Holiday & Seasonal Projects, Holidays

My “Christmas is only 2 weeks away?!” Holiday Decor

Someday, when Ryan and I buy a home, one thing that we’ll look for is a fabulous, wood-burning fireplace.  It’s the one feature I really wish our rental home had.  But no home is ever perfect, especially not one you rent, so I just try to focus on all the things – the many things – that rock about this house.

But damn, it’s tough in the winter, especially before Christmas, when all of you are sharing your beautiful, cozy fireplaces and their decorated mantels.  This week everyone’s linking up for the Holiday Mantel parties on the big blogs. . . and  so it’s got me thinking about it more than usual.

I’d hoped to hang another branch on the living room wall in time for Christmas, so that we’d have a place to hang stockings and Christmas cards – like we did last year – but I’ve been so busy filling regular and wholesale orders for Janery that it’s just not happening until this weekend.  Last year’s branch was scrawny, and looked like a centipede, but it helped us get in the holiday spirit.  If I have time to do it this year, the plan is to grab a hefty branch and then wrap it with fresh pine garlands and hang ornaments, so it will really be something festive.

But for now I’m content to enjoy my little holiday tablescape that I created on my coffee table.  If that’s the only decorating we do (0ther than the obligatory pine wreath on the front door) I’m ok with it.  We’ve got so much going on this December that it just doesn’t seem like a top priority.

I love how it looks at night, with the candles glowing:

And yeah. . . I think that’s all you’re gonna get from me as far as holiday decor goes this winter.  Believe me, I have all sorts of decor I’d love to DIY . . . but Christmas is two weeks away.  It’s just not happening this year!

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  • Reply Haley @thedistractedblogger at 10:08 am

    That looks nice and cozy. Just the right amount of cheer and dog butt to stay smiling this year. 🙂 It is more than I have done. So far all I have done is make a tiny Santa hat.

    • Reply Jane @ The Borrowed Abode at 4:07 pm

      Oh gosh, I totally missed the dog butt. But not surprised. That dog is obsessed with pushing his butt in front of people for a scratch at all times! 🙂

  • Reply mikalah at 12:01 pm

    Ah yes, the dreaded Christmas Panic. =) It’s ok to not drench your house in Christmas decor! Sounds like business is going well for you, I’m super happy to hear that!

  • Reply Ashley @ Design Build Love at 3:31 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your coffee table setting!  Seriously so cute, unique, and adding such ambiance!  btw… where is your amazing coffee table from?  I have been searching forever for a coffee table like that!

    • Reply Jane @ The Borrowed Abode at 3:57 pm

      Thanks Ashley! From what we can tell, the coffee table is a vintage Barcelona table by Mies van der Rohe. But I think if you search for Barcelona Table you can find new versions online. Hope this helps . . . FYI, it’s really heavy.

  • Reply Jen at 4:14 pm

    I love the rosemary in the vase…so pretty!  Keepin’ it simple this year is a-okay!  And I’m so happy to hear that Janery is rockin’ it!  🙂 Jen

  • Reply Patricia Brooks at 11:46 am

    One year I took a 9 ft. garland, folded it in the middle and hooked the center to a nail on the wall.  Then I shaped the two sides into a tree shape and hung ornaments on it, taped my Christmas cards all around it on the wall and placed my tall (32″) Old World Santa in the middle.  It was a beautiful “Christmas Tree” that took up very little space atop a bookcase in my diningroom.

  • Reply Almost Sugar-and-Carb-Free Chocolate Cake | The Borrowed Abode at 8:22 am

    […] our living room that is STILL blank after all this time.  Sometimes it comes in handy – for Christmas cards & stockings or apparently for birthday banners.  It’s like a “special occasion” wall. […]

  • Reply Angie at 8:51 pm

    If I were doing the branch on the wall, I would consider spray painting it…maybe white or silver.

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