Warm Metal Christmas – Bronze, Copper & Gold

I guess I actually did much more Christmas decorating than I thought…and without spending one thin dime! Here’s the last of it since Christmas is now less than a week away. We’ll take a little tour of the dining room, the foyer, and the library which are all done in elegant, warm metal shades of bronze, copper and gold with a little cream thrown in for good holiday measure. This melds nicely with this year’s bedroom level decor, but is a complete departure from the back of the house decorated in black, red & silver.
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Photos by Sheri L. Grant & Alycia Nichols)

IMG_0291WMThe dining room artwork includes a lot of bronze, copper, gold, orange and cream hues, so the colors chosen for this year’s Christmas Eve dinner tablescape are perfect! This tablescape would also work well for New Year’s Eve!

IMG_0265WMThe table is kept bare to add to the warmth of the room. Each place setting starts with a goldleafed glass charger and creamy white gold-rimmed china from Bed, Bath & Beyond.

IMG_0488-2WMI bought these pretty gold-footed martini glasses at Target several years ago. They alternate with bronze-footed ones around the table. They’re great not only for my signature cocktail – vodka martini…2 olives, please! 😉 – but for serving salads, the sorbet course, or dessert.

Flatware, Stemware, Napkin collageGold and white water glasses are paired with gold-rimmed crystal champagne flutes. Simple gold flatware and crisp white hemstitch napkins round out the place settings.

IMG_0263WMI bought these fun ornament place card holders at Pier 1 several years ago.

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Votive, Bead Garland, Centerpc. Foot collageThe main part of the centerpiece is actually an ornate stone candlestick. I draped beaded garland across the top and extended it to the four corners of the table for a little drama. The bronze and gold mercury glass votives are from TJ Maxx.

Centerpiece Ball collageThe secondary components of the centerpiece include these beautiful bronze glass vases topped with fabulous bronze glittered Christmas balls and flanked by gold sequined ones.

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Buffet Urn collageThe buffet behind the dining table is aglow with lots of tiny white lights in a wreath just kind of propped against the mirror. Its only other embellishment is a single brown Christmas ball dangling top center. Flanking the wreath are the “cousins” of the fireplace hearth arrangements seen HERE, this time in stone urns. The wreaths that cushion the chocolate brown oversized balls are wrapped in the same garland as the table’s centerpiece. Lots of beautiful amber crystals hang from the edges.

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Dining Room Tree collageThis room gets its own miniature tree made, to look a bit taller courtesy of a fabric-swathed riser. A rich brown ribbon swirls its way down the length of the tree among the many gold, bronze, copper, orange and cream ornaments.

Entry Hall Tiered Arrangement collageWe transition from the dining room into the foyer where at the entry there are clear glass cylinders (yes, the cylinders are making one final appearance this Christmas!) filled with pine cones, jewel-toned ornaments and soft white lights. The cylinders are further embellished with one of the long amber crystals seen on the dining room buffet urns and Christmas tree.

Garland around front doorWMThe front door casing is treated to a faux pine greenery garland laden with ornaments and sheer gold ribbon. Notice how both the greenery and the sheers on the windows are again embellished with the amber crystal ornaments. I would like to do this again next year but make it much thicker, lusher, more 3-D.

Long Entry Hall Table collageClear glass cylinders make another appearance on the long table in the foyer. Like the shorter cylinders by the door, these tall ones are filled with pine cones and ornaments that are illuminated with Christmas lights that extend out and across the table filled with faux greenery and still more pine cones. This really lights up the hallway!!!

Banister & Library View collageYou may notice that some photos do not include ornamentation on the banister. This was a later addition that I thought necessary to complete the view for guests entering the front door. The ribbon is the same as that used on the door casing garland. Let’s head on into the library.

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Library Tree Ornaments collageAnother tree loaded with gold and cream-colored ornaments greets guests at the library entry.

IMG_0336WMThe secretary on the north wall is adorned with a flocked wreath and single candle.

IMG_0461WMThe side table near the stairwell holds a gold sleigh filled with jewel-toned ornaments.

Geoffrey In Antlers collageGeoffrey has taken to switching up his head gear on a daily basis now. He’s totally in the spirit of the season! Imagine how delighted he was to hear from his long-lost cousin, James, who he recently discovered in the service of Jenna at The Painted Apron! They have promised to Skype weekly. 🙂

Whew! That was a lot!!! As we go into these final days before Christmas, I want to extend from our household to yours the very best of the holiday season. We hope that you and yours enjoy a fun, loving, safe and warm one with the reason for the season always front and center.

