Welcome to my Living Room Christmas Tour! Today I will highlight my tree and my mantel. This year I decided to go with a Black, White, and Gold theme. I’ve done varieties of this in years past, but I decided to go a little old school and channel my love for Ballard Designs back in the day. They do say, what’s old is new again, so that’s what I am going with. I have added boxwood for greenery, some neoclassical accents, and plenty of gold.
I used to get a real tree each year, but it became too hard to fit one into my living room since I am limited on space and have used just about every square inch for function. I have a 5 foot artificial tree that I place on top of my bureau (a Drexel Heritage chest I bought at a yard sale and refinished in black gloss paint). The back drop is my gallery wall of prints, water colors, and botanicals.
I used a variety of ornaments including new, vintage, and hand made decorations.
This year I made these small silhouette ornaments. I had two small black magnetic frames that I glued a backing onto and then used some silhouette craft paper as the focal point, added a ribbon as a finishing touch and hung them on the tree.
To tie in my zebra figurines from my Work Nook, I added a couple of Zebra ornaments that I found at World Market.
I purchased the black and white striped ribbon at the craft store, but most everything else has been collected over the years and reused in some form or fashion.
I mixed a variety of gold, white, and black wrapping to accent the room decor.
The mantel is the most fun for me to decorate. Last summer I refinished my fireplace by transforming it from a dingy brick finish to a bright light creamy white. In the early Fall, I added the mantel and have had so much fun decorating it each new season.
I made the three stockings with black velveteen fabric that I had on hand. I also used trimming that I found in my existing craft supplies. I really am reusing and recycling what I already have.
I also love this faux bamboo mirror, it’s such a great focal piece to the mantel and fireplace. My black and white Wedgewood Jasperware pieces are also a great foundation for the theme tying in the color scheme and the neoclassical theme. The added touch of the greenery also brings this to life.
My large Paris Porcelain compote if truly the star of this vignette though. I’ve had this piece for many years and it is one of my most coveted items.
I’ve spray painted more items gold this year than I can count! I used fallen branches from my persimmon tree to paint and hang these small ornaments and I found these candle pillars on clearance at my local hardware store. They were originally finished in a shabby chic white, but I knew they’d look great in gold.
I really do love how this all came together even if some might think it’s outdated. Sometimes you just have to go with where your decorating heart takes you!
I have many more projects I am working on, so I better get back to it! I hope you enjoyed my mini tour and found a little inspiration for your decorating! If I finish some of the projects I am working on, I will share some more details in my living room later this week.
Remember that decorating should make you happy, do what you like, and find your style to keep Living Life Styled! Until next time…