I don't do Black Friday, I'm not lined up at the stores at 6am on the 26th,
but I do love the challenge of finding great bargains, however, the main motivation
for me to hit the sales is getting a jump start on next year's gifts, wrapping supplies
Make a plan of items you're looking for, but be open!
I like small boutiques for unique items and gifts.
Hit them early, and if you have time scope out their merchandise a couple days before.
Here are a few items on my list this year, besides the usual ribbon and wrap.
Faux Fur Throws
are hot items, and go quickly, I have one in the living room, but would love to find
one to warm up my white Ikea sectional in the family room.
Restoration Hardware has a nice selection, marked down to $79, but I bet
they'll be reduced further depending on stock. Still available online.
This is a favorite evergreen scent that makes wonderful gifts, found at boutiques
and specialty stores - it goes quickly, too.
Thymes Frasier Fir
Candle $28, Diffuser $60, Room Spray $18
I'm always looking for interesting items to embellish gifts...ornaments, monograms,
picks, think of items you can use for occasions other than Christmas, too.
Think outside the box
Don't forget the power of paint and glitter...if you don't see the perfect item.
from this...to this...
or this to this...
Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage
Did you plant paperwhites this year, if so, I'm sure you've been enjoying them for a
couple weeks, they'd be such a nice gift for a hostess or neighbor early in the season.
Be on the look out for a unique planter to use next year.
Fun gifts for children, adults, or styling your coffee table.
I love Christmas in American, Colorado Christmas, The Christmas Box.
I usually wait to buy ribbon and wrap about a week or more after Christmas when it's
marked down even further.
Have a great weekend, hope you enjoy the last of your shopping and preparations!
I'll be back on Monday and then I'm signing off until after the New Year to hang out with
my family, head to the mountains for some skiing, and get my completely unorganized
house back in order!
My VERY sweet and VERY talented friend Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage
asked if I'd share some Christmas decor on her blog today.
Since I'm about 99.9% sure you guys are done seeing my holiday decor, and
I know how much you all love pretty house tours, great diys,
before and afters, and cool thrifting finds, I thought I'd treat you to all that and more
by giving you a peek into Shannon's blog...
There is so much inspiration I'm not sure where to begin...
how about her feature in FOLK magazine this month?!!
(If you're not familiar with it, it is a hip American country lifestyle magazine.)
Welcome friends, thank you so much for stopping by our
Christmas 2012 Home Tour...a recap of all our holiday decor.
I'm so thankful to live in Colorado, and for our dusting of snow one morning
last week, no matter how slight. I'd be more than happy to have several inches
for a white Christmas!
Living Room with our our unconventional tree here.
A gorgeous tray that I won, which deserves a post all its own.
A favorite Christmas photo from years ago is encased.
The Dining Room and the blinged out chandelier here.
Family Room with Pottery Barn Knock Off pillows here.
I didn't fret about it being the right decision, because I knew you'd agree.
If I could bring her joy in the simplest way I wanted to...
Marcia Kraus said...
I want to thank you for your blog. Today is the anniversary of my dear mom's death and was feeling a bit low. In reading your blog and looking at the beautiful pictures, my spirits were lifted. You see, Christmas was my mother's favorite time of the year. She decorated EVERYTHING. But it wasn't cheesy. Your style of decorating reminds me so much of hers. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Please keep posting....you never know when you will touch someone deeply and when they most need it.Happy Holidays! Marcia
Do you know it has been exactly one year since I told you I was planning to update
my dining room, and get rid of the brown here.
I can't believe it's still not finished...maybe 2013 will be THE year!
I have a plan to change out the high-end cabinet and replace it with the free one we found
on the sidewalk in our neighborhood here..more on those plans after the holidays.
Speaking of holidays, I went with over the top more bling in the dining room,
but only on the chandelier and kept the rest of the room subdued to compensate.
Since we went with the unconventional tree here we had a lot of
ornaments we weren't using, so...I blinged out the chandelier!
The reflection in the mirror shows the nail head ceiling here.
The view from below, I simply hung a collection of high-end and low-end glass
ornaments from their hooks.
I like the glam with paired our farm table.
The only other decor I have in the dining room are some crispy evergreen boughs,
pine cones, a glass bowl of more ornaments on the table, and simple arrangement
on the cabinet.
Remember how excited I was to find the chairs with the open backs,
in anticipation of using accent pillows that would be visible...I made the first ones.
It's called White Bunny Fur, it's soft, cozy, (and made a big mess) perfect for winter, and
my favorite is the texture it adds to the smooth high gloss finish on the chairs and the
rustic wood table.
I had the captain's chairs professionally re-upholstered, they had a roll on the
back I wanted removed and thought it was best left to the pros. The Vermicelli fabric
brings in the modern look I'm going for (not there yet) and has a great texture, almost
A view from above...
Be sure to stop by tomorrow, the winner of the present will be announced.
Have a wonderful day, friends!
Hi, I’m Pam…living a simple, but active life in Denver. I love sharing the details of creating a stylish, yet comfortable home for our family. Using my latest garage sale or Craigslist finds puts a smile on my face!