I have had so much fun this year satisfying the former literature teacher (and forever nerd) in me by pursuing one major theme in my Christmas decor: juxtaposition. If you are not as nerdy as I (and don’t worry, most people aren’t), that’s just a fancy way of saying contrasts. I love rustic, mottled, distressed, natural… and I love a little touch of sparkle and glamour. So I worked to incorporate those contrasting textures into my home this Christmas season.
I paired mercury glass with my DIY sheet music Christmas trees and a handmade distressed sign.
Pine cones and rustic jingle bells sit beside glitter ornaments and my vintage marquee letters.
And I enveloped everything I could in greenery with twinkling lights.
In my dining room, I kept it very simple as we eat every meal at this table.
But I carried the natural, rustic elements with a touch of glitz by adding my DIY blue glitter pinecones. And I couldn’t resist opportunities to remind us of the true beauty of Christmas on my window frame and DIY log slice chalkboards.
The only real color (other than the blue pinecones in the dining room) is the red above the mantel. I love how it reflects the deep red accents in the living room rug.
All the rest is neutral, with as many different textures as I could find. I originally decorated my mantel in my office with my marquee lights, and I love how they complement the texture of the sheet music trees and book page ornaments.
But since trees and ornaments are definitely not safe on the floor with a one-year-old running rampant, I reworked the mantel (and moved the marquee letters to the entry, as you saw).
My tree is a true conglomeration of textures with DIY book page ornaments, rustic jingle bells hanging from jute twine, and my gorgeous tin stars that came from the Mexican market in San Antonio… all paired with sparkly, glittery, and even disco-ball silver and gold ornaments. And we can’t forget my no-sew tree skirt (tutorial coming later this week!!).
If you’re interested in more texture-friendly (and easy!) neutrals, come back later this week for tutorials on the tree skirt, painted burlap, and holiday pillow covers. (Update: tree skirt tutorial here and burlap-backed glass cabinets here, and DIY Sharpie pillows here!)
Thank you so much for letting me share my home with you. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season with all your loved ones!