Happy Holidays! I hope everyone had a very "Joyeux Noel" indeed. It's been so long since I've posted- I've almost forgotten how. I know I missed all the lovely home tours in Bloglandia, but I still wanted to share some photos of my own little abode. Last year I had too much sparkle in my decor so this year I tried to bring in more natural elements. I'm really happy with how everything turned out! Usually by the 29th, I am itching to pack it all away, but I'm still enjoying everything this year!
I found that gorgeous watercolor above my couch at a thrift store for $8 - with the heavy oak frame! I did paint the frame in a soft "near black". I know it's only going work for one season, but I do think it is lovely.
This year's tree is a little tabletop tree- just right for our small apartment. It was fun to think of ways to give it a more "natural" theme. I treated myself to the twig frame ornaments from This Time Next Tuesday- a very cute shop on Etsy.
Another thing I did this year that I really liked was putting my nativity in the rustic basket and hanging it above my fireplace. I don't have a mantel, but this is a lovely way to showcase the most important element of the season. (Of course, I used a few dabs of hot glue to make sure that the holy family doesn't take any unexpected trips!)
How do you like my banner? I actually made it for Thanksgiving- on the back it says "Give Thanks"! I used the "woody" letters from Pattern Bee. I'm so happy with how it turned out! The pretty swag on top of my china cabinet came from Hobby Lobby. It's the first Hobby Lobby I've ever been in- it's new to my area. I was so excited! I couldn't stop babbling "hobby lobby hobby lobby hobby lobby" as I got closer and closer!
Christmas itself was really nice- I have some things to share from our family get together, but I'll save that for later. I'm still trying to get Christmas cards (er, Christmas Season cards) in the mail!
Best wishes to all for a safe and happy 2012!