Wednesday, December 4, 2013

It All Starts in the Dining Room

I'm not sure why, but I always start my seasonal decor on the Dining Room Table. My choice for the centerpiece and tablerunner seem to sort of set the stage for the rest of the house. This year I fell in love with a burlap fabric my sweet friend Judy was working with in her Etsy Shop, 20 North Ora. She was creating tablerunners and I just had to have one.

I had Judy looking all over town trying to find more fabric to fit my table. I've threatened to paint this table more times than I can count, but my interim fix is to just cover up as much of the big brown wood top as possible. Anyway, Judy came through and I love how it turned out. I just put it on top of another raw burlap fabric piece and then gave it a stripe of red Tartan. (gotta have some plaid)

The ribbon isn't attached,
 and I would like to find a wider one, 
but for now I think it adds a little fun!

Last year I wanted Preserved Boxwood wreaths and topiaries, but never found them. So for something different this year I ordered 3 of the Preserved Boxwood Cones in cement vases to go inside the newer smaller windowbox. You can find them HERE.

Judy also sent along a sweet pillow, just right for my end arm chair.

Thank you so much, Judy!

For the chandy, I left the twiggy garland and removed the Fall leaves,
 replacing them with faux red Winterberries,
and then tied on a little Tartan ribbon.

Decorating this year is proving to be a work in progress.
I started with the basics the week before Thanksgiving, 
and I'm adding a little more each day.
Who knows, I might even have it done before Christmas!
(more coming in the Dining Room)

Joining in with these great parties:

p.s. Santa brought my white lanterns and they're 
Now I just have to find a place to put them!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Marketplace: Etsy and Boutique Showcase

Hi Everyone!

Do you have your Christmas Shopping done?

We had a lot of items sold last week.
If something is taken,
 then just browse the store,
I know you'll find other great items!

Here are a few links from last week
visit that item link here

Decorate My Life

Rustic Wren Antiques

Knick of Time

Anything Goes Here

Crafty Nest Supplies

Folk Art by Donna

Please run by and say Hi to Michelle 
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Thanks so much for joining in for the shopping fun.
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Hope you have a great week!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Add a Little Plaid...

For Some Instant Christmas Decor

Tartan and Christmas Plaids are one of my decorating "go-tos" for the Holiday Season...always have been. It's pretty easy to add some plaid for some instant Christmas Cheer. The red's, greens, and whites, are iconic additions to any style decor; from traditional, to modern, to country. Each year I try to incorporate a little plaid into my decorating scheme. Even an all white space can be given some Christmas flair with a little plaid on top!

(My Dining Room is starting to look a little like Christmas!)

This is one of my favorite Christmas Decor images;
White lanterns with some greenery and a sassy red ribbon.
I've ordered white lanterns and I hope that Santa
 brings them on his truck this week!

All the following photo images can be found on my 
Pinterest Board, Christmas Plaid,
please wait to pin them by going to that site. 
Thanks so much!

Here are some great ideas for your Christmas Table.

Mixing plaids even adds to the fun.

Let it greet your guests in the Entry.

Dress up a mantel with just a few bows.

Take a ribbon and run it through your vignette or tablescape.

Wrapping Packages

Drape a wool plaid blanket on the bed or sofa for instant "Christmas"!

So much fun when it's "Out On the Porch"...

Here are a few pics from my sunporch last year.


Vintage lunchbuckets and containers 
are perfect for setting the mood with flowers and greenery.

Thank you, to so many wonderful ideas
 from such talented people!

Several images have been borrowed from
All the images in this post are found in my Pinterest Board
Please go to Pinterest and Pin these images from their source.
I don't want to infringe on any original design or images,
just wanted to share them with all of you.
thanks so much!

Joining in with these parties:

Favorites on the First at The Polohouse
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Mod Mix Monday at Mod Vintage Life
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Tuesday's Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Hope you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend!

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