Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Our Christmas Living Room- Part 2

Hello friends! I'm back with the second half of the Christmas living room tour. If you missed the first half, click here. This year this side of the room was so much fun to decorate. I now have a much bigger table in the corner to add festive touches to, as well as several new pieces of decor. I had a blast styling it all!

Here you can see I kept the large 8-pane window on the farmhouse table, and just decorated around it. It adds such height and character to the room.

How many pieces of architectural salvage can you put on one wall? I'm sure I'll reach the limit one day, but not just yet!

I bought these mercury glass pieces at Nell Hill's in September and saved them for Christmas. I simply piled them on a vintage silver cake plate with lots of fresh greenery underneath for depth and color. Mercury glass is my absolute favorite at Christmas!

I use it on our tree as well, as most of our ornaments are silver or mercury glass.

If you'd like to make your own silhouette ornaments, you can read a tutorial from last year here. Or they are available for sale at The Cottage Collective : )

I had so much fun making this evergreen arrangement in a vintage cast iron urn. I used this photo as my inspiration and went from there. First I added the curly willow I already had, followed by fresh greens from the yard, then evergreen picks from Nell Hill's, topped off with silver balls tucked into the branches. It's one of my favorite touches this year!

My other favorite decoration? Still this little grapevine sleigh from the Target dollar bin...go figure!

Our little side table got a dose of these darling zinc Christmas trees that Matt's aunt and uncle sent us last year. Love them!

Hope you enjoyed our little Christmas living room! This will probably be the last Christmas we are in our itty bitty first apartment, as we're hoping to begin looking for a house this spring. But we'll enjoy being tucked in here for one more holiday season! Thank you for coming by!

{live beautifully}

Monday, November 26, 2012

Our Christmas Living Room - Part 1

Good morning friends! Did you have a wonderful Thanksgiving? We had a very relaxing break and I was able to get our house ready for the holidays. I took way too many photos of our living room, so I'll break up the posts into two parts. Today I'll share the fireplace side of the room.

I used a lot of black, white and silver this year. It cracked me up that when Matt came into the room his reaction was, "Our Christmas decorations don't really look like Christmas." He clearly doesn't understand understated, neutral holiday decor : ) I did show him Miss Mustard Seed and Dear Lillie's feature in the BHG Christmas Ideas magazine just to prove that I was, in fact, right on trend. I don't know if he believed me or not : )

I put our Christmas tree up on my cream wicker trunk, which gives it much more presence. I also got a real pine wreath this year, which smells divine.

I really love the pops of black that anchor our mantel shelves.

I used lots and lots of pine clippings from our yard to add a touch of natural greenery. 

This might be my favorite little vignette. I ordered the pair of boy and girl silhouette votive holders from One King's Lane, and they go perfectly with the black/mercury glass theme.

You can't go wrong putting things under glass!

I love the look of the pine wreath on my chippy old door

I got the faux paperwhites from Nell Hill's on my last trip there. I had wanted some since Jennifer from Dear Lillie mentioned her paperwhites were faux, so I was thrilled when I found these at Nell Hill's. Matt also asked why I used flowers at Christmas : )

You might remember these stockings my mom made me last year from painter's drop cloths. I still love them!

I had so much fun decking our halls for Christmas! Tomorrow I'll share the other side of the room with you. If you'd like to see the living room at Christmas last year, click here (note it was before I got my new camera so the pictures are not so great!). Or click here to read all the Christmas posts.
UPDATE: Click here for part two of this year's living room!

I hope you all have a great Monday! 
{live beautifully}

I'm linking to Fabulously Creative Friday at Jennifer Rizzo's and Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving friends! What are your plans for the holiday? Will it be a crazy family-filled day, or a relaxing, intimate meal with a few guests? Either way I hope your day is wonderful and filled with blessings!

 Matt and I will split our time between my family and his, and then on Friday my mom and I go out for Black Friday shopping (mind you at a very reasonable hour, and we won't knock anyone over for the last of something – we're very sane Black Friday shoppers : )

I have to admit, I'm a little mixed up on my holidays right now. We had our Christmas Open House at The Cottage on Monday, so I've already decorated a whole story for Christmas. It's a little hard for me to switch back to pumpkins and gourds! But I will begin decking our halls on Saturday and Sunday, if I can find the energy after already doing a whole store!

Hope you guys have a great holiday! I'll be back next week! Happy Thanksgiving!
{live beautifully}

(all photos via)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas by A Prairie Market

Well hello friends! Did you think I had fallen from the earth? This week has been an absolutely crazy work week with lots of late night meetings, so I haven't done much blogging at all. But I did want to share with you my new Christmas line that will be headed to The Cottage this weekend. Our Christmas open house is next Monday, November 19, so I've been gearing up for several months to debut my holiday line. Here are just a few of the goodies you'll find from A Prairie Market this Christmas season.

I am so excited about these pretty silhouette ornaments! You may remember I made very similar ones last year, so I thought they'd be perfect for the shop. This year I made them with more ornate gold and silver frames rather than plain black ones. I think it adds so much too them, and you could always switch out the silhouette for your own picture (though I love the silhouette on vintage typography).

Jane Austen in a mini-wreath frame.

One of my other favorite things are these mason jar snow globes. They add so much character and charm to standard holiday decor, and I think the soft aqua adds an unexpected touch.

They come in three sizes - large ($15), medium ($12) and small ($10)

These mini-moss wreaths are so lovely. They look great tucked into decor, on a shelf or even hung on a tree. I tied some of them with large cream silk ribbon to hang from the Christmas tree.

I also filled clear glass ornaments with vintage sheet music. I think they look so beautiful arranged in a bowl together, or simply hung on the tree.

I also ordered several sizes of these crown ornaments. One is zinc, the other german glass glitter and the largest one is an antiqued gold. 

This is just a sampling of what I'm offering at The Cottage for Christmas! Besides the handmade items, I'll also have tons of gorgeous vintage-inspired accessories, as well as the usual vintage finds. Not to mention all the other vendors' amazing things! We'll see you Monday night – 20% off your whole purchase from 7 - 9!

Merry Christmas!

{live beautifully}

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