Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
One great piece from your collection can add that special finish to your tabletop, like Santa’s holly jolly presence at my hot cocoa bar! If necessary to get your composition right, ELEVATE AN ITEM. Here, Santa perches on a little primitive stool so he can preside over the festivities.
I have been looking for Santas so long that now I have turned family members on to their appeal: on a recent shopping trip, we brought home more than a dozen Santas between the three of us! (See, honey, I told you they weren’t all mine!) I will keep collecting as long as I find great deals!
My favorite part is when I get a fantastic Santa and then find him later for someone else. Once I was shopping with my sister and mom, and my sister started gushing over an adorable Santa cookie jar–the same one I had purchased a few months before! My mom and I tried to hide it so we could get it for her birthday–but she bought it for herself at the last second! As she paid for it, we told her we had tried to secretly buy it for her. Then she almost put it back! It’s so hard to pull off a surprise when someone is right there. (She said she thought I was acting really weird. Turns out I am not a stealthy shopper, but if I play it cool next time, maybe I can pull off a surprise!)
I really love vintage plastic yard art and small table art. I am also drawn to vintage ornaments and have a growing collection of those. Truth be told, I really love any vintage Christmas, but I think the Santas look especially cheery. It’s hard to be a in bad mood when smiley Santa faces surround you!
Santas are a part of my Christmas traditions. What are YOURS?
I’m eager to share with you another post about my Christmas collections: do you know what putz houses are?? Stay tuned!
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