This holiday season I wanted to try to decorate the house using what I already have rather than buying lots of new items. I didn't quite succeed but my purchases fell into two categories: more tiny lights on wire and more candlesticks. The first purchase meant that I could add a nice glow to my traditional decor with lights that did not need matches or my constant attention.
I wrapped a strand around a gilded mirror which doubles the sparkle around my tiny tree.
The picture below gives a sense of how it glows at night.
Another strand of lights is on our Chinese altar table, shedding a little light on our Lohan sculpture. At the left end of the table is one of my new candlesticks. This one, just under two feet tall, is Italian glass. I found it at a local consignment shop, making it a very reasonably priced purchase for the amount of drama it provides.
On the fireplace mantle is the set of three iittala glass candlesticks that I found in the sale room at Century House in Madison. I've loved and lusted over these for years. So it was fortuitous to discover them just before the holidays at a price I could afford.
Cyclamen in galvanized pots are at the other end of the mantle.
These glass and chrome candle holders are a few years old and contribute to the soft light in this room. They're joined by assorted gold and silver bits and baubles.
At both ends of this display are drawings I did to illustrate my holiday newspaper columns in The Capital Times in 1990.
Our "cave monk" from Thailand moved into the next room for the holidays. His partner at the other end of the bookshelf is an Nkisi figure from Africa.
I left most things where they live when it's not a holiday and just added smaller items where I could make room.
More glass candles and more wire strings of lights are part of the display here as well. The photos are of our garden in winter and my sister's house in Vermont in the snow.
The beaded Christmas trees are long ago purchases from the Wisteria catalog. The photos are Christmas shots of me and Mark as children. I'm happy with the mix of old and new; even better, so is Mark!