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Christmas Around the House {The Entrance}

As I was contemplating what to do for Christmas decor this year, I decided to give myself a challenge. I wanted to completely change the look of my decorations without buying anything new.

Today I tackled the entryway. Aside from a box of discounted ornaments I bought last year after Christmas and a string of white twinkle lights, I haven’t even dug into my Christmas totes yet. I found it a lot of fun to repurpose “normal” things into Christmas decor.

entrance from side2

Our entrance is sort of a dark area in our home, so I wanted to make it light and bright. A silver platter Christmas tree was the starting point.

silver platter Christmas tree

It’s the Christmas alternative to our {boring} lamp. The base is a footed fruit bowl filled with white twinkle lights. I left them trailing out the back so I could then wind it up and around the 3-tiered platter. Fresh greenery and some glittery bronzed ornaments fill up the trays. It makes a nice, happy light in that dark corner.

silent night pic

The artwork in the center was a piece I started for the craft fair, but didn’t quite get finished in time. I decoupaged scrapbook paper on an {icky} piece of plywood in a sort of quilt-block pattern, and added a Christmas printable (found on the beautiful Dear Lillie blog) on the front. After the Christmas season is over, I can easily remove it and switch it out for a different piece of art.


Some orphan socks and silk roses stuffed into an old pair of children’s skates brightened them right up. (They are by far my favourite winter decor item!).

tapered candle

Fresh cut greenery, bits of burlap and red ribbon added to normal everyday decor made it look more “festivey” {I think I just made up a new word…}.

3 candles

A silver tray with a lantern is a place for us to “park” our keys. My family is lost without a place for keys…

key holder

Now, I’d better get moving to the other areas of the house…

whole entrance

Christmas is coming {soon!!}!


Linking to: My Repurposed Life, The Shabby Nest, Chic on a Shoestring, Shabby Art Boutique, At the Picket Fence, Finding Fabulous, Funky Junk, At the Picket Fence


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  1. How terrific this looks, Rita! Makes me wish all the more that I had an entrance or foyer to decorate!! I love that you relyed so much on items from around the house, some crafting supplies and greenery from outside. Perfect!
    P.S. It's great how you've used your Christmas vignettes for creating a new header…very festivey! 😉

  2. Oh my goodness Rita, that Christmas "light" you created with the bowl and tiered platter is just genius! Truly, the entire vignette is absolutely beautiful and we are so glad you shared this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  3. Beautiful! I love the fact that you repurposed items and didn't buy anything. I love the burlap around the candles – might try that today.

  4. i need to find some fresh cut greenery around these parts. the only thing i could possibly use is holly. what a great entrance, i think the skates are my favorite, too.

  5. Beautiful! I have one of those lanterns (from at home america I think) but I'd never thought to paint it white. It looks good!

  6. Your Christmas decor looks fabulous! my favorite is the lantern with the brown ornaments! so unexpected (the color) LOVE it!
    thanks for sharing at Catch as Catch can and linking back. catching you this week

  7. Hi, Your entrance decor is very lovely! I especially like the silver platter light, wow, how did you do it?! And I adore the little skates. I love decorating with skates, too.
    Your J O Y frames are so sweet!
    Hugs, Cindy

  8. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!

    I would love to have you come on over to Its So Very Cheri and enter my party. (starts Every Sunday)

    Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

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