Holiday Home Tour: The Parlor + Easy Decorating Tips

Mattie is not happy I disturbed her napping *wink*

Mattie is not happy I disturbed her napping *wink*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Hathorn Hall! Come on in and sit a spell for the 2015 Holiday Home Tour of Hathorn Hall–a completely renovated and updated 1920 home located in Northeast Tennessee. Today, we will be touring and chatting about the Christmas decorations in the parlor + easy tips on how to spruce up your own homes for this fantabulous holiday season with things you may already own.

SSL Tip: If your tree isn't as tall as you would like for it to be, build a wooden base for it and hide the "box" with a tree skirt (tablecloth, sheet, fabric...).

SSL Tip: If your tree isn’t as tall as you would like for it to be, build a wooden base for it and hide the “box” with a tree skirt (tablecloth, sheet, fabric…).Β 

This year I decided to put only one tree in the parlor (last year, I had three) because I wanted a simple, rustic winter-wonderland feel. To be honest, this year, I was feeling a bit lazy with the decking of the halls. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am totally feeling the spirit of the season, and I am totally excited about all the lights, sounds, and joy of Christmas. But sometimes, it is good to be a bit lazy and simple *big smile*

SSL: To save money, make your own burlap ribbon from burlap fabric.

SSL Tip: To save money, make your own burlap ribbon from burlap fabric.

I made all the little wooden Christmas trees from leftover wood I had stashed in the basement.

I made all the little wooden Christmas trees from leftover wood I had stashed in the basement. I added bells to them because who doesn’t love Jingle Bells *let’s all take a moment and do some caroling*

Normally, I weigh my Christmas trees down with ornaments. Like, seriously. But I am really loving the pops of red, green, and gold on this year's tree.

SSL Tip: Sometimes, less is more. Normally, I weigh my Christmas trees down with ornaments. Like, seriously. However, I really am crushing on the little pops of red, green, and gold + each ornament stands out and isn’t crowded, hidden, or tucked deep inside never to be appreciated

What winter wonderland would be complete without snowmen!

What winter wonderland would be complete without snowmen!

I got this adorable set of wooden snowmen from The Next Best Thing.

I got this adorable set of wooden snowmen from The Next Best Thing.

One thing I really wanted to do this year was to work with decorations and decor items I already owned, so I went “shopping” in my basement and cabinets for things to use. Focusing on the rustic, winter-wonderland theme made it easier to sort through over 20 years of accumulated treasures! Because, believe me–if I had not focused, I would still be in the basement looking *wink*

This collection of milk glass is perfect for the fireplace mantel. If you don't own any milk glass, that's okay because it is super easy to find at antique malls and flea markets. SSL Tip: Don't be afraid to stack pieces to create a unique look + add height.

This collection of milk glass is perfect for the fireplace mantel. If you don’t own any milk glass, that’s okay because it is super easy to find at antique malls and flea markets. SSL Tip: Don’t be afraid to stack pieces to create a unique look + add height.

Old basket + rolled up newspapers = easy, peasy decor that will last through the season. For a more festive look, add a Christmas bow.

Old basket + rolled up newspapers = easy, peasy decor that will last through the season. SSL Tip: For a more festive look, add a Christmas bow and/or tie the newspapers with ribbons.

I wrapped empty boxes I forgot to put in the recycle bin in kraft paper + added big ribbon for a traditional and rustic look.

I wrapped empty boxes I forgot to put in the recycle bin in kraft paper + added big ribbons for a traditional and rustic look.

Chair from the basement + basket I already owned = no money spent--which makes the hubby smile!

Chair from the basement + basket I already owned = no money spent–which makes the hubby smile!

