Can you feel it? The Holidays are near! I cannot help but get giddy with thoughts of crisp air and bright white snow outside and warm blankets with hot chocolate inside. I absolutely love this time of year! It’s filled with good food and family, and of course lots of fun decorating! No matter your personal taste, budget or lifestyle, there are easy ways to get your home, and yourself, in the holiday spirit. The internet is full of inspiration and ideas on how to do this but I would like to give you a designers perspective; a way to celebrate the seasons in style. When I start to decorate for the holidays, I usually begin when the leaves start to fall and the colors are changing. It's easy to use what is all around us in our decor and you don't have to be Martha Stewart with a glue gun, I promise! Look below for some of my favorites for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Dear Sweet Friend, Can we talk about focal points today? I’d like to share why I think your home needs them. And not just your home, but every room in it. Let’s first have a quick lesson on what a focal point is and what it does. When you enter a room, typically the focal point is the item or area your eyes are drawn to. Maybe you enter the kitchen at a friends house and you can’t help but notice the amazing island they have with stools right in the middle. Quite different from the other friend who doesn’t have an island but an elaborate hood and stove combo instead.
I’ve actually been looking forward to the change in seasons this fall, because I absolutely LOVE sweatshirt weather. Hands down, fall is my favorite time of year. It’s full of football games, going back to school, new clothes, a refreshed spirit, a still-tanned face, pulling out the fall brown shoes, boots, leggings and cardigans, and getting as reprieve from the hot weather. It’s also the time of year I start bringing in my front porch cushions, the hoses, trimming down my lilies, and generally preparing for cooler nights. Even though all my flowers have stopped blooming, it doesn’t mean I’m ready to stop enjoying the outdoors yet! There will be plenty of time for that once the snow comes.