A Simple Christmas Vignette

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As I am sitting here writing this, it is 72 degrees outside and I’m not complaining at all. This girl is enjoying it while it lasts. It’s at least beginning to feel a little like Christmas in my living room.

Since our TV is above our mantle, I put together a vignette on our empire chest that sits by our front door. You may remember my fall vignette in the same spot. Since we have rambunctious little boys in the home, I displayed the hand blown glass ornaments that my parents made for me in the tray pictured above. {Here is the link to their Facebook page in case you’re ever in the Myrtle Beach, SC area.} The glass ornaments may actually make it to the tree next year.

The hobnail candle holders are from Marshall’s. I found the card holder (actually a photo display) at Tuesday Morning several years back. A thrift store cake pan sits on top of a candle holder (also thrifted) and holds ornaments. Hanging on the wall, I have the ceiling tile that I had shown you in my faux verdigris paint tutorial. I gave it a coat of white paint and distressed it to let the verdigris color show through.

I found the letters at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. They are hot glued to the galvanized french flower buckets. If you have followed the blog for a while, you may have noticed I have a love for galvanized metal…just a little. The smell from the rosemary clippings makes up for the fact that our Christmas tree is not real.

Until we start getting Christmas cards, I have filled the card display with a sweet collection of vintage Santa postcards that I downloaded from Graphics Fairy.

I couldn’t help but make another vintage-esque sign. I used the same technique as the last one I made. This sign is actually made from our old brass kick plate that I took off our front door. The holes where the screws used to be make the perfect place to hang the sign with upholstery tacks.

Click here for the tutorial on the painted pine cone garland. It took some trial and error to get it right, so I’ll share with you how I finally got it just the way I wanted it. But first, I’ll be showing you our front porch decorated for the seasons.

As of now…that’s a wrap.




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  3. I am in love with your vignette. Seriously in love. We have a TV above our mantle, too, but we do have an entryway table I wanted to decorate this year. Alas, I only got a few things up on it. But next year I’m really planning on decking that baby out. And those Santa postcards I think are my favorite touch.

  4. Hi Tricia,
    Your vignette is absolutely lovely! I’m visiting (and pinning) from the Power of Pinterest party.

    Jeanette @ creatingalifenow.blogspot.com

  5. I love how you used the rosemary in the pots – such a fresh look! Your entire space looks so lively – and lovely.

  6. Tricia…I love everything about this display…I love hanging straw hats on my walls during the summer….awww.. thank you for sharing…xo

  7. Hey! I LOVE your blog!!! Everything looks awesome, your graphic talents blow me away:)! Your decorating looks beautiful, see I am a Rosemary girl too, I just bought my Rosemary Christmas Trees at the local grocery, just $12:)! Have a great day, Jen

    1. Hey Jen! I just saw your Christmas home tour and I am awestruck! I thought it was beautiful before but even more so with all your wonderful ideas. Our rosemary started out as a tree from the grocery store and now it is so tall, it comes up to my shoulders (not that I’m tall or anything). It must love the weather here! Glad you like the new blog!

  8. I really love white and silver theme decoration for holidays, it gives a wonderful alchemy occurs when silver and white are mixed that is why most of DIYer choose this theme.

  9. I love this little vignette! The white and the silver are so calming and look so nice. I also love your board and batten treatment! Everything looks great. So glad you shared over at Tuesday’s Treasures!

  10. I don’t know how to decide which part is my favorite! The whole thing is seriously gorgeous. Love the “JOY” letters on the buckets – the mix of textures is great. Visiting from TLC today! 🙂

  11. I love your mantel! And, I want to go to your parents shop, even though it may be the week after Christmas, to get a pumpkin and ornaments, if any are left. I love the Graphics Fairy Santa’s. I may need to ‘copy’ that idea! ;o) The pinecone garland is cute, too, but I don’t think I’d have the patience!

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