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Deck the Halls

My halls are all decked out for Christmas.  How about yours?  This year it took me longer to decorate because I decided to use some of my decorations differently than I had in the past.  After selling our business I had a large tub of decorations that had been designed for the office and are made of some of the same materials and by the same person as the decorations I had for home.  I didn’t make the decorations originally I had a friend in the

basement mantle with feather boa accents and wreath
basement mantle with feather boa accents and wreath

floral business (The Orchid Lady) make them several years ago.  This year I “reworked” them.  They were starting to come apart and I wanted to add in the extras.  I used the matching wreath from the office over the mantle and used the extra feather garlands that once hung on office windows for a “low centerpiece” on the table.  The decorations in the basement area all have the same style and color scheme incorporating lots of gold, copper, burgundy, glitter and feathers.

matching feather boa decor used for a low centerpiece
matching feather boa decor used for a low centerpiece
Feathers Glitter and Gold
Feathers Glitter and Gold
close up of the table centerpiece
close up of the table centerpiece

The main level is mostly done in a more rustic and natural theme with lots of reds, plaids,

My new mantle. Yeah!
My new mantle. Yeah!

Santa’s and some chartreuse mesh ribbon thrown in because I love that color.  I replaced my accent color of teal in the family room with red pillows and green candles.  I was so excited this year to have a mantle over the fireplace.  My son is pretty handy and he built one just in time for me to decorate.  I have included a picture before the decorating began so you can see how great it looks.  The garland on the mantle drapes down and I had

Rustic and natural mantle decor
Rustic and natural mantle decor

difficulty getting a good picture of either feature.  The tree in this room is not identical to the mantle garland but it has some of the same elements.  Again, I had some table decorations from our previous business that I took apart to use on this tree.  The main part of the decoration was a greenery spray that included pinecones, feathers and chartreuse berries.  I had added the chartreuse mesh ribbon, some copper velvet ribbon and some burlap.  Though I love the copper ribbon it just didn’t go with any of the other decorations so I took them apart and saved the copper ribbon to use in some other project next fall.  I usually put a garland on my banister that has a plaid ribbon intertwined with the pinecones and greenery but I discovered the finish at this home is softer than our previous home and it was scratching the woodwork.  And yes I did try using pipe cleaners and felt.  So, I had just enough of the garland to go on top of my cabinets in the kitchen along with a few of the things I needed to move to make room for some more Santa stuff.  I took the ornaments I had hung in the dining room last year and hung them in the breakfast area using varying plaid ribbon.  Then I created a centerpiece tray using a collection of pewter measuring tankards, a cheap metal tray I picked up last year at IKEA, some pine cones I already had, extra ornaments and peppermint candy from Dollar Tree.  I have to say this was the most fun!  So now the kitchen and the family room have a correlating theme.

The sprays before I removed the copper ribbon
The sprays before I removed the copper ribbon
Spray added to tree before I added the ornaments
Spray added to tree before I added the ornaments
This is my everything tree-Santa's, natural elements and cardinals
This is my everything tree:  Santa’s, natural elements and cardinals
Close up view
Close up view
mantle décor- candles, nutcrackers and small twig wreath
mantle décor- candles, nutcrackers and small twig wreath
Pillows add a pop of red to coordinate with the theme
Pillows add a pop of red to coördinate with the theme
breakfast table-it's all about plaid
breakfast table-it’s all about plaid
garland topped cabinets with baskets and soup tureens
garland topped cabinets with baskets and soup tureens
garland on adjacent cabinet with pewter tea set and remote candles
garland on adjacent cabinet with pewter tea set and remote candles
garland topped cabinet with duck decoy and bird cage full of pine cones
garland topped cabinet with duck decoy and bird cage full of pine cones

I bought a third tree this year at Hobby Lobby.  I knew the minute I saw it I wanted to use it in my dining room to display my late aunt’s collection of Christopher Radko ornaments.

Champagne tree with glass and vintage ornaments
Champagne tree with glass and vintage ornaments

It is a 6 foot skinny tree made of champagne tinsel.  What I didn’t realize was that my aunt also had the very first ornaments my grandparents had bought in a little box labeled where and when they were bought in the 1930’s.  There were some other ornaments that were bought in California when Grammy and Gramps worked in the shipyards during the war in 1942.  I added a few glass ornaments from early in my marriage and voilà!   I have the perfect vintage tree.  I absolutely love it.  To pull the room together I used a collection of hand blown clear glass ornaments to make a faux chandelier from the chandelier by using gold and silver stretchy package ties to suspend them at different lengths.  I decided to use a mixture of gold and silver chargers on the table and combined gold and silver banded china.  I placed a crystal nativity set on the buffet between some vintage vases which are not holiday themed but seemed to go well with the whole effect.  Plus I didn’t have a place to store them as they are quite large.

glass ornaments
glass ornaments
vintage ornaments
vintage ornaments
crystal nativity and vintage vases
crystal nativity and vintage vases

I hope you have enjoyed my house tour!  Next I will share some decorations from a few friends and perhaps a Christmas craft or two.

