Plus I have a major stumbling block in someone who lives in my home.
Yes, you regular readers know who I mean. This little bugger:
He is constantly chewing, chasing, tearing down, investigating anything and everything. He gets bored easily and has quite the imagination for creating his own games - to the detriment of my house and home. GAH!!!!
As a result, my Christmas decor stays pretty simple and low-key. It means there is less to put up, less to take down and overall, it doesn't feel cluttered. I hope my simple style gives you some ideas for your own decorating.
This is the simplest dining room centerpiece I could come up with that has no parts to attract Max. A folded over green gingham tablecloth goes quite well with the teal and aqua in the space. Go figure, green really is a neutral!
I came across these adorable tea towels that I made into cushion covers. Love!
The pallet wall hanging I made last Christmas got a grosgrain ribbon hanger and makes a pretty picture together with the little Believe sign and candles coloured to match.
I draped the star light string over the top of the china cabinet. I have to tuck the extension cord up onto the top whenever I leave the room/house as Max seeks out any electrical cords for chewing as soon as my back is turned.
The only place I can hang my mercury glass ornaments is from light fixtures. At least I can still enjoy them and they don't get broken (well except for my own clumsiness!).
Another foolproof Max evasion is filling lanterns with glass balls. Looks pretty, I get to enjoy them and Max CANNOT get at them - win-win-win!!!
I used pewter and wood ornaments this year.
Here's a cozy corner in the living room. Max and I fight over who gets to sit here all the time. The coffee table runner is a tea towel.
I picked up this cute lantern earlier this year. A Christmas candle ring dresses it up a bit.
I love my metal table top Christmas tree. And it's Max-proof!!
The bookcases got a bit of dress up:
A few little vignettes
I so regret not buying more of these wicker heart ornaments but who knew Target would jump ship and run away within 4 months of last Christmas??! Sigh...
I couldn't leave my mudroom out of the game. I love decorating this baker's rack. How do you like my new clock? The red is the perfect accent to all the grey, white and metal.
I've had this little tree and the galvanized lanterns for decades.
I'm still plugging away at those bins full of ornaments, picking and choosing and creating vignettes that are Max-proof and pretty.
Have a wonderful week!
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!