This year I used many of the same Christmas decor I had from previous years but incorporated some faux fruit to add color and give an Old World feel. I often easily switch up the look each year by adding in different color and textured ribbon. Last year I used a chiffon cream colored ribbon which you can read about here. This year I used a satin velvet antique blue ribbon throughout our home that I purchased from Hobby Lobby in the sewing section, but you can find a similar one here. I love how the blue compliments the yellows and oranges in the faux fruit.
For our mantle, I layered various faux garland that I have collected over the years in an asymmetrical design and tied them together with zip ties. I used 3M command hooks attached to the top of the mantle to hang it. Layering the garland gives it a lush look and makes more of an impact. I purchased these blueberry pics this year and they were really my inspiration for adding in the blue ribbon and various colored faux fruits.
I attached the faux fruit, ribbon and stockings using twisty ties that I had leftover from the supermarket produce section.
For our shelf styling, instead of overdoing it with holiday decor, I decided to add in a few gold elements and faux greenery to what was already there.
This french horn was my mother-in-laws and I love how it adds to the Old World charm I was going for – I added in the same color blue ribbon to tie in with the mantle.
For our tree, I added in antique blue satin ribbon as well as a stripe ribbon. I strung my grandmother’s pearl garland I had and found these white felt poinsettia picks at Hobby Lobby and added them in for some texture. I often decorate with a lot of white so it’s important to change up the texture to make it look more interesting overall. I wanted the faux fruit to have that “sugared” effect on the tree so I painted them with Modge Podge and sprinkled Epsom salt on them.
This year I added in a tiny tree on our entry table in a Chinoiserie planter. I placed some smaller “sugared” fruits I made as well as tiny satin blue ribbon.
In our kitchen I usually add in three small boxwood wreaths over these windows, but this year used my larger faux garland to frame the area. I like it so much better this way since our view to outside isn’t obstructed. I added in the same blueberry picks and velvet ribbon I used on the mantle to help the house flow all together. I think the trick to adding in the ribbon is to make the tails of the ribbon extra long.
Over near our oven I added in some faux swags with satin blue ribbon and gold bells. It’s nice every time we open the cabinets you hear them ring.
Hope you enjoyed the tour! Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday and New Year! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo
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