We are now just a couple of weeks out from Christmas, and I’m in full Christmas decorating mode. I have Christmas music playing almost non-stop, and can’t stop drinking eggnog and watching Christmas movies. I’m a little obsessed – I know. I’m up to my chin in wrapping up my Christmas shopping, so I’ll keep things short and sweet today by sharing a glimpse into my home, and what I’ve done so far to prep for the holidays!
Decorating the table for our family Thanksgiving dinner is usually my specialty, and the highlight of my year. However, this past weekend, during our Thanksgiving at the cabin, traditions shifted slightly. While I usually have months to prepare, craft, and plan, this year, I had a matter of hours to see what we had at the house, and throw something presentable together. We decided to pull decor that was already up there, use paper products for easy clean up, and use the china that the previous owners left behind (none of which I am fond of). This forced me to get outside of my normal decorative process, and really get creative.
What started as what I thought may be a disaster (due to paper napkins and tablecloths), actually turned out to be one of my favorite tables yet. We used an elevated white paper table cloth for easy clean up, with burnt orange paper napkins, tied with twine and embellished with a leaf gem. For the center of the table, we used a raffia runner with simple decor composed of tea lights wrapped with twine and glued, decorative pumpkins from around the house, and mini pinecones. We then used pieces of wheat and added them to milk glasses tied with green raffia for color. The boys even got involved and helped – and proved that table decor doesn’t have to be fancy, elaborate, or expensive to provide a nice setting for a meal together. Here’s how we decorated our table on a whim this Thanksgiving.
(Cobwebs to give my bar cart an antique, haunted feel)
While I’ve never been a huge fan of Halloween, I (as hard as I try) can’t resist the urge to decorate for a holiday. It all started with a pack of cobwebs I purchased to drape over my bar cart – and now my whole apartment has been transformed into a haunted house. Just a few little changes to my book shelf and coffee table, and I was all set for the holiday.
(Switching out my coffee table books and decor to add a little more spook)
(Adding skull caps to bottles and figurines around the house)
(A crow camouflaging in)
(Setting out candy corn and pumpkins – it wouldn’t be Halloween without them)
(A closer look at my entryway bookshelf)
I have openly admitted to my serious obsession over many things – sweets, throw pillows, fall, and most of all, candles. I’m a sucker for buying the candles with the pretty jar, and then at the end of the week (because that’s how quickly I burn through them), I’m left with nothing but a pretty, empty glass container.
After committing to filling my new house with greenery that I hopefully can’t kill (you can see the post about my plans here), I decided it was time to put those empty candle jars to good use. I picked out some cacti and succulents at my local greenhouse to start my cacti garden – part one of my green home. The process is easy, and doesn’t necessarily require a tutorial, but I love the idea of recycling something I once loved, and letting it continue to be a part of my home. Here’s my final results!
With the first of fall just under a couple weeks away, it’s time to start planning for fall decor. It’s may favorite season to decorate for – I love the rich colors, the scents of candles, and, who could forget, putting together the Thanksgiving table. My mom and I headed out for our annual fall decorating inspiration trip this past weekend, and starting our planning for this upcoming season. Here’s a few of our favorite things we came across – I can’t wait to share the final results with you later this year!
1. Love the idea of these pumpkin place card holders, except we plan to use real ones when the season gets closer.
2. Festive, yet rustic, linen dishtowels.
3. A pumpkin pie dish that I would never want to leave empty (not that I need an excuse to bake more pies).
4. A grouping of wheat to bring the harvest of the season inside.
5. A piecrust stamper set for all of our pies this year – because it really is all in the details.
6. Pumpkin-shaped serving bowls that double as table decor.
7. Birch logs, one of my mom’s favorite, to bring the outdoors in.
8. A throw pillow with the colors of the season to pull the look all together.
I’ve mentioned previously that I lack a green thumb – so much that I can’t even keep succulents alive. But after a few months of successfully maintaining my herb garden (you can see the post here), I’ve decided I’m ready for my first house plant. My apartment is currently a little bit of a wreck prepping for the move, so I can’t do too much decorating for another month. Luckily, Pinterest makes it easy to start my planning, and put together some ideas of what greenery I want to see in my new place.
So far, I’ve narrowed it down to two main types of plants I love the look of. My major house plant purchase will be a fiddle leaf fig. I love the shape of the leaf, the size, and essentially everything about this plant. It is so sophisticated and modern, with just a hint of jungle feel. The second type of plant I’ll be adding are cacti. I’ve tried succulents in the past and have always managed to under or over water them, but I’m hoping a few cacti in potted plants on shelves will be just the right thing for me. Here’s a few images I’ve found that have completely inspired me to add a few more pops of green into my new place. Any new suggestions are welcome – thanks for reading!