This week we are gearing up for our annual Christmas dinner with our extended family and I have decided to set a traditional red tartan Christmas table. It's casual in style but has a timeless feel that is sure to bring some nostalgic memories.
Gone are the days where red ruled in Christmas decor. If you have read my previous posts you know I don't have red in my living room or home office. I'm ok with that. Although I wanted to create a little WOW factor for our guests.
Whether you are hosting a formal evening with friends or a casual afternoon with family - red tartan is the way to go! We launched a full collection at Katrina & Co. this year. Simple greens expanded in the kitchen are just enough to be festive and marry the two spaces together.
The number of guests. You’ll want to arrange your seating so that your table is conversational. Ensure that you have enough seats for everyone.
What are you serving? This will help you pick your place settings and have every instrument you need to enjoy those yummy, festive recipes you’ve made!
Is it casual or formal? This is where setting the mood comes into play. You’ll want to set your table based on the formality of the gathering. When setting for a formal, evening event - you’ll want moody candles, classy place settings, and an elegant centerpiece. If it is a daytime event with family, you’ll want to add fun pops of color that will suit all ages.
I chose our reclaimed wood candle holders to anchor the table. Adding our mini boxwood wreaths around the base adds an extra layer. Cedar garland draped down the center and mercury glass balls placed periodically are the perfect touch. I'm all about black and white so layering our patterned dishes was a fun touch. Using the tartan chargers creates a cheerful canvas for the rest of my holiday look. Boxwood cones in the center of each dinner plate finish the table.
This year, my goal was to create an inviting atmosphere for all of my guests. As you prepare for your holiday parties, I hope you will use a little traditional red tartan too! Happy hosting friends!
For more holiday inspiration, read my recent blogs!
Red and white are the traditional themes for Christmas and I have a post coming next week talking about that. Today, however, it's all about our neutral Christmas living room. 2020 has been a crazy year and it's even crazier to think I've had my tree up since September! We had a photoshoot here for the launch of our Katrina & Co. Holiday Collection and I was not going to do all that work twice. So I've had the tree up for almost 4 months and I'm not even mad about it!
While this holiday season might look different than years past, my family & I still have traditions that we look forward to each year. My favorite is decorating the tree while playing Christmas music. In a close second is watching ALL the Christmas movies especially ELF, and The Grinch. Thankfully we don't have any Grinch's living here so no one minds how crazy I go for this season.
When decorating the tree, I always start with the large ornaments first. Tucking them into the tree. Next, it's all about layering in the smaller ornaments and finishing with picks and ribbon. Although this year I left the ribbon off.
I stayed neutral with most of my ornaments, focusing more on texture & different shapes. The depth was added by mixing metals with velvet striped balls and flocked snowflakes. I finished the tree with a beautiful collection of hand painted custom ornaments from my friend and local artist Little Miss Felt,
Satin ribbon, sugared birch picks weaved into cedar garland, and large lanterns bring a cozy vibe to the mantle.. Our TV isn't going anywhere as much as I would like it to.
But seriously, If you have a mantle you must hang the stockings. For the last few years, I have hung neutral stockings and this year was no different. Our custom heirloom stockings are everything! If you are local you need to make a trip here before Christmas to purchase your favorite decor from the collection.
With how much time we spent at home this year, being comfortable was essential for my living room this holiday season. Fur blankets and pillows are all needed to make our home extra cozy for the holidays.
Decorating this bamboo dresser from Renovative Home each season is one of my favorite things to do! We used the James T Davis oil-based black paint to revamp this piece and I love how it turned out. The best part, It went on smoothly without having to do a lot of prep work. The high gloss finish gives this piece a luxe look without the price!
I hope our Neutral Christmas living room tour inspired you to add a few special elements to your space. After all, home is a feeling.
For more holiday decorating inspiration, visit the rest of my home with the links below.
This year we tackled our home office for the third time and thankfully we finished up right before the holidays. I was dying to decorate and enjoy cozy mornings by the fire! I chose blue and white for the home office to add that southern charm.
