Chic on a Shoestring Decorating: Christmas Decor Tour 2012 Part 1: The Fancy Rooms


Christmas Decor Tour 2012 Part 1: The Fancy Rooms

Hey there!  How's it going??  Are you having a pre-Christmas meltdown or are you relaxing and enjoying the season?  I hope it's the latter.

I've been to two Christmas cookie exchange parties in the past two days, I hosted one the first night and attended one the next night.

Today I'm pretty sure I've eaten my weight in Christmas cookies.

You know what?

It was awesome. :)

There are only a few days left of good Christmas eats and then it'll be back to reality (meaning no cookies for breakfast anymore).

Time is ticking down quickly and the big day is right around the corner. I'm just barely going to get my Christmas decor tour up in time.  So come on in!

We'll start in my entry way...

Just a little vignette of trees and deer.

Christmas decor

Keeping it simple.  Loving these deer that have very similar brothers from Pottery Barn.  These are from TJ Maxx for a quarter of the price.

Christmas tree decor

Then step into my living room to see my "fancy tree" with a touch of leopard print.  Leopard can give an elegant and sophisticated look but can go bad very quick if you're not careful. :)

I have leopard print ribbon on the tree and one leopard print pillow.  That's it.  It's just enough.

Each year I add a few unique ornaments that I usually find very cheap at TJ Maxx. (where else, right?)

Christmas tree decor

The loops have French script on them  an the colors are perfect for my fancy tree.  It's looks handmade but I couldn't have made it for as cheap as I bought it.  That's the beauty of TJ Maxx.

Christmas tree topper

The tree looks prettier when it's glowing a little bit don't cha think?

My topper started as a smaller bow.  It was too wimpy for my 9 foot tree so I just kept adding to it until it looked good.  It doesn't even look like a bow anymore, I refer to it as my tree's hair-do.  I think it's channeling it's inner Chaka Khan.

I have a little vignette on my ottoman.  This year I fell to the antler frenzy and picked up a few faux antlers at my favorite flea market.  One landed here....

Christmas decor

And who can resist a Santa in a cloche??

Christmas decor pillow

My "Joy to the World" pillow is one of my rare authentic Pottery Barn items.  It's piped in burlap rope.  Love.  It was on sale last year and I got free shipping.  Merry Christmas to me.

My golden reindeer and feathered and sequined trees top my great-grandma's curio cabinet.

Christmas decor

A view from above...

Christmas decor

My dining room is finally starting to get the makeover that it so badly needs.  I have a little vignette set up on my mirrored table.

chalk paint furniture

I started painting my dining room table and chairs.  Finally!!  My Mamaw gave me her set when they down-sized their home a few years back.  They had been an orange-ish cherry that dated the traditionally styled set.  I can not believe the difference the Annie Sloan chalk paint is making.  Here is a peak!

I really think I'm going to love it... it will be a January (or February?) project.

Well, I hope you've enjoyed my "Fancy" Christmas tour.  It isn't too fancy but my boys call this one my fancy tree and unknowingly named this tour for me.  Part 2 will be my more rustic Christmas decor in my kitchen and family room.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Linking: The Nester, Jennifer Rizzo, Tatertots & Jello, Savvy Southern Style


  1. Oh my, evertyhing is so beautiful, and of course I totally adore your Santa in the cloche display. I hope you and your family have a very Blessed and Merry Christmas. Hugs, Marty

  2. I love the chocolate browns and the animal prints throughout! Beautiful!

  3. So nice and so true about the animal prints, just a touch here and there is best. I call my fancy tree the big tree, my family room and master trees are more rustic and are shorter. Merry Christmas to all!

  4. Kate,
    Your home looks so festive...enjoy it and Merry Christmas to you and yours.


  5. Gorgeous, I just love your tree with the feathers and the leopard ribbon-- may just have to steal that idea for next Christmas!!

  6. Your house looks beautiful!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  7. Hi Kate! I love your decor especially the "Joy" ornament and pillow.

    I'm having a PINTEREST Social hop. I'd love for you to hop on over, grab a button and link up your Pinterest. If you don't have Pinterest it's ok, come link up your blog.

    I'm also looking for Pinterest Pinners to feature every week beginning in January. If you are on Pinterest and are interested in being featured come link up! Who knows you might meet some other great pinners and gain a few great ideas.

    Have a crazy beautiful week!

  8. looks beautiful! elegantly cozy! i love the joy to the world pillow!


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