A Minimal, Yet Grand, Tablescape

This year I decided to pare down my normally ornate tablescape. Instead, I decided to use a handful of elegant pieces to decorate my table for Thanksgiving. They include a crystal bowl and vase, along with two glass pumpkins. The vase is filled with a collection of multi-colored flowers and foliage. The bowl is filled to the brim with faux leaves, and is topped with several small pumpkins. The look is finished off with two pumpkins in different shapes, patterns, and stem colors. As in previous years, these decorations consist of items I already own. Trying out a minimalist look is not only an easy way to try something new, but also allows your favorite pieces to stand out instead of blending in with your decor. No matter how you decorate for the holidays, you can easily transform your tablescape into a minimalist beauty!

The Fiery Tulip

As I was walking into work one morning, I spotted a few tulips that had somehow been planted with the daffodils pictured in my previous post. As I got closer, I noticed that the fiery red flowers had streaks of yellow on each petal and the mix of colors at its center. Despite the contrast, all of the colors went together beautifully. A similar color scheme can easily be added to your space in a myriad of different ways. You could easily add a colorful vase or picture frame to a table or shelf, update a lampshade, put a bright slipcover over your furniture, or even paint an accent wall. No matter what colors you choose, you can never go wrong with inspiration from nature.

The Rising Sun Behind the Trees

Sun rising_behind treesDuring a time of year when we’re dealing with cold weather and gray skies, it’s great to be able to capture the warm glow of a morning’s sunrise! A perfect example of this is the photo on the right. I took this photo around the time I’d leave for work, which means you could easily capture a similar photo on your way out the door. As I’ve said in similar posts, this is the type of picture that would be perfect to display this time of year since it would remind you of the warm weather to come. Enlarging a similar photo and hanging it in a living room or bedroom is the perfect way to brighten up your winter decor. No matter what time of year, you can always count on nature to help you create a light feel in any room.

Sailing into Sunday

Sailboats on the soundDespite the chilly temperatures, there are still opportunities to get outside. On a recent trip to a local park, I saw a group of boaters taking advantage of the slightly warmer weather. Pictures like these are perfect this time of year because it gives you a sense of the warmer weather to come. Adding a similar photo to your decor gives an unexpected pop of spring to any room. Remember, no matter the time of year or the weather, you can also use a photo of the outdoors to bring any season into your space.

Welcoming 2017 with Snow

Snow-covered intersectionWelcome to my first post of the year! I’m starting off by showcasing a picture featuring one of my local snow-covered streets. While winter might not be your favorite season, it can nonetheless lead to capturing great photos to use in your decor. The neutral look of a snowy picture makes a great addition to a den, bedroom, or living room. Not ready to bring the cold inside? Save your snowy photos and use them to update your space during the warmer months. No matter the weather, you can always use the wonder of nature to add a special touch to your home.

A Christmas Tablescape

Christmas tablescape 2016Happy Christmas Eve! Above is my tablescape for this year’s dining room table. It features a variety of items in different textures. Out of everything on the table, only three items were bought this year; everything else we already owned. I prefer to use things we already own as much as possible not only because it’s more economical, but also the items have more meaning. In addition, the crystal bowl behind the town scene is filled with brightly colored bulbs and bows, which brings together both traditional and modern holiday colors. Wishing you all a festive and fun Christmas Eve!

The Ins and Outs of Christmas

Lit window with tree_nightAside from decorating the inside of the house, we also make sure the outside is decorated as well. One thing we do every year is put up evergreen garland around the garage and windows. The best part? It lights up! This allows the house to look festive during both day and night. In addition, by centering the Christmas tree in the middle window and flanking it with flameless candles, it creates a picture-like effect for those looking from the outside. You can create a similar look by centering your tree in front of a window, making it a focal point for your home. No matter the size of your window, you can easily create a picture-like image that will entrance those both in and out of your home.

Christmas 2016 Has Begun

Christmas tree 2016Welcome to Christmas 2016! I wanted to show you my tree before it was decorated. Why? No matter how many ornaments you have, you need a tree as a base. Our tree is the perfect height for the room, and has just the right number of lights. Having a great base for your decor means that anything you add will pop even more. The ornaments have now been added to the tree, so stay tuned for more posts that feature great holiday decor!

It’s a Capitol Christmas!

Capitol Christmas tree 2016Welcome to December! This post features a 35-foot Christmas tree located at my state’s capitol. This year’s tree is decorated in a combination of traditional ornaments and a sea theme. It includes candy, bulbs, bells, snowflakes, Disney characters, and various sea creatures. The tall marble columns perfectly frame the tree, and the staircase in the background adds extra depth to the photo. No matter how you decorate your tree, you’ll create a festive theme that will brighten your space.