Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Love Me Some Garland

Y'all, I am an unashamed Nester Stalker.

I'm not kidding. She tells me how to decorate my house and I obediently do it, dragging all my friends with me. It's a sickness.

If she told me Street Art/Graffiti from the Fresh Prince Era was fashionable, I'd be in the spray paint aisle of Home Depot right this very minute.

Good thing today is show-and-tell so my garland schwag can get some bloggy love.


Previously, I was a first-degree offender of using anorexic garland. And NO ONE confronted me. Oh, the shame.

Well this year, I listened to the Nester, shopped my very own basement, and came up with this:

In case you are wondering, this lush, voluptuous beauty consists of 3 regular ol' skinny green garlands, a red (non-P.O.O.P.I.E.) berry garland, and a feather boa.

Not to mention a few strings of lights, feathers, ferns, and some other foresty-looking greenery from the basement.


I found the boa in the dress-up section at Jo-Ann's awhile back. It had been hanging out in a wreath this fall, but she was happy to join the garland gang in the name of decking my halls.

Do you know what I just love about my steroid-usin' garland?

Those 3-D curly-cues that kind of stick out and look like they might attack if you get too close.

If I was a designer with any street cred whatsoever, I would say that it gives it depth and movement and interest.

But I am more of a cookie-dough eater than anything.

Now, against my better judgment, I am going to show you my mantel.

Not like it looks great, but it does look better live(!) than in photos. The pictures don't really give any reference to the space of the room.

Whatever.

I am not a perfectionist, so why start now.

I know the edges of my garland are a little bit sickly and weak, but they've had some ugly interaction with small children, so they will wait till next year to pack on the pounds.

Lastly, here is my new (old) Christmas tree.



Do not even ask.





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25 comments:

ceekay said...

Your garland looks fantastic...great job, however, it is killin me...what is the story of the tree? See I don't listen well...you say don't ask..ya know I'm going to!!!

Erika said...

Love it. Love it. Love it!

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

Great mantle decor and garland! Classic and beautiful! ... I'm with you on the ficus tree this year, tho!! Shhhhhh!

Kristi said...

Fantastic job! Your decorations are so beautiful. Christmas blessings to you and your family!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Anorexic no more...plump and gorgeous now. WOW! Great job!

Mom in High Heels said...

What a lovely job you did!

Cary said...

It's beautiful! Love that Starbucks ornament- I need one of those.

Mandie said...

I thought about participating, but I am not brave enough...Yours looks fab!

Moi said...

I think it looks fabulous! From one nester stalker to another!! My curtains in my house are all a product of her mistreatment advice. Love the garland. Green with envy!

The Nester said...

Oh my goodness. I adore it all. The berries, the feather wreath, the um, tree and the post! You are too funny!

Glad you didn't need a garland "schwag" intervension intervention?

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your garland is so lush and pretty. I absolutely adore it! The tree is my favorite though.

Lisa @ Take90West said...

You and I will just follow the Nester as happy decorating disciples, okay? Even IF it leads us to the spray paint aisle.
Your garland looks great, I need to bring some feathers into my homestead!

Now let me yell at you for a second please...GET A REAL TREE. YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE IN THERAPY WHEN THEY ARE THIRTY AND IT WILL ALL BE TRACED BACK TO THE YEAR OF THE CHRISTMAS FICUS.

Nikki said...

It is all beautiful! I love everything on your mantle.

Sit A Spell said...

Hmmm, three skinny ones...great idea. I just don't think of things like that...thanks! (and I get the little kid thing...my ornaments move on a daily basis!)

Bonita said...

Obviously, some people are at the head of the class when it comes to learning from the Nester. That is one fantabulous garland!

I love your tree. It reminds me a great deal of the ficus tree in my bedroom. It has lights too and I refer to it as my burning bush because I like to sit there in the dark with just those lights and pray.

Judy @ In His Grip said...

I keep seeing feathers in everyone's garland. I love it and have to add those next year.

Jules from "The Roost" said...

The Garland is awesome! The tree I have to know about the tree....It does look cute :)

Beachy Mimi said...

Beautiful

Queen B said...

It looks great! Perfect!

I'm kinda diggin' the new tree....

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I loved the full, lush garland! You really did listen to Nester. LOL! And it paid off! I like the tree, too! Very smart idea. Wish I had thought of that before I hauled mine out of the attic and the gazillion ornaments with it. :-)

XO,

Sheila

Monica @ Writer Chic said...

Love it, so much. Your whole fireplace area is beautiful!

Astrid said...

Just loving your garland! Love the birds/feathers!

♥spoiled mommy♥ said...

Looks beautiful!!

Bettsi said...

I love it! The feather boa gives it so much depth- very nice!

Miss Sandy said...

Beautiful!