I've been having guests stay at my small cottage, so I stop by now and then and stock the fridge, wash the sheets and now I'm decorating it for the holidays.
I hung up the grapevine wreath I had in storage on the front porch. Last year, I wrapped it pretty densely with LED string lights that I got from Brookstone. LED lights are great because they use about 1/10th the energy, last about 100,000 hours and never got warm. So, it's safe to wrap them densely on top of each other. Here's the LED wreath all lit up…
At my other house, I've hung up a bunch of new LED wreaths as well. Here, I have lights from Phillips that I wrapped densely around a very large grapevine wreath. Notice the color difference? Here, they are more glowy yellow…. where above, they are more icey blue. Today, LED string lights are almost indistinguishable from traditional incandescent string lights. Why both with the old version?
In the kitchen, I poked a dead bamboo branch from my front yard into a large glass jar and hung some vintage ball ornaments on it. I just love the simplicity of this.
And back at the cottage, a nested wreath sits on the front porch with a terra cotta bowl full of more vintage ornaments. There may not be a holiday tree at the house, but there can at least be a little festive cheer.