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I'm Jonathan Stiers (pronounced Styers). Join me as I share my adventures in food, design, entertaining and travel. I hope you enjoy and find some inspiration!

Christmas on Ice Revealed!

Christmas on Ice Revealed!

Finally! The time has come where I can share these photos with you! So what took so long? Well, I decided to give myself a challenge this Christmas in order to mix up the decor and try something new. I've always loved (and still do), Christmas red, but this year, I wanted to see if I could remove ALL red and just decorate with silver and maybe some green highlights. (CLICK HERE TO SEE LAST YEAR'S RED AND SILVER CHRISTMAS)

Since I didn't want to spend a lot of money and start from scratch, the silver part of this challenge was easy, since the majority of my ornaments are silver. But, as I got started and in to the holiday spirit I started playing with whites. I also wanted to do something different since all I was seeing was GOLD GOLD and more GOLD out in stores, as it's this year's hot Christmas trend. Well - I gotta do my own thang!

The white started when I suddenly became fascinated with Moravian stars. You may have seen the Moravian star trend in lighting. I specifically LOVE the lights form Ballard Designs & Pottery Barn. I started searching the internet for white star ornaments, white 3D stars, you name it but found nothing I liked. I thought some white paper ones would be gorgeous so Daniel, my partner in crime found a little "how-to," on Pinterest and came up with these guys, below. 2 pieces of 12"x12" card stock, several folds and some glue and I couldn't be happier! We also picked up some Paper MachΓ© ornaments because I loved the vintage shapes and I didn't have a lot of luck finding white ornaments in a matte finish SO Daniel spray painted them all white. So crafty! Read more below...

Ah...the Santa print. So years ago, at least 5, I think - Pottery Barn carried a similar canvas that I loved and should've bought, but didn't - So now, since he's no longer available and I knew I wanted something similar, I decided to make my own! I found a retro, full-color, Santa illustration that I liked, took him in to Photoshop and traced him, turned him silver and had him printed on a 40x40 canvas, thanks to Easy Canvas Prints. I adore him!

Perhaps you're wondering what those copper wires are, underneath those glass cloches? Perhaps you're wondering what a Cloche is? First things first, a cloche is a plant cover, usually made of glass, used outdoors especially for protection against cold. However, they're used in decor all the time and the possibilities are endless. After falling in love with Restoration Hardware's Starry Lights, I had to get some for my glass cloches, below.

I love snow globes so this year I decided to do a mini grouping of various sizes. You can find these everywhere and they're usually inexpensive. These three came from Target, Hobby Lobby and Home Goods. I also combed Etsy for all things silver, like this silver-plated champagne bucket for my Paperwhites!

The "All is Calm, All is Bright," pillow was a late addition, from Pottery Barn. Love that it makes the couch feel a little more festive! That's also where the faux fur throw came from!

I mixed in subtle hints of silver by placing a handful of gifts in these silver beverage tubs from Target. I also like adding small silver ornaments or bells to each present. Makes them extra special!

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Merry Christmas to you and yours! - Jonathan

UPDATE-Fresh bay leaf garland!

Snowy Nutella Pinecones

Almost Finished - The Big Christmas Reveal!