So here's our casa for 2013!
It's very similar to last year - very neutral & modern with a lot of silver, gold, & metallic finishes:
We hung some glass bulbs from the chandelier again this year. We also added some metallic candles to our collection of glass & crystal candle holders:
We haven't had a normal size tree since our first year in the house - back in 2008. That year we bought a real tree. Sometime in January, Nader decided to dispose of the tree by placing the tree in it's plastic tree stand in our backyard & lighting it on fire. True story. Who does that?!
While we like real trees, we decided to shop around for a fake tree this time around (we didn't want Nader burning down the house this time). We were looking for a pre-lit tree that was between 7' & 7.5' tall (our ceilings our 8'). We checked out Garden Ridge, Home Depot, Target, & Hobby Lobby. Wouldn't you know it, the trees we liked best were always $200+.
By the end of the day we were so sick of shopping that we just decided to grab a tree from Target & be done with it - you know the feeling? So we ended up with the pre-lit 7' Alberta Spruce tree with 300 lights.
Once we got it home & set it up, we realized we were not in love with the shape. We were hoping for something....more full? Maybe we can score a more realistic tree on clearance after the holidays are over. Anyways, here it is all decorated:
The ornaments are a mix of textures, colors, & shapes. We stuck with mostly white, silver, black, taupe, & clear glass ornaments. Most of the glass bulbs are from Hobby Lobby.
These white snowball looking bulbs are from World Market & the glass icicles are from Target:
The glass acorns & silver textured bulbs are from World Market:
We found these mittens @ Home Goods:
We also found our tree skirt @ Home Goods.
It has a cable knit sweater texture & 3 little wooden toggle buttons:
We thought this silver frame with a sweater texture was perfect for the holidays too:
We turned a couple of doors into presents by adding some silver ribbon & giant bows. We did this last year also, but we didn't have the over-sized bows. It looks so much better & more proportional with the giant bows. We wrapped mini LED lights around the columns & covered them with some ribbon:
Next to the columns we added a trio of round stacking boxes from IKEA.
On the right side, we set out a large apothecary jar filled with some glass bulbs
Our media cabinet is set up similar to what we had last year, with a couple of exceptions.
Unfortunately, we don't have a fireplace - so we pretend thanks to the On Demand Yule Log:
We also added some gold bells in the larger apothecary jar (last year we had silver bulbs instead):
The other new addition is the silver polar bear from Home Goods:
In the kitchen, we added a pair of nutcrackers & stuck a bottle of wine in this sweater bottle cover:
We also put some bows & cookie cutters in a pair of apothecary jars:
In the front office we went crazy decorating. We added a trio of nutcrackers (over the top, right?):
In the foyer we added a couple of metal deer - one brass & one silver:
In the half bath, we took the feathers out of the frames & replaced them with festive scrapbook paper:
That's it! Hope you liked our home tour for 2013!
Mel & Nader