Wishing you a spirit filled week!   Robbin

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Set The Thanksgiving Table

Well, I have waited until the last minute to set my Thanksgiving Table and write this table setting post. I must admit I have been side tracked with a large scale home organization project and have been more focused on Christmas parties and getting ready for Christmas. Thanksgiving really is my favorite holiday because I get to spend time with my family, eat traditional foods and watch football ( I have 2 boys and a husband who love sports!). It is usually more of a relaxing time before the big Christmas rush.pillar candles painted glasses

Table decoration use to mean a nice floral centerpiece and possibly a few candlesticks.  Today’s table can be considered decorated with even less for a minimalist or rustic look and can be decked to the nines with anything and everything you can imagine.
This year for my holiday table I used things I had on hand with the exception of a silver pumpkin I found on sale at Hobby Lobby. I had some other cheap pumpkins from the dollar store that were very fake looking and some dollar store gourds as well. I spray painted them in copper metallic and gold metallic. I would love to have a large cornucopia arrangement for the table but I didn’t have time to make one this year and I decided I really didn’t have room to store it. I did buy a bag of real white pumpkins at the grocery store and put them in a decorative bowl on the kitchen table and will use them for the “place cards” with each persons name on them for Thanksgiving dinnerpumpkin place settingI have china with both gold and silver trim so I used some of each.  I think the more different things you mix together to make it your own design and the use of things at different heights makes your table all the more interesting.

pumpkins and gourds tableBuying live mini pumpkins, using a vase for natural twigs and berries or a hurricane or large glass jar with a pillar candle surrounded by nuts or unpopped popcorn are great for last minute table décor especially if you have no place to store decorations.
If there will be young children at your Thanksgiving table you may want to opt for kid friendly décor. Cookies or cupcakes decorated as turkeys in the middle of the table or at each place setting create a fun and festive theme. Thanksgiving morning have construction paper, water soluble markers and scissors and ask the children to make turkey decorations by tracing around their hands. There a tons of craft ideas for children on Pinterest that will include them and take the decorating challenge out of your hands!

We are having a small family gathering for Thanksgiving this year so I am contemplating doing a turkey breast in the crockpot with orange juice, whole cranberry sauce and Lipton onion soup mix.  I will have the other traditional sides to accompany my turkey but I am planning on a scaled down version this year.

If this is your first time to cook the Thanksgiving meal and host the dinner prepare some of the dishes ahead.  Many years ago one of my family members was so excited to host the family for Thanksgiving and had worked for weeks preparing dishes ahead and freezing them.  On Thanksgiving day she took them out of the freezer shortly before we were planning to eat.  That was before microwaves were as good at defrosting as they are now and instead of eating at noon, we ate very late that night.  So, I tell you that story to say time planning is key.  Also, I would advise that you don’t try some new recipe you have never made unless you have had it prepared by a family member or friend.  I have tried some recipes that look and sound fantastic that just aren’t.  Stick with what is tried and true and ask your guests to bring a dish or help you in the kitchen if they make something everyone already loves.

Autumn Welcome

Nothing says “Welcome” like your front door to your home or office.  That is why curb appeal is one of the most important factors to get people to want to take a look inside.  Have you ever received a present that was so exquisitely wrapped that you couldn’t wait to see what was inside?  One of the easiest ways to celebrate Fall and to add a festive touch to welcome your guests all season long is with a wreath and a few pumpkins. I created this double wreath with two grapevine wreaths, an artificial vine of leaves and pumpkins, small artificial bouquets from the dollar store, artificial grapes, clumps of artificial nuts from a Christmas sale bin at Hobby Lobby, Raffia, sprigs of evergreen, you name it the more variety the better.   The only tools you need are some wire cutters to take apart some of the bouquets and florist wire or bread ties.  Start with vines or swags and greenery and then add in the colorful goodies!

Double the impact-Two grapevine wreaths attached together with loads of Fall florals
Double the impact-Two grapevine wreaths attached together with loads of Fall florals.
All things Fall
All things Fall- artificial gourds, sunflowers and various clusters of yellow and orange with pops of white and purple.
A few fake pumpkins and mums in pots at varying heights
A few fake pumpkins and mums in pots at varying heights

When you arrange your front porch you can vary height using steps, a stool, a wagon or

Urn topped with a wreath and stacked with pumpkins
Urn topped with a wreath and stacked with pumpkins

wheelbarrow for interest.  Add an outdoor lantern if you have one.  Use what you have and recycle or up cycle an item instead of buying something new.  It’s fun to use an unexpected treasure to create a unique display.  If you have an urn type flower-pot you can simply lay a grapevine wreath on the urn and stack some pumpkins in the center.

No  flower pots for the front porch, not to worry.  Use a few of the plastic jack-o-lantern buckets with a handle to display your mum.  You can spray paint them gold or silver and turn them backwards for a classy fall look.

Dollar store jack-o-lantern buckets

 
 

For a totally “green” option buy a large pumpkin, cut a circle out in the top the size of the plastic pot your mum came in and place the mum in the top of a real pumpkin.  Use the flesh to make pumpkin treats then dry and roast the seeds for snacks.  After the holiday season is over plant the mum.

pumpkins as the"pot"

If you like the look of white pumpkins but can’t afford the price then buy the size you want in a fake orange or real pumpkin and paint it white.  If you are good at calligraphy monogram your initial or a saying such as Welcome Friends on your pumpkins.

Calligraphy Welcome
Calligraphy Welcome

For your Fall door décor take the head off of an old rake monogram letter wrapped with jutehandle, add some fall berries and twine or raffia.  Another inexpensive idea is to take a foam wreath or a cardboard monogram letter or large circle and cover by wrapping with twine, burlap or fall fabric.  Add a few artificial fall flowers and leaves, some rusty keys, pinecones or acorns with hot glue.  Tie a wide ribbon or strip of burlap to hang it from and voilà you have a simple creation that will hang between your door and storm door and would be perfect for an apartment door decoration.

Now that you have ideas to make your front door  SCREAM welcome….our next Autumn Inspiration will be to create the warmth and festive feel of Fall after you cross the threshold!