Monday, November 28, 2011

Hello Santa...

Today is transition day. Time to put away all of the fall décor – turkeys, pumpkins, fall leaves, etc.

Say hello to Santa, snowmen, poinsettias and garland!

Vintage Santa Claus

Yes, it is time to drag out all of the holiday decorations and begin to “deck the halls” as they say. In my rush to get everything done quickly, I tend to decorate the same every year. This year I am planning to take my time and use all of my favorite Christmas décor in new and different ways.

Today I plan to work on my front porch and found some great inspiration photos to get me motivated.

Front door wreaths…

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I like the way these 3 wreathes are lined up vertically on the single door.

Christmas wreaths

How about using different colored ball ornaments instead of the traditional greenery?

christmas wreaths

Square wreaths are another fun way to switch up the front door décor.

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I have double front doors and like the look of these side by side holiday wreaths.The Gift Box Topiaries are very fun and festive!

I also plan to use some large lanterns on the porch. I had them filled with pumpkins for fall. Now they will look perfect with candles, ornaments, and pine cones.

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lantern with ornaments and poinsettas cg

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Have you started decorating your home for the holidays? What is your favorite front porch decor?
images via pinterest

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Count your blessings...

Good advice for today...and everyday!

view from the car window

I spent the last few days visiting family in Sweet Home, Oregon. We drove up from northern California and had a great time! Its so important to slow down sometimes and remember to be thankful for all the blessings in your life.

A trail covered in fall leaves on our hike to the creek behind Grandmas house...

A moss covered boulder in the river...

Searching for the perfect skipping stone along the shore...

Feeding the Trout at the local Fish Hatchery...

Quality time with family, the most valuable blessing of all...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Find your place...

Fall Table setting

With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away I have been thinking about how I will be setting the table. Normally, we have a large group and we like to keep it very casual and simple...grab a plate, fill it with lots of yummy food, and sit wherever you like to enjoy the feast! 
This year there will be a smaller group gathering for dinner and I am considering adding place cards to my Thanskgiving table.
I almost always use fall leaves on my table scape like this picture. I could simply write each persons name on the leaf with a metallic ink pen.

Fall Table Setting

I love the idea of using something organic like an apple, pear, or mini pumpkin set on each plate with a simple name tag attached.

Fall table setting.

Awesome Fall Table setting.  Going to do this for Thanksgiving Dinner

Simple but elegant fall table setting

fall table setting

I like the look of these napkins with a shaft of wheat tucked into a tie made of twine...

Cute detail for a Fall table setting

Perhaps I will place an inspiring note of thanks and appreciation on each plate...letting our guests know how much we enjoy spending the day with all of them.

fall table setting

How will you decorate your Thanksgiving table? 

images via pinterest

Monday, November 14, 2011

Warming up for winter…

With the days getting shorter, and cooler, I am wanting to add some warmth to my décor. Two words come to mind…Cable Knit!
One of the best ways to add warmth, and texture, is with some new thick and cozy throws…
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cable knit throw<3.

I'm ready for soft cable knit blankets and comfy couches this fall

Or you can add some fun sweater pillows…

sweater pillows                                                                                                                                                                                                       sweater pillows....
Find some in bright hues and even stripes to add a punch of color…

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Cable knit accent pillows

Sweater Pillows

I even found some very unique ways to add cable knit to your décor…


Cable knit lampshadecable knit lampshade


cable knit chair...cable knit

Even rugs?

cable knit floor?Cable knit rug.

Seems the possibilities are endless!

These last two are so cute…especially during the holiday season…

Cable knit candles
Cable Knit Ornament

How will you warm up for winter?

images via pinterest

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fall Decor...naturally

With Halloween well past us...and Thanksgiving right around the corner, it is time for some fall decor.
Theres no need to look too far for inspiration...just head out to the yard and find some natural elements.
Here are some photos of simple ways to decorate for fall, naturally...

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fall decor

Fab fall decor under $25

So grab some clippers and a basket and head outside for some beautiful fall decor!

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