With Christmas right around the corner we thought we’d toss together a fun little roundup of a bunch of holiday projects (both old and new) that we’ve whipped up over our last three Christmases as bloggers. Let the festivus begin!
Our first stop is a fun table decorating post from last year. Here are just a few of our favorite seasonal set-ups (see more arrangements and additional details here):
Here’s how we decorated our tree the last two years, full of tone on tone texture and gleaming metallics (see more pics and get more details here):
And here’s a little treat Martha Stewart my sweet hubby tossed together for us while we decorated back in ’08 (see the full “recipe” here):
These are some fun ornaments that we made last year with cheap and simple things like feathers, glue, and glitter. We love how airy and sweet they feel and how perfectly they fit in with the rest of our gleaming metallic ornaments (more deets and pics here):
And of course we have our Christmas tree from this year, chock full of new DIY ornaments like actual dried fruit slices and faux-lemons wired to the ends of some of the branches (see more photos and get the deets here).
Here’s a fun little place card idea from last year using ornaments and a cheap paint pen to create a sweet personalized favor for your guests to take home (find more pics and info here):
And here’s another way to use ornaments in unexpected ways. Just glue magnets to them and use ’em to display all of your holiday cards en masse on your fridge (find more details and photos here).
For a splash of winter white blooms, planting paperwhites is always simple and sweet (here’s a full tutorial with pics galore):
Here are some mossy and metallic side table creations that we whipped up with a cheap pack of craft store moss and a few silver ornaments (full details and more pics here):
And here’s an ornaments-meet-edibles idea that’s super easy for holiday entertaining (more details and pics here):
This is how we decorated our console table this year, with fun greenery and gleaming green ornaments along with a giant feather tree to really set the scene (more details and pics here):
Then we have our den which got decked out in a subtly seasonal wreath and some ornament-riddled hurricanes (more photos and details here):
And here’s the living room mantel all gussied up with ornament-topped candlesticks and DIY labeled stockings (more photos and details here):
So that does it for our fun and festive holiday roundup. We hope you’ve enjoyed this whirlwind tour of seasonal posts (both old and new) and we also hope that you have a fabulous time with your friends and family… whether you’re hosting or just showing up and getting fed! We still have posts planned for tomorrow and all of next week, so feel free to drop by between sips of eggnog.
Update: You can check out all of our favorite holiday decor finds here – many of which are under $15!
Can you believe that it is Christmas eve, eve? This December just flew by!
I love all your ideas especially those feather trees! They are beautiful!
Merry Christmas to you guys!
Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog says
Love the round-up! Looking at all of those beautiful images and ideas totally set the mood for the holiday weekend :).
I love that first table! Really love the fridge, too! I am a sucker for anything with bright colors. My husband just lovvves that.
This post was a festivus miracle!! ;) Hahaha.
Note to self: must get green feather tree!! I`d be tempted to leave it up year round though, it`s gorgeous!
I love your tree this year with all of the fruit! It’s really cute.
(I also tried clicking the link to look at the hot cocoa recipe, but a pic of your living room popped up instead…)
Thanks for the heads up! All fixed.
Love all your Christmas decor–thank you for the round up. I also love the music in the videos–I’ve been Googling “Anup” but havn’t had any luck finding anything-where did YHL find that lovely music?
We love using music that’s “released” for public use (so we’re never caught inadvertently stealing anyone’s tunes). Here’s the site where we found the music for our tree decorating videos: http://www.hermann-uwe.de/blog/10-100-creative-commons-christmas-songs
Hope it helps!
Mrs. A says
found your blog while searching for ideas for mine and my husband’s future home. We’ll be buying our first home shortly after the holidays and I was trying to think of Christmas decor I might want for next year and stumbled onto your blog. I’m looking forward to reading through your archives and reading future posts. I am most definitely a new follower.
Welcome Mrs. A! So glad you found us. And good luck with your new home!
s (& j)
Love what you did with the paper whites! I planted some this year and they completely all fell over and I didn’t even think of something as simple as a ribbon to keep them up! Duh! I love it, beautiful.
After seeing your hot cocoa pic, I ran out and bought some cute snowflake themed irish coffee mugs from target and some target brand mint hot cocoa mix and taught my hubby how to assemble the delicious treat, but instead of the chocolate shavings, he used red sprinkles for a festive though. very yummmmy!!!
Jacquelin Hicks says
I love all of your holiday decor. it is so simple and chic. Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas!
Love the festivus reference.
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday!
I have a question. From reading, I know you switched up the decorations since last year. I’m wondering, do you just hang on to everything you used before to eventually re-purpose? Specifically, I am talking about the tree ornaments. The switch from the white, feather-y stuff to the citrus decor is pretty drastic. I can’t tell if you used the same stuff again and just re-did it to fit the theme or if there is a vast cache of Christmas goodies stashed somewhere in your house, lol. What gives?
Good question! Thanks to our newly transformed basement we have two large green storage bins to accommodate holiday decor and a bunch of extra ones in the armoire down there (should we need them for our expanding ornament collection). We also love tossing silver ornaments into clam shells, vases, and even glass-based lamps… so any silver ones that didn’t make it onto the tree this year just got displayed elsewhere. Hope it helps!
Lisa M says
I love your site, even though I have owned a home for 28 years. It is awesome to get fresh ideas! I made your dried orange sliced ornaments this year and passed it on to a few people who also made them! I love how the lights shine behind the oranges. Unfortunately, my golden retriever (who drools when we eat oranges) ate the bottom row off the tree. Oh well…I guess she deserves a nice Christmas too.