2020 has certainly taught me the importance of having a dedicated home office. In the midst of quarantine, both Scott & I were working from home. We were juggling the kids being out of school, me preparing my brick and mortar boutique for our holiday collection launch, and tackling more home improvement projects. The home office became a necessity for both of us.
I have always wanted a gas fireplace. For two reasons; We live in an old home that's drafty and to decorate each season. After renovating our powder room, I knew a blue and white home office would be perfect! As I was designing the space I was inspired to release a blue & white holiday collection for my decor boutique Katrina & Co. You’ll see a lot of my exclusive pieces throughout the room. Our boutique is not offered online yet but 2021 is coming!
As I mentioned in the beginning, we have changed this room three times! Here it was originally. This last transition is not changing...at least for a few years. It's my favorite room in the house. Below you can see how we...I mean Scott built the fireplace wall. Renovation is ugly ya'll and takes grit but the final outcome is always worth it.
The fireplace is obviously the focal point. We purchased our setup and logs from Francis Oil. They were amazing to work with! If you are local, I highly recommend using their company. Tell them Katrina recommended you!
I wanted our home office to catch AND hold your attention so selected this blue and white plaid wallpaper from James T. Davis to wrap the entire wall. Plaid is a timeless pattern and feels like a Ralph Lauren cashmere sweater.
On each side of the fireplace we have builtins. I painted them the same color blue as the fireplace for a chic look. The navy I chose is a custom color mixed at James T Davis but it’s similar to this blue from Sherwin Williams. If you are local to Lynchburg come in, we have samples ready for you to take home and try on your walls. The rest of the room needed to be a neutral canvas, as I knew my furniture and decor would be where I would add the pops of blue.
High contrast colors and tailored furniture mixed with the traditional patterns give our home a very Southern farmhouse feel. I wanted our home office to have that southern charm feeling with a mix of both masculine and feminine details. The space needed to be comfortable, yet refined. I want guests to sit and linger without feeling it's a stuffy home office. The two small ottomans in front of the sofa are part of my very own furniture collection made in North Carolina! Scott added vertical shiplap in our original makeover. It's painted a soft putty color for a neutral canvas.
Most all of the design elements and decor came from James T Davis Paint & Design Center and my boutique Katrina & Co. In case you didn’t know, I partnered with James T Davis in March 2020 (the week before COVID shut the world down!) to have a 4,000 square ft. home decor and specialty gift boutique located inside their Design center. It's a dream for me to help you create a home you love!
This was my favorite room to decorate for the holidays. I was able to use so many of my exclusive holiday collection pieces it made me even more sentimental about my business. My tree is Balsam Hill and I adorned it with hand painted ornaments and mercury glass balls. These gorgeous ornaments were hand painted by Little Miss Felt. The beautiful blue and white abstract art is from Blake Driskill Studios. Both artists I carry in the shop.
I used magnolia garland on the mantle and hung our handmade heirloom stockings from Katrina & Co. holiday collection. The mirror allows light to bounce off and create a brighter effect in the room during the day, while the candles give it a soft, warm glow in the evening. Speaking of glow - did you see the chandelier? ALL the heart eyes! This leather tassel chandelier was love at first light! It's so versatile in style. It could go in any home and be a showstopper.
My family loves this room and that matters more than anything! I believe this year we will put the presents under this tree.
I hope you enjoyed our home office! I'll be back Friday with our full Christmas Home Tour! WOOHOO!
For more holiday inspiration check out these previous posts
Ready or not Thanksgiving is tomorrow! But, don't freak out, in this post, I am showing you how to set a neutral tablescape that lasts through winter. You probably already have most of the items but if not I will share all my sources.
Most of the year I keep my dining table pretty simple. However, as we approach the holiday season I want to decorate in a way that transitions easily from one holiday to the next. Let's do this!
Begin with magnolia or your favorite faux branches. Layer them first as wide and long as you need the centerpiece to be.
For Fall and Thanksgiving simply add pumpkins, pinecones, acorns, and gourds.
For Christmas add ornaments. My favorite are mercury glass
Layer on real branches to offer more varied color and texture
(BONUS) Leave the Magnolia and add lemons for spring and summer!
