How to decorate for Christmas :: shelves

Our formal dining room features a set of eight-foot floating shelves that I absolutely love. They provide a space for me to decorate for every season, adding a bit of charm and personality to an otherwise fairly sterile space. This year marks the first Christmas that I have, in my opinion, nailed the seasonal shelving décor. I opted to go with a shades of white theme and I could not be happier with the end result. Come along with me and take a peek.

How to decorate for Christmas :: shelves | Such the Spot The lighting in this room makes it extremely difficult to get the quality of photos I aim for, but this shot offers an overview of what I’ve come up with. On the top shelf, you see four empty frames in various shades of white. My handy husband whipped those up for me in a matter of minutes. That’s one of the reasons I keep him around. I made a rag garland and strung it across the frames for texture. Here’s a closer look at that.

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How to decorate for Christmas :: shelves | Such the Spot
Together with the shades of white, I included little splashes of silver here and there. You’ll notice it in the lantern I got from IKEA.

How to decorate for Christmas :: shelves | Such the Spot
And in the “JOY” sign I made using paper mâché letters I bought from JoAnn, a scrap of wood from the garage, some white burlap and silver glitter spray paint.

How to decorate for Christmas :: shelves | Such the Spot
I also combined some ornaments in containers we already had and used those in the display.

How to decorate for Christmas :: shelves | Such the Spot
I threw this wreath together in under twenty minutes. It’s just a grapevine wreath lightly spray painted silver. I stuck in some decorative picks that I bought at 70% off for a whopping 59 cents each.

How to decorate for Christmas :: shelves | Such the Spot

A neighbor gifted us two of these super cute ceramic bowls that fit perfectly into my theme.

How to decorate for Christmas :: shelves | Such the Spot
The reindeer used to be metallic gold, but I gave him a shimmery new coat of silver glitter paint and fastened a white burlap bow around his neck.

How to decorate for Christmas :: shelves | Such the Spot
As a finishing touch for the room, I hung greens with silver floral picks from the backs of our dining chairs and attached white burlap bows.

How to decorate for Christmas :: shelves | Such the Spot

And that, my friends, concludes our tour today. I hope you enjoyed taking a peek inside my home!

Our Christmas letter :: in depth

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Prior to this year, I hadn’t sent out Christmas cards for quite some time. For whatever reason, though, I opted to return to tradition this year. Camera and tripod in hand, I threw together some coordinating clothes and marched the family out to a favorite picture spot one really chilly November afternoon. It took awhile, but finally the light, the pose and the smiles came together, resulting in a suitable photo. Oh, but wouldn’t you know that was just the beginning. From there, I needed to design a card, upload and order it and come up with a pithy insert […]

5 Ornaments & their stories

5 Ornaments & their stories | Such the Spot

I love decorator Christmas trees. You know the ones–they feature perfectly-strung lights, themed ornaments and shimmery ribbons draped just so. Truly I love those kinds of Christmas trees, but I don’t have one. Our tree features neither ribbons nor themed ornaments. Our tree features a mish-mash of ornaments that have been accumulated over the years, each one with its own story. I thought it might be fun to share a few with you today. These particular ornaments aren’t necessarily the most beautiful or ornate ones that hang from our tree, but they are favorites because of the stories behind them. […]

Cranberry clove sparkling margarita

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Ah, December. Sparkling lights, brown-paper packages and tall margaritas served ice cold. What? Is that not a part of your holiday tradition? Just me? Perhaps, but once you try this festive cranberry clove sparkling margarita I suspect you might have a new holiday tradition. Seriously, just look at this gorgeous cocktail! And just you try to tell me that it doesn’t exude The Merry. It totally does. This particular margarita is both tart and sweet thanks to the cranberry, with added spice and warmth from the clove. I’m telling you, every sip will raise your holiday spirits. Pinky swear. And […]

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If you’ve been following my blog long, you may have picked up on a trend. That is, I tend to tire of any given blog design after about a year. At that point, I enlist the help of my handsome husband and we set about the business of sprucing up the place a bit. Mostly I set about the business of being nit-picky and bossy and he sets about the business of coding whilst drinking lots of beer as a coping mechanism. Or something like that. Anywho…I’m considering changing more than just the design of things for next year but […]

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