Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year but living in a home that is constantly under renovation has made decorating a little bit challenging!
This year I decided to keep the Christmas decor simple with most of it being in our newly renovated kitchen and breakfast room area.
I have swapped out the chairs at the farm table recently. I found four of these cane backed French chairs for $20 each. They are in fantastic condition and look perfect in the breakfast nook. The seats may get reupholstered in burlap or grain sack at some point, but for now I have left them as found with a lovely velvet seat.
Evergreens grow abundantly in our yard so I asked hubby to grab some clippers and go out and cut some greenery. Then I filled the old seed box with it and layered in some of my favorite pieces……..an old chippy statue of The Holy Family, sheep, a few vintage Christmas ornaments, and two white flickering candles (battery operated).
These battery operated candles are amazing, and totally look like the real thing, but they are so much safer burning real candles. My favorites are made by Luminara Candles and have a moving, flickering flame. And the best thing is that they have a timer on the bottom so it can be set to turn on and off at a certain time. When they are lit, they look exactly like a flickering candle without being a fire hazard!
I added a sweet little crown to the Christ Child!
My mother (Edith) loved Christmas and always insisted that the tree have a bird’s nest in it. I have several nests and always try to incorporate them into my tree and decor as a reminder of her.
Mannequin trees have been all the rage this year, and I’ve loved all of the pictures floating around Pinterest of these dress forms dressed in Christmas finery. I have an dress form that I’ve had for years, so I decided to try making a mannequin tree this year.
I placed an old leather belt around the waist of the dress form, preferably a wide one, and just hot glued the greenery to it. Using a hair dryer on the cool setting helps to set the glue quickly. Once the holidays are over, it will be easy to just remove the old belt with the greenery attached and throw it away, leaving the mannequin intact.
Of course, if you use faux greenery, it can be saved for use the next year.
The top of the mannequin was wrapped with burlap and tied around the waist to cover the ends of the greenery. I adorned her with a couple of antique rosaries, added a few ornaments to the “skirt”, and topped her with a crown!
And, of course, a bird in a nest! I love the way she turned out!
I didn’t do a whole lot to the buffet, just added greenery to the stone bird bath, placed a French plaster Holy Family statue and some of my sheep collection under a cloche, and added a boxwood wreath to the old mirror.
This has been a week with some wonderful surprises! Our kitchen renovation was featured on the websites of House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and Country Living magazines!
I hope you enjoyed a peek at our Christmas decor in the kitchen as well as our Mannequin Tree!