Sunday, December 4, 2016

My Christmas Wreath

The very first time I saw this wreath I pinned it for the future. I just knew one day it would fit in my home. For the last four years it just did not make the cut. However..... 
This was the year!!!

Thanks to Martha Stewart's inspiration I made my own version this year.

As you probably already know I used navy, cobalt and greens this year with an addition of some mercury glass so this wreath was a perfect addition.

It is a good idea to have a nice flow from room to room that has elements that work or coordinate nicely.

You will notice that on the very bottom of the wreath are tiny balls very similar to the falling snow in the pillow I have on my sofa.


I ordered 4 bunches of eucalyptus from our grocery stores floral department and picked it up yesterday.

The plan was to make the wreath and to also incorporate the eucalyptus into the mantel garland. I like to mix some live greens with the faux.

Here is my interpretation of the wreath using silver dollar eucalyptus.

 I love how it sparkles. One thing that surprised me was how the little tiny balls at the bottom are what made the wreath feel special to me.  Like little snow balls. It is always in the details.

 Here is a close up so you can see that I used a lot more of the tiny little balls on the bottom of my wreath. This wreath is almost 3ft in diameter so it has a lot more ornamentation than the original wreath pictured above, which is a 2ft wreath.

I chose to add the ribbons streamers at the bottom of my wreath. It is another tie-in to what is in the Great room. I also have streamers on my mantel garland.

It is fun to mix up the greenery. It gives it more interest, texture and color variation.

I am really enjoying this combination, plus it really smells fresh and clean.

The nice thing about using the eucalyptus is I have a bucket outside with water in it keeping the branches fresh so when they start looking a bit less than fresh inside, it will be an easy thing to replace them.

One good thing about eucalyptus it doesn't look half bad when it starts drying out.


Do you use a mantel nailing board on your mantel? I do!! If you don't know what that is you can read about it HERE!

Thursday, December 1, 2016


It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around my house and I am loving it!!!

We have been falalaing around the house and adding our Christmas touches for this year.

If you all remember my color palette this year is navy, cobalt and green. Here is my inspiration board.....

So far we have the tree decorated and the mantel so I will share those with you today.

Our tree is full of memories and I call it our memory tree for that reason. The ornaments are always the same. I add different colored ribbons each year.

This years addition are navy and cobalt ribbons, and I actually used some of my plaid gift tags on the tree this year.

These tags tie in nicely with my plaid Christmas pillow...

The other pillows reside on my sofa.....

Some of the packages are wrapped, and waiting for the ribbons so they can go under the tree...

Next came the mantel, which at first I was not quite sure what I would do. I knew I needed to pull the colors over to the all white mantel.

We placed our greenery with lights, and then I stood back and took a look. 

I plan on using a wreath in the kitchen area that will have silver balls on it, so I knew I needed to add some silver to this area as well.

Ah Hah!! I remembered I had 3 mercury glass trees that I purchased years ago, so the hunt began to find which box they were in!! I found them and placed them on the mantel. It was just the right touch.

You know I love simple clean looks so with the new mirror and sconces I was not sure what would look right with the new elements. The trees were perfect!!

It still needed a little something more so in came the ribbon streamers for each side. I used the navy, cobalt and green, they looked warm and rich to my eye. I needed a little more silver so I added a single strand of beaded garland.

Next came the TV niche, since the mantel and TV are on the same wall it reads as one unit, so it has to go well together. I like to keep the TV area simple but have a color tie-in.

This year I chose to fill up my 3ft long nickel tray with all the different blues and greens that I am using with some sparkly ornaments.

It was all looking just like I wanted it to look, BUT it still needed one more element.

Now the picture was complete in my minds eye!!

The glow at night in this room is so comforting and soothing. I only wish I could capture it on film for you.

What's next?

YES this is happening again this year!!

You might remember it from last year. Our very first year in our new home, we had only been here for two months....

I will also be attempting to recreate this wreath. This is why I needed more silver in the great room to tie in with this wreath. It will be my own interpretation, wish me luck.....


Saturday, November 26, 2016

2016 Christmas Gift Wrap and Ribbon

In our home it is officially the opening day for the Christmas season!

Let the falalaing begin!!

For those of you who know me you know I ♥♥♥ This time of year.

The tree is up the skirt is under the tree and the Christmas pillows are all out!!

You might remember my pillow choices from a previous post....

One of the things I enjoy just as much as the decorating is pulling together my wrapping papers and ribbons for the season.

Once the tree skirt  is put into place I am good to go.

Speaking of skirts!! 

This year I could not use the basket I usually use and I could not find a skirt that I loved so I improvised and purchased a very plush, heavy weight coverlet that looks like a cable knit sweater. That way I can use it after the Holidays on our bed.

(found at Homegoods)

Now for the fun part, the Christmas wrapping papers, ribbons and tags 

Here they are all lined up ready for me to use......

I am so excited!! 

You will notice I always use my black and white awning striped paper, it is my signature wrapping paper.

I like to keep my ribbons and wrapping supplies in decorative baskets, so when they are out, and I have a mess all around me they still look decorative. YES I am that girl. I have to have PRETTY, what can I say....

It makes it so much easier for me when it comes to wrapping gifts if everything is together....

I have gift tags, scissors, tape and any type of decorative addition I might use on packages available in a basket.

This year I loved my new gift tags so much I used some of them on our tree.


In years past I have always used this method. I have a French market basket that I keep out with the wrapping paper in it and it becomes part of my Christmas decor. Here are just a couple of years combinations...


Now that I have all my gift wrapping paper and ribbons combined I can start wrapping some packages. I can hardly wait to put them under the tree.

I find it cheaper to order bolts of paper and ribbons.

Here are some links that I like to use for gift wrap and ribbons if you are interested just click on words in green....


Gift wrap:
Nashville wraps 

Gift tags 
Etsy: Paper jacks 
         So Hospitality Co.

Check out Etsy for other gift tags that you might like. These are two companies that I have used and love the quality.