The room that the family spends the most time in at our house, besides the kitchen, would be our great room. This is also the room where I have the most decorating opportunities. As with Christmas, this is the center of my decorating.
This year I added decorations to our stairway. I absolutely love this. I had a vision, but after I’d bought the tulle netting, I had to let it sit for about a week before inspiration hit me. It took nearly three hours to complete, but I think the end product is fairly impressive.
Grace came to me one afternoon several days after I’d completed the stairway and told me, “You know what I like most about your decorations?”
Taken aback by her question I told her, “No.”
She continued, “They look just as nice during the day as they do at night.”
I asked her which decorations she was referring to, and she told me the stairway. I had to agree. Actually though, the stairway looks far better during the day than at night. Even with lights hidden among the layers of tulle and decorations, at night much of the beauty of all my hard work is lost.
In addition to the banister decorations, new also this year are the tomato cage trees on top of my doll cabinet and hall closet. I first wrapped the trees with orange lights and then brown tulle for the one on top of the doll cabinet and black tulle for the two on top of the closet. Adding a few decorations to the tulle so they looked nice during the day, the project was complete. This was a quick and easy project and cost very little as I only had to but the tulle.
Besides the stairway, there are two other focal points in the great room — the mantle and the television cabinet.
The mantel is decorated with several ceramics I made as well as some Halloween themed pictures.
The television area holds three more of my favorite home-made ceramics. These are large pieces that I made back when my kids were still babies. It took me months to complete these and now they are the absolute first decorations I have to put up.
The bats on top of the television were made by me as well. You will also notice the mouse and witch Annalee dolls that are front and center. I love these hand painted dolls and have a huge collection of Christmas ones that I have been collecting since I was 16 years old.
The coffee and end table in the great room have decorations as well. The coffee table is home to two large character spiders that I painted and the end table has some egg-bats and a haunted tree I made.
The remainder of the great room is a combination of homemade and store-bought decorations I’ve been collecting for more than 20 years now.
Every morning when I come downstairs, and every night when I turn out the lights for the day, the great room is the room I see. All the decorations hold wonderful memories and for this I am — Simply Grateful.