It Feels Like Christmas Time Here!

I probably sound repetitive by now, but Christmas is my most absolute favorite time of the year.  It is a time that I get to use my own creativity for decorating my home for the holidays.  I was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri with thick Louisiana roots.  One of the biggest things I love about Christmas time in Saint Louis is the snow.  I always loved playing in the snow and have fond memories from my childhood.

When I visited home last Christmas there were two major snow storms so needless to say, I was in heaven.  The snow became a release for my family and I because we lost our dad during the holiday season, so playing in the snow became therapeutic and I now have a new found fondness for the snow.  I made snow angels, went sledding with my nieces and nephews, and had good ‘ole fashion snow ball fights.  So when I thought about what would be a great concept for this year’s décor, it was a no brainer for me.  I wanted to have the same wintery feel in my home in California which is the inspirations for this year’s Christmas tablescape.  When I think of the winter, I not only think of the crisp white snow right after a snow storm, I think of things that you need to keep your warm for the snow.  Things such as boots, wood burning fireplaces, and thick furry clothing.

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I started by created these furry napkin holders made out of items found at your local fabric and arts and crafts stores.  The deep brown color paired really well against the crisp white linen napkins (which I had in my stash).  I wrapped the fur around the napkin to resemble a hand muff used when I was a little girl.

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My hubby had the wonderful idea to add the candy cane to the set-up and I absolutely love it.

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Next I cut more of the faux fur to create a placemat which was cut in the traditional size, but I let it hang over the side of the table against the white tablecloth.

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Next, I cut a piece of faux fur and tossed over the chairs to resemble a winter throw or those bear rugs you see hanging in winter cabins

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Next I wanted lots of candles to bring in the warmth for the winter season.  I chose red candles and used various heights of candle holders and even cut some of the candles to give a staggering look.

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Lastly I wanted to add a little faux snow on the custom sign I created.

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I was so excited about how this look turned out.  Every time I walk into our dining room I get feelings of nostalgia.

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What are some traditions, décor, or recipes that make you feel nostalgic?  Leave a comment here or hop on over to our Facebook page.  We’d love to hear from you.

Hope you are having a great week.  It’s countdown to Christmas.

Take Care,

Erika

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