The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

I’m dreaming of a Black Christmas.

OK…  I’ve actually been dreaming of a black and gold Christmas. We’ve been under Christmas Construction around here and I’m almost done. However, the Nesting Place is having a Holiday Tour of Homes and I wanted to post something.

If you click on any of these pictures, you must promise to ignore the dust (how can there be dust on things I just set out yesterday?!) and ignore the shopping bags/wrapping stuff. Just keepin’ it real.

First, let me explain this idea for black and gold Christmas colors. I change it up every year. I have so many ornaments and Christmas decor items, that were I to put it all out at once, it would be like Christmas threw up in my house. Editing is a must, hence the annual color scheme. (Last year was red. The year before that, copper & teal, before that blue, white and silver….)

I decided on black and gold when doing my post Christmas shopping. I spied this black ornament and fell in love.

Everything took off from here.

Coming in through the front door, you’ll be greeted by pine boughs clipped from the bottom of our Christmas trees and by lots of gold sticks.
Sticks are free.
Spray paint is cheap.
I think cheap and easy works out to be pretty elegant.

The 3 tin squares that are hanging on the window were a JoAnn’s clearance item about 5 years ago. I bought 3 of these and never used them. They were originally a shabby-chic white. Spray paint, a Cricut and Mod Podge. Viola.

I am not a blinking, ani-matronic, multi-colored light, inflatable lawn ornament kind of person.

I like simple.

I like coordinated. (Not to be confused with matchy-matchy.)

Your home’s exterior decor sets the tone for the interior, and I want my tone to be peaceful.


This year I am making more of a concerted effort to focus on the birth of Christ as THE reason we celebrate in the first place, so I have Nativity images, ornaments and candles all over.

This wreath was made from tree clippings and the roses are made from coffee filters, leftover from Mother’s Day Brunch, that I spray painted gold. (Spray paint can change your life, I’m tellin’ ya!)

This is the first year that Grant is really cognizant of how slowly time can pass in December. (If you’re a 5 year old…. if you’re 42, time flies by!) We’ve had a lot of fun opening the little doors on this Advent calendar each morning.

I just don’t think there is very much that is easier or prettier than a dish with ornaments with little pine clippings tucked into it. Simple is good.

I like simple on our dining room table, and I love to decorate with framed photos of Christmases past. Each year I spray paint the frames to match the current color scheme. There are probably 8 layers of paint on some of these frames.

We decorate in the bathrooms and the bedrooms….

We decorate in the kitchen….

The ornaments under the glass and the multi-colored hanging ornament were from my parent’s first Christmas tree, in 1960. Vintage and precious!

We have two trees each year too. Mom’s pretty tree in front of the window…. and The SpongeBob Tree. This is the boys’ tree. All things plastic, fun and handmade go on this tree.

But the focus is on the living room with the main tree and the fireplace.

(Again, I cannot stress enough how much I love tree clippings and sticks from the yard…)

And bowls of ornaments…
But I really love the reaction from the kids. Right after Thanksgiving, out come the Christmas books.

And the Christmas toys.

And the Christmas movies.

And our favorite part?

Marta, Helga and Jingles.

When I was a little girl, this card was hung by our stockings:

In a nutshell, if you’re a good kid, once the stockings are hung up, you never know when Marta, Helga & Jingles might leave a treat in your stocking. I remember coming home from school and patting down my stocking to see if there was a treat in there. Gum, nail polish, Christmas toys, etc.

This card is the original one that my mom typed the Elf Info onto way back when. She laminated it for me to keep it safe, and it is one of my most treasured possessions.

I love watching Grant check his stocking. Now that the Big 3 know the scoop about Santa, it is wonderful to watch them try to sneak items into family members’ stockings too.

No matter how many color schemes I cycle through, no matter how much spray paint I use, no matter how much things change visually from year to year, our Christmas traditions are strong and clearly defined.

Joy to the world.
Peace on earth.
For God so loved the world, that He sent his only son.
Merry Christmas!



Hootin' Anni said...

December 14, 2009 at 11:06 am

mY tOUR iS nOW sHARED....come by if you can to visit. Happy Holidays!


Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

December 14, 2009 at 1:21 pm
The black and gold color scheme looks beautiful! Very nice! I picked up some black and white striped wrapping paper and some black background with white snowflakes from Target. It's not working!! I think if you go black you have to go all the way like you did! I still have too much red and green etc...and my black does not look festive. :( It needs to be well thought out like yours!! I am getting a lot of laughs and comments like "what's up with the black wrapping paper?"
Now I can show them your blog post...this is what I was trying to do!

mama-face said...

December 14, 2009 at 1:43 pm
Very Beautiful. I change things up some every year; but I honestly never thought about black...I will definitely rethink it; the black and gold scheme is stunning and I think the Nativity coordinates with those colors than the usual Christmas colors.

lurve it all.

Kelli said...

December 14, 2009 at 1:49 pm
Love it, LOVE it. I love how Jesus is the focus (He tends to get lost at times) and I love how well your coordinated. I also love all of the movies!

Heather said...

