On Sunday The Bert and I set about packing up Christmas – it was quite enjoyable actually, collecting up the festive bits and bobs from around the house and methodically taking the decorations off the tree and putting them back in their boxes.
The felt stars that were made for us a few years ago:
This year we bought an artificial Christmas tree. We felt quite sad to be missing out on the tradition of going to choose our tree – the last few years we’ve gone to a lovely little village where they have lots of trees to pick from and a big pole to measure them against so you know what size and price it is… but economically it made sense to go down the artificial route and I think we did a good job of getting one that looks fairly realistic. I missed the piney scent though.
It was tricky to do lots of decorating in the house this year as the builders were around until the week before Christmas – I didn’t want to get lots of decorations up only to find they were in the way of what they were doing. But included in the jobs the workmen were doing was fitting a lovely oak beam mantlepiece and some built-in shelving in the alcove alongside.
I was so pleased that these were done in good time before Christmas – it created such a lovely focal point in the room to have a festive fireplace. Want to see? Please ignore the little bit of painting we’ve got left to do on the shelves… which is also why there are only cards on the shelving rather than proper ‘things’ – once we’ve painted we’ll be filling them with books and pretty things.
One day we’ll get round to installing a real log-burner, but for now with the decorative cast iron grate it just looks so lovely! Yes, I am completely in love with our new mantlepiece – and it really looked so lovely with all the festive decorations on it.
The ice cream bowls filled with little treats:
Now that Christmas is over, I’ve changed the decorations over to a wintry white and silver colour scheme. I’ve left the Moroccan-style fairy lights up (as I think they are all year rather than festive) and been busy gathering wintry bits from around the house. I don’t feel that I’m quite there yet, I might need a trip into town on Saturday to see if the sales or charity shops have anything that could complete my display!
I’m really liking the wintery white. I’ve decided not to jump straight into the spring bulbs this year – I LOVE daffodils and tulips and hyacinths and all the spring colours, but it feels a bit soon. Yes, I think the white and silver is good!
I’ve spent a long time looking at our mantlepiece in recent weeks. It’s a reminder of how far we’ve come with the house. There was a dated electric fire on this wall when we bought the place with some dark wood shelves either side::
The transformation once we’d replastered, painted, new skirting boards, central heating and carpet etc was amazing::
But I think the shelving and the mantlepiece really finishes things off! You’ll be pleased to know we’ve painted those pipes now too! Ooh this has made me want to share more of our renovations – maybe I will get round to writing about them this year…
Anyway, with Christmas boxed away, it was time to get back to normality and on Monday I went back to work. I’m finding it a bit of a struggle after two weeks off over Christmas – mainly the early starts and lack of afternoon naps. I got quite good at lying in and stealing 40 winks while I was on holiday! Still, I can’t really complain – I finish work next Thursday, so I’m only back at work for nine days – and only five to go. Not that I’m counting…!
I hope that you’re settling well into 2014 and are having a lovely week,