Cornucopias and Christmas Ideas

Cornucopias and Christmas

…….I love it all!

So Halloween is now a memory, Thanksgiving is around the corner, but my thoughts are already centered on Christmas. I know, I know, there are many people who think Thanksgiving gets passed over for Christmas. To me? I can’t think of two more perfect holidays to meld together than a holiday that expresses gratitude….and what more to be grateful for than the birth of Christ? So….combining these two holidays into two glorious months seems to come naturally.


This fabulous idea can last all winter!

Layering Area Rugs

Layering Area RugsPlaying With Area Rugs…….

… on top of the other!

I think this is what I love about decorating nowadays most. Almost anything goes. It suits my style. I have always LOVED area rugs. And for a long time was I ever laughed at for putting an area rug over carpet! That makes some designers pull their hair out! Well, not so much anymore.

The idea of layering décor has moved from the wall and tabletops to the floor! YAY! If you wait long enough you’re sure to be in style. 🙂 I have a couple of problem areas in my almost (YAY!) finished basement. One is in a nook and the other just beyond that. I have been trying and trying to figure out how to blend the two areas without buying matching rugs….I definitely won’t do that! The idea of using sisal and then a rug over that appeals to me. I love the zebra over sisal (if you’re into animal prints). I also like the idea of laying, say a 4X5 rug, over and perpendicular to a larger one. As always, we are limited only by our creativity and imagination (and budget of course :).

Perusing through the many design ideas with rugs is almost as fun as picking out new furniture!

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Winter Table Scape Ideas

Thanksgiving and Christmas……

What a combination!

As much as I love fall and the fall decorations by the time November rolls around I am ready for the winter/Christmas theme to set in. I’m pretty much through with pumpkins and gourds. I know that for some, decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving is over is close to blasphemy. But think about it. Thanksgiving is an American holiday. Everywhere else in the world (that celebrates Christmas) is thinking of the “THE season” by October. Besides, I can’t think of two holidays that better meld together than Thanksgiving and the season we celebrate the birth of Christ. Right?

Most of the time I like to decorate my Thanksgiving table with a winter table scape.

• Pinecones and big oak leaves sprayed with gold Glitterblast give them a glisten and sparkle that

adds beauty, texture, and warmth to the Thanksgiving table. And is so easy and inexpensive,

free in fact, well, that is as long as you have some Glitterblast in your craft closet, which I do!

• Logs cut in 8”, 10”, and 12” sections to arrange on the table with candles on top and pine

boughs or garland woven throughout. Aspen or river birch are my favorites.

• Fresh cranberries in the bottom of a cylinder with floating candles on top.

• Cranberries layered in a cylinder with burlap.

• Bouquets of fresh white flowers sprayed with “snow”

• Pinecones sprayed silver in vases with candles sitting at the base.

Did I say I was through with pumpkins? Well, I happen to have some mini white ones that will look great intermixed with my pinecones and oak leaves for a fabulous fall/Thanksgiving, winter/Christmas table.

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Pantry Door Storage Ideas

Excellent Ways to Organize Your PantrgInside a pantry door….

A hidden gem for storage

Pantry doors are a great, often not thought of, place for storage. I may have mentioned another time that in our previous home my husband made me a spice rack to hang on my pantry door. I loved it. So when we had our new home built I asked the cabinet guy to put a spice rack on the inside of one of the cabinets. Well, when I saw it I laughed! The lowest shelf was the only shelf I could reach! So my hubby took it off the cabinet door and hung it on the pantry door. It’s “fine”. But let me tell you the one he made for me was soooo much better! It was totally customized to fit even the large spice bottles. The one I have now only holds the small to not as small jars. It’s better than nothing though. He told me he would make me another one, but when he attached the new one to the door he used liquid nails, so the only way to get a new spice rack is to get a new door! 🙂

I also, very recently, grabbed one of those plastic grocery sack holders from IKEA when I was there. They come with two-sided sticky tape and I attached it to my pantry door underneath the spice rack in about 2 seconds. So cool! I should have gotten one years ago. So, that’s all. I was just thinking of this and thought I’d share. On second thought, let’s brainstorm for a minute. What else could you hang inside a pantry door or any closet door for that matter.

• Calendar

• Corkboard/chalkboard

• Magnet reminder board

• Birthday list

• Favorite recipes that you don’t want to have to look for

• Schedules

• Cool organizers from (yup) IKEA – best organizer store ever

And probably a million more!

Have a great day!

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Christmas Banister Decor Ideas

Bows, Balls, and Banisters

….just another way to enjoy the Season!

I LOVE Christmas decorations and everything else about Christmas. It seems that each year I want to do more and more but each year we seem to have less and less time. Just one of the things I love decorating for Christmas is my railing, i.e. banisters, staircases, etc. It’s one of the prettiest and homey-est ways to brighten my home for the holidays. My railing, although not one of those grandiose, magnificent staircases, looks very pretty all decorated in garland, bows and Christmas balls. I want to add lights this year and luckily the railing is located near a power source for my handy-dandy-hubby to run an outlet.


As I was searching for some new ways to garnish the guardrail I came across some exquisite decorating ideas. Some grand, some cute, but all wonderful! Ooooooo! I just love Christmas! Have a merry, merry one!

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