Entries in holiday decor (3)


'tis the season!

Ready or not, the holiday season is officially upon us and I, for one, couldn't be happier!  If I had my way, I'd get our tree on 1 November, but since I've been vetoed on that one, I'm playing Christmas music and am slowly, but surely, working on dressing up my table settings for the season!  I don't know about you guys, but I like to deck the halls before I can really think too far into shopping (although, I am DETERMINED to be done my shopping by 1 December this year!)  There are so many gorgeous home decor options out right now that are also super budget-friendly that I decided to round up a few I'm loving lately.....every single one (except for the bar cart) is less than $100 and will take you not only through the holidays but will also keep your home feeling festive long after the tree has come down!  (Not to mention, they're all great gift ideas!)  I don't have much brass or gold in my house but after putting all these pretties together, I'm thinking I may need to remedy that (hello, gold ice bucket!)  Seriously, though, there isn't any color comination more chic than blue and white with pops of green, a little rattan and marble!  What holiday decorative accessories are you loving this year?


Gold Ice Bucket / Boxwood wreath / Marble pedestal / Blue double old fashioneds / Napkins

Cheese knives / Burl wood tray / Trim tassel pillow / Tortoise shaker / South Seas Side Cart


book page wreath, 2.0

Insomnia is a funny thing at this stage of pregnancy....on the one hand, it's good practice going without sleep for when Baby Girl gets here, but on the other hand, I just want to stick a fork in my eye to have something else to focus on besides the fact that it's been a while since I've caught more than two hours of z's at a time.  The good news is that I've basically cleared out my DVR and have banged out quite a few book page wreaths for friends and family at all hours of the night. You might remember the wreath I gave away on the blog this time last year, the tutorial of which can be found here...well, one night last week, I got a wild hair and decided to change it up a bit by rolling the pages instead of folding them.  Here is what I ended up with:

Instead of folding in an "S" pattern (left), I rolled each page (right) and then stapled the bottom:

I'm not going to lie, these are incredibly time consuming, but they always work well for when I'm in a pinch for a birthday, Christmas or even a hostess gift and everyone LOVES them, so it's well worth the effort! 

Which way do you like better?


take a seat

As much as I love decorating for the holidays, when I host Thanksgiving dinner it's always all about the food.  I'd love to say that I lay out a beautiful, decorative spread, complete with gilded pumpkins, artfully tied bundles of wheat, napkins wrapped with fragrant sprigs of rosemary and place cards hand written in perfect calligraphy, but the truth is I'm way more concerned with cooking up an amazing meal- most of my planning ahead of time is dedicated to the delectable goodies I plan on serving and saving as much room on the table for the turkey and all the trimmings. Whether you're hosting a large family soiree or a simple, intimate dinner for two, a little creative expression can make a dramatic, elegant impact at Thanksgiving with little effort and $$ and what better (or easier) way to do that than with place cards.  Here are a few simple ways to welcome your guests and add a little holiday cheer without going overboard:

Leaves from the yard dress up simple white dinnerware with gold spray paint and a black sharpie:

I love feathers for Fall decor and when combined with walnuts and gold embossed cards tied with twine, they make such a gorgeous table setting:

Mini orange pumpkins, covered in gold leaf and tied with raffia and kraft paper initials are an easy, make-ahead DIY:

Fresh pears are inexpensive and rustic on their own tied with ribbon (and look especially fabulous with bittersweet!):

...and sprayed with gold glitter, they become a beautiful focal point of the table:

I love these sprigs of fresh rosemary tied into wreaths - they add a simple, elegant touch and are so easy to make!

It doesn't get much easier (or rustic!) than pine cones adorned with simple cream cardstock:

No time for gold leafing?  Mini pumpkins, given a coat of champagne spray paint and perched atop linen napkins add a little midas touch:

Get guests to write what they're thankful for on kraft paper placemats, a super easy and affordable DIY that even the least crafty person can whip up, are a great conversation starter!

Silverware and a wheat stalk wrapped in linen napkins and tied with jute are an elegant alternative to place cards and would take virtually no time at all to set up:

Do you go all out for Thanksgiving?  What's your favorite way to set your table?