This is our second Christmas in our fifth wheel. Last Christmas we were in the thick of renovating the RV, but that didn’t stop me from decorating. We found a slender Christmas tree at Michael’s for $40 and were excited to put it up again.
We place it at the end of our kitchen counters and can enjoy it from every angle of the room. When you live in a tiny space, you can’t add lots of stuff, so instead, I change necessary things out for a Christmas version instead. I found the hand towel above the sink last year. It came in a package of two, so I’m able to switch those out regularly (with my other towels, as well) between laundry. It was perfect with the teal and coral.
I also found a jar that looks like mercury glass at Michael’s this year for $1.50. It was originally $2.99, but all their Christmas stuff was 50% off! I knew it would be fun to change out the teal glass I kept large utensils in with it.
That’s all the Christmas cheer that the kitchen received. I still absolutely love my dark lower cabinets with my white uppers and then the wood accents in the spice rack and cutting board. The beadboard backsplash and oil-rubbed bronze faucet along with the brass knobs and black handles. Definitely my favorite kitchen I’ve had.
I spent $30 dollars on some faux velvet curtains this year. They are so yummy and I couldn’t pass them up. I found them at TJMaxx when Carrie and Alison and I were having a sisters’ afternoon. They both agreed that I needed the curtains. =) I put them up in the dining room (you can see them in the first picture) and used the extra to make two pillows, one for the sofa and one for the daybed. I love the deep, rich, orange/red they add to the space. They definitely feel like winter curtains with their heavier fabric and they pull out the coral/pink colors in the floral fabric.
The color looks more red in the other pictures, but the one above is really close to the true color.
We have two “fireplace” dvds that we play in the winter. I know it is totally mental, but it really makes the space feel warmer to me. Plus, fire is just really cool to watch.
Early in our marriage, we received a gift of a super cute Christmas picture. It has a snowman holding a sign that says, “The Babiones”. It’s one of my favorite Christmas decorations that we have.
Last year I tried my hand at some yarn garland. Specifically the kind with poms on them. The only one I kept was the coral one (I made gray and green too) and I’m so glad I kept it. Now, with the deep coral curtains it looks great and continues that color even more on this side of the room. The pink ribbon was used as the bow on top of the tree last year, but this year I opted to put it in the middle of the big window. That’s one of the easiest ways to make your decor feel new and fresh: use it in a different way.
I made our stockings years ago, like before 2010. Last year I replaced the top part with some teal silk I had been hoarding. This year I finally added letters to designate whose is whose. I found small metal letters at Hobby Lobby half off and just used some pink ribbon I had to tie them onto the stockings at the ribbon that I use to hang the stockings with. The kids are happy to know which one is theirs now.
The stockings are hung on the back of the kitchen cabinets right next to the tree. #commandhooksforthewin
We have a bunch of ornaments because my MIL gets us new ones every year from Hallmark. However, living in such a small space, I have decided to keep the tree very color specific. It helps limit the visual clutter. Last year the kids and I bought some cheap wood ornaments and painted them in dark coral, light coral, gold, and white. I had the gold beads, white balls, and snowflakes from years past and bought the thick gold wire ribbon for a bow on top. I just used some of the fabric from the tablecolthes we made for the Thanksgiving Lord’s Supper as the tree skirt. (I use the term loosely seeing as how I just bunched it around the base of the tree.)
I found a pipe at Joann’s on sale last week. I couldn’t resist. If you don’t already know, my husband smokes pipes and writes on his own blog called With Pipe and Pen.
Also, before we left Florida in 2014, my best friend wrote a story that captured the journey we had all been on together for a while. In the story we are raccoons, so as soon as I found this cute little raccoon I snatched him up. You can read The Lion’s Song Pt 1 here and Pt 2 here.
I also made a few changes in the bedroom just for fun. Nothing Christmasy, but I think it’s kinda wintery.
Nothing is new, just stuff I had stored until I needed it again. If you get my weekly email you know we bought a new mattress. (You can sign up for my email below) It’s a memory foam mattress that is made for RVs. It’s 5 inches shorter than a normal mattress and it has given us so much more room at the desk. Can you tell from these pics? It has also helped my hip pain. We are loving it.
That’s our decked out space. Have you put up your decorations yet? I’m one of those that puts up ours as soon as Thanksgiving is over. I love this time of year.
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