Before I pack these photos away with my holiday decorations, I thought I might share a few ideas.
Consider browsing vintage shops for your holiday decorations. I found this antique Swedish candle tree at a charming vintage shop in Lindsborg, Kansas. I loved the flavor it added to my kitchen.
When I got tired of hanging ornaments on the tree, I piled some in a fabulous china bowl that once belonged to my Grandmother Eunice. After sprinkling them with some fake sparkling "snow" it was one of my favorite decorations.
Needed: One keepsake decoration, some yardage of white netting and a footed glass bowl from the thrift shop. The little angel candle is a keepsake from my childhood, so I set it on the piano. The glass bowl from Nifty Thrifty with some (fake) cranberries gave the candle a festive twist. Netting is a simple way to create some holiday magic.
I like fresh evergreen for my holiday arrangements, but this year I added the silvery evergreen and white berries that I found at Pottery Barn. They were a great touch with the mercury glass.
I hung the stockings on the banister again this year.
This photo is going in the Christmas decoration storage box to remind me that next year I should invest in a red throw for the sofa during the holidays. A red cable knit throw would have added a festive splash of color to the room, better than the soft blue blanket I left on the sofa.
It is fun to improve on decorations from year to year... taking some photos can help.