More empty boxes I forgot to put in the recycle bin *wink* I bet the hubby is happy about that because these Christmas packages cost him no money *wink*

More empty boxes I forgot to put in the recycle bin *wink* I bet the hubby is happy about that because these Christmas packages cost him no money *wink*

Yep, you guessed it! *wink*

Yep, you guessed it! *wink*

The completed look--baskets and table I already owned + empty boxes wrapped in kraft paper (which I have lots of because of my framing and art). All of this equals happy husband (and more money for me to spend on art supplies *giggles*).

The completed look–baskets and table I already owned + empty boxes wrapped in kraft paper (which I have lots of because of my framing and art). All of this equals happy husband (and more money for me to spend on art supplies *giggles*).

Mattie photobombing--her favorite room is the parlor or perhaps the hubby's office. I guess anywhere as long as she is allowed to nap undisturbed!

Mattie photobombing–her favorite room is the parlor or perhaps the hubby’s office. I guess anywhere as long as she is allowed to nap undisturbed! P.S. taking photos in my house is a challenge because Mattie and Ziva love having their photos taken and posted on Instagram *wink*

This area will be spruced up with live greenery and winterberry branches before the neighborhood party.

This area will be spruced up with live greenery and winterberry branches before the neighborhood party. SSL Tip: Always leave room for live greenery and berries!Β 

View from the hubby's office

Lots of people have asked me to post more photos of the parlor’s fireplace from different angles, so they could see more of it. Here is a view of it from the hubby’s office.

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Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the simple and easy holiday decorations in the parlor. Now, y’all, go and enjoy this special time of year + no fretting about decorating and holiday traffic *big smile*

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Transforming a Fireplace Mantel with Silver

A little sneak peek of the Fall Foliage Report. This was taken on my street just before the high winds hit!

A little sneak peek of the Fall Foliage Report. This was taken on my street just before the high winds hit…hoping there will still be lots of leaves to see and photograph for y’all after this weather front moves through!

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to relax with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation *smile* Today on the blog, we are chatting about how I gussied up the fireplace in the parlor with a touch of old silver.

I know I have told y’all this before–but I fell in love with Hathorn Hall the first time I saw it. The porch, the parlor, the windows…it was lovely and filled with character and possibilities! And the parlor…I love the parlor *smile*

The fireplace in the parlor is my favorite. I love the rich wood and the details. I am pretty sure that it once had a mirror–but it has long been gone…at first, I thought I would just have mirror cut to fit…but that seemed too new…too easy…then I pondered finding an old mirror to cut down to fit…mirrored tiles…decorative tiles…just paint it to match the walls…so many good ideas, but none of them really seemed right…

But then…I found a box of old silverplate goblets and candlesticks at the Tree Streets community garage sale. It was a score, and I knew exactly where some of them were going *smile*

I stacked and re-stacked the goblets a million times, but it was totally worth it *smile*

I stacked and re-stacked the goblets a million times, but it was totally worth it *smile*

A little patience and creativity and a mirror substitute was born *smile*

A little patience and a mirror substitute was born *smile*

I love the patina

I love the patina of old silver.

The similar shapes and sizes worked well for stacking and grouping.

The similar shapes and sizes worked well for stacking and grouping.

The silver goblets reflect light + surrounding colors acting like a mirror

The silver goblets reflect light + surrounding colors acting like a mirror.

What I love about this arrangement is I can add mini pumpkins for fall and shiny red ornaments for Christmas...Easter eggs...Oh, the possibilities!

What I love about this arrangement is I can add mini pumpkins for fall and shiny red ornaments for Christmas…Easter eggs…Oh, the possibilities!

Mixing metals in the parlor

Mixing metals in the parlor

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IMG_7193Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about using old silver goblets for a 1920 fireplace mirror substitute. Now while I go work on a few projects, y’all enjoy the fall foliage sneak peeks *smile*

Outside my master bedroom window.

Outside my master bedroom window…I had to zoom in on the bright orange!

A view down the street. Stay tuned for the Fall Foliage Report

A view down the street. Stay tuned for the Fall Foliage Report…I can’t wait to share my little adventure with y’all *smile*