Staircase Decorations – Two Holidays In One

stair bannister decorated for thanksgiving and christmas
I love my winding staircase and I particularly love it all lit up and decorated for the holidays but it always seems to be a scramble to get it up right after Thanksgiving so we have more time to enjoy it. With both boys making a limited appearance for T-day before they return to school, I rather be enjoying our time together instead of fussing with decorations especially in the other room.Thanks to a friend I saw at the high school’s football game last week (that’s right, you can’t keep a good marching band booster alum away when its the cross town rival game) she gave me a wonderful idea to incorporate my fall decorating into the basics for Christmas ~

I thought her idea was genius!! It was like my own personal V-8 moment.
It makes so much sense.

Here’s Julie’s tip ~

Put up the green garland on the stairs now and decorate with raffia and colored leaves for Thanksgiving.stair bannister decorated for thanksgiving and christmasstair bannister decorated for thanksgiving and christmasMy beautiful, faithful, BBF helper, Violet.

With the most cumbersome task for my Christmas decorating finished we can sparkle for our dinner party this weekend and for the entire Thanksgiving holiday. Then I’ll just change out the leaves and raffia with the base structure already in place.

Now it’s your turn!
What are your brilliant time-saving decorating ideas?

Lit Mercury Glass Globes

I’m waiting for these. Lit Mercury Glass Globes ~ According to the PB sales associates at my local store they weren’t even aware these gorgeous globes were being offered this season until I happily educated them. What a pity since I took this to mean they probably won’t be displayed as part of the season’s change out. Curious, I returned last week knowing the display elves had completed their holiday magic and they were no where to be found. The… [Read More]

For The Love of Monograms

Pickard Monogram Williams-Sonoma I don’t need new china but I wouldn’t mind getting my “just dessert(s)” plates. I know. I don’t deserve them after that bad pun. Ahoy! A stowaway tear sheet from my treasure chest of wishful interiors. Tailored navy and white. Can’t you just feel the spray of the ocean on your face? Look familiar? The chair looks soooo much better with my monogram superimposed on it, don’t you think? Thank you Preppy Paper Girl! I love monograms… [Read More]

Let There Be Light!

Because it’s dark earlier I want more accent lighting around the house to cozy up the casa. I love the way this photo is accessorized with the pairing of the heavier tartan on the clear lamp base. The weight of the fabric pattern is made lighter by the variegated roses and white book jacket with red lettering. The white back drop is perfect. So fresh.Williams~Sonoma Home. I have been obsessing over these for weeks.I want to gaze into them to… [Read More]

What’s In Your Easter Basket?

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Pink and Green Fever

“Disco Dots” – ‘Sorbet’ by Michael Miller I have been eyeing this fabric for some time ever since I first saw it over a year ago. Remnants have been on eBay but it looks like it is back on a per yard availability. I have seen the pattern in wrapping papers and used for a small ring pillow for a wedding in a blog somewhere but I am once again feeling the need to make it my own. Perhaps a… [Read More]

Spring Color Trends

At Pantone the Spring ’09 colors are blooming.Salmon Rose is on the pallet. It looks similar to the Sunset Pink at Vineyard Vines. Here is a cute cardigan in Sunset Pink from VV. Pink and green are also showing up in jewelry. Kate Spade has enameled bangles. Each one has their own hidden idiom.For pink – “Tickled Pink”. For green – “The Grass Is Always Greener”. Cute! And these….