The Christmas Decorating Big Finish


Okay, we're in the home stretch, we're coming around the bend and.... a photo-finish-- just in the nick of time!

This Christmas has felt like a bit of a race, anyway. And I still have a lot of my wrapping to do, so you'll forgive me today if this is a little brief.

My housemate, "Scoobie," jokes that anything that isn't moving gets decorated when it's Christmas at my place, and she might very well be right. Last evening, when I was supposed to be relaxing, I found myself hanging some garland above the livingroom doorway. A few ribbons, some velvet roses and voila!-- instant display.


Some extra garland ended up providing a backdrop for ol' Big Ben as well...


The cathedral below was a St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store find... It got some garland and a bow.


The shelves of bisque started looking a bit empty, so I added a few ornaments here or there for shine...

And the cherub has his sleigh filled with ornaments. Did you know that he pinch hits for Santa when he needs some extra help shipping?


In the kitchen, my behind-the-stove display got some ribbon, beaded fruit and purple garland. It only took a second and it seems so much more festive...


But in my spare room is where all the real work went today. Usually, I do this room in a pale "Shabby Chic" Christmas look. But this time I decided to use some of the jeweled fairies I had in my dining room last year, in here...


Fortunately, my dad, who will be staying in this room, is really tolerant when it comes to my decor. Otherwise, he might just suffer from fairy-overkill here. Garland, ribbons and fairy and butterfly ornaments from TJ Maxx do the trick.


Here's the little tree, done in ribbon, German vintage ornaments, more butterflies, and the occasionally-tucked fairy...


You can see it a bit closer here...

This display is at the foot of the bed, on a set of drawers along the wall. The white mirror was a Salvation Army Thrift Store purchase. I think it was originally from a medicine cabinet. Boy, is it heavy!


This fairy tucked into the corner on a shelf. The gold roses at her feet didn't show up as brightly as I'd expected. They're really encrusted in glitter.


This is the bedside table. Yup, more garland, ribbon, butterflies and a token fairy.


Then, because my collection of pottery looked a bit empty compared to everything else, I tucked a few bottle brush trees between them, to "spruce" things up!


Then I barged into Scoobie's room and begged her to let me take photos of her displays for you. She does a really beautiful job with her stuff. I can only imagine how amazing it will be when she finally gets her own house! But for now, you can see the top of her wardrobe closet...

And the top of her dresser...


And this is her little blue tree. Yes, being in a house filled with Christmas trees, and suddenly she got the bug to have a tree of her own. Maybe it was peer pressure! Anyway, it's got all her favorite colors in it. Blue, blue and more blue!


And today we wind things up, with a teeny festival of lights. The livingroom tree was looking so warm and inviting, I just had to take a pic.


And the pink livingroom tree, all shiny and brite made me smile...

Hope you got a smile out of it, too!

For more Christmas decorating, check out last Wednesday's post, "Hall Decking and Other Fa-La-La's" here.

And join me this Wednesday as I show you a couple of thrifted Christmas presents! I might also have some pics for you of my own bedroom decorated (we'll see how that goes, that's more of a time-permitting thing, as right now my room is a disaster area!).

Hope all of your holiday festivities, if you celebrate, are under control!

19 comments:

Evie/VampyVictor said...

A BIG wonderland :))
Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas :)

Melanie said...

Good heavens woman, where do you find the time to do all this?

Love the area above your stove.

I really like Scooby's blue tree. Not really a fan of blue for Christmas, but that is very well done!

rethoryke said...

It only really dawned on me today that I'm not "late" with Christmas decorating -- traditionally my family doesn't but the tree up until the 23rd or the 24th, and then everything stays decorated until at least Epiphany. Back in Phillyburbs we didn't think about getting a tree until after Solstice.

But here in Elsinore, everything seems to start right after Black Friday, and trees are out on the street by the 27th. Very odd.

Anyway, thanks for all the inspiration!

Da Old Man said...

I really liked the living room tree. Is that the one that in the past has shown the ability to walk?

ThriftShopRomantic said...

Evie- Have yourself a merry one, as well!! :)

Melanie- The area above the stove does give me something new to look at when I'm cooking. Scoobie'll be happy to know folks like her tree. She's put a lot of time into it-- She keeps buying ornaments for it, and it's pretty well weighed down with them now!

Rhet- I figure it's all fair game until Christmas itself. The post-Thanksgiving start that seems to be going on is nice, theoretically, for getting everything done in time, but I think it's possible to be Christmassed out by then.

Da Old Man- Yes, indeedy, it was last year's livingroom tree which took the hike around the house. This year's tree is perfectly behaved-- much to my relief!!

Shirley said...

Your house looks gorgeous. I'm drooling. :)

Thrift Shop Romantic said...

Shirley- Here's a tissue for the drool. And just think, next year at this time, you will be decorating your very own house!!! How cool is that??

timethief said...

Thanks for sharing the photos of your gorgeous collecting decorating talent at it's seasonal best.

Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thrift Shop Romantic said...

TimeThief- Oh, so glad you enjoyed it! You have a wonderful Christmas yourself. I'm sure I'll be talkin' to ya online between now and the new year.

Creative Junkie said...

This is simply amazing. I am loving that blue tree.

It's like entering a fairy tale!

Thrift Shop Romantic said...

Creative Junkie- I think we all need that kind of "magic" in our lives--- something a little surprising and over-the-top, that makes us feel like little kids again.

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

Everything is so very pretty!

Carrie said...

It is a delight to see how you've finished up your Christmas decor. The details have a lot of holiday appeal. Scoobie's room looks appealing as well.

Andrea said...

As you may guess, I love the fairies! Trying to finish up the gift wrapping today, but I still need to buy a few more things, so I won't actually be finished wrapping things until the last minute. Thanks for sharing your home with me....it is fantabulous!
Hope that I get to see pix of the bedroom....don't worry about the mess, we all have to have one room in the house to hide the overflow in. If you're like me, you are constantly shifting the overflow from room to room....Find some time to relax and enjoy everything, because it will be over before we know it. ):

Thrift Shop Romantic said...

Kim-- Thank you, and happy holidays to you!!

Carrie- Oh, thanks! I'll let Scoobie know when she gets back from her holiday trip, that people liked her decor. She'll be so tickled!!

Andrea- Thanks very much, Andrea, and thanks for the card, as well. That was a bit of a surprise!!

Lana Gramlich said...

Geeze...I bet your whole house looks like a Christmas Wonderland!

Thrift Shop Romantic said...

Lana- It's pretty elaborate. That's why after Christmas it ends up feeling so empty-- there's so much Christmas stuff going on.

chyna fairy stealer said...

Is this blue fascination have anything to do with the Blue Boy prints Scoobie loves so? ;)

Love, love, love the fairy room. Now I may have to steal that idea for my house next year.

Thrift Shop Romantic said...

Chyna- Heh, well, only in her love of blue made me taunt her more about BlueBoy and how she should work him into her decor (snicker)...

(I mean, what are friends for, right?? If you can't harass your buddies, who CAN you give crap to? :) )