I partnered with Oriental Trading for this post, all opinions are my own.
It's December! Let the decorating begin! Well, in my case, let the relaxing begin. I'm done decorating. This year, once again, I have decided to tone down the amount of Christmas accessories on display. I am embracing the rustic cottage style of my home and letting the glorious bones of the house take center stage.
In my book, less is still more.
Even at Christmas.
So when Oriental Trading offered to send me a few home decor pieces, I made sure that I chose items that would look fabulous during the holiday season, but that could be used the rest of the year, as well. I peppered them around the living room, mixing them with some of my treasured favorites to create a serene country cottage Christmas room that I have been enjoying for about a week now.
Join me in front of fire, won't you?
The fireplace is what sold my husband and I on this cottage. I love the color of the stones. They inspired me to choose the pretty burlap banner and embellish it with a few snowflake ornaments. Quick tip: I pinned the snowflakes on so I can reuse the banner at another time of the year.
A pair of lanterns, sit on my skirted end table. I added a few faux sprigs of greenery and two battery operated candles on timers. Just like the banner, these will be out all year long.
On the other side of the room, my tree glows. I actually contemplated leaving the ornaments off this year, but the kids would have none of it. In the end, I'm glad I added them, well...they added them.
I was overruled.
As the kids get older, the balance of power in the house is beginning to shift.
I'm not sure I like it.
No. I'm sure. I don't like it.
They did however, approve of the chargers and pillow I received. They definitely finish off the look of the room perfectly. Of course, the pillow is strictly a Christmas item, but so worth it.
Rich and red.
This is where you'll find me most nights, with my cup of hot water, staring at the Christmas pretty, all aglow from the tree and boxwood garland.
Oh and if you're wondering where my painting ceiling fan blades ended up, well, right here in the kitchen hanging out with Santa. The snowman was confiscated by one of my kids...
I tried to get a picture of him, but her room was not quite as perfect.
Maybe next year.
If the kids approve.
Have you decorated yet?
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