Our den is where we truly live in the evening. We are empty nesters, and admittedly, we eat dinner here, watch movies and sports here, and find ourselves quite entertained by our three calico kitties each night. The fact that red leather furniture and a crusty old red door make up the décor means decorating for Christmas is a snap. In fact, decorating the mantel with lots of natural holly and large branches in the fireplace that stay in place all year is quite speedy.
Last week I wrote about decorating our Christmas tree and living room with accessories that stay in place all year ’round. The décor in there is mostly white and chartreuse, also perfect for the holidays! The living room is so cozy and bright in the mornings, so we read the paper, eat breakfast and get geared up for the day snuggled in there. Since it’s connected to the open kitchen, that’s where everyone gravitates to during get-togethers.
The overflow ends up in the red den to watch TV and chat – while viewing everyone else out on the deck where the fire pit is roaring.
The mantel décor changes every year. Except for the European-looking Santas who always stand guard. This year I rooted around and found four silver derby cups and a pewter one, then ran out into the front yard to gather holly with berries.
It still looked like it was missing something, so I went back up in the attic to retrieve the old painted mirror I had just lugged up there the day before.
When we moved into this late 70s home, the mantel already had eight stocking hooks that, no matter what tool I use, refuse to budge for removal. So, the golden “decorations” with dangling beads stay all year, as well as the candle holders on top. I simply layer on a strand of silvery beads and the Christmas stockings. We began with four stockings, added two for boyfriends we adore, and naturally, kitty stockings. Because they have been very good this year.
My answer to the gas fireplace logs that never seem to work properly is to add large branches. And an old red stool. Please make me stop with the red stuff!
Behind one couch is this very rustic wood and metal table topped by a huge painting that is really a floor screen. It’s a Paris restaurant scene that adds festive red and green. I threw on some glass and mercury balls with a strand of pine cones and called it done.
Above the TV cabinet a lone little Santa hangs out in front of two huge ampersands that came off of the newspaper building I used to work in. The baby ones began another collection. Oh dear…
Here in front of the old door is another quick vignette on top of a cube store fixture I bought used years ago and covered with Venetian plaster. It wears like iron.
Yes, it is red. Somebody stop me! No don’t. I love it, funky is fine.