As she is wont to do in the last couple of years, Saucy has left her holiday decorating until the very last minute. She's not sure what exactly precipitated this lifestyle change - she used to be fully decorated by mid-November... but it is what it is. In an attempt to keep it simple, this year she dug deep into the storage boxes and pulled out anything that was red, white, or silver... or went with anything that was red, white and silver. It's a theme, people. Well, its an attempt at a theme. We shall see...
The tiny tree in the foyer is decorated with birds, pinecones and lots of red with touches of silver. The stairway is draped and decorated with lots of birds and berries.
The main tree - in the living room. It's just a funky mix of anything that was red or silver or white.
It's pretty cool when you sort through your stuff, you can isolate a couple of colours and come up with a whole new theme. Last year, most of these ornaments made the cut along with anything green Saucy could get her hands on. That one looked pretty nice, too. It's just turned into a constant pattern of reusing and recycling around here.
That tree topper, it was found in a grab bin a few years back and Saucy meant to jazz it up and re-glitter it but never got around to it. Apparently, she never got around to straightening the books on the shelf, either. It's a pattern of bad behaviour. Let the books fall where they may. This is the third or fourth time that Merry has been used, sans glitter, and it looks nice enough the way it is.
Pottery Barn mixed with Dollar Store, Restoration Hardware mixed with Wal-Mart... it sort of all works together. It has to. It doesn't have a choice.
The presents are wrapped to match the theme. Red paper with a knit pattern from Michaels mixed with some brown butcher paper did most of the work and special gifts were wrapped with two rolls of fancy silver and red foil and embellished with pompoms and fancy bits, otherwise the general decoration on gifts of choice this year was yarn - especially the red yarn with silver in it. Lurrve.
Oh, and if you need to present a Starbucks gift card, just ask the barista for a clean cup and lid. They might have some brown and white tissue if you don't have any on hand. Stuff the cup to look like a frappucino with whipped topping and slip the card inside, voila!
Saucy has yet to get decent shots of the dining room (believe it or not, the table is even set) and one more (really pretty) tree. She might even get a few last minute decorations up on Thursday, now that the gifts are mostly packed up or sent off... the rest of the pictures will explain the whole brown paper thing much better and "tie it together" as they say, so stay tuned.