Dec 10, 2009

Holiday Unique

I think we are almost finished decorating here...just a few minor changes here and there. I've really enjoyed looking for unique decorating ideas this year though. These are some of my favorites.

I love this idea of placing a collection of red and white china in a cabinet and then filling in with red wrapped packages. We have a cabinet filled with old yellow ware bowls that I think would work just as nice with packages.

Here's a new take on the center piece idea...hang it above the table. It would look really nice at night with some tiny white lights too.

Maybe you could hang these ornaments over the table. They look so pretty with these feathers in them but really you could put anything in them. Last time I was at Anthropologie, they had a series of clear ornaments hanging with salt or pepper in them. The salt looked like snow and the pepper added a great texture.

I LOVE birdcages! I am still kicking myself for not buying the one I saw at Brimfield Antique Shows. These make great table decorations with the red bow and the little cardboard birds.

These framed "Merry Christmas" panels are my favorite though. They would be so simple to make too. Just use a word processing or graphics program to spell out the words, making sure that there are only one or two letters per page. Switch between landscape and portrait page layouts to add interest. Print them out in a colorful red or green. They would look great in these frames from IKEA.

(images: 1. Country Home Dec. 2002, 2. & 4. Country Living Dec/Jan 2010, 3. Elle Decor, 5. Ideal Home

* I meant to post this yesterday but I was having some computer issues...namely the Windows 7 upgrade not going as quickly as I wanted and two trips to Staples for more memory. It's all good now but I'm sorry it's late.


  1. I particularly like the china cabinet idea, and that photo made me realise that my porcelain and china is absolutely pell-mell rather than artistically arranged. It deserves better before I add any colourful packages.

    (Yes, Windows 7 is a pest).

  2. I love birdcages too, even though I don't have one. I especially like the one with the green bottom.

    I still haven't decorated, but my goal is to do it today! :)

  3. EVERY time I come to your blog, I leave inspired.
    Thank you Amy!

  4. I LOVE the tree branch centerpiece! Your blog is such an inspiration. I can't wait to see what you post next.

  5. i love that tree branch with ornaments. and aren't those feathers amazing? i really want some.

  6. I am enamored with those feather ornaments!

  7. love the idea of centerpieces above the table especially that tree branch! love the bird cages as well! and the framed Merry Christmas. Ok fine! I loved it all.

  8. I love the panel... I wish I had more time to make it!!! the last pics is defenitely my fav!

    So... church and state... we have the same ideas and tastes and we live so far away!!!

    I opened my Christmas Giveaway Contes... I wish you'll participate and you'll send me some of your marvellous pics!

    Can't wait to see them!

    Have a great weekend!

  9. That branch over the dining table is amazing! How do they hang it so perfectly like that? xoxo

  10. I love the living room of the last photo, so cosy!
    The birdcages are so stylish and great, love to have one, beautiful!


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