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Monday, November 29, 2010

Rustic Christmas Decorating

"SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN!" Cover your ears because a very tone deaf woman (myself) was belting out the Christmas songs this weekend. With Thanksgiving behind us, I released the restraints and broke out the Christmas d├ęcor. The kids are loving it and counting down the days until old St. Nick comes down our chimney!
Christmas Morning 2009 - Magic North Pole Snow Footprints (Baking Soda y'all!)

As I told you the other day, I wanted to create a rustic country theme this year in our living room. So, without anymore restraints....here it is!
I spy with my own two eyes, a Pottery Barn Inspired Lantern from the Habitat ReStore!
I told you I had a plan for those old pool balls!
Do you think I achieved my goal? Rustic? Country?
Goal or not, I think I like it.
Although it took me four days of noodling to decide I have to let it be.
I can't tell you how long I've been looking for an affordable cake stand.
Thieve's market in Raleigh had THREE! Count them...1...2...3!
Of course I only bought one, so if you need one, head on over there.
Yeah, Baby! You know I couldn't pass up those rusty sleigh bells at SuzAnna's!
An old cheese grater (you can't see it but it has a candle inside.)
An old sports stop clock and one of two large acorn decorations.
I couldn't resist them, after all Raleigh IS the City of Oaks.
Another PB Inspired Lantern. Love these $5 finds!
Each year I try to think of a new and creative way to display all our holiday cards.
This year I put together two shutters to make a screen.
The tutorial is HERE!

That concludes the living room tour. If you aren't bored to death,
I'll show you a small vignette I have in our kitchen on top of the pie safe.
Isn't she adorable? That little angel found her way into my shopping bag at SuzAnna's.
I hope you all have a fabulous holiday season!
Now cover your ears again as I sing to Santa Baby (because I'm no Eartha Kitt!)

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56 Comments:

At November 30, 2010 at 12:20 AM , Blogger Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

your mantel is fabulous! And I love the pictures of santas footprints, cute idea!

 
At November 30, 2010 at 1:12 AM , Blogger Caitlin Campbell said...

This is so rustic and sophisticated all at the same time! I love it!

 
At November 30, 2010 at 1:17 AM , Blogger Funky Junk Interiors said...

Ahaaa! And there it is in all it's wonderfully rustic glory!

Wow, you really went to town with this Christmas thing! I am just adoring that stick type treatment you have by the stockings, what a neat effect!

Lovely touches! You've inspired me to keep going! And here I was just going to quit and rest... :)

Donna
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

 
At November 30, 2010 at 2:45 AM , Blogger Erin @ Two Story Cottage said...

I'm with Donna - I like your garland! Great job with your decorating! I love it. I really like the clock & angel too. Good finds!

 
At November 30, 2010 at 8:24 AM , Blogger Reenie said...

Love it! Lovin' the rusty stars!! :)

 
At November 30, 2010 at 8:44 AM , Blogger Christie, Describe Happy said...

Oh yes, beautiful rustic country -- you nailed it! I love how you were able to work in a cheese grater and pool balls. Now that's creativity, and they look like they are meant to be there :)

 
At November 30, 2010 at 9:03 AM , Blogger Jenny S said...

LOVE IT ALL! Woohoo! Especially the shout out for SuzAnna's! Hope you can make it to our open house Thursday night! We have a ton of fun and lots of shopping.!

 
At November 30, 2010 at 9:53 AM , Blogger Black Cat Ranch said...

Wonderful! I'm going for that rustic theme this year, too, so it's nice to get some ideas. I love the cut-out tree on the pie safe!

 
At November 30, 2010 at 10:05 AM , Blogger michelle said...

It looks so great! I just love the mantel and your theme is perfect! Love the shutters for a picture/card holder! Great idea!!

 
At November 30, 2010 at 1:20 PM , Blogger Sue said...

What a sweet rustic, country mantel! Yours is the second wooden gate I've seen today. Love it! :-) ~ Sue

 
At November 30, 2010 at 1:21 PM , Blogger Southern Fried Gal said...

Cute! You definitely achieved your goal.

 
At November 30, 2010 at 1:25 PM , Blogger Lindy said...

How pretty is that! I love your rustic look and that deep color of red. Well done!

 
At November 30, 2010 at 1:26 PM , Blogger cindy @ cottage instincts said...

Definitely achieved your goal! Love it. Great textures, great colors...how can you go wrong with lanterns, *snicker*.

