with Santas and Snowmen and Part - 3 Decorating with Vignettes for more Christmas decorating ideas.
Happy Decorating!


  1. And may i say it is wonderful coming home to a wonderful wife who makes everything feel so "Christmassy" ;)


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