Here is the "after" of our very first tree! I took one picture with the flash and one without.
I received this ornament last year from two of my dearest friends after Jon and I got engaged, and every time I look at it, I smile. October 10, 2009 will always be a special day for us, and I love that we have an ornament to commemorate it.
This ornament is the first gift I ever gave Jon. We decided to not get each other gifts the first Christmas we were together because we'd only been dating a little while, but when I saw this airplane ornament, I couldn't resist. He never had a tree so he kept it hung on his dresser mirror. This is the first time it's ever been hung on a tree.
I added in pinecones for a more rustic look. I love the contrast of the glitter and mercury glass with the rough, natural elements.
We don't have a fireplace, so I hung our stockings on our long mirror. I asked to keep the excess branches trimmed from the bottom of our tree and made a simple arrangement with them for our side table. I love it.
The shelves got a little holiday touch as well. I filled the apothecary with pinecones, added some silver bells and a mini boxwood wreath next to the frames and filled my pedestal bowl with ornaments.
I struggled finding a way to decorate our TV stand since there is little room on it and candles wouldn't be an option. On my last trip to the thrift store I found this little reindeer for .93 cents! I made Jon guess how much it was and he said "$34!" Boy was he surprised when I told him what I actually paid.
Here is the view when you walk in from the front door. I'm going to hang all of the Christmas cards we receive from the garland over the archway.
Another view from the front door.
Now for the dining room. I still need to set out my china and wine glasses and find candles to fit on the reindeer's antlers.
View of the dining room looking into the living room.
View looking into the dining room. I love the wreaths on the windows.
Another shot of the wreaths.
The wreath I made for our front door.
My ornament wreath I mentioned making a couple of days ago. This isn't the bow I'm using on it, but I wanted to give you a finished visual.