Sunday, December 15, 2013

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen..................


FINALLY! .......
I know, better late than never right? While all of you were publishing posts about your trees and holiday décor this past week I was working on finishing up some projects, cleaning, and taking care of business.  
 I am getting married this Summer and have a lot that still needs to be done for the wedding and that is where my focus is at the moment so I am sharing this with you a tad bit later than I had hoped.
 
Mr.Chaos and I agreed that we were not putting up a tree this year and I am OK with that, but I couldn't go without having SOME sort of Christmas décor around our home to fill us with the holiday spirit.

 
So I broke out the big guns and went through some storage boxes I had and pulled together a festive vignette using what I already had.
 
Welcome to my reindeer themed entryway.
   


As I was brainstorming I remembered that I had these two deer that I purchased last year at Costco.
(They have the coolest stuff sometimes!)
 
And at first I was going to paint them but I just couldn't do it so I decided the red and brown looked good together and I would keep them the way that they are for now.


In one of the boxes in the basement I came across this center piece that I had since about 2007 when I was a consultant for AtHome America.
It is called
"Reindeer in Flight" and I think Pottery Barn had one similar to it back around the same time frame too.


I love how the first reindeer has a red nose like Rudolph.

 
The red votive glasses added a spark of color that was the starting point for the overall color pallet.
 
For texture and a space filler, I weaved some of my favorite greenery through the reindeer.
 
As you can see this is a greenery that has red berries and frosted stems. I absolutely LOVE the frosted look and this greenery is very flexible meaning you can move it and bend it around so I weaved it in and out of the centerpiece and I love how it turned out.
 
 
Next I added this faux mercury glass vase and filled it with eucalyptus and red berry stems.
You can find instructions on how you can make faux mercury glass HERE.
 
 
To soften this side of the table I added some eucalyptus I had purchased a while back for a Thanksgiving and Fall project that never got underway so I decided to use it for this and I think it adds a nice touch of naturals to this side of the table.
 

 
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(and see Rudolph's red nose?) I love that this piece has that detail.
 
And now you have the color pallet of beige, reds, and silver.
 
As I was going thru my Christmas stash I also found this fabric wall hanging that was new in the box that I had never even opened so I was excited to be able to use it this year and it really sets off the reindeer theme too!


 
 And to carry the silver up onto the wall, I hung simple jingle bell wreaths on each side of the reindeer banner with the removable/stick-on hooks.  This added some very needed symmetry and bling to the space.




So here is the top of the table fully put together to welcome guests as they arrive:
 





Then down below on the bottom shelf I used this red and white table runner and put Mr.Reindeer #2 down here next to my red and white ruffled tree.

I also added a mercury glass finial ornament to keep the silver theme going and to brighten up this side of the table.  
 



I love how my ruffle tree turned out!
Its kind of shabby and kind of country so it contrasts with the hard and shiny surfaces from the mercury glass and ornaments.

I will post the DIY for this tree soon.
 
 
 
But most of all, I am happy to say that I used what I had and did not have to purchase new fabric to make it.
 
Remember my post from this time last year when I scored this red and white checked fabric?
 


 
 
Then I picked back up on the brown tones with this lantern I filled with snow, red berries, and a sparkly silver votive holder.
 
 
 Add a few sprigs of evergreen and glittered pine cones, and voila!


 
Entryway complete!




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Even though we are not putting up a tree this year, it feels great to have a warm and inviting entryway to welcome our guests.
 
The brown, red, and silver colors looked great together and it really livens up our home and puts us in the Christmas spirit!
 
So now it is on to baking and doing our last minute shopping.
 
I hope you enjoyed seeing this part of our home.

 
 
 
Jennifer



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