Merry Christmas, everyone!
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For more holiday tablescapes and decor visit:
Waking Up to Christmas – Bedroom Decor
Black, White & Red All Over Christmas
Christmas 2012 – Red, Black & Silver

Checkered Christmas
Pink & Purple Chocolate Christmas
Sugar High Payback
Contemporary Christmas
Gentlemen’s Winter Retreat
Cranberry Christmas
Cranberry Christmas Squared
Get Me To the Church On Time
Christmas Progressive Dinner
White Hot
Winter Brunch
Really Red Christmas
plus NINE other tables on one page under the WINTER tab!!!

I am joining Cuisine Kathleen for “Let’s Dish!” (anytime after 6:00 p.m., CST on Wednesday) and Susan for “Tablescape Thursday” (anytime after 9:00 a.m., CST on Thursday). If you’re looking for lots of inspiration from around the world, join me!

Waking Up to Christmas – Master Bedroom Decor

We’re eagerly counting down the days to the 25th, and I wanted to share our master bedroom Christmas decor. I didn’t do the entire master suite as in years past because of my aching shoulders, but I just couldn’t let the season slip away without a little something-something nice to wake up to! 🙂

IMG_0361WMC’mon upstairs! No running in the house, Kathleen and Liz, or there will be coal in your stocking on Christmas Day! 🙂

IMG_0439WMAt the top of the steps is this little arrangement that lights up the hallway.

IMG_0527WMLet’s head on into the master suite.

IMG_0519WMBefore you ask….no, there are no window treatments up here. There is no fabric on ANY window in the house. If I had my way, there would be no blinds, no nothing…and there’d be a bank of French doors leading to a deck!!! I just like the sunshine to stream in. Ramon, on the other hand, begs to differ on that issue! So…I’m dragging my feet finding just the right drapes. And I’m gonna KEEP draggin’ ’em! 😉

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TV Armoire Wreath collage

TV Armoire top collageOur television armoire is decked in shades of gold and cream. The faux pine wreath is on an iron wreath stand from Pier 1 Imports. I applied ornaments of different sizes and hues in a way that would create a bubbly 3-D look. A shimmering gold bow with trailing tails finishes it. Gold-painted reindeer in two sizes prance around the “Merry and Bright” placard, announcing the feeling I wanted to evoke with this vignette. (I used these reindeer in a 2010 tablescape called “Roman Holiday” that you can see HERE.)

Stocking collageI bought these beautiful white lace Christmas stockings years ago while on our honeymoon in New Orleans, LA. I think this is my first year to use them for holiday decorating!

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Tree table collage

IMG_0312WMA tabletop Christmas tree (rather than the 6-ft. tree originally planned for this corner) is adorned in the same gold ribbon as the television armoire wreath and lots of soft white lights. Ornamentation includes Christmas bells for a topper and balls similar to those on the wreath with a few vertical ornaments added for visual interest. The bed of greenery beneath the tree is laced with ribbon, pine cones, ornaments, and a string of lights. Gold reindeer prance in the center.

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Linen Armoire collageThe glass-front linen armoire on the north wall of the bedroom sports a pretty miniature version of the larger wreath across the room. (Somebody needs to straighten those towels!!!)

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IMG_0416WMI don’t suppose there’s any question as to which side of the bed is mine? 🙂

Bedside Table collageA photo of me and my forever love that I keep bedside!

That’s it! That’s all! I couldn’t do anymore!!! Maybe next year I’ll be up to doing the entire master suite which includes our bathroom and my private dressing room (the only room in the house that gets a totally “girly” treatment!) I love waking up throughout the Christmas season to lots of pretty seasonal bling! (Ramon actually asked if we could keep this up year round!!! God bless his silly little heart! :-))

If you missed the living room and kitchen decor for this year, click HERE for “Christmas 2012 – Red, Black & Silver”. And for a glimpse of last year’s Christmas decor, click HERE for “Really Red Christmas”!!!

I hope your decorating is just about finished up and that you are enjoying the merriment and blessings of the season!

I’m linking up with The Tablescaper for “Seasonal Sundays” this week. Join us!