Friday, December 20, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Hello everyone! Yesterday I posted about my version of a cable knit Nordic theme in the family room using several cable knit patterned items HERE.
I’d like to share with you today my best find for the shopping/gifting season. I know there’s lots of good deals out there, but seems like every year I run across one that’s really special and I think takes the cake.
They seem to happen best when I’m not looking for anything in particular and nope, I don’t do Black Friday.
For me this year, it’s these great Ralph Lauren cable knit throws that I found at TJ Maxx. They’re beautifully boxed for gifting, 100% cotton and come in several colors. I found them when I ran into the store for some wrapping. Hubby was waiting and I didn’t have a lot of time, but I decided to pick the red one up because it fit with my family room holiday décor. By the time we went to dinner, I told my husband I should have bought the two ivory ones they had, too. I then looked them up on my I-phone and I couldn’t find any priced below $99.00! Macy’s put them on sale a few days later, ON SALE 1/2 price for $79.99! I knew I had to go back to pick up the rest. I couldn’t get them off my mind during dinner.
Guess what? They were all sold. Someone had come in and bought all of them by the next morning.
Luckily, my mom was shopping in Lexington the next week and found 2 more at Home Goods and 1 more at Marshall’s.
Guess what everybody is getting for Christmas?
What’s been your “deal of the season”?
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
I’m sticking with my simple Christmas décor this year and decided to use plain red and white in the family room. I decided not use the large custom mantle swag with Della Robbia fruit and huge ribbons/bows again this year. Don’t’ get me wrong…the swag and fru-fru stuff is beautiful but I’m in desperate need for a change.
Here’s what I already had that sparked the decorating change and I just decided to go with it! I bought these cable knit cone trees at Target a couple years ago and have had the silver deer a long time.
I love my two cable knit pattern ceramic vases from Target. So I kept thinking what can I do with cable knit? Voilà! I wanted the family room to be warm and inviting with festive touches that can carry on through winter. So here is my version of a Nordic theme.
I’m crazy about this cute advent garland that I found at TJ Maxx. The little knitted bags are numbered.
This is one of two deer that I spray painted white last year.
I created a vignette on the coffee table using an old painted tool box.
I filled it with candles, fresh greenery, and small packages.
I found this little piece of French pottery used to make cheese. It makes a cool little candle stand.
I found this Santa sack at TJ Maxx.
Pottery Barn has these great cable knit pattern candles in their holiday décor and I couldn’t resist getting them.
I added two throws to the back of the sofa plus the reindeer pillow from PB.
All in all I think my cable knit Nordic theme came together quite nicely in the family room.
I guess today is officially one week until Christmas! All of the planning is done, presents are wrapped and now it’s time to sit back and enjoy!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
The music room is where I’ve always put up the main Christmas tree.
Last year I decided against the large tree and went with a 6’ tabletop tree. I’m using it again this year because it’s so much easier to handle and decorate AND I actually love it!
This is the only room that doesn’t have red and white Christmas colors. I use a combo of gold and mercury glass and like to call it my frosted cashmere look. The tree was actually called a frosted cashmere and I like the way it sounds.
I use my French-related ornaments and sentiments mostly in here. The Eiffels remind me of Paris (city) and the sheep remind me of Provence (country).
I got the cable knit tree skirt at TJ Maxx. I’m into cable knit this holiday so stay tuned for the next post!
Did any of you see these great burlap Santa sacks at TJ Maxx? It looks good on the antique European sled.
This sled is much larger than the one I used on my hot cocoa bar HERE.
I used a fresh garland that I got from Lowe’s on the mantle plus some weeping pine that I cut from the tree in my back garden.
I tried a series of alphabet votives from PB on here, too, but I’ll tell you in an upcoming post why I didn’t like them and what I did to change it! I finally got around to hanging the stockings. I’m in search of the discontinued PB cable knit stockings and keep watching ebay for them.
Here’s one of my Joyeux Noël pillows. The other one is in the foyer HERE.
And that’s the music room for 2013. I’ll be sharing a couple more rooms in the next few days.