Deck the Halls – Part II

‘Tis the season to share a few more tips from some of our holiday decorating projects…….

Decorate Deep Window Sills

Decorate with Wreaths in Nontraditional Places Using a Wreath Stand
Deep Window Sill with Holiday Decor

This extra deep window sill is a focal point in the small library at the Pearl Buck home. Pearl Buck spent most of her childhood in China.  We chose to do a cross cultural design, blending elements from both the Christmas holiday and the Chinese New Year.  A simple wood bowl is filled with Sweet Gum Tree seed pods and oranges.  In China oranges are a New Years treat for children and as a child I recall decorating oranges with cloves for the holiday.  The gilded candles are adorned with cherry blossoms. Our wreath is simply decorated with ribbon and orchids.

A wreath stand can be used to display wreaths in nontraditional spaces. Here are two designs available at Pier 1 Imports. A simple antique gold stand and a stand with a chalkboard attached.


Woodland Santa and stuffed zebras. Zebra wall art.
Safari Santa and Zebra Friends

This window sill is large enough for Safari Santa and his Zebra friends.

Decorate the Mantel

Nothing pairs better with a mantel than fresh greens.  We dressed the greens up with a quick and easy craft project. You can watch the how to video here.

Holiday decor for fireplace mantel. Fresh greens, a simple craft project and a few wintry decorations create a casual, rustic display.
Simple Holiday Decor and Greens Dress the Mantel
Small woodland Santa and painted snowflake on distressed wood plaque
Small Santa and Snowflake Plaque






And the Hearth

An empty wooden wine box with vintner’s label looks great with holiday greens!

fresh pine in a pine box with a vintner's label sitting on the hearth
Wooden Wine Box Contains Holiday Greens.

Create a Door Swag – It’s Easier Then Making a Wreath

Fresh holiday greens with a bow and ornaments is an alternative to the traditional wreath
Holiday Door Swag

We cut some branches approximately the same length and wired them together at one end.  We dressed it up with a bow and some paper tags to match the mantel décor.

Decorate at Eye Level

The top of this corner cabinet is at eye level, the perfect height to appreciate the pattern on this Currier & Ives bowl.  Pine cones and vintage glass ornaments add a festive touch.

Currier and Ives Winter Scene
Vintage Glass Ornaments in Currier & Ives Bowl

Use Spices

They are visually interesting and the fragrance adds to the holiday atmosphere. This small crystal dish displays cinnamon and anise.

Decorate with Spices
Cinnamon and Anise in a Crystal Dish

Display Your Heirlooms

The winter scene under the glass cloche and the glass ornaments are vintage pieces. Recently the demand for these nostalgic designs has re-surged and reproductions are currently being made. This homeowner is fortunate enough to have authentic pieces handed down through the family.

This vintage winter scene is displayed under a glass cloche. The vintage glass ornaments are shown in a gold rimmed bowl with matching saucer.
Vintage Cloche and Glass Ornaments

Do you have something special you do to decorate your home? Please share a photo in the comments.

Happy Holidays!

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