Thursday, December 22, 2011

easy peasy christmas decorating...

This year, I discovered something new.
 new for my christmas decorating.
 new to me.

Are you ready?

Wait for it...

here it is:

Add christmas to my already existing decor!

pretty smart, huh?

Seriously though, this had never occurred to me .

Here is where the revelation came...thanks Suzan!

It was a lightbulb moment
has  made a huge difference.

My previous decorating plan included:

1.  take down existing  vignettes
2.  create brand-new vignettes
3.  figure out a way to store  all of the pre-christmas vignettes 
4.  take down Christmas vignettes
5.  wait until Easter to finally have original vignettes back in place

No wonder, I always dreaded the job.

I am a changed christmas-decorator.
Really, these shelves took me all of 30 minutes to
dust, tweak a bit and add a bit of holiday cheer.
Red balls, a bit of greenery, a bottle brush tree or two 

and voila
it's christmas-ey.

This on the other hand was not easy.

Pinterest is  100% responsible.
I saw this 

and thought "I have all of those parts"

That is what I get for thinking.
It took waaay longer than it should have.

so, what's new about that?

My Mr. was a trooper.
He is   used to me and my ideas.
We He had to be creative 
to figure out 
how to put all of the parts together 
to keep it from falling over.

We won't be taking it apart any time soon. 

So we'll see it again next year.

 That's OK because I love it!

The decorating of the tree?
It WAS easy, peasy
I used items I already had.

 measuring stick turned star

black metal house  numbers
home printed words
kind of folksy, my girl said
I think it's fun and quirky

These photos are from our family room
where we hang out the most,
definitely less formal and frou-frouey.

And yes, the TV is behind those doors.

Just a few more things on my to-do list and we'll be all ready to celebrate.
How's  your list?


Stef@ said...

Merry Christmas!!!

It's me said...

Bedankt lieverd voor je gezelligheid steun en liefde van het afgelopen jaar......liefs van

Thanks my darling for your fun loving and support over the past from


Fijne Kerstdagen,
Merry Christmas,
Glaedelig Jul,
Merry Christmas,
Joyeux Noel,
God Jul,

Custom Comforts said...

So pretty! I love everything you did and your home looks so lovely. Anxious to look at your other posts ~ newest follower. Merry Christmas ~ Cindy.

Tina @ TinyBear Studio said...

Love your decorations and your tree is SO pretty.
Wishing you the most wonderful Christmas filled with love and joy.

FlowerLady said...

I LOVE your simple, lovely Christmas look. I also had much less stress in decorating this year, and totally feel relaxed, especially knowing it won't take long to take it all down and get back to normal.

Have a beautiful Christmas and a wonderful 2012.


Bee happy said...

Your house is just beautiful, I love your christmas decorations, great idea adding rather than changing everything :) it's a good job we have understanding husbands ) lol

Merry Christmas!

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Gracie's Cottage said...

It's all beautiful! Your "tree trolley" is faboo; fortunate you are to have a guy to help execute your visions!

Merry Christmas,

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Rene' ~
Ohhhhh my gosh I absolutely adore your tree!!! It is amazing!
You are so talented sweet girl!!

Merry Christmas!


NanaDiana said...

Rene-It looks just beautiful. I love the tree "carrier" was well worth the effort in the end because it is adorable.

I have been doing things a bit easier, too, this year...a new baby changed our plans so we are fully decked out in a new, easier way this year. I may never go back to the "old way". xo Diana

Lucy May said...

Love everything in the whole post! I will be looking for some of those parts for next year!

jAne said...


Sweet Old Vintage said...

Just beautiful and I so love the tree... I love just adding to the existing objects.... Merry Christmas and may the coming year be filled with all the blessings possible for you and your family...

kpaints said...

Just perfect...I love the subtle little Christmas touches. That tree...over the top!!! Adore it!

Merry Holidays to you!

Carol said...

Terrific idea. I will probably be going the other direction. Since I have only been on pinterest for a short time, my Christmas vignettes will hopefully be staying around all year with only the Christmasy parts taken away. I am loving my new look, some from thrift stores, but mostly just gathering things that I already had around the house or stored away. It is fun looking at all these objects in a new abd fresh perspective. Your inspiration had a big part of all this, so THANK YOU.

time worn interiors said...

Oh my! I love your tree holder, the decor you added to the shelves in the family room. And I love the piano! Actully I love it all!

Peace on Earth!


Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Merry Christmas to you...Isn't it just wonderful when you can figure out how to do something you love in a much easier way? I love all your decorations..especially your 'tree stand'!

That Suzan is such an inspiration....I would love to meet her some day.

Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas,

kitty said...

What a great idea.I don't have those things around here so no can do.But I really love it.Actually better than pinecrest too.Merry Christmas!

Sandi said...

Love your idea and I can imagine that it would not be easy to put together. Congrats on that accomplishment! Isn't it great that our guys can do most anything we want them to? I think so!!

I think I have always just added Christmas to my existing vignettes because my house isn't big enough to store it all and make totally new ones. LOL Congrats on that too! They are beautiful!!
Merry Christmas Rene!!

A Cottage Muse said...

Don't you just love "easy"!!
I love that to pin it!

Diane said...

Very cute Rene. It's great to have a man to help you carry through some of these big ideas. Diane

Rachel Knoblich said...

Your house is absolutely stunning! I love everything. I love your decorating and you have a great heart and are an inspiring woman! Merry Christmas!

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your home and Christmas decor! Awesome tree "stand"!
Merry Christmas!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful as always!! Love your inspiring photos!! I can never have enough vintage trophy's, alarm clocks, or old fans!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Paulette said...

I jumped over from Blessed Serendipity blog list and really enjoyed the Christmas tour of your home. Every thing looks beautiful.
Merry Christmas.♥

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

Love your Christmas decor!! The tree in the bucket is absolutely gorgeous!

Wishing you a joyous and blessed Christmas.

Victorian1885 said...

Amazed again at your decorating talent! May the wonder & magic of the Season amaze you.. Merry Christmas to you & your wonderful Family!


{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my gooooodness...........LOVE this....well, every.thing. Just perfect.

Merry Christmas!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Oh, I just love this Rene! That Pinterest photo is so inspirational. you did a great job recreating it! so glad you joined in for the party! Have a wonderful Christmas. Your home looks amazing all white with the lights, xoxo