Happy Thanksgiving! Whether you’re here waiting for the oven to free up or you’re stuffed and reclining on the couch, I’m glad you’re here and I hope your holiday is grand. If you’ve missed the series this week, it’s a tour of the Caroline House all dressed up for Christmas.
The living room was decorated by Heritage Builders (maybe a Sunday school class).
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrew 13:2
A girlfriend recently shared her terrifying experience with a small house fire that began with a bathroom candle (sitting far away from everything flammable). Since then I have had a new affection for these LED candles, which this group just covered the mantel with. I love it, especially with a few pinecones thrown in. The “Holy Night” banner looks to consist of printables, burlap, string, and clothespins. Adorable for any mantels that are stocking-free this season.
Across from the mantel is this small dining area (don’t mind my ladies in the back).
I am sticking feathers in my next floral bouquet. This is a clever way to add an eclectic flair to your table.
For a rustic feature as well as a smell that will whet anyone’s appetite, they tied a twig of rosemary around the silverware and napkin. If I was a guest at this table, this little touch would make me feel well cared for.
On the wall hangs a driftwood cross tied in the middle with something that resembles thorns– both meaningful and breathtaking.
On a nearby table were these goodies: mason jars of all different neutral colors (looks like they were painted inside the jar with a technique sadly unknown to me). While the largest jar holds a bouquet of roses, the others house lovely natural items that could easily be found in your backyard.
Then there was this cocoa bar. So much cleverness here. It looks like a unique candle display was repurposed to hold mugs. The base of these is circled with a red berry wreath (I would never have thought to put a wreath there). A large three-tiered basket was used to hold an incredible floral display, framed with an abundance of magnolia leaves, the bottom tier housing cocoa dressings. And tell me, how do spilled marshmallows look so appetizingly cute!?
More LED candles and a crown of baby’s breath. Have I mentioned that after this week I am going to use magnolia leaves everywhere? EVERYWHERE.
Another adorable, neutral mason jar, galvanized buckets filled with pinecones and berries (win), and another wire nativity (also seen in the girl’s room tour)!
On the wall hung another cross-inspired piece. It looks like a pallet was stained, taped, and painted. Such a great idea, especially when you have lots of wall space.
A potted plant wrapped in burlap makes for either a low-maintenance decoration or a sweet gift.
Check out that tree.
Lots of natural materials, as well as modpodge book page ornaments (I’m sensing a craft night coming my way).
These brown tags would be a fun group craft: stamp them, embroider them, glue buttons, etc.
If you direct your attention to the top of the tree, you will see a very unusual star. It’s difficult to make out from this angle (sorry, guys), but the crew who decorated this space made a star outline of twigs and traced it with burlap ribbon.
The same tags that are used to decorate the tree are also used to label gifts. Very clever indeed. I’m also in love with the cranberry ribbon.
I’m very much not over the brown paper presents. So satisfying to unwrap!
On the wall was this plate display. All you need is a center object of interest, 4 large plates, and 2 smaller ones. I still want to find some antlers. I know, I’m so behind. Any respectable blogger should already be tired of her faux deer head… (kidding)
And more, you guessed it, magnolia leaves! I’m finding, based on this house tour, that the key to a great wreath is found in the additions and personal touches you make to it. Personally, I’m a big fan of adding greenery.
Come around tomorrow for the last few rooms (the library, powder room, and sunroom) of the Caroline House. In the mean time, travel safely and give some love to your family and friends.