Well, this house really doesn't have any halls to deck. :) But that's ok. There are enough rooms that need a little holiday happiness that we won't miss the halls. This smaller space seems to need a lighter touch as far as quantity of Christmas decor and that's kind of nice because I don't feel super pressured to figure out a million little vignettes. Since you can pretty much scope out the entire space with a glance, it's been nice to keep it simple and enjoy other holiday activities (like watching old movies and hanging out!) We have a super fat tree that I bought for the lake house. It was perfect out there. It filled the space and was a statement in the big great room. I loved it. There was NO WAY that tree was coming into this space without us moving out almost all of the living room furniture. ;) Just so happened that Katie and Garrett decided they wanted a real tree this year and since I am their storage facility for all things holiday, their tree was in my basement. So, I borrowed their slimmer tree and put it up for this year. It's a great height and shape for this room and it saved me from buying a tree for this house since I'm pretty sure we won't be here next Christmas. (I'll tell you about that when it's all official.) A slimmer tree meant that my collection of mostly Radko ornaments filled the branches. I really enjoy a busy tree and I LOVE the look of all my ornaments hung closely together. Sutton's learned quickly to touch with "one finger" and his Gram made sure that all the super cool "boy ornaments" (cars and motorcycles) were near the bottom branches where he could enjoy them up close.
I was going to call it good with just the tree but then I spent a little too much time looking at blogs and hanging out at Pinterest. Oh my goodness. You should never again for the rest of your life ever be able to claim that you can't think of anything to do for a space. CHRISTMAS IDEA OVERLOAD! (I say that it in my most appreciative voice!) I found a company called Caravan Shoppe and quickly fell head over heels in LOVE with their chalkboard Christmas decor. When I couldn't decide on one package, I clicked on the "all I want is everything" pack and decided not to decide right that moment- that way I could put off the decision until I got to Staples to have my architectural prints made. When I got there, I still wasn't quite ready to commit so I had them print up pretty much one of everything and took them home to edit them "on location". Great decision, yes? I decided the empty wall in my dining room would be the perfect place for three 3'x4' chalkboard posters.I grabbed a roll of Washi tape and within 10 minutes I had the cutest wall and could officially call the dining room "decked". I love it when it goes quickly and beautifully, don't you?
Off to sew and see if I can finish up a couple of surprises for Christmas. I'll show those post December 25. Merry Christmas!