Removing the B&W area rug gave me the space to tuck the fall urns behind the sofa, and once again utilize the branches I found back in September. Their silhouette is what creates a wintry focal point in the space.
On the small table I already have behind the sofa, I placed two simple glass cylinders, filled with neutral pebbles, white pillars, and two of my glass icicle ornaments to add a little shimmer (great means of repurposing an otherwise broken ornament - glass loop had broken off - no way to hang). Relocating the silver tray w/3 grapevine orbs also added a natural texture.
Three small lumbar pillows in white tie in the white of the tree and wreath in the space.
The repurposed branches are simply adorned with my glass star ornaments (I've had now about ten years) and paired with a few new champagne glitter stars I picked up at the Dollar Store. Since these are prominent in the space, I switched out their ribbons and strings for these fun scroll S hooks I also found at the Dollar store.
The existing white table I had paired with two white ottomans was relocated upstairs. Because I do have dark accent walls and furniture pieces at either end of the room, I replaced the coffee table trio with this burl veneer table - given to me last year from our neighbor after we had a garage sale. Last Christmas, I had used it as the side table. Its openness at the bottom allowed me to also bring down my ecru shag accent rug - which gives texture to the space.
Also giving texture to the space is the white fur throw on the cream sofa.
The two white ottomans replaced the black leather bench I usually have here for extra seating. We still have the same seating (minus one chair which was replaced by the tree - however I did flank the TV unit with two thrifted cream chairs I found for only $5) plus these maintain storage for those Christmas CD's, DVD's and extra candles. The ottomans are also holding the two small dark storage boxes I usually have on top of the ottomans (when they were in front of the sofa).
From the Thanksgiving centerpiece, I repurposed the pheasant feathers as a tree topper. They really helped to add height to the 6.5' tree. The feathers also helped to add a simple natural element to the tree.
I used only my mercury glass, clear glass and white ornaments on the tree this year - simple spheres, icicles and snowflakes. To update its look without going spending much, I added in two tubes of gold glitter balls from Big Lots and a box of 21 small gold glass ornaments I picked up while thrifting for only $1.
I love the warm glow of simple white lights at night. To add another natural element, I also used some silver painted pine cones into the tree.
Since the wall and the TV unit are dark, I created a layered art-scape utilizing two sizes of blank canvases. The large one in the front was previously covered in fabric (a B&W shower curtain) and I had used it for a Valentines vignette on the dining room buffet.
I relocated the white horse wall art (I had made from a $1 calender) and paired it with another, but more simple branch (previously on the dining room buffet).
To edit the TV unit display, I removed a few books, but what remained (for height) I covered in white by using the reverse side of removed book jackets. The magazines in the trays have also been removed. The trays remained, I added some snow, and it is where I stash holiday our cards we receive. The "JOY" this year has also (since picture taken) been attached to the canvas.
To also help keep the shelves simply set, I pulled together the glass cylinders into two groups of threes. Two are only filled with snow and pine cones. One large painted pine cone sitting on the books added just a touch of gold to warm the silver white and chocolate mix.
The one in the center has only snow and one small white branch pick (previously I've used on the tree).
At holiday is when I usually pullout my small collection of silver urns. I also usually have them around the house filled with fresh cut pine branches. This year, I kepted the grouped together to create a mantel-like display on the TV unit top.
This became a great place to stash Chirstmas scented candles that don't match the color scheme - and it gives an awesome glow to the space at night. The urn on the left was polished using toothpaste. The urn on the right I left tarnished to add interest to the vignette mix.
I removed the black trays from the side tables to create two small holiday tablescapes.
To still give height and add texture, I turned my PB books backwards (w/o jackets) and stacked them under the lamp. In lieu of flowers, I used two of my three small white trees. To give the trees a finished look, I placed them in white glossy flowerpots from the garage.
I had the Tiffany bowl on the bar counter for Fall filled with apples, but since I had found a similar style bowl while thrifting, I set them both on the end tables this year. I added the small pebbles (also in cylinders behind the sofa) to the mercury glass and white votive candle holders.
The bowls are filled with my existing snow, natural & painted pine cones, and small white balls. To add a dash of gold, I also added in brass bells I picked up at the Dollar Store. (lol - A Tiffany bowl and Dollar Store bells - now THAT is a HI-LOW mix!!)
Over on the other side of the space - since it is already dark, heavy and full... I replaced the fall vignette and glass globe lamp for a simpler vignette.The coffee table also got a simple silver & glass trio, with a touch of gold from the painted pine cone and brass bells in the bowl.
I also hung our three initials - Jeff's mom gave us last year - from the wall sconces.
(You can probably see better in the previous image). To simply dress the white wreath, I added in these tear drop gold ornaments I found - yet again - at the Dollar Store.
While I'm cozied up with the fur throw on the sofa, Jeff has his throw and soft fluffy pillow (kinda like Sephora) on his chair.
We needed a little more light over on this side (especially when we're sitting at the counter eating at night) so I brought over the silver lamps from the dining space buffet - but switched their shades from black to white.
The bowl is just a serving bowl usually hidden inside a kitchen cabinet. It added a little glass shimmer and its holding a vintage silver & gold tree topper - given to me by a dear friend (and old boss). Repurposed glass from scented and glades candles worked on the silver pillar holders (previously holding white pumpkins for fall). I used the Dollar Store scroll hooks to hold peace-hope-joy, which last year, was on the real wreath in the dining room.
Comfort & Joy...
The wintry whites, silvers and gold inspiration for this year not only came from magazines and our little ball of fur - Sephora - but I was really taken by that one photo of a white horse in the snow I had framed for the dining room for Thanksgiving. Editing everyday decor, removing most black elements, repurposing existing items in new ways & spaces, along with mixing existing ornaments with thrift and a few Dollar Store finds not only transformed our our South Florida town home to a winter wonderland - it was done at a minimal expense - only $24. Hope you enJOYed the tour...
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(even though I don't have a fireplace - top of TV unit can work for a mantel display)