“When will I get a Christmas Room???”, that’s what she came down the stairs running to ask after seeing this and this lovely project while we were over at House of Valentina. I’ve always decorated our living room for Christmas since I love sitting around the lights of a tree (or lights of anything else for that matter – in my world, twinkle lights could go on anything, and I delay taking them down more than anything else). I had never thought about decorating anything else other than the doorway, but she asked so earnestly and so eagerly that I couldn’t say no. Christmas room requested, “christmas room” granted, and this little project was added to our 12 Dates of Christmas for this year.
We did it simply, and mostly using things already around the house but we did make a little shopping outing for the duvet cover. Since the diplo-tot has discovered Frosty the Snowman as both a song and movie this year, we went with that as a very loose theme.
She got her own flocked tree that lights up (a find at Illums Bolighus) and a little lantern for a nightlight (a find at Ikea, who’s Christmas section, by the way, was nearly wiped out clean by December 7th). She picked out two little blue birds to put in the tree, one for her and one (kindly) for her little brother. We replaced the frames that usually have animals in them with some wrapping paper and other little christmas decorations. And the rest was just rearranging a few things, mostly to display more things like her angel or stuffed animals that were more Christmas appropriate.
I really wanted to make the garlands that House of Valentina had a tutorial on. I’m a terrible DIY’er but this looked like something even I could handle. We didn’t get to it before our wave of house guests arrived but there is still time to knock it out if we’re stuck inside on a winter day. The diplo-tot expressed some disappointment that we didn’t get into the wallpaper making business (“you can make it yourself, you know, mommy”) but this will have to be a project for another year.
In diplomatic housing, there’s often not much we can change because all of the furniture is standard issue from Drexel. Personally I have mixed feelings about it as it is not our style per se, but it is good quality furniture (I mean, how often do you see dovetail joinery these days?). However, this holiday season we found that with a few small changes and some inspiration from good friends, the Drexel and some holiday spirit make a nice mix.
A FEW INSPIRATIONS: