Friday, November 4, 2011

Make your house a home for the (Thanksgiving) holidays...

Now that Halloween is over I switch into holiday mode. I simply love the holidays. I love the festivities and the spirit of happiness that the holidays bring. As we gather family and friends near and dear to us and hunker down in front of the fire place with glasses of warmed mulled wine, or mulled cider for the children, we take moments here and there to slow down... the air outside is crisp and energizing. Inside, we gather together for warmth and company. Once again we open our homes and hearts to those who mean the world to us. We prepare our homes, kitchens and bellies for the delicious treats the cooler weather brings us... Stove tops simmer with the aroma of apple pie, pumpkin breads, turkeys...  fireplaces crackle and the sounds of laughter can be heard round the house.

We start to think about our homes again as we prepare to entertain. We strive to make them inviting, comfortable, adding warm holiday touches here and there. This is the time of year I start to adorn my home, perhaps because I spend more time inside... perhaps because I bring friends and family inside... perhaps simply because I enjoy it so... perhaps because the children enjoy it so.

I'm always looking for new and fresh ideas that make a statement but are simple to create. I don't have much spare time these days for long-winded projects. I like to decorate my home in a way that is sophisticated, warm and simple. Below are some wonderful, unique and creative ideas that will not take up much of your time to get it holiday ready.

Source: via Jessica on Pinterest

I simply love the idea of collecting several old cheese graters and grouping them together with some dried flowers or pine cones and turning them into lovely luminaries. How simple and yet how elegant!

One cannot get much more simple than finding some branches fruited with lovely red berries, placing them in a vase filling it with water and adding a simple white candle!

Dress up your outdoor hurricanes with candles, pumpkins, gourds and anything else that nature can bring you -- twigs, acorns, pine cones... Instant holiday curb appeal!

A bit more labor-intensive, but simple none the less... dip some acorns in metalic paint and glitter to dress up  simple white candles.

Pine cones and ribbon ... hang these on your front door, from a simple wrought-iron chandelier, or perhaps on the back of a chair. This is a simple, non-fussy way to bring in the holiday.

I simply love glass ornaments. I think they should stay out all year. In fact, I have bright pastel colored ornaments in a trifle bowl in my daughter's bedroom and they stay out year round! They evoke a feeling of festivity. I absolutely love this ornamental wreath and I think this idea is genius! The elegance of simple ornaments in non traditional colors is a perfect way prepare your home for Thanksgiving.

And finally, some fall leaves glued onto a large letter make a perfect, simple, welcome!

I know it's still a bit early, but I am just about ready to put on the holiday music!
Are you excited for the holidays?



High Heeled Life said...

I'm with you my friend .. Bring on the holiday cheer!! This year are renovations are at a stage we CAN decorate and enjoy meals (at our home) with family and friends!! Happy week-end..xo HHL

Ridgely's Radar said...

Love love .. this is right up my alley. And I am sure you can imagine my favorite is the "R" wreath! Genius!

JMW said...

How cool are those cheese grates - who knew?? Love the sparkle-dipped acorns as well. Very pretty.

Fiona said...

What pretty but very simple ideas - thank you!

Lily Lemontree said...

I've said it before and I will say it again, you find the most beautiful and inspiring images!
Don't mind if I tweet, do you??!!

The Entertaining House said...

Ridge... I scouted out the R just for you! :)

The Entertaining House said...

JMW - yes, I fell madly in love with those cheese graters!

The Entertaining House said...

Thank you Fiona and Celia... Dear Lily Lemontree of course you can tweet! xoxo

bevy said...

Simple, elegant, festive!

The Mrs. said...

Those acorns are to die for! Love the leaf letter too. xo

Debra said...

Great ideas! I love the acorns. My mind is ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas but I still haven't put away my Halloween decorations yet. I could listen to Christmas music all year long - maybe I'll put some on this weekend. :)