Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Green Christmas

Some of our customers ask to see our homes and how we decorate for the holidays.  In my home it's very simple, but I pay lots of attention to the tiny details.  I always hope to draw people in for a closer look.  With a theme in mine,  I rummage through my boxes and choose from what I already have, then add lots of natural elements from my yard.

My outside is decorated merry and fun with large vintage colored lights and colorful elements, so I wanted the inside to be quiet the opposite (always a mix for me!)

My foyer
 A little garden statue, and the nativity that I grew up with -the reason for the season.
Living room
Natural and homespun
 When my kids were little we made these bark houses, one for each child.  We had so much fun
and by bringing these out every few years hopefully brings back happy memories of time spent together.
Just add in what you have

my bird nativity on a Bible.

Weston's Armadillo house!  

JD's oatmeal box house with a mushroom roof

 Stockings I made from my great, great grandmother's quilt, that had seen better days.
 I enjoyed my branch tree so much last year that we repeated the process.  It's a Charlie Brown tree but the ornaments show, and the savings from not buying a tree will go to a charity.
 Not one red cent was spent on the wrappings.  The paper gift bags were saved from gifts we received last year.

Burlap, comics, and fabric gift saks are my green wrappings.  Once you make a commitment to not buy the wrappings you will be more aware of what you can re-use.   I can sew a bag quicker than wrapping a gift, and it can be used for years to come.  We also sell them at the shop.

Dining room buffet

A fun way to display cards.