The Big Finale (And Our Tree): Day Twelve

One of the first Christmas decor items we drag up the stairs (sometimes while the turkey is still warm) is our Christmas tree. Dustin managed to get nearly 800 lights on it this year, although by the time it was fully decorated, I think you can only see about a tenth of that. Our holiday light stash is mostly the frenzy we feel at the local stores after Christmas clearance when we stock up for the next year. Let’s hear a woot for under-stair storage!
Twelve days of christmas decor
This year will be no different. I’m sure we’ll be scouring deals and decor for next year. We thought it would be fitting to devote day twelve to one of the biggest Christmas icons out there – and help give us a little inspiration as we ponder a new Christmas tree theme.
day twelve
On the Twelfth day of Christmas, may you inspired be, Twelve fancy trees
Eleven or-na-ments
Ten rockin’ mantels
Nine splendid stockings
Eight glitzy garlands
Seven festive branches
Six elves a wrapping
Five feathered wreaths
Four well-read trees
Three artsy “tutes”
Two tree toppers
And a pillow bow (the final cost is free).

It’s ok, you can sing it through if you want, we’ll wait.

I promised to show you all of Holly’s cool gold chain and handmade ornament tree, and here it is. I love the white twigs coming through – the whole tree is perfect in her living room.
gold and brown tree
Holly went overboard and actually put up two trees. This one is frosted with big ornaments – some of them wrapped in yarn. I love how she put it in a pot too, so cool!
flocked tree
tree in a planter pot
Inspiration just poured in with Restore Interiors’s burlap bow tree complete with music sheet pinwheels.
Burlap christmas tree
Going along that rustic vibe, I love this tree in a trough by Junk Warehouse. I also love the idea of putting shutters or a backdrop behind a tree. Who says it has to be in front of a huge bay window?
christmas tree in a bucket
The next three trees were all shown by Trendy Tree and are so full and lively I just had to share them! They all provide me so much inspiration for next year’s tree makeover.
candy christmas tree
candy tree
beautiful tree
Martha Stewart came up with an idea to change vintage seed packets into tree ornaments. Makes you want a farmhouse doesn’t it?
seed packet christmas tree
For those that are a little scrunched on space or want something not quite as traditional, we’ve got three options for you. The first is by Pure Deco and combines twigs and lights for some festive trees. I’m hoping those are fake candles underneath though…
twig tree
Another option is to frame up these ornaments with a sweet frame, just like BHG showed.
wall tree
Or for those of us with nearly no space at all, a simple doodle of a tree on a wall manages to bring in some holiday cheer. Nice idea by Style Me Pretty.
wall christmas tree
And lastly, here’s our 2011 tree and how we got it ready for Christmas. We’re all about layers, so we really piled it on – from ribbon and glass ornaments to berry garland and poinsettias. Our gold and red themed tree has been fun to have around, but we’re excited for something new next year. With so many options our there, I’m sure we won’t have any trouble finding something that’s personal, unique, and totally us.
christmas tree gif

Thanks for joining us on our twelve days of unique Christmas decor for 2011. We’ll be back starting next week with some stuff we’ve been working on but couldn’t post just in case certain people are readers – we’d hate to spoil Christmas. Plus we’ll be back to work on the peacock bathroom and start some new projects for 2012. Whoa, where did the year go?

Merry Christmas!

The Rooster and The Hen

Growing Up Has It’s Perks – Day Eleven

Christmas is so different for me as an adult than it was for me as a kid. I suppose that’s to be expected, however I don’t really feel any older either. Of course there are lots of bonuses to being all grown up – like staying up past eight, choosing how many Christmas treats I can eat, and putting whatever I want on the Christmas tree (all pending Whitney’s approval, of course).
12 days of unique decor
Our Christmas tree is a work in progress, we like it, but I bet next year it’ll get an overhaul. I bought the tree before Whitney was in the picture, and it’s come a long way since those early days. So this year we’ve kept our eyes open for ideas and inspiration for next Christmas. The goal will probably be to make the tree a bit more personal and more in line with our grown-up taste.
Day Eleven
On the Eleventh day of Christmas, may you inspired be, Eleven or-na-ments
Ten rockin’ mantels
Nine splendid stockings
Eight glitzy garlands
Seven festive branches
Six elves a wrapping
Five feathered wreaths
Four well-read trees
Three artsy “tutes”
Two tree toppers
And a pillow bow (the final cost is free).

