I spent this weekend in cosy Christmas rapture! Whilst the winds and rains swept all the remaining leaves from the trees, I was knee-deep in baubles, glitter and greenery. I stuck on Smooth Extra (which plays just Christmas music at this time of year if you didn’t know – you’re welcome), put up the tree and bopped around my living room to everything from Wham to Nat King Cole, throwing a bit of festive cheer over everything.
I was going to “Christmas up” the dining room as well but with two insane animals in my home (Meisha, my most curious and destructive Bengal cat who kept trying to climb the tree and Quito, our Sheltie puppy who as yet does not understand the meaning of QUITO STOP EATING THE BAUBLES) and even with Wayne trying to keep them out of my way, I realised I was fighting a losing battle attempting more than one room. So the dining room will be tackled in the next few days hopefully and then I’ll share that with you later on.
For those of you who may be coming here from Mimosa Lane on the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours, welcome!! I absolutely ADORE Albertina’s style and she’s a tough act to follow! She has such an artistic style and she’s hugely inspiring! A little about me, well, I’m an American ex-pat living in Manchester, England with my partner Wayne, our 2 kitties (our other is Pablo, a complete star and so ridiculously well behaved) and one very happy, high-strung pup. I’ve lived in the UK since 2001. My style is definitely eclectic and glamorous and I love a bit of boho styling as well so that’s pretty much what you’re going to find here. Hope you like it! And a huge thanks to Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. for hosting this fabulous tour! There are a whole bunch of bloggers (36 of ’em!!) sharing their Christmas homes this week so it’s going to be a week bursting with Christmas inspiration so get those pinning fingers ready.
Aside from a few of the baubles I received from John Lewis, I pretty much just used what I already had. I knew I wanted to do gold and white this year but decided to throw in a bit of black as well to marry with the existing colour scheme in my living room. I already had a some black and white baubles from a few good years ago so using those along with some inexpensive black baubles, a few white and gold ones and some greenery, the scheme came to life.
I always try to use things I already have around the house that aren’t necessarily ‘Christmassy’ and as I already use a lot of gold and brass, I figured I’d pull some items in from around the house like my marble cake stand (from here) and a couple of vintage brass elephants. Filled with inexpensive gold baubles in different finishes and a book stack, the simple coffee table styling was complete.
I also added some black tassels to the TV cabinet to tie into the black/white/gold theme and I love how they look so I might end up leaving those after Christmas!
Who says curtain tie backs can’t be Christmas decor??
I have an old falling apart magnolia garland that I’ve probably had now for over 10 years. Somehow, I can’t bring myself to throw it away and I’m so pleased I didn’t! As a total afterthought, I decided to wrap it around in the inside of the light fixture – this is probably the most favourite thing I did in this room! So simple.
I took pictures with the lights on the tree both on and off and I must apologies for the graininess of some of the shots – we’ve had nothing but very dark skies and rain for the last week now and waiting for a bright day to shoot was just not going to happen any time soon. But it sure does look cosy with the Christmas tree all lit up!
On the other side of the room, I added a garland to the radiator cover and a black sparkly stag to the chest of drawers. I mentioned on Instagram recently that I finally got around to replacing the lamp shade on my antique glass lamp and I love it so much more in black so again, it just worked well with the theme.
The room spray and the candle are both DIYs I created – you can check out those tutorials here and here. They looked so perfect with the theme, I had to include those in my decorating! And they both give the room such a lovely Christmassy scent. I truly believe that interior design should appeal to all your senses, not just your sight!
Here’s a few more shots because I went a little snap happy!! I don’t have any of my presents wrapped yet but those Kate Spade boxes just worked so well, I had to include them.
The reflection of the tree in the mirrored doors of the TV stand make my heart all giddy. It’s the little things, right?
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of bokeh and elephant butts. WHAT.
Now if I can just figure out how to keep this little one from trying to eat the tree, we’ll be all set! ;)
And now, I shall urge you to check out the next home on the tour, Claire Brody, who is just another amazingly talented blogger or check out the full list below to see all the tours from the beginning!
As I said, I’ll be doing the dining room hopefully over the next week if I can get my mini-zoo to cooperate!! Have you started your Christmas decorating yet? What do you think of a non-traditional black, white and gold theme?
Check out the full tour from the beginning! I’ll add to the list as each group goes live through the week!