sometimes I feel like a broken record

I know I have touched upon this before but I can't resist another reminder about decorating from the confines of your own home.

I typically stumble upon it because let's face it who has the time to sit in their own home day dreaming about new furniture configurations (ok well things like this do tend to keep me up at night but I am probably more the exception than the norm).

This go around I needed to reconfigure my dining room seating to accommodate 11 for Christmas Eve dinner and I wanted us all at the same table.  I asked hubby to please swap our 2 tables...bring the old farmhouse (which has been used as a computer desk for the last 2 years in our living room) back into the dining room and to put the 60" round wood dining table into the living room. 

For our Christmas Eve family dinner I added a folding table to the farmhouse to create a square.  To help connect them visually (since the folding was a big shorter and not as long) I used a black watch plaid blanket scarf placed over the white cloths diagonally.

The large round took the same spot in the living room in front of the large bay window but took on a whole new look. 

The computer went back on it (you can probably see the little printer table slid underneath) and the 2 acrylic arm chairs that I bought recently sat at it.  I also pulled up the second metal-topped Target side table that needed a home and it has acted as a stool over the past few days.

Overall the two tables in their new spaces have been a very pleasant surprise.  There is something about a round that I find very inviting. 

And shortly after the change hubby says to me, "I really like the farmhouse table back in the dining room".  

Bonus to have both of us happy!

The acrylic arm chairs were pulled out and used on Christmas Eve when we had the family exchanging gifts in the living room and I was glad to have them.

And then yesterday my daughter sat at the round table with her laptop to crank out some work and today, I am sitting here as I write this post.  

It's an inspiring view with a lovely, sunny, Southern exposure.  

The re-org has brought new life and new functionality to the big round AND the living room.


5 min holiday fixes

The other day a customer walked into the store and we whipped up 2 ideas for wreath decorating. (yes, there is such a thing)  We joked that we did it in 5 minutes.  It got me thinking about how busy we all are and how sometimes we only have time for a quick fix or decorating session.   And I don't know about you but even a 5 minute fix sure does make me feel better.

So below I am sharing some of my recent 5-minute fixes at my home.

A number of years ago I bought a large box of vintage ornaments at a tag sale and boy do I love them.
This year I changed it up a bit and gave them a new home.  This glass lidded pedestal was holding other goodies in my dining room and I switched it out.  I added a stand of those battery lights, the ones with the timer mode and layered a bit of bright green reindeer moss before I closed it up and flipped it over.  It just makes me happy!

I hung a fresh pine garland outside my kitchen door and ended up with 2-3 feet of extra so I chopped it off the end and laid it across the chalk board in my dining room.  Easy, festive and it smells good too!

I did this last year too but it still brings a smile to my face when I walk into my tiny powder bath tucked under the staircase.  And I think pairing it with a holiday sign is crucial and makes it feel more holiday-ish!

I am a sucker for seasonal pillows and especially Christmas ones.  I plunked one down on my bench in the front hall and it sure makes things festive.  I also wrapped my bench cushion with a blanket scarf for a fun pop!

Get your house ready for entertaining with a fun, festive cocktail napkin on the coffee table.  I loved the gold script on these.  Cheap and easy to change out for the holidays and/or seasons.

I use an old china hutch in the corner of the my living room as a dry bar.  I switch out my cup of colored straws for the seasons.

Hands down the single best way to take it up a notch! Layer lights inside vessels, around plants, inside glass-fronted cabinets, layered over wreaths or garland, around window frames, etc.  I layered a faux pine garland over our old (as in used to be my mother-in-laws) china cabinet and then twisted lights a round the garland.  I tucked a thin wood Christmas sign on the top in front of the garland and then some red felt trees went on the top right corner for a pop of color. 


The Christmas Shuffle

It's GO time here at the store and while I am super busy and don't see a day off in sight I must admit it's a fun time of year.  We play holiday music and burn beautiful scented candles, the daily vibe is festive and I am lucky to have lovely customers.

Just when we think we have a display looking perfect inventory sells and so we start over.  This means we are re-creating holiday displays on a daily basis.  

Bells found a new home on the closet door knob today. 

Faux pine wreaths found a new spot in wire baskets and got plunked on the upholstered chair.   I can't resist the chance to layer something over a wreath.  Today I placed a vintage looking wood sign with a snowman inside the wreath that hangs from the green vintage door behind the check out counter and no sooner had I placed it there than a customer asked to buy it. 

 This one below got the metal cheers that hangs on a thin wire.

And so each day wreaths replace art, baskets are emptied and re-filled with mirrors or bottle openers and as small pieces of furniture sell we move the remaining pieces of furniture into a new space.

The Christmas shuffle often requires a ladder and a hammer n' nails.  This metal rectangle bucket was mounted up on the wall and filled with red felt trees mounted on a slice of log.

And who can resist a fresh new display?   I typically take a picture so I can post the new look on Instagram.  (Have you read my earlier post on Instagram?  If not, get on it! )

Happy Holidays and see you around the store!