…christmas decor: the foyer

“It’s coming on Christmas. They’re cutting down trees. Putting up reindeer singing songs of joy and peace.” – Joni Mitchell

(I heart Joni Mitchell. If you don’t know this sons look it up right after this post. It’s called River and it’s one of my very favs.)

So, don’t blame me, blame the retail shops that have starting selling holiday decor before Thanksgiving is even here! That being said, my motto with three kids is don’t put off until tomorrow what you can get done today because chances are you will always run out of time!

I don’t have my tree yet, but I have been collecting some decor. I started with the entry. I think whether you have a large entry or a tiny one, it’s always an opportunity to welcome your guests into your home in a warm & inviting manner.

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I started in the front. I knew I wanted to change out my green, fig branches for something red and berry. I found these great birch branches with berries at Stylish Patina. Kelly was sweet enough to hold 12 for me. What do you think, Kelly? FYI – the table was done in Cece Caldwell.

Target is selling non-breakable ornament balls by the bulk. I filled this old bird cage with gold ones.

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Then I ran around my house collecting all my old red books. It was like a treasure hunt. The sheepskin is FAUX and came from my bedroom ottoman. I wanted to give the impression of snow.

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Antique ironestone with faux berries.

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I definitely needed a few birds and cardinals & burlap birdies were perfect.

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I bought about 6 crate of all different sizes of mason jars. I sprinkled them on every surface around my house and dropped in a little tea candle. I’m planning on adding some fresh cranberries for color as well.

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I would recommend choosing only a few colors per vignette. I think with Christmas decor it’s easy to go nuts. Try to edit as you go so it doesn’t look like an explosion of holiday color. Less is more.

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Use what you have. Look around your space to see what could work in your holiday scene. Kane is not impressed, but his collar matched my table so I let him observe.

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…favorite things friday – felt

Christmas is coming FAST this year and I think it’s because I’m getting old, but I’m actually buying more decorations for the house. Normally I don’t want to move any of the pretty things that I love out of the way to make way for things that are red or gold and shiny, but this year I feel differently.

I’m also super into felt. Felt everything. Felt Christmas stuff. It’s playful and sweet and nothing made out of felt can be looked at too stuffy & seriously.

Check out this sweet wreath with cardinal from The Company Store.

wreath-as09-j13And, yes, that is felt garland! Love.

 

…switching & painting hardware

I recently refinished a dresser with different hardware for a client. We could have painted what was on her piece, but she found some others with a bit more detail. Here is the before:

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This is the hardware that she ordered and brought to me to replace.

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Pretty classic, but still brassy. It needed paint.

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The hardware did not fit so DH screwed new holes for this hardware and I painted it. Worked great!

The key to switching out hardware is measuring the little holes. If you have an older piece and/or vintage chances are newer hardware will not fit perfectly. There are ways around this.

Switching Out Hardware.

1. Take off the old hardware that is ugly & distracting

2. Measure the holes where the screws went

3. Search online and in your hardware store for hardware that fits

4. If you find some that fits – great! Leave it as is or paint it depending on material

5. If hardware does not fit, but is close you need to drill another hole & fill the remaining hole with wood filler. A bit of a process, but totally doable.

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The piece turned out great. IMG_3344

It is now in the nursery awaiting her baby girl 🙂IMG_3346

I recently did a tutorial on painting hardware. Check it out!