Now, I think I’ve mentioned before that we live in a rental house that is slightly bigger than a bread box. No?!? Which really is awesome when it comes time for cleaning … or searching for something
my husband I can’t find. (I mean there are only so many spots he can put the clothes he had on yesterday. Which is ALWAYS where said lost item is.)
I’ve seen a lot of bloggers talking about how they’re going simple this year. Understated and inexpensive. I would say this is my decorating strategy all day everyday. And that is even more exaggerated with such a small space. Where exactly am I going to store bunches of holiday decorations in the off season?
I’ll have to share some of our creative storage solutions with you sometime. Can you say construction doors turned walk in closet shelving?
So, in addition to our driftwood Christmas tree, I made just a few upgrades.
Just ignore all the cords, but hopefully the Charlie Brown Christmas on tv makes you smile.
Those tall lit things on the right are 3 bamboo poles that we keep out all year. We picked them up at a beach here in Curacao, I cleaned ’em up and coated them with clear varnish.
For Christmas, I just strung them with lights and using really small gold clothes pins (that I also used to make photo/place card holders here) I displayed Christmas cards and photo cards from years past. For the record we have one friend on it enough to get a card here in time. Love the card Sue!
An easy and festive card display. I like to think it overpowers the blank piece of plywood hanging above the tv.
What, you didn’t notice it? Ok, pretend I didn’t mention it. 😉
For this I actually cheated a bit and wrapped a couple of tennis balls in a gold ribbon to take up space in the middle. I turned the cloche upside down, lined the top (bottom when upside down, obviously!) with items, nestled the ribbon wrapped tennis balls in the middle and then filled in the rest. I used the tissue paper to just make sure everything was nice and snug so when I flipped it all over on the white plate it wouldn’t shift too much.
Easy little touches of coastal Christmas. And since I already had all of the items, totally free. My favorite word!
I had bought the cloche and apothecary jar a couple of years ago on super duper discount when a home improvement store was preparing to close down and I bought the gold and white trees and baubles last year also at about 90% off after tropical storm Tomas hit the island and forced a lot of shops into big sales. The coral, shells and even the twig were all picked up along the way at different beaches.
When I posted about the decorated driftwood tree I didn’t wait and take any night pics. Well, here she is, in all of her tea lit glory.
You might notice she’s just a wee bit different than when I first posted about her with all of my fun DIY ornaments. I set up a table at a small Christmas Bazaar recently and was fortunate enough to sell a lot of my creations. All of the cutie sea urchin snow(wo)men and glittered shells and even the book page star and red wooden tree topper have found new homes for the holidays. So, I just added a few little miniature mercury glass ornaments we had and one clear bauble with sand in it we had received as a gift last year.
I still love her.
It’s not much, and it’s not monumental, but it’s festive. And it’s in perfect scale with our little space, just the right amount Christmas up in here.
Now, I would be remiss if I did not express my heart felt wishes to you all to enjoy this final week before Christmas and the rest that 2011 has to offer us. Relish in the true spirit of the holiday. Cherish the moments with the ones you love. Enjoy the small stuff. Sleep in if you can, have an extra cup of coffee, eat cake for dinner, give extra hugs.
Do whatever it is that makes your heart sing, it is the holiday season, the perfect excuse to be contentedly happy all of the time for no other reason than we are living the life we were meant to live.
Here’s wishing Happiness to all!!