the christmas (decor) of compromise

I know that living with roommates is all about compromise but when it comes to interior decor, compromising is easier said than done for me. Enter this year's christmas decorating extravaganza with my one of my roommates, Haley, a self-proclaimed (when over-served at fancy parties) traditionalist. When I proudly announced I wanted a black tree this year, Haley quite literally began to cry in public. It was uphill from there. 

I am beyond impressed with how well we were able to work together and how much we both love the end result despite our competing aesthetics. We owe that largely in part to Ryan, who proved to be the glue in this adventure by keeping the peace, refreshing our cocktails when we were ready to handcuff each other with floral wire and tying a hell of a lot of burlap around our 6 (six!!) staircases. 

We also spent hardly any money this year. I'd already invested in the tree, pom pom garland and some ornaments last year and with a little help from mother nature (we're so granola) - i.e., the magnolia, peacock feathers, and antlers - the finishing touches were incredibly inexpensive. 

It's certainly a non-traditional Christmas display, but we love it, it looks great in our space with our existing decor and we had so much fun doing it together. I hope everyone has had a merry decorating season and an even merrier Christmas!

Elf #1, Haley, trimming the tree outdoors

Elf #1, Haley, trimming the tree outdoors

The speed with which Miller climbed this tree was mind boggling. A+ on his elf report card.

The speed with which Miller climbed this tree was mind boggling. A+ on his elf report card.

Burlap, ribbon, magnolia trimmings on the staircases; we have since added purple ornaments. 

Burlap, ribbon, magnolia trimmings on the staircases; we have since added purple ornaments. 

Entryway console table decor; Sid Oakley vases

Entryway console table decor; Sid Oakley vases

Mantle trimmings a 10 days later - fresh magnolia has a shelf life

Mantle trimmings a 10 days later - fresh magnolia has a shelf life

In which I realize I need drapes.

In which I realize I need drapes.

In which I realize how desperately I need drapes; but, LEXINGTON!

In which I realize how desperately I need drapes; but, LEXINGTON!