Decking the Halls…

The Creativity Exchange {Deck the Halls}


Entry Way Decked out for Christmas {The Creativity Exchange}


Things have been so crazy for me and my family the last six weeks that I haven’t had a whole lot of time to deck our halls for Christmas. I over-committed {as usual} and finally this weekend, I turned off my cell phone and shut down the computer and pulled out the Christmas spirit and fluffed.

I’m not done with the decorating yet and hope to be finishing up today but I thought I would share a few pictures of what I have done so far. I had grand plans this year to share tons of holiday decorating ideas and inspiration with you back in November but the time got away from me. Maybe there are a couple of you out there still looking for a few last minute decorating ideas. Hopefully something that I share today will give you an idea or two.

I love my traditional Christmas wreath on my front door. I made it last year and loved it so much that I didn’t change a thing this year:


Christmas wreath mixed with Spanish moss, pine cones and antlers {The Creativity Exchange}


I really like to try and mix natural elements into my Christmas decor whether its on my front door or throughout my home.  I think it balances the bling.  For this wreath, I mixed Spanish moss, pine cones and deer sheds with the Joy sign, tartan plaid ribbon and crystal sprigs.  I also found this beautiful pheasant that I wired into the center of the wreath. It drives my bird dog nuts! She thinks its real and she goes on point every time she sees it.

Every Christmas, I bring in one of my decorative garden urns and decorate a small artificial tree to make a large centerpiece on my dining room table.


Tree in Garden Urn for Centerpiece {The Creativity Exchange}


Christmas Tree Table Centerpiece {The Creativity Exchange}
I love to fill this tree with all of our delicate ornaments that are too small for our big tree and I also mix in some of the antique ornaments that are so special to me that belonged to my Grandmother:



I just love these little porcelain bells and I only have six of them so I have spread them throughout this smaller tree.  I think of my Grandmother every time I look at this tree.

My entry way is my favorite room to decorate for the holidays because I love the rich chocolate leather wall, so greens and metallics really pop in this space.  I used my large tree cone template to make a moss covered topiary and attached a little wreath I made by wrapping pearl and gold sprigs:


Moss Tree Cone and White Soldiers {The Creativity Exchange}


Pearl Berry Sprig Wreath on Topiary {The Creativity Exchange}


I also attached a garland to my entry table and mixed pearls, golds and silver mercury glass ornaments:


Entry Way Decked out for Christmas {The Creativity Exchange}


Garland on Entry Way Table {The Creativity Exchange}


I also managed to get a few presents wrapped this weekend and this year I wanted to use white paper:


White wrapping paper mixed with brown ribbon {The Creativity Exchange}


White wrapping paper with brown ribbon {The Creativity Exchange}


As for big tree and mantle in my living room, I’m still finishing that up and will share pictures with you when its ready but I did add a couple things to the kitchen.  I added my favorite metal reindeer to the center of my kitchen table:


Silver metal reindeer {The Creativity Exchange}


metal reindeer {The Creativity Exchange}
I have to tell you, these metal reindeer have been spray painted almost every color imaginable over the years! They have been inside and outside and on almost every table in my home and I just love them and I love that each year I can just add a new finish. Although, I won’t be able to light these guys up in the house, they are a torch when they are lit.

The last thing I added to the kitchen again this year are my favorite set of fabric covered poster board tree cones that I made three years ago:


Fabric Covered Poster Board Tree Cones {The Creativity Exchange}
I can’t believe how well these trees have held up in my attic year after year! If you’re interested in making your own set of fabric covered cone trees, you can find out more about the downloadable templates/pattern that I am now selling in my online shop by going here.

I am feeling much better now that our home is getting that Christmas spirit. I have several Christmas projects ready for posting this week, so check back soon! Have a wonderful week friends!!



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22 Responses to Decking the Halls…

  1. Amanda Eck says:

    Cyndy! It looks amazing!!! Love it all! especially your entry with the antlers!!

  2. Bernadette says:

    Beautiful! So, do you hire out?

  3. Mary Ruth says:

    I love your cone tree with the wreath (says JOY). I may borrow that idea for next year! Love your colors, your style and your ability to make it yourself.

  4. so beautiful. Love the color scheme and how you incorporated holiday decor into your entry way. Thank you for sharing your home.

  5. cassie says:

    i love all the natural touches and your consistent color scheme that works beautifully with your home! love your gallery wall!

  6. Kim says:

    Beautiful and I love your gallery wall.

  7. Just lovely, Cyndy! You have a beautiful home. I love your entry way table decorations! I wish I had enough room here in our new place to do something like this.

  8. Judy says:

    I remember when you made those fabric covered trees last year. I still love them. Your home looks beautiful. I really love your mini tree. I am visiting from The Nester’s party. Merry Christmas.

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you Judy!! I’m so glad that you stopped by! Those tree cones have been so much fun. I’m heading over to see your home tour! Merry Christmas to you too!

  9. So very elegant! Your entry hall is stunning! Thank you for sharing. Also, I’m a new follower. I can’t believe I haven’t been to your blog yet. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  10. Claire says:

    Just wanted you to know you are on my Saturday favorites- have a happy holiday!

  11. Carly says:

    I love the rug in your entry way! Could you tell me where you found it?

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