Decorating for Christmas 2015

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This year I decided to make a change. For years I have used my peacock decorations on the tree and while I love them I have been slowly adding in more gold. This year I decide to take the gold all the way adding silver and white accents for contrast. Not to far of a stretch but the deal was I would not buy any new ornaments to make this happen.  I made a pact with myself that any changes I made would be done through DIY projects or thrift store finds.

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My first day thrifting for ornaments I ran across a pair of brass deer and two 6′ strands of wooden beads. At $7 this set was a steal and had me on my way to a beautiful mantle display. Incorporated with vintage gold ornaments I thrifted last year in Germany and my white West German Pottery collection my new thrift store finds make quite the impression. I also added white pom poms I made myself from nice fat chenille yarn.

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I brought white into the tree by wiring the glass geometric balls, usually on the mantle, into the tree as ornaments.

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My only new purchases were the glass sanctuary candles for the fireplace which cost me $12 for nine. I used different heights of blocking underneath to vary their heights, the boughs are tree cuttings from Lowe’s that I got free from their garden center dumpster and a few pine branches from the yard.

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My big deer got some pom poms too and thrift store ornaments fill my wire kindling basket.

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I my only other new purchase was a couple of gold and white gift boxes from Target, these I don’t count because the gifts have to get wrapped one way or another and they aren’t technically ornaments. I love a technicality…

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All total I ended up spending about $40 and I think it looks like a million bucks.

It is always so tempting for me to go out and buy tons of decorations this time of year. I’m proud I stuck to my guns on this one. I kept it to a minimum and still got the look!

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Comments

  1. Karen Salp says:

    Beautiful!

    • Thanks Karen, I love it too. I have a tendency to go overboard so a self imposed limit really kept me on track this year.

  2. maggie, your mantle is STUNNING! i am in love! the white and gold with pom poms and wood beads- yes please!

  3. I cant believe you thrifted most of this stuff! I love your white pottery collection, looks fabulous on your mantel! The wooden beads are pretty awesome too! Thank you for joining the 12 days of Christmas Blogger Tour Link PArty!

    • Thanks Vel, I didn’t mention it in the post but the white pottery is thrifted too. We lived in Germany for two years and I collected way too many pieces of West German pottery that they just about give away in the thrift stores there. So glad you stopped by for a closer look.

  4. So pretty! Love it!!

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