Add taper candles and votives to your table. I'm loving brass but this is the perfect opportunity to mix metals here. Our Katrina & Co. ceramic branch holders are also great all year long. This layer adds a cozy ambiance to all of your gatherings.
White and cream tableware is always a good idea. Chargers with a natural woven texture paired with Seagrass-wrapped glassware adds the perfect dimension. Lastly, horn and leather napkin rings with patterned napkins complete our neutral tablescape that lasts through winter.
I hope this post inspires you to set a cozy and inviting table that causes lots of lingering and laughter. Whether you are able to get together with family or just have a quiet day of thankfulness, my wish for you is to simply reflect on all the good that surrounds you.
Love to each of you.
For more holiday inspiration check out these previous posts
Decorating has been my passion since high school. Class of '99! Scott and I got married in July 2001 and purchased our first home in October. I immediately started painting, hanging art, and making wreaths for our front door. I painted my first piece of furniture black in 2002. Since that time my passion has only grown. I'm thrilled to be writing this guide to interior decorating just for you!
Since 2017 my home has been featured in 8 different magazines, Including three nationally published editorials HGTV, Je De'core (a french Canadian magazine), and Cottages & Bungalows. Along with a few local design awards, I have spoken at Liberty University for the Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising students and collaborated with several national brands.
I've learned so much since I started. This comprehensive beginner’s guide to interior decorating will help even the most novice learner.
Let's start with the basics...
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It's not about changing the structure of a room or building something new. It's the simple art of taking an existing space or furniture and dressing it up to reflect your own style. That includes but is not limited to paint, accessories, lighting, and furnishings. Fabric is also a major player in the game. It has the ability to dress up a room or make it feel more casual.
Everything must match. FALSE- Coordinating is a more appropriate term. Your home should look collected not like a big box store. Just because you love the sofa doesn't mean you buy the matching love seat. Think about scale and tones when you coordinate. Keep them similar. (although a set of matching chairs or lamps can be a good thing)
Dark rooms make a room feel smaller. FALSE - It will make the room feel more cozy and sophisticated but NOT small. Again, natural light plays a large part in this. Placing large art on dark walls creates drama, therefore, making the room feel grander. Powder rooms are a great start.
I have to follow all the rules. FALSE - I'm a rule follower but sometimes they have to be broken. You live in the home so you should absolutely LOVE what you buy even if it's from a different era.
Every wall must have something on it.FALSE - Your eyes need a visual rest. Consider leaving a space or wall blank. That allows your eyes to rest and other items will make a bigger impact.
The bigger the wall the more art should fill it.FALSE - Instead of filling the wall think of highlighting it. One large piece of art makes a much bigger impact. It creates a focal point to a room or hallway that otherwise could seem cluttered.
It costs too much to decorate like a pro. FALSE FALSE FALSE - Think smarter and bolder not small and cluttered. You will spend the same amount of money buying a lot of little accessories every season than you would investing in a FEW keys elements.
Figure out which room you spend the most time in. Start there
Decide on how you want the room to feel. Casual, cozy, light, and bright?
Go to Pinterest! It's a great place for inspiration. When making a board, label it with the room you are working in. CLICK HERE for my Pinterest boards. I've created one for every room with hundreds of photos.
Decide on a budget. What should you buy? Can you reuse or repurpose something?
Get rid of #AllTheThings you don't love! If it takes you more than 3 seconds to decide...you don't love it. Donate or consign it.
Choose a paint color, it will transform the room. Picking paint can be scary so I always encourage buying samples first. It's better to live with a block of color on your wall for a week than years hating it covering everything. If you are still unsure what color to choose CLICK HERE for my expert advice.
Purchase or set the foundational pieces. Sofa, bed, dining table, etc.
Lastly, layer the rug, art, and decor accessories.
After 19 years of decorating, I can honestly say there's not one perfect tip for success. However, by following my steps and erasing the misconceptions you can tap into your inner decorator. Failures will come and that is ok. I'm encouraging you to just try. Taking a step forward brings the freedom for you to create the home you love. Start with courage and your confidence will grow one room at a time.
