I have a several friends who are interior designers and they always reinvent their spaces every Christmas. So, I've tried to do a different design on my fireplace mantel each year when I decorate. I did buy a few things, but somethings I bought very inexpensively. The ornaments on the mirror are 3-D stickers purchased a Big Lots for $4.00!! I purchased them not knowing how I would use them. I remembered that I had a mirror in my garage, so I pulled the mirror out and placed the stickers on the mirror. I took the teal, turquoise, gold, and green ornaments and did several groups of five ornaments to decorate the mantel.
|I love my African-American Nutcrackers! I purchased them at Kroger's.|
Because my living room is small (15 ft by 17 ft), I don't really like to put a lot of decorations throughout the space. I did that one year and it was Christmas overload. I kept with the ornament theme and placed clusters of ornaments on my end tables and placed ornaments in a crystal bowl on the coffee table.
I am not crazy about the Christmas pillows on my couch. I couldn't use the red reindeer ones I already have because they just didn't look good with the color theme for this year. I found these pillows at the At Home store in Little Rock. I didn't realize how difficult it would be to find Christmas pillows with blue in them.
Now for the outside space. For past Christmases, I went nuts with net lights. I have about 32 shrubs in my yard and I had net lights placed on all of those shrubs. It was beautiful, but a lot of work. I decided to scale back my outdoor decorating and limit it to the front porch. I purchased the snowflakes at Dollar Tree. I taped them to the front door and windows with double-sided tape. I purchased new trees to place on either side of the front door because I didn't have a pair of traditional-type trees. I put the ornament clusters on the trees. I already had the lighted gift boxes.
I got off pretty easy with my dining room. I have a lot of red in my dining room so there is very little I need to do with this space to make it say, "Christmas". The only thing I added was a Christmas Tree sticker on the mirror. Again, I found the sticker at Big Lots. I placed it on the mirror for instant decorating.
Unless you want to, you don't have to spend a lot of money on your Christmas decorations. Check out your local dollar stores and Big Lots (if you have one in your city).