It’s about that time where I would usually share my Christmas home tour with you guys (catch up on last year’s right here).
But I have to confess to something heartbreaking right now: I’m not decorating for Christmas this year.
I know, I know! It pains my Christmas-loving soul!
But I’ve been doing so much around here to get our house ready for sale (we’re talking major de-cluttering, cleaning, simplifying, rearranging) that the thought of dragging out Christmas decorations and the ensuing mess and chaos (which I usually love) has me opting to be “the house without a Christmas tree” this year.
But I’m no Scrooge.
I couldn’t dwell entirely on the laurels of Christmases past. I had to entertain the spirit of Christmas present just a little…
(You might recognize the room above as our dining room. Only it’s not set up as our dining room currently. Since the room is actually supposed to be our home’s second living area, I took out the table and chairs and am staging it as a seating area when we list the house…)
For the month of December, my friends at Ace asked the Ace Bloggers to do a Christmas decorating project with some of the Christmas supplies from our local Ace Hardware stores.
Oh, twist my arm why don’t you?!
Alright fine. You’ve convinced me.
I guess we need a little Christmas… right this very minute.
I stopped by my local Ace and wouldn’t you know, they were having a sale on Christmas decor (yay!), so here’s what I snapped up:
- 2x 6′ Cordless LED garland
- 2x LED Pinecone String Lights
- Gold mercury glass ornaments (carried at my local Ace)
I also needed 6 D batteries for the two garlands which I didn’t realize because I didn’t read the package until I got home (typical!) so I’m sharing this with you so can you be efficient and grab the batteries on the same shopping trip. You know, if you’re into efficiency and all.
This was such an easy but perfect way to decorate the mantel – it will take me all of ten minutes to take it down and pack it back up!
I started by draping the garland with the two battery boxes in the middle of the mantel, so I can just reach over and press the buttons to turn them both on.
Then I ran a slim black extension cord up the middle of the mantel so I could plug both pinecone light strings into it (note: they do not connect with each other, which caused me a little bit of head scratching as I figured out the best way to finagle this), and then wove each strand of pinecone lights into the garland from the middle out.
Finally, I tucked the gold mercury glass ornaments throughout the garland and added a few mantel decorations – some candlesticks, a brass reindeer candle holder, my little Dutch delft houses, and my DIY Merry Christmas banner.
It’s no Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, but let’s enjoy a little lighting ceremony anyway, shall we?
It’s just the coziest place to sit and sip Christmas cocoa now, right?!
I know this next shot is a little crazy-town, but thanks to my wide-angle camera lens, I wanted to share how fun the gold sunburst ceiling medallion is with the Christmas decor… It’s one of my favorite DIY projects in this house!
And now, I warn you, an excess of beauty-shots:
I shared this next shot as a sneakpeek on Instagram along with a little backstory. I was thrilled to find these delft Dutch houses at a thrift store because my family had a very similar set growing up. They are actually liquor bottle souvenirs traditionally given out from certain Dutch airlines. Some research revealed that they depict actual houses from different parts of The Netherlands – mine are marked “Amsterdam Keizersgracht” on the back and a Google image search actually lets you see the very houses these represent!
This painting stays up on the mantel year-round, but I love how the colors work with the new Christmas touches. And those tactile brushstrokes… delicious. ($3 at a thrift store, in case you were wondering!)
I have to tell you guys – as soon as I turned on those Christmas lights and took a step back, it’s like I was taken over by the Christmas spirit. I wanted to deck all the halls, put up all the lights… Logic and reason be damned!
I talked myself down, however, and I’m contenting myself with my little Christmas corner over here while I do un-fun things elsewhere like scrubbing grout and touching up paint.
But dangit, I’ll be wearing my Santa hat!
My friends at Ace are playing Santa as well and want to hook one of you up with a $100 Ace Hardware gift card!
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|I couldn’t be more excited to be a member of the Ace Bloggers panel this year and to partner with Ace on this post! Ace Hardware provided me with the materials for this project and I was also compensated for my time and this post. All opinions and positions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.|