Color - Choose 3 main colors for a room. MAKE SURE one is black, navy, gray, white, or a creamy neutral. You have to have a grounding color.
Contrast - Vary the tones of the three main colors.
Composition - Keep the natural flow. Furniture, lighting, and art should be scaled appropriately. Rugs should house all front furniture legs.
True success is having the courage to start.
Rarely is anyone drawn to JUST one style. We are inspired by our surroundings and travels. It is ok to incorporate a mix of goods as long as you stick to my Three C's of decorating. When someone walks into your home they should see your personality.
Threes and fives are the best way to display items on a bookshelf. Odd numbers grouped together add scale and balance. One large decor piece on a shelf creates a focal point. To hide clutter grab a few baskets.
Rugs ground a space and it's always best to have at least the front legs resting in the first 6-8 inches of the rug. An 8X10 or 9x13 is best for a living/family room or bedroom. It's better to wait on the perfect size rug than buying one too small. The same goes for curtains! Here I share expert advice on properly hanging window treatments.
NO WAY! Wallpaper is here to stay! Choosing the right one is key. Take your time and bring several books home and allow yourself to stare at them for a few days. It's a pain in the rear to remove so choosing a tone-on-tone option will outlast the fading trends.
Removable wallpaper, new and newsworthy! The paper feels more like a vinyl shelf liner. They are peel and stick for all you DIY'ers. I have purchased this ONE from Target. You can see it below in my front foyer. Full Disclosure: It does not line up 100% perfect so be prepared. Our home is 100 years old so that might have a little something to do with it. 🙂
Please do! I will have to do a full post about painting your cabinets. For now, let's just skim the surface on this "very controversial" issue. If done right your painted cabinets will last many years. The key is prep! Clean, sand, prime, and then paint. Use quality products and give at least 24 hours between coats. Paint hardens over time. Painting your cabinets will get you the most bang for your buck.
One word... COMPOSITION! Do not fill an entire fireplace with small accessories. It will look cluttery and distract your eye from the beauty of the items. If you have a TV mounted I suggest placing one large vase with branches on one side and on the other place a series of three items, One large, and two smaller. OR, find two matching lanterns or large vases and place them on either side of the TV.
If you have no TV, display a large piece of art in the center or a large mirror, then layer one more piece propped in front (not in the center but over to one side) then you can use the vase and other small items in a grouping on wither side. Tapered candles are perfect for adding height without looking cluttered.
JUST START! Don't be consumed with getting everything right the first time. Layering and then editing out is the best way to find your favorite style(s).
Home is feeling not a place.
Remember this is just the beginner’s guide to interior decorating. the first step is courage.
Our Gray pantry has gone through a few phases because we didn't get everything right the first time. See all the progress here
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I can't believe I'm actually typing this but.... our shop is expanding!!! Our sweet lil’ home decor shop opened March 6th and within a week the world shut down due to COVID-19. Thankfully we are located inside James T. Davis, Lynchburg's favorite paint and home improvement store. Being an essential business meant that as long as the guidelines were followed they could stay open which meant Katrina & Co. got to stay open too. Boy, did you guys show up and support us. You showed us that Lynchburg loves local and because of that in partnership with James T. Davis, Katrina & Co. is going from 250 sq. ft to approx. 3,000 sq.ft!!! I mean STOP IT!!! I have cried (multiple times) and have just been in complete awe at the blessing of this opportunity.
James T. Davis has been a trademark of Lynchburg since 1936. The staff is amazing and they really are the experts for all things home projects! The best part? They manufacture the paint right here in Lynchburg. I'll take you on a tour of the paint plant one day!
Over the next two weeks, Katrina & Co. will be making the transition into our expanded space. We will remain open and committed to providing you with personalized service and expert design advice. My goal for this partnership is to bring you the very best home decor, design, giftables, and home fragrances. We have new inventory arriving every two weeks and our window displays will be changing seasonally. Stay tuned for the date for our Christmas Open House. Below is a peek at the furniture and lighting that we have coming in next week.
With the Katrina & Company partnership James T. Davis is now Lynchburg's premier one-stop design, home decor, and paint shop!! Come in and watch the store transform. It's going to be AMAZING!!
