Blue Christmas and Tiny Purple Rebellions

Well, Elvis may have been sad and lonely during his Blue Christmas, but I think he may have just needed a splash of gold and a bit more tinsel. Because popping a few extremely early Christmas decorations around this weekend was entirely too tempting. And the joy it brought was... well...
...it speaks for itself.

Just a few strands of gold and blue tinsel (Martha Stewart, it seems, gives enough in a single pack to wind around all of Graceland), some craft store velvet poinsettias in blue and gold, a couple well-chosen metal words, and some golden mercury-glass styled pieces from Target-- and I was on my way!

The little white flocked Christmas tree was a gift from a friend last year, and it came in very handy for this one!...
Add in a little mood lighting and....

Oh, what's that? You say we have to do Thanksgiving first?

Ah, well... so we do. But...um... it'll take the burden off, post T-day, anyway!Here's the top of the bookcase of the side of the room. It looks like it needs a little something, but I haven't quite figured it all out yet...
And under the painting of the overturned cherub, a nice low bowl full of pine cones has found a place...
So, on a decorating high after the blue room success, I decided to noodle a bit with my dining room display.

Some of you may remember, at the beginning of 2009, post-Christmas, I'd cleaned up on a lot of discontinued silver and purple mercury glass pieces from Target and Michael's, so I was determined to use them this year...
In the afternoon light. the metal took on a golden hue, but it's actually mirrored silver. The white pearly tablecloth was my mother's, and the chargers were ones I got years ago.
Speaking of Mom, every time I use a non-traditional Christmas color, like this purple, I snicker a bit and think how it would have taken some energy to win her over with this display.

Even though the standard Christmas colors of red and green (as well as our interpretation of Santa Claus) had actually come about because of CocaCola marketing at the turn of the 1900s, my mom just didn't feel comfortable with blues, pinks or purples in the Christmas scheme. She was a red-and-green gal, all the way!

I respect that. But I do love incorporating the colors of the room into my Christmas decor. The purple candle there, by the way, was discounted decor from Halloween. Waste not, want not...

And just a close-up of the mercury trees on the mantle. They've been waiting almost a year for their debut...
And here are a few others on the table. The ornaments in the bowl are ones I use every year, somewhere in the house...
Well, that's about the final notes of this song of Christmas decorating!

And if not, I'd like you thank you for visiting today. Thank ya... thank ya very much!

13 comments:

down comforter said...

Oohhh, I really love the dining room! And, don't feel funny about decorating early - I'm probably putting my tree up tonight :)

Andrea said...

Absolutely gorgeous Jenn!! Good job! It is so inspiring. I don't which room I like the best...purple or blue?? I have recently fallen in love with mercury glass. What has taken me so long??? I don't own a single piece of it yet....but watch out...nothing is going to hold me back now. I'd love to find some vintage mercury glass. Any suggestions? What can I expect to find while thrifting? Is mercury glass antique only and what they make now just fake?? I'm a novice at this.

Linda Q said...

Wow looking really pretty around your place. Blue is gorgeous as well as the purple. Purple is big this year for Christmas, I have seen it everywhere.
Linda Q

Jenn Thorson said...

DC- Oh, I hope it turned out beautifully!

Andrea- You know, I really haven't seen many mercury glass things at antique malls over the years. Just the standard silver ornaments and tree-toppers. I know some people do collect those tree toppers, though. All of mine are new, and I don't so much care if they're fake because I like the effect. (Also, they were discounted and really cheap after Christmas!) ;)

Linda- And that's funny because around here I've seen a lot more reds and greens than I did last year. Lots of mass-produced decorations designed to look homemade, as if pulled together from yarn, etc. Funny how trends shift in different parts of the country.

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

The gold and silver items add spark to your decorations. How nicely they shine and warm your rooms.

dustbunny8 said...

Purple being my favorite color you can guess what I like!Although I am surprised at how much I like the blue.I was once a Christmas purist too(only traditional colors/ornaments.)But I think we grow with time.I am having a devil of a time finding a small white/flocked tree at a price I am willing to pay this year.Seems like last year they were everywhere!Isn't that the way it always is!Looking forward to seeing all your decorations this year!

Jenn Thorson said...

Lucy and/or Dick- Thank you-- I am all about the shine and sparkle. My house is pretty dark on its own, so anything that lights things up a little is for me!

Dustbunny- Purple is such a great, versatile color, isn't it?

Regarding your flocked trees, the only place I've really seen them this year has been Michael's. But unless you have a coupon or they start discounting, they ARE expensive.

Shawn said...

Beeyootiful! :) Now you got me thinkin' bout what I wanna do this year...something DIFFERENT for sure! :) I love the blues 'n purples....hmmmmm...

Jenn Thorson said...

Shawn- Heya! Nice to have you stop by! You know, if artfully done, you might be able to combine blue AND purple. I imagine that might be an eye-popper.

Melanie said...

Love that dining room. I've been doing purple in my living room for Christmas for several years now and there's just something so rich and elegant about it.

You did a great job with the blue too.

Jenn Thorson said...

Melanie- I agree: purple does have a great warm feel for the holidays! It also seems to go well with silver, or gold, or most other holiday colors you'd want to pair it with.

Lois said...

Jenn, the blue bedroom is just stunning! The decorations are not over-powering. It looks just lovely.
While I am not a big fan of the colour purple (but I did like the book and movie by that name) your dining room is quite pretty. Again, it is not too much, it is just enough.
Have a great week.
Lois

Jenn Thorson said...

Lois- Thank you! I WAS actually trying to keep the blue room a little understated so it was still calm/relaxing, so I'm glad you feel it worked.

You have a great week, too.