It Is Beginning To Look Like Christmas

rustic Christmas mantel with natural cotton boll wreathMy latest holiday decor find online.

The scents of a fresh-cut tree and cinnamon-laced pinecones are my holiday triggers – in a good and bad way.  Allergies cause many of us to use faux greenery. Luckily, artificial trees and garlands have come a long way and alternative materials are always an option.  A few weeks ago, a cotton boll garland was featured in Natural Home Decor.  My intent was to use the garlands on my vintage Christmas mantel, but I ended up making a wreath for the den.  I still haven’t decided whether or not to use it year round, but it’s always an option.  The needlepoint stockings were ordered years ago, and I personalized each with our names (some names were blurred for posting).

white antique finish deer statue from Wisteria catalogWith our children now young adults, I’ve ventured away from decorating with Santas and snowmen.  Our location welcomes the look of long needle pine, pine cones, berries and deer.  I discovered this white antique finished deer when shopping online last year  but the white would stand out like a sore thumb in our surroundings.

deer statue glazed with stain from Wisteria catalogOrdering with crossed fingers, I was beyond pleased when it arrived.  He is the perfect size for the sofa table but the bright finish was a no-go.  I bravely glazed him with stain, wiping on with a sponge brush and off with a soft rag.  The statue is lightweight for one this size and the antlers are removable for storage.  While I have been using it inside, it could be placed on the front veranda, which is covered.

(Source: Wisteria)


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5 Responses to It Is Beginning To Look Like Christmas

  1. Larry December 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Like the adult chidren approach. Now your home looks a lot like Christmas. Might want to keep the santas and snowmen as your grandchildren will enojoy them very soon. Just pulled many out of storage for our grandchildren yesterday to use in their bunkroom and maybe a few places around the house. May even use those old “plastic” Santa and Snowman from thirty years ago in the bunkroom. Cannot believe pulling out “plastic” but you will do a lot for these special kids called grandchildren. Merry Christmas!

  2. Cassie Myers December 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    Beautiful! Where on Earth did you get your buck?

    • Allison December 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

      Hi Cassie, and thank you. He came from Wisteria catalog/online.

  3. Lisa October 29, 2014 at 1:21 am #

    Beautiful! Can you tell me what kind of stain you used?

    • Allison October 29, 2014 at 9:30 am #

      Hi, Lisa, and thank you! I used premixed Minwax, Dark Walnut.

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