Great job!

 
At November 30, 2010 at 1:26 PM , OpenID Pat said...

Love this! Wonderful rustic Christmas!

 
At November 30, 2010 at 1:39 PM , Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

You definitely got rustic right. Love it.

 
At November 30, 2010 at 1:59 PM , Blogger Pam said...

I love all the small touches. The lanterns filled with ornaments are my favorite and I just might have to steal that idea. It looks very rustic and very country!

 
At November 30, 2010 at 2:04 PM , Blogger Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Your mantel looks great. I love the rustic look. Your whole living room looks lovely. I like the ornaments in the lantern. Very cute.

 
At November 30, 2010 at 2:06 PM , Blogger The Writer Chic said...

I love how you display your cards -- and I'm totally inspired to break out my cake stand now. I already have the trifle dish with ornaments in the firebox...but why not get the cake stand in on the party, too? Thanks!

 
At November 30, 2010 at 2:47 PM , Anonymous Erin at Carolina Country Living said...

I think you nailed (no pun intended--ha!) the rustic country Christmas look! I'll be hauling out my Christmas stuff in the next day or so and since I do live in the country and have about as rustic a house as you can get with a log cabin, I will be drawing inspiration from your decorating. And can I say how much I love the cake stand-as-a-cloche? I have a hardly-ever-used cake stand that will be perfect as a table centerpiece. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas! :)

 
At November 30, 2010 at 2:51 PM , Blogger Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

It's all so fabulous! LOVE your barn door! So creative, warm, and country.

 
At November 30, 2010 at 3:09 PM , Blogger Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Lovely - I would say you achieved your goal.

 
At November 30, 2010 at 3:38 PM , Blogger Marianne@Songbird said...

I think you nailed the rustic country look to a tee! And I lurve the touch of the pool balls!!

 
At November 30, 2010 at 3:58 PM , Blogger Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Love your rustic mantel. I used stars, pinecones and rusty bells for our living room too, and love the way you used yours. The red barn door/gate is the icing on the cake! Wonderful pop of colour and texture. Love love it. I also like the other vignettes, and your pie safe is adorable.

 
At November 30, 2010 at 4:01 PM , Blogger The Mulberry Girl said...

I love the wreath on the red wood - and those pool balls mixed in with ornaments? Too cool!

 
At November 30, 2010 at 6:01 PM , Blogger Christine said...

You did a beautiful job here! I like the Santa foot prints in the first picture up there! We do that with cotton balls and flour for the eater Bunny!...lol Wonderful Christmas display here!

 
At November 30, 2010 at 6:09 PM , Blogger Shaunna said...

Beautiful!! I love some red and white Christmas! Stopped in from the Lettered Cottage -shaunna :)

 
At November 30, 2010 at 8:40 PM , Blogger Kathysue said...

Very, very cute, the red doors were the perfect touch and background to your wonderful mantel!! Kathysue

 
At November 30, 2010 at 8:42 PM , Blogger InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Brittany-

Looks like Christmas camew to your your house - love the baking soda footprints. Wish I thought of that whe my kids were little. I think you hit rustic perfectly in your decorating theme.
My best- Diane

 
At November 30, 2010 at 9:31 PM , Blogger arminda said...

I've been trying to come up with ideas for our dining room and this just totally inspired me! I love the barn door AND the screen idea! :)

 
At November 30, 2010 at 10:22 PM , Blogger Molly said...

i'm going to be honest, I wasn't dying to see rustic decor, but yours is worth the trip! It is done so well, not too "country," really it is quite lovely! I love your touches around too! The shutter card holder-divine. Such a nice job!

 
At November 30, 2010 at 11:40 PM , Blogger Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

You have such a fantastic home - you've done such a great job! What an inspiration!

 
At December 1, 2010 at 12:21 AM , Blogger Tardevil said...

Looks great! I don't have a lot of country stuff, but it always feels cozy. Really like the lanterns...great find. I miss Thieves Market...can never leave empty handed.

 
At December 1, 2010 at 12:22 AM , Blogger Jen said...

Very rustic/country!!! I love it!
Love the wreath on the door!

 
At December 1, 2010 at 12:53 AM , Blogger Nutbird said...

