I’ve been working through my home decorating piece by piece. It’s been a refreshing way to decorate compared to my method in the past where I pull ALL my decorations out into my kitchen at the same time and hustle getting it up all over so I can make dinner that night. Doesn’t really spark creativity, right?
Instead, this year, I pulled everything out of the boxes in my basement and I’ve spent time looking through what I have and finding new places to put them all around my home. It’s taken me weeks to do so. I’m not rushing and I’m not “throwing something together.” If you have a garage, a basement, or a room you don’t mind looking like a bomb went off for a few weeks, I highly recommend you try this method. It gets you out of the funk of putting a decoration in the same place in your home year after year. Your brain actually starts getting a little more creative.
These past two days, I’ve focused on decorating my buffet in my kitchen. This piece houses all my mom’s Christmas dishes which I cherish more than any “thing” that she left for me. It houses our holiday memories in that cabinet. All those times setting the table for our huge Christmas Eve dinner or 7 Fishes, eating a prime rib on Christmas Day, and even pulling them back out New Year’s Day to eat our Pork and Sauerkraut on them. Some of our best days as a family were with those dishes. To say that these are valuable to me is an understatement.
Her set is no longer made and you can only find replacement pieces online for A LOT of money, but Spode and Lenox both make lines that are extremely similar to the set that I’ve collected. Right now, Macy’s has the Spode collection on a Black Friday deal for $89 for a 12-piece set!! And Lenox has their 12-piece set marked down 57% online!
When Jerod and I got married and were looking for a new piece for our home, we found this knockout at our local Nebraska Furniture Mart. It was a custom piece that the woodworker made one by one. I found a few extras and a couple of my favorites if you’re in the market for anything to house family china, crystal, or just need an extra piece in your kitchen or dining to hold napkins, small appliances, or even your liquor. It’s a jack of all trade pieces and I’ll forever have one in this home!
- Waltham Rustic Shore Accent Cabinet in Scrimshaw White
- Alpine Furniture Aiden 3-Drawer Sideboard in Weathered Natural
- Dowden Dark Charcoal Buffet
- Crosley Darcy Sideboard Dark Brown
- Blake 68″ Light Brown Teak and Rattan Storage Media Console
- Hattie Sideboard
- Spence Charcoal Wood Slat Media Stand
- Manor Park Classic 4 Door Closed Storage Buffet, Birch
Our buffet sits on a very blank wall in our kitchen. I mentioned in my Instagram stories that I do have some big dreams for this space…maybe 2023?! But in the meantime, I needed something above my buffet; however, the bigger the wall space, the more expensive it ends up being. I was running against spending hundreds of dollars for beautiful artwork or a sign that worked well. If this is going to be a temporary solution for the wall, why would I want to spend so much?
Enter my DIY Christmas Scroll! I spent my money on brown craft paper ($4) and matte black vinyl for my Cricut ($8). Okay, $12 is what I’m talking about!
Plus, I can personalize this to share a message that I find important to my heart. And in a time that I feel so close to God and am working to share that closeness and love with my children, I knew just what I wanted this sign to say:
“Oh Come Let Us Adore Him”
I do own a Cricut and I will forever share my love for this machine! It has created spirit wear for my kid’s school, t-shirts for baseball, presents, signs, water bottles, ANYTHING. If you are thinking about purchasing one for your home, I could chat your ear off on the benefits of having one.
And this sign adds to yet another gem I’ve created in minutes because of my Cricut!
For this project, I used my Cricut Design Space (downloadable when you purchase your machine) and chose the fonts Americana and Bickley Script. I printed on a matte black permanent vinyl and cut out and attached to transfer paper to line them up easily on my craft paper. To create the look of the scroll, I let the craft paper roll at the top and bottom of the paper before placing cans down to hold down the remainder to create the sign portion.
Once I was confident in my spacing, I smoothed them down and removed the transfer sheet.
Now, if you don’t have a Cricut and don’t feel like you’d get a lot of use out of it, handwriting would be extremely easy to use on this project! I always like to find a good font online, type out my message and then replicate it on my paper by free drawing it or by using transfer paper. Last fall, I created a sign using only transfer paper and you can read the full tutorial HERE about how I did it!
To create your final look of the scroll, I threaded twine twice through the top roll of the scroll and tied it at the top. To hide the knot, I then slid the twine until the knot was hidden in the top roll. I then stapled the top roll at each end to secure the roll before moving to the bottom and stapling it there, as well.
To watch the process live, check out my Instagram stories and view the Highlight DIY Scroll!
To flank the DIY Scroll, I chose to decoate with 2- 18″ artificials pines I’ve owned for years now. I love the height and the contrast of colors against the neutral scroll. Then I continued with pine and pine cone picks all over the cabinet.
I talked about some of my favorite holiday decor this season and how I was using these in multiple places around my home to get a little continuity and connection between my spaces.
These ceramic houses are on my kitchen window and I placed one here, as well as my island to keep it flowing through the room. I pick these up at the Target Dollar Spot each year, but lucky for us, they’ve moved them to the main area (so they don’t sell out so fast!!) and included a light in each! They’re absolutely beautiful!
The golden candle sticks are the same I use on my fireplace mantel this year and I have plans to include on a few other table tops in my house. They bring such beautiful height and simple shine to a space. Plus, the look against the green pine is showstopping. Plus, with these dripless taper candles, you can actually light them without destroying your candle sticks in the process!
I hope I brought you a little inspiration today to create something beautiful for a bare wall in your home this season! Take your time decorating this year and focus on a little at a time. During a season of busyness and to-do lists, it could do our minds well to slow down and be a little creative.