…christmas decor: the kitchen & a secret

Hey! Here’s what happening in my kitchen. The mason jars have fresh cranberries and tea candles to light. I never have red in my house because, well, I just am not draw to it. But, during Christmas it feels okay.


I wrapped inexpensive ivory candles in green twine near the top half. Little details go a long way.


A big old urn can be transformed for every season. A staple.


My dear friend, Emily, used to always decorate with natural pinecones. They are inexpensive and just lovely.






Ready for my secret? All the holiday decor was found at Michaels Craft Store and Target! The key is to pick a concept, 2/3 colors and edit as you go!

…christmas decor: buffet table

So, I’m going to do a bit more entertaining this year because, well, I’m crazy. My youngest is also three and I think I can handle it a bit more. I also feel very blessed to have our home and the space to celebrate and be cozy with friends.


I started with my vintage olive crates. I put one on either end and a faux tree wrapped in burlap. This anchors my table and I just love the look.


I then order a boat load of mason jars. I’m talking about 8 crates worth in all sizes. I do prefer the wide-liped Ball jars. I wraped some of them in burlap with a ribbon and others with red & white string. In each one there are fresh cranberries and a tea candle.


I think green & red can work really well if you tone it down and try to use these hues that can be found in nature. You can see that I’ve integrated lots of natural textures and some browns. Cheese boards work great for a buffet setting to bring in that natural color wood.


You know I heart my bird nests and I use these green ones for winter and spring. It changes the look completely with a few faux cranberries.

IMG_3930 I own three of these chicken wire serving trays and use them for everything. I found them at William Sonoma a few years ago. They add texture and interest to my table. I also pulled out some of my Lenox plates from my wedding. Not sure if I’ll use them, but I like hint of elegance in there at the moment.



I pulled a bunch of accessories that I had around the house to create different heights. This carving came from my coffee table. I found it at Luckett’s over the summer.IMG_3737 A suitecase also for a different height.


The piece de resistance would be my Gram’s antique sled. She actually used it as a child and I love the rustic quality it adds. Ollie is in agreement.


Now for the food….

…christmas decor: the foyer

“It’s coming on Christmas. They’re cutting down trees. Putting up reindeer singing songs of joy and peace.” – Joni Mitchell

(I heart Joni Mitchell. If you don’t know this sons look it up right after this post. It’s called River and it’s one of my very favs.)

So, don’t blame me, blame the retail shops that have starting selling holiday decor before Thanksgiving is even here! That being said, my motto with three kids is don’t put off until tomorrow what you can get done today because chances are you will always run out of time!

I don’t have my tree yet, but I have been collecting some decor. I started with the entry. I think whether you have a large entry or a tiny one, it’s always an opportunity to welcome your guests into your home in a warm & inviting manner.


I started in the front. I knew I wanted to change out my green, fig branches for something red and berry. I found these great birch branches with berries at Stylish Patina. Kelly was sweet enough to hold 12 for me. What do you think, Kelly? FYI – the table was done in Cece Caldwell.

Target is selling non-breakable ornament balls by the bulk. I filled this old bird cage with gold ones.


Then I ran around my house collecting all my old red books. It was like a treasure hunt. The sheepskin is FAUX and came from my bedroom ottoman. I wanted to give the impression of snow.



Antique ironestone with faux berries.


I definitely needed a few birds and cardinals & burlap birdies were perfect.



I bought about 6 crate of all different sizes of mason jars. I sprinkled them on every surface around my house and dropped in a little tea candle. I’m planning on adding some fresh cranberries for color as well.


I would recommend choosing only a few colors per vignette. I think with Christmas decor it’s easy to go nuts. Try to edit as you go so it doesn’t look like an explosion of holiday color. Less is more.


Use what you have. Look around your space to see what could work in your holiday scene. Kane is not impressed, but his collar matched my table so I let him observe.