Monday, November 27, 2023

Christmas Centerpiece Basket with Greenery and Guest

I'm sure most of you are doing what I'm doing this weekend...

Recovering from Thanksgiving and getting started on Christmas d├ęcor. I have to admit, I did get started bringing in a few Christmas things and brainstorming last week. I did my Thanksgiving decorating early this year so I was able to transition to Christmas without feeling like I was giving it short shrift. I thoroughly enjoyed it by starting early.

For some reason I like to start on the dining tables. I guess because it's a big flat surface and is easily seen. That keeps me on track with a theme and bringing in pieces that will fit. Last year I used my very old goose decoy in my copper boiler on the hearth. I really  loved her/him there all fluffed up in greenery and the center of attention.

I didn't want to recreate the same exact look so I brought out my antique basket from the dining room and made a nest in that. I like this just as much as the copper boiler, and I get to use my basket for something new. 

You all may get tired of Tartan plaid but I really don't. I've always loved it for the holidays and have used it for as long as I can remember. One thing I've learned over the years is it's fun to try totally new things but for Christmas I'm pretty much a traditionalist with color. Last year I used a lot of copper and not as much plaid in the living areas. It's back this year!

Last year I wanted to buy some of these rustic bells, but as usual I was a little late to the party, and couldn't find a good deal. This year I started looking earlier and found these on Amazon for a great price. I didn't know how many bells I would actually use, but I found a deal for 8 or 9, so now I've been trying them out on everything. 

I think they look perfect giving the basket a little oomph and pizzazz.

I've been trying to think what material this goose is and the closest I can come is like the old fashioned corrugated cardboard that were used as egg cartons. His black eyes were lost long ago and I painted some on a few years ago. This year I enlarged them a bit. After seeing geese everyday for several years I've realized I was being skimpy. They have the blackest eyes and will stare a hole in you if they think you have food for them.

I keep extra bar stools here in the corner of the casual dining area and usually I don't "decorate" them, but this one was convenient for some extra little trees. Before I knew it I had created a mini vignette with a few vintage pieces. 

Old boxes, a marmalade crock, old jingle bell wreath and a metal fruit urn all came together for a mini Christmas grouping.

Hope you all are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. And having some Christmas decorating fun! Thanks for coming by.

Here's a post from last year's 

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  1. Love the Tartan runner. The duck in your sweet basket is so adorable. Love it Debra. Have a great week ahead. Hugs. Kris

    1. Thanks Kris, I'm looking forward to your beautiful Christmas decor! Happy Sunday!

  2. Your basket of greens is just lovely! That goose is a perfect focal point. And I love your wee sheep!

    1. isn't he cute. I found him back in the 80's when primitives were so popular. Hope you're having a good weekend!

  3. It's lovely. The greenery is just the right splash of color. Visiting from Wonderful Wednesday blog hop.

  4. Just lovely, as always. Your photos and styling are always great!

  5. Debra, it looks like your Christmas goose is ready to cook. ;) No, I would never as they are just too cute! Yours looks lovely inside her pine bough-bedded basket. Very sweet with the red tartan plaid!!

    Happy Christmas to you and I am happy to say I enjoyed featuring your goose at this week's Share Your Style #411 for you,
    Barb :)

  6. Your goose is absolutely charming and I also love the basket. As always, you created a lovely vignette for the Holiday season. Thank you for sharing your post on the Home Imagined Link Party. We always love the links you share.


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