I was trying to think of an adjective. Junkolicious? Are you a Rustifarian, like Donna? If I put down Santa's footprints will the dogs eat them and get sick? Great post as usual. Ann

 
At December 1, 2010 at 12:01 PM , Blogger Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

Okay, the pool balls are officially my favorite thing. That's brilliant!

 
At December 1, 2010 at 12:31 PM , Blogger Sandi (Meme) said...

You are all WAY ahead of me! I haven't even got my Christmas decorations out yet, so can't show my mantel, but I SO appreciate your sharing yours! I would love to borrow your idea with the shutters - I only have one, but will definitely use it as you did! Thanks so much! I'm going to join as your newest follower, and hope you will come visit me too! Have a great week, Sandi

 
At December 1, 2010 at 2:22 PM , Blogger Maggie said...

oh my I luv how you you use the door..
OMG such fantastic ideas :)
Maggie
http://passionatelyartistic.com

 
At December 1, 2010 at 9:04 PM , Blogger The DIY Show Off said...

I love rustic. Beautiful and so festive! Great job!

Roeshel

 
At December 1, 2010 at 10:48 PM , Blogger Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

I just love your rustic Christmas touches, looks so great. You've got so many interesting vignettes in every little space. So pretty & festive & of course, I love the rustic too. The red gate is perfect for Christmas!

 
At December 1, 2010 at 11:11 PM , Blogger Karena said...

Adore the unique items you have found and yes it is a great holiday look! Bravo!!

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Karena
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At December 1, 2010 at 11:31 PM , Blogger Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Everything looks so festive! Love it! Thanks for joining my party and inviting us in. :-)

 
At December 2, 2010 at 2:35 AM , Blogger Purnima@a creative project said...

very pretty!!

 
At December 2, 2010 at 9:35 AM , Blogger Karen said...

The mantel looks great! It's a beautiful country mantel. I love, love, love the Christmas Cards on the Shutters! If I could only think of where I could use this idea? Saving it to my file... :)
Karen

 
At December 2, 2010 at 11:12 AM , Blogger Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Your mantle is fantastic...you did a great job!

 
At December 2, 2010 at 7:46 PM , Blogger Cindy said...

I would say that you reached your goal, everything looks fantabulous and rustic!!!
Hugs, cindy

 
At December 2, 2010 at 8:41 PM , Blogger The Thriftress said...

The cheese grater as candle holder is ingenious! Thanks for the holiday tour!
Sarah

 
At December 2, 2010 at 11:35 PM , Blogger Suzy said...

Oh, please, PLEASE come decorate my house! LOVE the shutters as card holders & the pool balls.

 
At December 3, 2010 at 7:36 AM , Anonymous elisabeth said...

You did a marvelous job and I think you accomplished your goal of country and rustic. I love the way you used your shutters.

Elisabeth @ Treasuring the Moments

 
At December 3, 2010 at 11:21 AM , Blogger Hautemama said...

Love, love, love the rustic mantel! Great job decorating!

 
At December 4, 2010 at 10:51 AM , Anonymous Susan Graham said...

I just love your blog and I think your article is so awesome!! I love antiques and what a way to go green!! I think the towels would just be so adorable also. Thanks for sharing the story about how it was made. Makes it that more special! Take care, Fran.

 
At December 9, 2010 at 9:51 AM , Blogger Linda@Coastal Charm said...

You have so many neat ideas...love the shutters!!Thanks for coming to my OPEN HOUSE!!!!

Blessings,
Linda

 
At December 9, 2010 at 9:56 AM , Blogger very merry vintage style said...

Love your mantel and lovely vintage books... lanterns... It's all beautiful! Come on over and link up to my holiday link party--love to include it! http://verymerryvintagestyle.blogspot.com/2010/12/something-old-something-new.html
Mary

 
At December 9, 2010 at 4:53 PM , Blogger Nook Cranny Gifts said...

I just love your cracker tin, right up my alley. I also love how you put the balls in the lantern.
Happy Holidays
Michele

 
At December 10, 2010 at 8:25 AM , Blogger ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

You definitely achieved the look you were going for!! I love the rustic door over the mantel and the shutter screen you made..genius!

 
At December 10, 2010 at 7:03 PM , Blogger Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

You did a good job. Everything looks great.

 
At January 6, 2011 at 9:57 AM , Anonymous buy rustic furniture said...

Wow...love the collection of photos. The interiors are so inspiring...with the right amount Indian and Western decor to be appreciated by all.Thanks for sharing the photos

Susan Graham

 

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