Thanks for the great ideas!
Jackie Smith says
Every year, I shop for some new stuff after Christmas to get great deals. This year I have my eye on so many things from an antique mall close by! They had so much- every color tree imaginable, vintage ornaments, etc. Who would’ve thought?
Everything looks fabulous. Have a really merry Christmas!
[email protected] Paradise says
I have to say, even though both were pretty, I love love love the tree you decorated this year! The color is fab in the room!
Great ideas! Merry Christmas!!
Hello! I’m a new reader and found your ever so lovely blog from ‘Times Online’ Cute cute Christmas decorating ideas.
Merry Christmas (all the way from England!)
Thanks so much Kristy! So glad you found us. And happy holidays right back atcha, all the way from the states!
everything is beautiful! is that a christmas card with burger on your fridge? do you have a close-up?
Good eye! Here’s a link to a close-up of our DIY Burger card. Poor guy has to put up with a lot, but at least it was Photoshop and not actual antler and nose wearing!
Emily A. Clark says
What a beautiful little Christmas house you have. So inviting! Other background details I loved–the big framed P in your living room and the horns on the mantle in the den. Perfect!
Your home is so beautiful! You inspired me to go out and replace our gold decorations with silver… today! Fortunately, everything was 70% off! Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Emily! Here’s a link that shows how you can make your own magazine monogram, just like the one above our console table!
Saw this and it IMMEDIATELY made me think of you guys:
They’re cheap (or free, if you use paper you already have!) and you can display them year-round (if you don’t use obviously holiday paper) or if you do, they pack flat!
Anyway.. keep up the great work! Love reading here!
You guys never cease to amaze me! I love the brighty, citrusy ornaments and that white wreath on the mantel is really cool.
Live a Colorful Life says
Really amazing ideas. Almost makes me want to redo things this year. Almost. I will save these great ideas for next year.
Beautiful! I especially love the homemade ornaments and the ornament magnets:) Merry Christmas!
Just read that the Times UK has rated your blog as one of the best in the design world! Congratulations – what a great Christmas present!
Have a very Merry Christmas and keep up all the good work!
Thanks SuSu! We’re still piching ourselves over here! So exciting.
Sugared Harpy says
Gorgeous! I love the look of paperwhites, but found out one year that I totally think they smell like urine. Sad!
My favorite tablescape is your green and white one.
So fresh and pretty! Lovely as Alpine snow!
I saw those feather trees in Target last year and could kick myself for not grabbing one in every color!
I love the silver and white fairy land Christmas you’ve had for the past couple of years, but the citrus one you’ve got going on now is so festive and must make your house smell like Christmas.
Merry Christmas and thanks for your terrifically entertaining and informative blog!
micaela @ hishouse;herhelp. says
i NEED one of those white feather trees! where did you get it?
We actually grabbed ours at a local shop last year (called Buford Rd Pharmacy here in Richmond) but we’ve since seen similar versions at places like Target, TJ Maxx and even on ebay. Hope it helps!
It would be awesome if you did a post sometime about different ways to display holiday cards. I’m always at a loss of what to do with mine….that is “different”.
Thanks for the idea! We actually created the ornament magnets in the post above to show how cards could be displayed on a fridge with a bit of cohesion (thanks to the matching ornament magnets). A few other ideas would be Pinned up on a bulletin board, taped to a ribbon draped over a door or a curtain rod, or even displayed under the glass of a coffee table or clear glass tray. Hope it helps!
This is my first visit to your blog and I just had to say how much I loved your Christmas decorating videos. Thanks for taking the time to make them. Your home is absolutely beautiful and I look forward to exploring your blog some more.
Thanks so much for the kind words! We’re so glad you found us!
I love the decorations. They are beautiful!
Melissa Wellington says
I LOVE your videos… how fun! How did you do that? :) All your decorations looked great, of course! And I must say, Sherry, I’m very impressed that you did all that bending and moving on video without showing any skin… that’s hard to do in maternity clothes! :) Merry late Christmas & happy New Year!
As for how we make our videos, we film them on our Flip Mino camera (here’s the same one on sale on Amazon) and then we edit them with iMovie 09 (which came free with our MacBook). That’s how we speed things up and add music. It takes a while (and a bit of getting used to) but we love working with it to put together fun little videos to share. Hope it helps!
You may have already answered this before but what do you do with the Christmas cards you guys receive? I haven’t seen any photos that display anything that resembles a Christmas card.
I know this is an old post but I was wondering where you got your Christmas stockings? I’m looking for something similar- something not too busy and I love yours!
Target! Love them.
I know this is an older post but I just have a question about your fridge. I noticed its magnetic, but my Stainless steel fridge is not magnetic. Do you know why that is?
We have no idea why some are and some aren’t! Ours is but we’ve seen some that aren’t!
I just discovered your blog last week and I am hooked. I get on your blog as soon as I can after my work day and I cannot stop at night and go to sleep. Keep up the good work. Can you tell me where you got the table runners with vine-like flowers that you used in your holiday decor??
Those were from Pottery Barn a while back. Maybe try eBay?
I am thinking of Christmas 2012 a little early. I started with Halloween decorations and worked my way to Christmas :) This are some wonderful ideas! Thanks for gathering all the ideas up!