A Creative Christmas…

Another Christmas post today to get you in the mood. This home belongs to Jill Merkle in Atlanta in the states and is a calm, beautiful, shimmery and white Christmas setting. Here is an idea to use…grab an old picture frame, and cover with greenery – here it is Boxwood, and secure with wire, or even fishing line, and a big bow…work with what you have…and voila! a beautiful showpiece for your holiday decorating.

I adore this setting. Jill’s mini tree is adorned with silver Tiffany’s ornaments that they buy for the children each year. Ah, another idea…take an old wooden door, get a sheet of mirror glass cut to size of the top panel, glue in place with construction adhesive, prop up against a wall in a place that doesn’t get a lot of light, and you have a beautiful conversation starter that helps bounce natural light around the room…or reflect something beautiful. Love the Magnolia leaf and boxwood garland over the stair rail. It picks up the rusty loveliness from the old urn.

There is just something about receiving a gift that isn’t in dime store paper, has something handmade to it and has been thoughtfully done. Even if the contents aren’t flash, you don’t care…a lot of thought went into the whole gift…that’s what makes it even more special. Here old sheet music (click here for a great free download site), wallpaper, fabric…what ever you have is put to use to create gifts that are presents in themselves.

I love this idea. Find another old door (salvage yards are best) and paint the main panel in Chalkboard Paint, prop up or fix to the Kitchen wall and you have a whimsical reminder for all the things you need to remember, or leave a ‘I love you’ message if you are first out the door before everyone else wakes. You can even get magnetic Chalkboard Paint so you can put up your bills too!

Don’t forget all the other rooms of your home. You don’t have to go berserk, just something small will make a statement, like this Eucalyptus wreath with a big white silk ribbon. I love the side lamps and old bench in this room…don’t know if I could cope with a mirror over my bed…I have a issue with mirrors in the dark!! It looks lovely though.

Jill’s Kitchen is beautiful. She designed the scroll brackets for her open shelves and has made a feature out of her island bench by painting it black. It doesn’t make the room heavy, but creates a little European charm to the room. I hope today you find something creative to do in your own home…work with what you have.
Ness xx
images – Country Home



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