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Decorating My Place for the Holidays – 2013

Goodbye Turkeys, Hello Snowmen

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I hosted Thanksgiving at my place this year and even though I didn’t do much by way of decorations for turkey day, I couldn’t wait to break out the Christmas boxes. Usually I decorate my office and home, but this year I focused my attention (and time) at home and allowed a simple door-countdown suffice at work.

Join me as I give you a tour…This can also be found in video format on my vlog on YouTube Channel: SmplyAnita619. I’ll post the link as well…

Vlog #4: Decorating My Place for the Holidays – SmplyAnita619  << http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArhnAxr7gkg >>

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It’s certainly a process…and the key, for me, to successful holiday decorating is making sure I take it down and store it away in a nice, neat, organized fashion…That way I’m not looking in 20 boxes for the 1 snowman I couldn’t find to finish a display. 🙂 Who am I kidding, it’s not about the snowman anyway… It’s ALL about the tree!

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1497713_10151832951296483_911560847_nI just love breaking out the Village every year. It reminds me of one of my favorite Aunts growing up. She had a gorgeous display all over her living and dining room every year from Thanksgiving to the new year. She gave me my first “house” and it’s been growing ever since.

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I bought 3 angels a few years ago, with the hopes to find a total of 5. I held onto them for the entire season and couldn’t find anymore. I wanted to give one to each of my sisters as a gift. I ended up gifting 2 of them to my sisters and kept one for myself. This is the first year she’s made it into my holiday decor…what do you think?

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Well, I guess that about sums it up for me…Here are a few more of the finished product. What are your favorite parts about decorating for the holidays?

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From me & mine, I want to wish you and yours a very, Merry Christmas!

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Gallery Wall

Let it be said – I am not a fan of a ton of personal photos all over the place. If you’re one of those Moms who has every picture since birth in frames all around your entire space and your child is 24…well, more power to you. I’d much rather showcase moments in time that are priceless. Irreplaceable memories if you will.

I do my best to update with more recent photos as time goes on. As I have moved from apartment to apartment, I’ve started a “gallery wall”. In my new place, I’ve grown more excited about how it’s evolved than in apartments past.

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This was a smaller gallery wall, same effect in my former apartment.

I moved into my new space May 2012 and it seems I’m always doing some type of tweaking each month to make it feel more like home. This is the first space that I’ve had on my own that I come home to and feel as if it’s really HOME. So, I’ve enjoyed switching this, or hanging that there, rearranging furniture, etc.

When I decided to dedicate this wall to showcasing memories I went all out. Often times, when decorating, you should keep art and items you hang at eye level, however with this space I went UP and OUT. I have about 8 foot ceilings so I was able to utilize that space well. When you’re standing in front of the wall, you certainly don’t have to strain your neck to look up or over for that matter and I feel it uses the space well to accomplish the “gallery” feel.

Allow me to share some photos before to now. In no ways is this look complete, but I’m happy with it for the time being…

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In the August 2012 photo you can see 2 frames that aren’t filled with photos. One was an adorable 3 picture collage frame that came from my supervisor for my birthday (Walmart) and the other a 15 picture collage frame that I purchased a few years ago. I kept going back and forth with using this frame: should the photos be black & white; should it be family only, etc. As I said earlier, I’m not a fan of a ton of pictures, but I felt that this frame (Walmart) could be a beautiful addition, if executed well.

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It wasn’t until I gathered printed photos, old and new of my sister, nieces and parents that I determined I’d fill this with our memories. So, before my cruise (November 26th, 2012) I decided to keep myself busy with projects to keep me from going completely cruise crazy. If you look closely at the November 2012 photo you can see the handle from my suitcase sticking up, lol.

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Overall, I’m happy with what I have so far. A lot of the photos in the individual frames came from past birthday celebrations (I tend to do a big bash every year) and I plan on updating some of them with 2012’s soon… Other than that, I enjoy showcasing those I love on one focal wall in my home – I call it my Gallery Wall.

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BONUS TIP:   Stick to the SAME color frame. All of your frames do not have to be purchased at the same time or even from the same place, but if you stick with the same color and or style (ex: black, wood) then it’ll help make the space feel more cohesive.

#StorageSolutions

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This piece of furniture would be ideal for a space directly under a staircase. I am a fan of lakeside and their products. Please note I’m not endorsing, I’m simply speaking from personal purchases. (Source below)

#StorageSolutionTip

If you’re in need of storage and unsure of where to begin to put something – look for “dead spaces” in your home. Whether that’s under a staircase, on the side of your closet, etc. and remember to look UP. Sometimes my favorite storage solution involves stacking things (safely, of course).

I prefer storage solutions that serve double duty. While the bookcase / shelf above allows for storage and displaying of books, CDs, etc. it also serves as a beautiful place to showcase photos, art, pottery or small plants.

SOURCE of PHOTO:

http://www.lakeside.com/For-the-Home/Storage/Furniture/Wooden-Storage-Console/prod740419.jmp?sorted=Y&navAction=push&fm=leftnav&categoryId=cat52120&navCount=0