Wednesday, December 1, 2010

holiday decor (on a budget)

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... thanks to the beautiful decorations!

We're not sure about you, but this is definitely the most wonderful time of the year. The chill in the air, the twinkling lights, the smell of a warm fire, and the hustle and bustle of everyone getting ready for the holidays - what's not to love. :) Well, with Christmas only four weeks away, it's time to trim your tree, light your Votivo Christmas Sage candle (mmm) and add a little holiday cheer to your home. Of course, as 20-somethings and new homeowners, we've got to start on a budget. So although the holiday decor may be a bit slim this year, it's still chic and fabulous.

We start with a lovely artificial tree.... No, they are not as exciting. No, the shopping is not as memorable (thank you, Wal-Mart). And no, they don't smell great (hence - the sage scented candle.) However, they are cleaner, safer and prelit!, which really helps save you time if you're a busy bee.

My favorite part of our tree is a vintage, glitter sign spelling out "noel." We purchased this last year during an after Christmas sale at Curious Sofa. (If you live in the Kansas City area and have not been here, you owe a visit, or several. It's a must.) The glitter definitely gives the tree some sparkle and the large swooping letters give the tree another element, just something a little different and unique.

To keep the look going, we've added some gold glittered candles (thank you, Target) to our array of glass pillar holders. Simple and understated holiday glam.

And here is a look at the finished product... The best part of this photo? Christmas Vacation on the TV. You can have a glitzy holiday on a budget, but you can't forget the Griswolds. :)


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