12 Days of Christmas, Day 1 // Festive Shelves

Welcome Back! Guess what today is…


How excited are you? 

Today I thought I’d share my dining room shelves all done up for Christmas. You may remember my summer and fall displays. This is the first year I’ve had these shelves and I was excitedabout decorating them for the holidays. 



I had a few friends over on Thanksgiving Eve so the shelves’ new look came together quickly and without too much thought. 



It was a bit of impromptu decorating, but I liked it so much that I decided to keep it. Perfect!


I found the nutcrackers at T.J. Maxx and Target. 


The white lace pattern votives were a steal at Ikea. I think they were around $3 each. With a little tea light, they look like a million bucks! 

Everything else I had on hand, including the green vases that were in my Ode to Oz display.  I picked them up for a few dollars this fall at Goodwill. 


The little felt deer are from my shoppe as are the white vases. (Yes, having a gift shoppe in your house has some benefits.)



The real centerpiece of this display, however, are my burlap trees. I made them last year for FOLK magazine. Remember? They are probably one of my favorite Christmas decorations.

They are not for sale, but I will teach you how to make them tomorrow here on the blog. Is that fair? Although they are pretty easy to make, they are a bit time intensive. If I remember correctly, I watched both seasons of Pushing Daises (great show by the way) as I put them together.



Anyway, that’s my Christmas dining room shelf display! What do you think?

Now it’s time for a little surprise! Guess who is hosting today’s giveaway? Me!! This is a fabulous and surprise holiday gift from my house to yours. It just may be something in the pictures above, but I can’t tell. It’s a secret!

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Answer the following question: What is your favorite space to decorate for Christmas?
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Good Luck!!


Don’t forget to see what all of the other bloggers are up to! 


KariAnne of Thistlewood Farm 

Whitney and Ashley of Shanty 2 Chic 

Marianne of Songbird 

Donna of Funky Junky Interiors

Michael of Inspired by Charm (that’s me!)


Have a great Saturday, and I’ll meet you back here tomorrow!


  1. I’m loving the first day of Christmas ideas. This year I am giving my kitchen some long overdue attention for decorating. It is the hub of the house but often the last to recieve my attention. So this year it will be my first favorite place to decorate…. until I move on to another room. Christmas decorating is a big thing here. Thanks for sharing all of your ideas. I look forward to following along. Janita

  2. Wow….how exciting is this 12 Days of Christmas you have all put together? Your diningroom shelves are one of the perfect spots to create!

  3. That house of yours is soooo photogenic! Your shelves have rose to the iconic stage, they are always gorgeous! Totally loving the vintage touches especially!

    Since I can’t enter the widget.. my fav space to decorate is definitely my fireplace mantel. It’s over scale so I have plenty of opportunity to go a little wild in that area. :)

  4. Hmmm … I have been back a few times and it still won’t load … must be something on my end. Bummer :(

    Lisa Bonner

  5. I love your shelves…and I’m making those trees just as soon as you show me how tomorrow! Favorite space to decorate…gee..It used to be my kitchen. This year, I think that it’s my bedroom. xo

  6. Love! Your shelves inspired me to move things around in my kitchen so that I could replicate. :) My favorite spot to decorate is my up-right grand piano. We don’t have a fire place, so, our stockings hang from the top of the piano, we also include a photo from the previous years, come candles, and other Christmasy trinkets. Once decorated… it just begs for holiday music to be played. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. My favorite thing to decorate next to my tree is my mantle. Our house was built is 1942 and has a granite fireplace cut from the local quarry. Last year my hubs built a reclaimed wood mantle topper to go over the granite because it is so uneven for anything to sit flat. I use greens, twinkle lights, pine cones and a small group of little glittered buildings tucked in the greens. Last year I added an old window with some snowflakes hanging on it as a backdrop.

  8. My favorite things to decorate is the space above my kitchen cabinets. I display my Santa collection along with some lit garland and it makes me smile everytime I walk in the room.

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