Because the offspring no longer live at home and will arrive on Christmas Day just in time to eat vast quantities of food, promptly retire to an available couch while moaning dramatically about the over-consumption of vast quantities of food, only to depart with an abundance of leftovers in hand the minute they've become ambulatory again, hauling the 10 foot fir tree in and out of the house no longer seems worth the effort. And while one of them is bound to comment, “Whaaaat - no tree again this year?”, neither of them seem to be banging down the door with offers of help. Besides, the holidays are really all about the food in this family.
One of this year's themes for the Dining Room (which is where most of the Christmas Day action occurs) was created around a recent thrifted purchase - the dangling pine cone ornament hanging from the middle of the buffet. The silver glittered birds were purchased at Christmas three years ago and have remained perched on the pedestal bowl ever since. Black sparkly pillar candles were bought this Hallowe'en and have replaced the purple sparkly candles, which have been donated back to the thrift shop from whence they came.
Although the brown, gold and black theme is quite attractive, it's not something the insomniac could live with on a permanent basis as it doesn't coordinate well with the wallpaper or the carpet. But once the tinsel bell garland and dangling pine cone ornament are removed, it'll probably be just fine right up until March or thereabouts.
|Thrifted silver pieces and natural items ...|
|Collection of magpie feathers, baby's breath, |
bird's eggs and pine cones ...
|Gold painted walnuts and peacock feathers - decorating staples ...|
|Glittered pine cones - another staple ...|
The insomniac relies heavily on the “haul everything out of the cupboards and make a Christmas display out of it by adding some antlers and pine cones” style of decorating, which she is quite certain is a recognized style in decorating magazines these days and is the antithesis of the minimalist style. Generally, each year's display is somewhat different and starts out with some old stained tapestry (see above, under the tea strainer) or some type of handwork that, while very pretty, is not something one could necessarily live with on a year-round basis. The red and black feltwork items below add a sort of folkloric look to this year's Black Forest Antler and Christmas Beer Stein Display.
|A Hallowe'en tree with black crystal ornaments, red tinsel ...|
|... and spider tree topper.|
|Old fashioned tinsel garland makes any antlers look festive ...|
|There's something about a stein |
that just shouts Bring on the Christmas
|Beautiful Hungarian reverse felt applique ...|
The Gothidays 2012 week-long blogging event runs until December 8th - please be sure to check out the rest of the participants for their brilliant holiday ideas with a dark twist. And many thanks to Franny for hosting this event - an excellent start to getting us all into the Christmas
Until next time, the insomniac wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams of the upcoming festivities. Goodnight, my pretties.