Beloved and I may not do Christmas, but we definitely do Christmas decorating.
Well, I do.
Beloved would be happy if he never saw another bauble again.
NEVER gonna happen!
I adore decorating the house for Yule and with the impending arrival of our first houseguests of the Season, it’s been all hands on deck to get OneandSeventy looking ship shape and sparkly.
From the tree…
…to the fireplace…
…and Stanley, our new guardian of the mantel
I wanted to call him Boris, but Beloved’s WTF face changed all that.
Frankly, I don’t understand the problem; Boris is a great name, right?
I have a feeling you might be seeing a lot of Boris Stanley in the coming months.
Anyway, back to the mantel…
Enter the star of my Autumn mantel, all winteryfied with baubles and a bell ornament.
(Of COURSE winteryfied is a real word!)
To add a height and interest, I added candles and homemade stag pictures.
And no traditional festive fireplace would be complete without a Yule log.
Beloved made this one for me about 10 years ago and it’s been part of my Christmas decor ever since. In today’s modern world, many of us don’t have the luxury of an open fire and lighting a Yule Log is a key ritual of the Winter Solstice celebrations, so Beloved made me one to light each year.
He made it by drilling three holes into a log using a flat wood drill bit and then attaching part of an old bookshelf to create a stable base.
Not only is it handmade, but our Yule Log also has history. Our old neighbour brought it straight from the grounds of Bolebroke Castle, a 15th Century Hunting Lodge where she worked.
How cool is that?
I absolutely love my Yule Log and although tastes in festive decor may change, no Suzy Homemaker Christmas would be complete without it.
Elsewhere, even the TV stand got a mini-makeover, with white ceramics and a red candle.
One of OneandSeventy’s greatest features is its spacious Hallway… although best to ignore the various shades of ill-matching wood.
And the sea of blue.
Thankfully, changes are afoot!
I have plans for a lovely fresh black & white hallway in the new year…one that breaks up all that orange wood!
I can picture next year’s decorations already…
Although I’m not sure my luscious, homemade Golden Walnut Ball will fit into the new colour scheme. Finding another place to hang it could however, prove a challenge; walnuts are much heavier than I expected.
Black, white and silver hallway and a gold walnut ball. As you do.
A Christmas vignette
The Suzy Homemaker Advent Calendar
If you follow me on social media, you can’t fail to have seen my hand-painted black and white Advent Calendar.
It’s a keeper, for sure, but it didn’t quite turn out as planned. Who knew the drawers would be WAY too small to accommodate even the smallest of whisky bottles?
Never fear dram lovers, I’m already thinking up ideas for a 2015 whisky advent 😉
Finally, we move into the kitchen, where I have a years-old miniature pre-lit Christmas tree. You can just see it in the Hallway picture above, but I failed miserably in my attempt to shoot a decent picture of it.
Instead, here’s a little festive vignette to be getting on with.
Don’t you just love the smell of fresh basil?
I’m also rather fond of the hand-painted bud vase. I’ll try and post a tutorial on that soon.
And that concludes your 2014 Christmas home tour at The World of Suzy Homemaker. I hope you enjoyed it.
I’d love to see how you’ve decorated for Christmas. Do drop a comment below with a link to your photos!
A hui hou,