Slow Christmas Decorating

This year we are decking the halls much more slowly than year's past. (I'm calling it a slow decorating movement!) Mostly because we have an active one year old that likes to sneak away and pull down whatever off limits new decor item mommy has just put up. When we only had one child, this wasn't really an issue. With two it's a whole different kind of problem. But we are making merry in small doses. I plan on doing more as well but I like to pretend I live in the moment and will hold off on a Christmas bonanza until at least December 1. Deal?


frosted alpine tree | carved wood tree stand | gold wood bead garland | let it snow banner | console table | brass mirror

Until then I did want to share a few little corners of Christmas that are popping up. Starting with this frosted alpine tree and carved wood stand from Balsam Hill. I'm in love with it's sweet simplicity. I'm planning on moving it to another room when we put the big tree up for now it's the perfect accent in this corner. The tree is super light and the base is super heavy - making it a perfect foil for toddler pull down experiments. I found this ice skating painting at a yard sale a few weeks ago. I was so excited about that I didn't even bother to try to negotiate - I knew it would be just the thing for holiday decor this year.


Another thing I'm absolutely obsessed with this holiday season (I shouldn't even say holiday because I've been using them in different configurations since they arrived early November) are these miracle flameless candles.  It's hard to tell in a still photo but check out the video I posted on my instagram a few weeks back.  They look like the real deal and are 100% idiot proof.  They cast a beautiful glow.
Miracle Flame LED candles | Greenery Branches | Frosted Pine Cones | Chalkboard | Magnetic Letters | Drapes | Deer Head Magnet | Dining Chairs



Who is with me on the slow decorating? I'm not quite ready to rush through to Christmas just yet but I do love the holiday spirit.  This weekend we had a great family meal, visited Santa (complete with crying baby captured on film), got started on Christmas cards and starting gift shopping at some local Brooklyn makers.  A great start to the holiday for us.  How do you feel about slowing it down?




12 comments:

  1. I love doing it slow! If you do it to fast you don't enjoy the process as much as well as seem to be exhausted when you are done. Love the small bits you have out so far!

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  2. Hi, any idea the name of the print/artist of the man that is ice skating? I love it! Your house looks great. We have a 5 month old and a 5 year old and I agree. For whatever reason, two are so much busier than one! Happy Holidays!

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  3. Love the skater, is it a painting or a print? Love everything that you do...you are so talented.

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    1. Thank you so much!! The painting is a print I think? It has some texture but I still think it’d a print.

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  4. S l o o o w is the way to go! I don't do anything Christmas until 1 December when I start to think about food. I have one 25 year old half tree which hangs on the wall and takes only about 2 hours to dress. Christmas cards arrive and get their back page slid in between books on the bookcases - awfully jolly looking and they don't blow over when the doors open and close. Will decorate the table on the day with something new (or new to us) but really, folks worry too much, and I think you are are the right road Stephanie. (Merry Christmas!)

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  5. I'm definitely slow this year. I have hung the wreath on the front door & changed my pillowcases.

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  6. The painting of the skating man immediately caught my eye because I just saw the original in the National Gallery in Edinburgh last spring. The artist is Sir Henry Raeburn and the painting is called Reverend Robert Walker (1755-1808) Skating on Duddingston Loch. I was totally drawn in by the painting and to me it has a somewhat haunted quality. What a great find, and the perfect thing to use as a winter decoration!

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    1. Thank you for the picture reference, I really love that painting.

      Love the Christmas tree too. Simple but with a hint of gothic from the base.

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    2. If you ever watched the show White Collar, Neal had that painting on his wall.

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  7. I adore your chalkboard and letters! They appear to be wood or maybe you painted them a neutral color?? Could you tell me what color they are?? Thanks!!

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    1. They are the plastic kind (link to the exact kind I used is in the post) that I spray painted a matte gold. Hope that helps!

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  8. NavyGuysGal11:58 AM

    I noticed that too, Vickie and would LOVE to know how they look like wood!

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