Merry Christmas, y’all! I spent Saturday afternoon at my friend Laura‘s house, and since it was a decorating-related adventure, I thought I’d share some of the photos I took while I was there.
Laura and her hubby, Cody, just bought their first home (a cute little fixer upper in the historic district) a couple of months ago, so they’ve been busy refinishing the floors, making repairs, and painting all of the walls and trim.
(Cody & Laura’s living room last month)
Laura was hosting a Christmas party/wedding shower Saturday night though (hence, the photo booth accessories we’re sporting in the Instagram photo above!), so she asked if I could help her decorate the fireplace and bookshelves in her living room before her guests arrived. And the extra fun/challenging part? I didn’t know what she had to work with, and she wanted to stick to a budget of $20. I looooove opportunities that conjure up that kind of creativity, so I could hardly wait to get started!
Here’s what we ended up pulling together:
The only things we bought (at Hobby Lobby) were the faux evergreen stems on the left side of the mantel, and the dark green ribbon and the letter “B” hanging on the right side of the mantel. Everything else already belonged to Cody and Laura.
One of my favorite projects was the statement piece above the mantel:
We just removed the glass from one of Laura’s old frames, and hung a print she had from a piece of ribbon that was actually the handle of an old Madewell shopping bag she had.
The tiny shutter came in after that, and then we layered in the gold-leafed tray she got from her Grandma.
We wrapped some stretchy lace ribbon around it to make it look like a gift. Funny story about that ribbon: those pieces were previously tied around something else, so they were pretty wrinkled in the middle. Laura used her hair straightening iron to give them a quick press and it worked great! 😀
The greenery and berries came from Cody and Laura’s yard, and I found the pencils in a little wooden box on a table next to one of their armchairs. I used some of Laura’s twine to tie them together. After that, we pulled in a white pitcher (from her pantry), and a little teacup candle.
On the other side of the mantel, we used the bottom half of an owl cookie jar, some books, and a small dish filled with tiny Christmas ball ornaments.
Another one of my favorite little touches is the snowflake we made out of a coffee filter. When I set the red book up there, it felt like the right way to fill that space, but it felt like too much red. Adding the coffee filter snowflake (held in place by some more of Laura’s twine) helped break up that rectangle of red…and I love the way the white paper pops off of it too.
In the bookshelves on the right, I just used a variety of black, white, green, and red pieces I found around the house. I accented with more gold and silver Christmas ball ornaments, and greenery clippings from Cody and Laura’s yard.
I did the same on the left side of the fireplace:
We made sure to set all of the live greenery in containers filled with water so it would stay nice and fresh for the party.
It was such an exhilarating afternoon, and what a treat to spend six whole hours with one of my favorite gals in the whole wide world!
So. How about you? Do you love the thrill of the hunt-at-home, too? 😀
PS- I’m still trying to figure out if vlogging (video-blogging) is a good fit for Fridays. ? They do require quite a bit more time to create/edit, which is fine because I love the process, but I know it’s hard for some folks to watch them for various reasons, too. Many of the comments I received last week said, “More videos, please!” though, so I thought I’d post a poll to get a more accurate view of what y’all would like to see around here at the end of each week. If you have a second to weigh in, I sure would appreciate it! XO