Decorating a tree with personal touches earned this friend top spot on our Christmas countdown today. She took memorable photos from the year and glued them to wood discs as ornaments. Such an awesome way to personalize a Christmas tree.
personalized tree
personalized ornaments
Next up we found this “no-fuss kissing ball” from Good Housekeeping. I’m not entirely sure what one does with a kissing ball, but it could make a cool ornament.  I suppose the “no-fuss” part of the project depends entirely upon whom you choose to kiss.
christmas kissing ball
Crate and Barrel offer these fabric owls, which can’t be too difficult to make, although probably pretty easy to buy.
Owl Ornaments
Found through Pinterest, these scrapbook animal ornaments are awesome!
animal ornaments
West Elm has some pretty cool ideas, like this newsprint quilled ornament set. Plus, it uses recycled paper, so kudos to them.
recycled ornaments
Jennifer Johner form KI Memories showed off her paper tree ornamnets. It’d look pretty good as a garland too I’d guess.
scrapbook ornaments
Whitney about freaked out when she saw these vintage tin ornaments from Style at Home- but at first glance I thought they were fabric.
bird ornaments
For the world traveler, we thought these map ornaments from Turtles and Tails would either 1) make the perfect gift, or 2) make someone a little homesick. Either way, their tree would look cool.
map ornament
And then there are these silhouette ornaments from Ann-Kay Home- just so cool!
silhouette ornaments
Similar to the map ornaments, but with quilting fabric, these would make any tree or basket look ubba festive. Sweet idea from Knitty Gritty Thoughts.
quilted ornaments
We had to save this one from being gobbled up by day seven, but these stick trees by Michele Made Me are so unique and cool!
twig ornaments

If you’ve just joined us, we’re working our way up 12 unique Christmas decorating ideas featuring items from our friends, our home and some awesome DIYers on the web. Just like the anticipation on Christmas morning, we’ll be rolling out our final day tomorrow with twelve of something so iconic, you’ll see why it’s devoted to day twelve.

Off to sing some yule-tide carols and remember the good ole’ days – see you tomorrow!

The Rooster and The Hen

Sorry Santa, No Chimney Here: Day Ten

I think it should be a standard building rule that every home built in a place where it snows or at least gets cold, should have at minimum, one fireplace. It only makes sense that there would be a place in the home to warm cold feet after playing outside in the snow or snuggle around with loved ones sipping hot cocoa. But most importantly, a place to hang stockings with care at Christmas time.
twelve days of home decor
Unfortunately, whoever designed our home had a different opinion, so we’re left to warm our feet by space heater, sip our mugs around the microwave and hang our stockings from a floating shelf we like to call “the mantel”. So it’s with a little jealousy and a lot of joy that we bring to you day ten.
day ten
On the Tenth day of Christmas, may you inspired be, by ten rockin’ mantels
Nine splendid stockings
Eight glitzy garlands
Seven festive branches
Six elves a wrapping
Five feathered wreaths
Four well-read trees
Three artsy “tutes”
Two tree toppers
And a pillow bow (the final cost is free).

We’ll start off our mantel envy tour with Brittany’s wood filled fireplace. She’s also dressed up the whole look with some festive antlers surrounded by wreaths.
antler mantel
Christmas Antlers
Continuing on with the antler theme, two more awesome mantels stood out to me. First, there’s this one by The Yellow Cape Cod featuring these awesome stockings from Ballard Designs.
antler mantel
And then there’s this cool pine cone and antler mantel that’s so perfectly rustic from Fun to Funky. The mantel jealousy continues…
mantels with antlers
This red and white mantel looks so festive and fun! (Source: Pinterest)
red and white mantel
Christmas decor isn’t ever quite complete without something from Centsational Girl – this time her white and green mantel made ready for the Christmas Ideas issue of BHG.
White Christmas Mantel
I love the over-reaching greenery on this mantel from Country Living.
rustic mantel
Nothing tops off a year of our own pallet projects like looking at this fantastic one from The House of Belonging.
pallet mantel
Martha Stewart showed off a snow-dusted mantel.
snow mantel
Busting out red carnations was the key to dressing up this very festive arrangement of wreaths and ornament balls by BHG.
carnation mantel, red mantel
While this room doesn’t look like it would hold up to my kids, the whole space is fantastic and inviting. the Mantel is so simple but perfect. (source: Pinterest)
white christmas

If you’ve just joined us, we’re working our way up 12 unique Christmas decorating ideas featuring items from our friends, our home and some awesome DIYers on the web. Tomorrow marks the eleventh day of Christmas and our cue to start that last minute Christmas shopping. Umm, gotta run.

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