This time of year is so much fun because I love to decorate. I particularly like to make something look spectacular without breaking the bank, and this year was no exception. As a matter of fact, we decided to try the “decorating on a shoe string” approach to see what we might produce. What follows are the pictures. Let us know how you feel we did and, as always, please send us your ideas!
One of my favorite haunts during the holidays is T.J. Maxx. Scoff if you must, but hey, you can find some pretty cool stuff if you poke around long enough. We challenged ourselves this year to forgo any item over $20.00. The side board and chandelier decorations are both from T.J. Maxx and we met our challenge with money to spare!
The kitchen always presents a decorating challenge as I want everything to look tasteful but I do not need any of them getting in the way of daily kitchen activities.
For an alcove at the top of the stairs we went with mercury glass and glass beads. Combined with the rustic look of the table and the rust finish of the mirror, we think it looks pretty great.
In the great room, the challenge was to create a few areas of “holiday cheer” without going over board. In a room where the focal points are the beautiful timbers, a vaulted ceiling and a magnificent fireplace, the key is to accentuate, not dominate.
Lastly, we took an older, rather beaten-up fake tree, set it on a low table, covered it in white lights, inexpensive silver glass balls and crocheted white snowflakes. We think it’s pretty special!
Post and Beam Living wishes you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons!