Towards the end of December, after Christmas but before New Years when I got sick, I got to thinking about what i was going to do for decorations after I took all the Christmas stuff down. I had wreaths up on the walls and windows, topiary trees and glass vases of bulbs on my book shelves, and all my Christmas chatchki on the piano top. I got thinking that red and white would be a nice, fresh theme for the new year, and would carry me past Valentine's Day and into spring. I already had some white and red things and I picked up some more at thrift stores and my trusty dusty antique stores. I was excited about experimenting more and trying to learn more about decorating and making my home more warm and inviting.
Then I got sick, terribly sick, right after the New Year and was juggling sickness and a pretty crazy work schedule, and house sittin on top of that, throughout January. So, I didn't actually take my tree down and get all of my Christmas "stuff" put away until early February, and I was left with an accumulation of red and white things on my piano top, waiting to be dealt with.
On Monday I finally took the time to sort it all out and figure something out. Ladies... i am really still working at this. It does NOT come intuitive to me. But I gave it my best shot. I put some red and white candles up (didn't take pictures for some reason) around the livingroom and diningroom, and I ended up with this on my piano top:
It's hard to see from this picture but that box that the compote dish (or whatever that's called) is on is just a mandarine oranges box that I painted white.
Basic white acrylic paint. It was so warm out on Monday (above freezing!) that I was able to do this out on my porch.
To prop up the apples in the compote dish I just filled it with newspapers.
I wanted to buy some fresh red flowers forthe vases but MAN are they expensive this time of year, so i just went with my pretty little faux winter berry bundles (that had been in my Christmas wreaths).
And of course I had my best little helper with me, Stuart. You can also see to the right of me a shot down through our apartment: Stuart and I are in the kitchen, that blue room behind us (with the internet cable running on the floor next to Stuart's toy dragon) is the dining room, and beyond that is the infamously unpainted foyer and ito the livingroom. Also visible behind me is my next project: the top section of my pantry: yikes!
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