Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holiday Touches

This post brought to you by Pier 1 Imports. All opinions are 100% mine.

About a month ago I was approached by Pier 1 to join their Holiday blogging campaign. They basically told me to go shopping and tell you about it... sounded like Christmas came early for me! Truth be told, I hadn't set foot in Pier 1 since decorating my Mom's kitchen nook last April so I was excited to explore the store and spend a night shopping by myself (with a yummy Starbucks cider in hand, of course!).  
As I mentioned earlier this week, we won't be at home for Christmas but we will be doing some holiday entertaining  ,  v   hosting  at least one birthday party before we leave. While I do want the house to feel festive, I don't want it to be too "theme-y" since the holiday decor has to play nice with any birthday decorations. So I had to put on my thinking cap and look beyond all the beautiful red, green and gold items and to find subtle touches that would add the perfect amount of understated sparkle.
The first item to drop into my basket was a jar of thick, grainy sand.
One of you lovely readers suggested adding sand to my paper whites and I have to go back and remember who that was because it truly made a big difference in their presentation. I love the touch of texture and the way the light bounces off the grains. Thanks!!!
Before adding sand:

And with a little bow it makes a beautiful holiday center piece!
After going through all the gorgeous ornaments that would have no tree to display them I stumbled onto faux snow. I am sure almost everyone else in the world is already hip to this stuff but I am just learning the fabulousness that is "indoor snow"!
The boxes are fairly small so I brought 2 home, but so far I have used it both under our branch tree:
as well as all over the buffet amidst crystal candle sticks. I love that it almost looks like the candle sticks are ice or something (check your thrift stores for TONs of these crystal taper holders, most of these were $0.49 or less!!).
And I have still yet to open the second box, so that stuff goes a LONG way! ($8/box)
I started to veer a little off course as I wandering into the floral section, but these branches jumped out at me immediately!
I thought they might add a perfect sparkle to our dining room chandelier so I grabbed a handful (at only $5 each!).
I started by twisting them around the arms of the chandelier.
And while I LOVED how it looked, it wasn't feeling too festive yet (but I will definitely be breaking them out again next Halloween!) so I snipped a few boughs off a tree in the yard to add some greenery.

And I basically did the exact same thing, just winding them around the arms, no wire or anything needed!

I love the weight it adds to the room, and it only cost $25 in sparkly twigs that will be useful year after year!
It's kind of a little bird nest, which suits us perfectly LOL.
I want to send a HUGE thank you to Pier 1 for adding some much needed and appreciated Holiday Cheer to our home this holiday season. I know I will be back to the store ASAP to grab a sea grass rug that was on clearance that was just the right size and color for our dining room.
And in the event Santa is reading right now, here are just a few of the other goodies I wanted to take home with me.
**And if you happen to be stopping by a Pier 1 store in the next few weeks be sure to remember Toys for Tots! You can drop off your unwrapped toy donations at any store or make a cash donation while ringing out your purchase. Also, for every new fan they get on Facebook Pier 1 will be donating $1 to Toys for Tots**
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Chyanne M. said...

I love it all...your home is so fresh and welcoming.

Anonymous said...

I thought about using paper whites but so many people don't like the smell. I think the chandelier came out to be my favorite. Great Post!

Black and White {Side by Side} said...

Absolutely stunning! Your dining room is beautiful!
Love those other picks... the peacock wreath would definitely be a pop of color!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Everything looks really pretty and I like the extra neat things that you posted.

Andrea said...

Beautiful! Love the additions, I think I need to pick up some of that sand stuff. :) I love the fresh take you have on Christmas!

Lolo said...

Hi Holly! Love all your little touches...thats all we REALLY need, right?! I try to tell myself that every year. Im gonna run and get some of those blingy branches - love them! Also, dont know if your store carries the Pier One "Grandmother" clock (it resembles a Mora Clock) but you shoudl put that on your list too!

Happy Holidays to you :)

Rebecca said...

Sand in those paper whites is such a smart idea! I need to get some!

Melanie said...

Very pretty!

I was in Pier 1 not long ago and I nearly picked up that bird. I hadn't been there in years. They have great stuff.

Melissa said...

Looks very pretty! I love small touches that have a large impact. That scarf is really cute!

Marina said...

Lovely, as usual! So funny, I read this post the same day I made a "tree" centerpiece for my home. You can see it at the end of my post here:

Corners of My Life said...

I LOVE sparkly twigs. I can imagine so many uses for them.

A Delightful Design said...

This turned out so beautiful!! Next year I am going to put greens in our chandelier for sure. Thanks for the inspiration!

Lovely Little Nest said...

LOVE what you did to the chandelier! So fun and festive, while still being chic and not too fussy. Well done! :)

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

I worked at the Pier for 5 years and every holiday season I must go there. The smells in the store instantly brings me back to when I worked there.

I just went tonight in fact ... missed that throw and the faux snow. Looks like I will be making another trip.

Danielle Combs said...

Everything looks so pretty.

Just a word about the greenery on the chandelier - it will dry out (needles everywhere!) . I did the same thing last year. If you plan on leaving it for the duration of the holidays, maybe you can find a way to keep it from doing so.

Mrs. Limestone said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I love it all but especially that asyemtrical branch tree. I want!

jenna ♥ a little blue said...

everything is beautiful!

i absolutely love the candles on your dining table ~ i might need to do that for my next centerpiece.

Caley said...

I love your blog! I've been following for a while and I've also shared it with friends. Your style is simple yet stunning. Thanks for sharing! [Get feeling better!]

Cortney said...

That is a great idea to have one slip cover made for the two cushions! I am loving those name plates as well!

Lara Brehm said...

I just discovered your blog and like it a lot! :)
I LOVE your chandelier....! I'm looking for one for our livingroom right now... may I ask where yours is from? have a nice end of week!

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