While I haven’t done a full house Christmas decoration yet, I did play around in the studio to make it all cheerful and Christmas-y.
The studio space sits atop our garage and is where I work most days. It is bright and open and has turned out to be such a good use of this previously unfinished space.
To catch you up on the progress of this room, this is the before and after reveal, here is my initial design plan, this post explains how we built the desks, see the studio decorated for spring here, summer here and fall right here.
This room sure makes me happy. I was just sitting up here yesterday thinking to myself how grateful I am to have such a pretty space to work and play in.
My favorite way to decorate is to start with a super neutral foundation and add in accessories, art and textiles that work for the season. It allows me to switch things up every few months and play around with styling, which is one of my most enjoyable pastimes.
One little project I did to add a Christmas touch was make this jingle bell garland.
While walking through Target I came across these oversize jingle bells labeled ‘vase filler’. Instead of the intended purpose, I decided to string them up for a simple garland to hang across the studio window.
Here’s how I made it, should you want to give this one a try:
Start by cutting a piece of string about 1.5 times as long as your desired finished length. You’ll be knotting at each bell, so you’ll just want enough excess length to account for the knots.
Thread your string through the top bell opening and add a knot to hold it in place.
If your string starts to unravel, give this tried-and-true scotch tape around the end trick a try.
Keep adding on the bells, spacing evenly, until you get to the end of your string.
Then hang it up – I just pressed thumbtacks into the wall at the corner of the window and looped the strong over to hold in place – step back and enjoy.
Isn’t it cute?! And so simple.
On my computer side of the desk, I kept it neutral with black and white and mixed metals and little sprigs of greenery.
The globe up at the tippy top is one I found at a thrift store, added a coat of chalkboard paint and lettered the word ‘peace’ on it with a chalk marker (like this).
I am a collector of wrapping paper and ribbon and gift tags (I know, call me crazy). This year, I’ll do most of our wrapping up here so it’s nice to have all the supplies out and at the ready. It seems like every year I wrap so last minute and then don’t get to enjoy the pretty packages under the tree. I’m hoping that by having everything out up in the studio, I’ll wrap much earlier.
Also? I haven’t started our Christmas cards yet.
We took this photo last weekend that could be a contender, or I’ll try to get one at The Nutcracker next week with the kids to use.
Our cards from last year were just a simple drawing I did of our new house and I kept a handful because they are just so sweet.
Okay, that’s all for the studio. I’m hoping to take some time this week to put up decorations in the house and I’ll be sure to share a tour when it’s finished.
How are you doing with decorating? Is your tree up? Or do you wait until it is actually December to start? Let’s chat in the comments …