Slow Christmas Decorating

This year we are decking the halls much more slowly than year's past but I'm finally getting this Chrismas Living Room done. (I'm calling it the 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? Christmas Living Room Frosted Tree with Gold Beads, an ice skating photo on the console and a let it snow banner hanging on the morrow above the console

Frosted Let it Snow Living Room Christmas Vignette

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 this Christmas living room 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. Close up of Balsam Hill Frosted Tree and Tree Branch BaseClose up of Let it Snow Banner and Yard Sale ice skating photo

Flameless Candles Add a lot to Christmas Living Room and Dining Room Decor

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.
Dining table set with white place settings, flameless candles down the middle and fir branches with pine cones in between them
Miracle Flame LED candles | Greenery Branches | Frosted Pine Cones | Chalkboard | Magnetic Letters | Drapes | Deer Head Magnet | Dining Chairs Sign in the Christmas Living Room made from a Chalkboard, a small deer head and chalk that says it's the most wonderful time of the year out of wooden letters 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 in our Christmas Living Room and Dining Room, 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?

15 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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    1. Just spraypaint. They don't look like wood in person - just matte gold.

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  9. NavyGuysGal4:26 PM

    Hi Stefanie, I wanted to let you and Vickie and anyone else who wants to make the magnetic chalkboard with that exact saying in all uppercase will be out of luck if they only get one bucket of the letters you linked to. I should have looked more closely, but don’t have kids and thought just the one bucket would do it. Nope, it’ll actually take 3 to get enough uppercase letters. Even if you want to do mixed case, you’ll still need two of those buckets. Just FYI and thought you might want to add a note to the link. I’m bummed I won’t be able to get this done now before Christmas. Do you know if you can just buy individual replacement letters or do you have to buy a whole set? Thanks for all the amazing inspiring things you do, Stefanie!

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    1. I only ordered one package and got more than enough. But I don't have upper and lower - I only have the upper case letters so maybe the product has changed?

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