Thursday, December 8, 2011

inspiration workshop with Gussy Sews: holday decor

This week's prompt is {HOLIDAY DECOR}:
MERRY CHRISTMAS, FRIENDS! Tis the season to deck-the-halls with your favorite HOLIDAY DECOR. Whether it be a tree for Christmas, a menorah for Channukah or a unity cup for Kwanza, there are many holidays around the world that can be celebrated in your home with HOLIDAY DECOR. While we encourage you to share an image of your HOLIDAY DECOR, this doesn't need to be decorating of your own doing, it can be a picture you are inspired by, a neighbor's light impressive {or scary} light display or a piece of HOLIDAY DECOR that excites you.


i'll be honest, i've had a really hard time getting into the holiday spirit this year.  i think it has something to do with moving.  well, i know it has a lot to do with moving.  i'm so used to putting all of my decorations in specific spots for the last couple of years that i'm having a really hard time finding places for everything in the new house!  for example, we no longer have a mantle (major bummer), so the stockings have found a new space to live.  and since our dining room is currently without carpet, i don't have my hutch to pretty all up this year!

you know, first world problems and all.

but, now that the weather has turned cold 'round these parts, and a with a little bit of help from pinterest, i'm OFFICIALLY getting excited for christmas!  sqeeeeel!

i'm still working on an overall "tour" of our new place, but you'll get a few sneak peaks in this tour of the holiday decor!  ;)

first off, we have a few inspiration images from pinterest...

i love that our wedding colors are christmas colors, too!

no mantle, no problem!


for my obsession with all things paper.

here's our tree, all did up!  we have dark aqua and red ornaments that a friend of the family bought for me when she found out what our wedding colors were.  we weren't able to incorporate them into the wedding decor, but i LOVE them on my tree!  i also have silver and penguin ornaments on this tree.

i collect penguins, and winter is the best time to bring them into the home decor!  both of these are decorative pillows from target, both presents from kyle.  middle pillow from ikea, black cubes from target, floating shelves not hanging on the wall yet are also from target.

my parent's used to own a hardware store, and these angel cheeks were a line that mom carried.  aren't they cute!?!  this was a christmas gift a few years ago from my parents.

my mother-in-law got me this cute penguin picture frame two years ago.  adorable picture of my flower girls at our wedding inside.  :)  apothecary jar from dillon's marketplace, tumbled glass inside jar is from world market.  vintage vase and spools are both thrifted and the oil lamp was a gift from kyle's grandmother.

atop our desk i have a milkglass vase (thrifted) from our wedding filled with faux boughs of evergreen (target) and white glitter berry clusters (dollar tree).  two (of the four) raspberry mercury glass ornaments from gilt last year.  the picture of the grapple in the background is a project kyle worked on when he was with caterpillar still, the candle stick holder is from world market, the crock with pens in it is vintage from kyle's grandparent's and i have no idea where the brass oil canister is from.  i think kyle found it in his old barn.  true story.

more glittered berry clusters from dollar tree!  i love them in my milkglass vases!  magazine holders from ikea, vases all thrifted, center dark vase made by me, white porcelain bird are vintage from my parent's wedding cake and were used as our cake topper as well.  ;)

please ignore the SO not organized bookshelves below.

our piano!  most everything is vintage/thrifted except for the bulbs in the hurricane vase (hobby lobby), red mercury glass candle stick holder from dillon's marketplace, the other two raspberry ornaments from gilt, two more faux evergreen boughs from target and the kraft paper initials (joann's).  the red angel was a gift from kyle's grandmother, the penguin i bought at walgreen's two years ago and the rooster is from the jackalope from our honeymoon.  christmas piano books were my mom's when she was little.

ornament wreath, made by me last year.

stockings from world market (the third one is for our pets....don't get any ideas in your head), lighted garland that i'm too lazy to find a cord for is from target.  the santa hat i stole from my mom, so i have no idea where it is from.  

our upstairs tree is tiny!  i took all of our ornaments that have been given as gifts over the years, including my baby ornaments and put them on this small 4' tree that i got on SUPER clearance last year at kohl's.  the tree skirt is from dollar tree and the "topper" is an ornament that was a gift from a rep at work.

in our guest room, i filled my pitcher bowl with shatterproof ornaments from hob lob.  charlie brown tree is from walgreen's and the reindeer frame was thrifted.  he's so cute!  and he was a buck.  a buck for a buck...dresser is vintage and belonged to kyle's great grandmother.

guest room headboard has a santa from dollar tree, a nativity i bought at a garage sale and another rep gift from work, the metal gold package.  random books from college, floating rose bowls are from indonesia (kyle has been three times for work) as are the granite eggs inside the larger bowl.  vintage cigar boxes were my grandmothers button boxes.  the awesome bedding is from india, purchased by my awesome (then boyfriend) husband.

up close shot of the cute reindeer.  i'm pretty proud of this snag!

our entryway "landing station" has a faux cranberry tree from target.  charging station from target, vintage books from my grandparent's house, black dresser from an antique store and refinished by me, the bulletin board is from target and the receipt holder (very top of picture) was made by me.

larger ornaments hang above the peninsula in the kitchen (which is so cluttered, i didn't even want to clean it off for a picture) and the paper ornaments on the window drapes were made by me.

on the kitchen window sill i have these joy snowmen (joy is my middle name, so i collect joy ornaments, etc) are from kohl's.  penguin plate, gift from kyle, is from target.  i have three of these!

another gift from my awesome husband, a penguin cookie jar.  he did great with this one!  from target.

paper ornament up close and personal.

and here's all the pretty paper in one shot!

wow.  that was a picture heavy post.

what do your christmas decorations look like?  link up with gussy and share!

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!



  1. I love your tree and all of your penguins! That cookie jar is so cute!!

  2. All of your decorations are so cute! I love the teal & red theme. I am thinking about incorporating that into my kitchen... It just looks so retro and fun!

    I love that you collect penquins. I collect panda bears but they aren't like a Christmas thing. I have them out all the time! Also - I puffy heart love milk glass. :)

    Your blog and your sweet comment made me smile! thanks so much for stopping by! :)

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope you return!

    Cute paper ornaments!

  4. Your paper ornaments are so cute =) -stopped by from gussy!

  5. Oh your decorations are so adorable!!! Merry Christmas!!! I saw your link on Abbie's fabulous nice to meet you--I'm your newest follower.
    Wishing you an awesome holiday season.

  6. i love all those red and aqua touches- so fun!!

  7. I like your ornament wreath. (I made one for the first time this year, too.) I'm going to try my hand at the paper ornaments next year. Yours look so pretty.


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