Well friends, I’ve been slacking on the whole blogging thing lately. Not off to quite a good start, but it happens. Life sometimes gets in the way.
It wasn’t until I was taking down my fall decor and putting up my Christmas decorations that I realized I never took pictures of the ways I decorated this year. So I snapped some pictures as I went.
Always next to our TV we have orange sticks on display to bring some color into our otherwise fairly neutral living room.
My favorite decor, no matter the time of year is a great garland to place on your mantle. Daniel disagrees because it occasionally interferes with turning the volume up on the TV, but thats a story for another day. I found this garland at Pier 1 last year. It has plenty of fall colors in the leaves as well as a few berries and pine cones. It also hides the sound bar and cords underneath the TV, so for that I appreciate it.
I found these pumpkins at a small shop last fall and fell in love with them, they are a little bit on the rustic side, but can be up all season.
Lanterns are a great way to bring in seasonal decor. I think they are subtle and can move around and fill the space where there may be some decor lacking. This year I put a autumn spice pillar candle along with some berries, leaves and straw to make it festive for the season.
To me, fall is all about the burlap, straw, orange, reds and browns. I also am a sucker for anything gold so I was able to incorporate some as well. I normally keep our table somewhat set because you never know when you may have some guests. Above is how I had it set for most of the fall. The burlap runner is from Target and works well with many different settings. I found the pinecones, acorns and glitter pumpkins at Pier 1 last year. The place mats are this year from Bed, Bath and Beyond. Lastly, the wood disk is from Michaels. I utilized it to bring some height into the setting.
Home decor is not complete with out a seasonal scent.This year we burned Fall Festival in our living room. I think scents help to really bring all your decor to life and create the cozy feel when you come home at the end of the day.
I justified taking my fall down a little early this year (Sunday before Thanksgiving) as about a week prior I hosted a “Friendsgiving” with some girlfriends from high school. I love entertaining and am truly grateful for friendships that have continued since graduation and the ability to reconnect with some other ladies after college. In addition to hosting, I made the turkey, stuffing, and gravy and no one ended up in the hospital so I think I succeeded and consider myself a true adult now.
Ignore the bad lighting, but here are a couple pictures of the table settings from that night:
My place settings were fairly simple and I was able to utilize things I already had for decor and for my tables.
The first table I utilized woven placemats to incorporate the straw feel. I also had red, green, orange plaid napkins which I tied with straw and placed faux leaves in the tie to really make it feel like fall.
At the second table, I added brown napkins and white plates to what I already had set at the table. I went with something a little more simple to not distract from the fun placemats I had set. Additionally, the gold glitter pumpkins are in my opinion the highlight, so I didn’t want to take away from that.
Dinner parties are kind of grand. I look forward to hosting many more for the rest of the holiday season.
Hope your Thanksgiving was great!