Christmas Decorating Beach Cottage Style
Tue 18th, Dec, 2012
Morning campers, warning : this post is very white. When I uploaded the pics of this I thought gosh there sure looks a lot of white there, it doesn’t feel like that day in day out because, I guess, there are three kiddos and one doggie and two people who try to keep it all together, rumbling around in this space…but when it’s quiet and tidy I must say white is right up there as the main colour don’t you think?
So this is some Christmas decorating in the Dining Room – I didn’t want to go overboard this year with decs, for one main and selfish reason, this year the clean-up of these will need to be quick and painless (more on why soon).
The other reason is that right now I am right into fairy lights, if you follow me on Instagram you will already know that…over the last few months fairy lights have gradually gone up here there and everywhere in this old cottage…nowhere is safe.
The best thing about them for Christmas in my opinion is that they are lazy real girl decorating – take them out of the box, drape them over something, plug in and turn on and hey presto the Christmas fairy just sprinkled a whole lot of festive bling all over your house.
Same thing with little trees, I have loved these this year…I have a few of them plopped around here and there. I wrapped the bottom of a couple of them in a linen fabric and tied with a strip of nautical stripe fabric (you can see more of that here if you missed it).
To be honest, the simple decorating thing is nothing new and the more the years have passed and the more I have done it the more I realised that low expectations at this time of year and lots of lights all over the place, rather than too much fussing, is the way to go…
A few other simple things just propped around, that say ‘Christmas’ but can easily be put up and taken down….
If you haven’t started your decorating yet and are feeling a little bit Grinch-like and to be honest who doesn’t at some point at this time of year, I think this simple way of decorating is the way to go…it’s quick and easy and doesn’t feel as if it takes any brain power.
Though so far I have been very remarkably Grinchless and believe it or not, there have been no fairy light covered broomstick rides over the beaches…yet.
For the dresser, firstly I tidied it up, cough, then used my fave bits and bobs right now, added the silver starfish for a leetle touch of seasonal bling, lassoed the wreath up high and draped the lights over the top.
I found the tablecloth in Vinnies, it really is a fine specimen, another thing I am into right now, white vintage linen and white crochet. When I found this it wasn’t quite in the best of conditions but at a few bucks I thought I’d take it anyway…I soaked it for a couple of hours and washed it and then left it outside in the sun and it came up a treat! Not bad for the dollars I paid.
It’s a big one and really a bit too big for this table, probs better on the deck…but I thought it would look nice with the tree and the lights…
I haven’t yet done a Christmas tablescape, I really have been quite busy this year and getting sick right in the middle of it all hasn’t helped much…the tablescaping part will change though, I have an idea that I have been wanting to try for like ever and hopefully will get it going on on the deck soon..
In other news Mr Beach Cottage survived the minor surgery, I did check the life insurance policies and yes I could have been a very rich woman…
And the white shabby find is getting some BC Christmas treatment today…
Over and out from the beaches, we are on track for a warm day today at about 26C, just how I like it, not too hot, still able to wear jeans but not too cool..
Be seeing ya girlfriends, how do you decorate – quick and simple or as much fuss as you can muster???
tree, lights, lantern, wreath, table, cookie jar : IKEA tablecloth : Vinnies dresser : garage sale vintage chairs & oar : thrifted vintage ladder : side of road silver starfish & medicine bottle : Freedom