Was your home a wreck this weekend? A wreck from putting away the extra pots, pans and dishes from Thanksgiving dinner, tearing down and packing up Fall decor - and of course the fun part - breaking into the storage boxes of all your Christmas decor? I don't care how organized you are - ti's the weekend for decor havoc! But it's all good... and thankfully it's all up! The next home wreck will be in January, when it all comes crashing down lol.... And even though the 'extra' non-Christmas decor has been edited down, the window panels have been changed, and this years decor is in place, one space just isn't feeling right - so I'm going to paint the dining room! Here's a peek at some oh my

Thrifted gold finds to add to existing silver:
$1 gold glass balls and $6 brass sconces

Dollar Store finds:
Champagne gold stars & elegant ornament hooks.
All white textiles cleaned and pulled together.

Quick sketches of decor plans.

Since our dining space is the first space you walk into when entering our townhome, I've taken the extra step to really paying attention to the lighting and feel of this space. It was great neutral & modern in charcoal, it was happy & fresh in turquoise, and it was crisp & cooled down in blue... But with doing whites this year for holiday - it looks too cool (cold) with whites against the blue. To warm it up, I'm going more mocha or chocolate, which will still work with our pale grey walls, as well as relate back to the TV wall in the living room. It will also warm the space better when paired with some of the gold pieces I'm mixing with the existing silver ones. I already have plenty of paint in the garage, so this will be a great way to use it up and transform a space for $0.

Holiday decor storage staged in the garage.

Using file boxes makes it easier to pass through
our attic opening in the MBR closet.

Left over paint stash.

Christmas decor transformation to be revealed shortly... Either my phone or flickr is experiencing a delay today with the photo uploads. I can't wait to see every one's vignette's, makeover transformations and especially those Pottery Barn re-interpretations you make into budget friendly DIY's...

Holiday inspirations.

Getting a look together.

Brass bells from Dollar Store will add
the right touch of gold to existing silver...

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  1. You are just incredible. I tend to use the same things year after year. I have some special ornaments picked up during my travels, but everything else would be so great to change. I wish I had that kind of storage. No garage, no attic, no basement=No storage. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

  2. My house is beyond a wreck! I have been working on it since Friday and all I have done is the 2 trees and some wreaths. I have the garland up, but not embellished and no table top or “stuff” sitting out yet. There are little pieces of “greenery” all over my tile floors, along with glitter from the decorations that has not only landed on every surface of my home but has also adhered to me to the point that if I had to leave the house and go out in public, one would swear that I worked as a stripper on the side! Ho-Ho-Ho isn’t holiday decorating fun!

  3. Since our house is up for sale, I couldn't bring everything up from the basement all at once. I brought up just what I was working on...first the smaller tree and one (container) box of ornaments, then things for the tables and a couple of things for the kitchen counter. The decorations will probably be minimal this year. We will probably get a live tree and then decorate the porch and that's it! I will be happy when I don't have to take down much the end of December!
    I can tell your decorations are going to be fabulous!!!

  4. Yes Lynda we are all in wreckage mode I think. I love the end result though, as I know you do as well. I look forward to your decorating for the holiday.

  5. Can't wait to see how the dining room shapes up!

  6. Hey Lynda...we're on the same page. Ive got some of my stuff done in the dining room but I kept changing it around. Tree is up for preschool tree trimming party on Friday downstairs. lol Waiting for husband to pick out the real one for the living room on main floor. I wanted to do something different this year (white/gold/birds) inspired by a Ballard Design tree. Hopefully I can get it done this week. Cant wait to see the new dining room, its my favorite room in your home.



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