December 14, 2009 at 2:41 pm
Your home is stunning and so beautiful! I love every single piece of your decor, you have done a fabulous job! Love your blog! Merry Christmas!

jenjen said...

December 14, 2009 at 7:12 pm
Beautiful Vivienne! Your home is gorgeous!!!

I love that outdoor vignette. So pretty! Hope you are having a great day!


Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

December 14, 2009 at 7:16 pm
Your home looks wonderful. I saw a Black Christmas tree and I though it lookes awesome. Traditions are the key. I am focusing on these more than anything this year.

Myya said...

December 14, 2009 at 7:34 pm
I seriously don't think I could come up with words deserved for your beautiful decorations. Love it all, especially the ornament from your parents first tree. Oh wait I found a few words... I AM JEALOUS!!! : )

Angie @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

December 14, 2009 at 8:02 pm
Gorgeous home and color scheme! That advent calender is WONDERFUL!!

shortmama said...

December 14, 2009 at 8:10 pm
Love the black and gold color scheme! Looks so elegant!

Emily said...

December 14, 2009 at 10:43 pm
Love your style, as usual!

Cristin said...

December 14, 2009 at 11:04 pm
What a beautiful home! Love the sleigh with xmas books. Very fun idea!


mama-face said...

December 14, 2009 at 11:46 pm
p.s. I have a little bling for you at my place. :)

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

December 15, 2009 at 12:22 am
I love the black and gold color scheme. Warm, yet very classy.

B E A U T I F U L !

Connie Weiss said...

December 15, 2009 at 12:44 am
I love it! Now I want to go buy a small tree so I can cut all of the branches off and stick them all around the house.

And I love the card from the elves!

Have I told you lately that I love you?

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

December 15, 2009 at 1:24 am
love it all! awesome color choice you really pulled it off too!

Supabloggasuprememama said...

December 15, 2009 at 1:40 am
gawgeous!!!! very nicely done.

MiMi said...

December 15, 2009 at 1:51 am
It looks so sophisticated, elegant...beautiful!! :)
I knew you'd pull it off. I bet that tree looks even prettier in real life, too. It all seems like it would be so hard, but I'm thinking, all of those bowls and vases, just filling with the right colored balls and stuff is probably not too hard! Amazing how beautiful and simple it can be! The roses that you made for Mother's day!!!! Really cool, Viv. Really cool. :)

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

December 15, 2009 at 2:37 am
Everything is gorgeous!

Shawn said...

December 15, 2009 at 3:27 am
Everything is BEAUTIFUL! I'm almost done, I keep tweaking it, I'll be posting soon.

I love that Becca's card is right on top, it's one of my favs this year!

I must confess I had no clue why you had the year 3002 in you's late and I may or may not have had a cocktail or two. I get it now, its the street number. I'm such a blonde sometimes!

Michael, Trisha, Grace, and Anna said...

December 15, 2009 at 6:10 pm
♥ your decorations! Your home looks fabulous, very festive!
May you be blessed beyond measure this Holiday Season!
Thanks for sharing.
Blessings~ Trisha

Kim said...

December 15, 2009 at 7:59 pm
No big surprise that your decorating is awesome and original. I love the spray paint idea and I LOVE the card from the elves and am so excited that I will be stealing this idea from you!! Hope you are well my friend.

Cha Cha said...

December 16, 2009 at 2:58 am

JennyMac said...

December 16, 2009 at 12:57 pm
everything looks SO good Viv..and I absolutely love the font you are using with the modge podge. Where did you find it?

Krystyn said...

December 16, 2009 at 7:36 pm
Your house looks beautiful.

BTW, I love that one ornament inspired your decorations.

Becky said...

December 16, 2009 at 9:15 pm
I wish you were my mom and could decorate my house.

{{sigh}} I honestly am exhausted looking at all you did! It looks amazing. Beautiful and amazing.

My children would polverize it.

Maybe when we are empty nesters I can {{attempt}]somthing like that. Because girl, it is simple gorgeous!

Becca @ The Texas Darlings said...

December 16, 2009 at 9:43 pm
It looks wonderful- next year you are hired to do my home!! :))

And what a surprise to see my smiling kids on top of the pile of Christmas cards.... made me smile!!!


Becca @ The Texas Darlings said...

December 16, 2009 at 9:43 pm
It looks wonderful- next year you are hired to do my home!! :))

And what a surprise to see my smiling kids on top of the pile of Christmas cards.... made me smile!!!


{lauren} said...

December 17, 2009 at 5:26 am
Beautiful color combination! I love how you used sticks everywhere pretty & creative!!

Housewife Savant said...

December 21, 2009 at 1:43 am
I so frikken love you.
I KNEW that playing catch-up would include basking in your creative brilliance.
Kudos for all the loveliness.
I know the wonder of spray paint first hand, but our relationship has been strained of late.
Where do you spray paint?
Weather is often a problem here, and worse even; the overspray.
What's your secret?
Find "The Minstrel Tree" for your Christmas book collection. It is wonderful.
Your home is b.e.a.youtiful.
You amaze.
Merry Christmas!

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