Monday, December 10, 2012

Holiday Decor

silver and gold gifts on a mantle

In my head, I'm pronouncing it "holiday day-cor" like Sarah Richardson, one of my favorite HGTV designers, does.

silver and gold gifts on a mantle with a deer head

I think I missed the holiday decor bandwagon last year since Hanukkah was pretty much right after Thanksgiving. Its hard to go from Turkey and "autumn" to blue and white "winter" in less than a week.

Easy holiday decor with wrapped gifts on a mantle

This year, with a bit more time, effort, and motivation (what is a blog for if not to motivate me?), I managed to pull of something I'm quite proud of.

Easy holiday decor with wrapped gifts on a mantle

I wrapped all those presents last Wednesday night while watching a Hart of Dixie dvr marathon. I used up 4 rolls of silver and gold wrapping paper (from Target) with ribbons from Tar-jay as well:)

Plus, there are real presents in the boxes. I  didn't realize most people just wrap empty boxes!?! What fun is that?

Target wrapping paper in gold and silver

I have the adult-y, reminds me of a Neiman Marcus, gift display in the living room, and a more kid, generic-Hanukkah display in the kitchen.

Hanukkah themed mantle

I fully accept my husband's severe dislike of season decor, so I just layer things on top of our year round mantlescapes (ugh, I'm shuddering at that word).

Hanukkah themed mantle with gifts

Then I gussied up our console table between the dining room and living room by using some flowers and a strand of sparkle, Hanukkah garland.

holiday decorating in between two rooms

Boom, tablescaped! (shuddering again:)

Hanukkah tablescape with menorah and candles

Hanukkah tablescape with menorah and candles

The silver branches (which doubles as a menorah) is from West Elm, and I love-love-love it. We have other, more traditonal menorahs (or Hanukkiahs), but this one is awesome.

Hanukkah tablescape with menorah and candles

Apparently not everyone in my family enjoys having the gifts out. My five year old wants to know why the presents are out but not available for opening. Thank goodness I put them up high, I can't imagine what similarly-minded children do with gifts under a tree!


I link to these awesome parties:

Holiday Pin It


Bliss said...

So simple and stunning. Excellent.


Colleen said...

Very pretty. Such beautiful wrapping paper.

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I am in LOVE with your mantel!!! Happy Hannukah!

Kelly said...

I LOOOOVE all the wrapped gifts on the mantle. So festive and beautiful!

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

I love all of your mantels and "'scapes"! They all look fabulous! I definitely am going to have to give this a try next year!

Ahna said...

I love the wrapped presents on the mantel! It looks awesome!

Lori said...

I love the wrapped gifts on the mantle! Festive, but not in-your-face. Did the kids get to open their gifts yet? :-)

thistlewoodfarm said...

Happy Hannukah to you! I love the simplicity of the color scheme and the colors you chose! I was so happy to see your sweet comment!


Cassie Bustamante said...

i love this idea! it's so unique!!!

Eclectically Vintage said...

Your mantel is stunning - who knew such a simple things as decorating with cute (real) presents could be such a focal point!
Pinning that!

Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell said...

I love your looks so classy!

Jessica said...

Happy Hanukkah! Your house looks great (as usual!)

Karen said...

Beautiful decor and your home is stunning! Sarah is my favorite too. Happy Hanukkah!

Anonymous said...

Very classy and elegant! The wrapped gifts look beautiful! Plus... You get to enjoy your beautiful wrapping job for some time. Happy Hanukkah!


Suzy said...

Your mantle and Hanukkah decor is so pretty, Jessica. I always love to see blue and silver mixed together. What a great idea to keep the kiddos from getting too curious. My grandgirls have "rearranged" the packages under my tree several times. I'm just waiting for one of them to accidentally open. lol Thank you so much for linking up to the Better Late Than Never Christmas Inspirations bloghop.

Unknown said...

Your whole house is gorgeous! I'd be tempted to open the presents too. :)

Debbiedoos said...

This is so gorgeous! Makes such a statement. Glad you shared it with the Holiday Knock off decor party.

Sandy said...

What a great idea! This is unique and original. I've never seen gifts wrapped on the mantel. I think I will pin this! Your home is lovely and I like what you did with the kids mantel and the console table. Your daughter steals the show!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Simply beautiful! I just adore the wrapped boxes on the mantle -- and the tablescape (ugh) too!

:) Linda

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

you know I love this mantel! it is perfect!

Stacey said...

Gorgeous with all those pretty packages!
Thanks for linking up to the Christmas Mantel Linky Party at Embracing Change!

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