Holiday Home Decor

There are so many things I love about the Christmas season, like picking out a Christmas tree, whipping up yummy holiday desserts, and spending time with loved ones. One of my favorite traditions is decorating our home for the holidays! As a little girl, I always looked forward to waking up the day after Thanksgiving and helping my mom decorate the house with all of the trimmings. There were certain items I looked forward to pulling out of the boxes that hold sentimental value, like my personalized stocking, our family advent calendar, and most of all, the Christopher Radko ornaments I've been collecting for the past 20 years. Each ornament holds a special memory in my heart, and it's these memories that make this season mean so much.

I still enjoy carrying on this favorite tradition of mine with Freddy in our home, and I love finding new decor items every year to add to our growing collection. I love sticking to the classic Christmas colors of red and green when decorating, and incorporating neutrals such as white and grey to balance it out. I've always been drawn to timeless and traditional design, and the same goes for my Christmas decor. 

When it's cold outside, there's nothing I love more than curling up in a warm blanket and lighting a seasonal candle to make our home feel extra cozy. During the winter months I pull out our faux fur blanket and pretend that we live in a log cabin deep in the snowy woods somewhere.... I love how a textural blanket can add a cozy element to the home when it's draped over the couch. I've had my eye on a couple other dreamy blankets from Crane & Canopy, like this herringbone one and this merino wool option. Both look so luxurious and perfect to cuddle up in for a long winter's nap. 

All of the little decor elements scattered throughout our home really make it feel like Christmas, and the fact that they all hold wonderful memories make them all the more special. Sometimes you don't have to go all out with your holiday trimmings to make the season bright; a few special pieces, whether old or new, throughout your home can really create that holiday magic.

How do you decorate your home for the holidays? What are some of your favorite traditions? Let me know in the comments below!



Loving Lately: Fall Decor Inspiration

It's finally October! I can't believe fall has already arrived; this year has flown by so quickly, and pretty soon I'll be listening to Christmas music and dodging the mad rush of people out shopping for gifts. It's so nice when the weather starts to transition into a cooler season; the air is crisp, leaves start to change color (no personal experience here-only pictures) and hot coffee is always a must. I'm so excited to start decorating our home for fall, and I've been perusing Pinterest like a mad woman trying to get some different ideas of what to do. Our apartment is very small, but I'm looking forward to adding a few decorative elements here and there to kick off the holiday season!

I love this neutral color palette idea to use as a mantel display or a tablescape for our dining table. White pumpkins are so pretty, and the best part is they will literally go with everything! Sometimes orange can be a contrasting color depending on what the rest of your home accents look like, so white is a nice neutral option to still add festive decor to your home, without the clash of fall colors.

I'm usually not one to go for plaid in any situation, whether it's a shirt, scarf or pillow, but I'm loving the idea of using it as a table runner/table cloth to bring the fall harvest spirit to our dining table. I'm also a fan of re-purposing the plaid runner for a Christmas table setting as well, if I can find one that has the right colors in it. 

I've seen many examples on the Internet of pumpkins being used as vessels for beautiful floral arrangements, which is a lovely idea. There's so much potential since pumpkins are a relatively good size, you can do so much with them and put a variety of different flowers in them. The antlers in this photo add a rustic touch to this display.

This more traditional table design incorporates all of the beautiful fall colors we know and love. The addition of pine cones and pine branches adds a unique touch and a great transition into winter. I think it would be great to incorporate these elements around Thanksgiving to add that wintery touch. 

This sign is adorable and the perfect welcome sign for this beautiful season that I am so ready for. I get so excited thinking about cuddling up with warm blankets, bundling up with sweaters and scarves, and drinking all the pumpkin spice lattes my stomach can handle. 

What are you most excited about for fall? Stay tuned as I reveal our fall tablescape in a couple weeks!

Happy Monday!