If you have been following me on Instagram or Facebook you know since late 2019 we have been setting up our first brick-and-mortar storefront. The Katrina & Company Shoppe is located inside James T. Davis Paint and Design Center in Lynchburg, Va. The Grand Opening weekend was March 6 and 7th and it was so fabulous. You guys came out to support my dream and I can't thank you enough. Here is a glimpse of the weekend and what Katrina & Company is all about.
Cake replica of our home made by Love Is In The Air Events. Isn't it stunning?
James T. Davis Paint and Design Center has been serving our community since 1936. They are paint and wallpaper specialists and even manufacture their own paint line. Ummmm, Katrina & Company paint line in the future??? That sounds good to me! Along with home decor, they also have an amazing selection of fabrics for any project and offer a variety of Hunter Douglas window coverings. It's seriously a one-stop shop for your home! I am so honored to have been asked to partner with such an amazing company. It's everything I'm passionate about rolled up into one place.
“Though she be but little, she is fierce!”
That's exactly how I feel about Katrina & Company as seen below. We built a mini Morris Manor inside a much larger James T. Davis and I couldn't love it anymore. Scott worked so hard to construct the vision I had in my head and he did an exquisite job. As he always does, God bless that man.
The Morris Manor is the name of our 100-year-old farmhouse. We have been renovating it from the ground up since 2016. The addition of Katrina & Company has been created to give you a seamless experience of shopping and design at a convenient location. We offer high quality home goods with classic style at an affordable price. It's just the beginning and I'm over the moon excited for my future of serving our community and beyond...
I named my shoppe and interior design service Katrina & Company in order to differentiate home vs. work although home is my work...does that make sense?
The Morris Manor is our home, renovation project and sanctuary. Katrina & Co. is our brick & mortar storefront, online shoppe (one day), and interior design service. I love working with clients but I have strict limits on the number I take each year. It's called work-life balance and it took me almost 10 years to figure it out.
Being both an interior designer and shoppe owner gives me the unique opportunity to offer a one of a kind experience. You walk into the shop and we will actually help you put the decor together to create a cohesive look. My commitment to you is that we will always keep it fresh, classy, and special. I've had a dream for the last 4 years of opening a shop to help women create the home they love and serve other designers and realtors as a place to purchase beautiful home decor. Thanks to the partnership of James T. Davis that dream is now a reality. Also, big props to 434 Marketing for the visual marketing! Please enjoy the video below.
Sharing the decor in my own home helps you see how pretty, practical and functional the pieces are. We are a family of 5 humans and 3 animals and we live here hard! The house isn't always tidy and there is more dog hair on the floor than I'd like to admit, but here is the truth. You can have a beautiful home too. Just edit out items you don't use or love. Make pretty choices in the kitchen especially and DON’T let the kids sit on the sofa with food or drink!! Having a few rules in place make you a good mom, your home will thank you (so will your kids once they become adults, I promise)!
Thank you again to every single person that shares, shops, and supports my business. My heart is so full!! I appreciate each one of you.
Dressing your windows is a make-or-break design element in any room. I can't tell you how many homes I go into and the homeowners/clients are making the same mistakes. When curtains are hung correctly, they can give the illusion of height in a room, visually widen a window, and let in huge amounts of light. This post breaks down the rules for how to dress your windows like a designer. Follow each step and you will be on a path to design victory!
I sat down with Ashley, manager at Curtains, Blinds & Bath and she spilled all the details on what's hot and what's not in current window treatment trends. Her family has been in the window covering business for almost 30 years. My mom and I have been shopping there for over a decade! They definitely know a thing or two about windows.
Ashley: As for curtains, white and neutral are super popular right now; we can't keep them in stock. Texture is also very big, with linen being at the top of that list. Fabrics such as cotton, canvas and duck are making a splash with their heavier weight and privacy features. Curtains made from these fabrics hang nice and add a tailored look without overwhelming the room. They are also versatile with the changing seasons.
Below is our living room I opted for white heavy cotton drapes, with a tortoise roman shade to add texture. My rod is a French return oil-rubbed bronze finish.
Do you want to add privacy or just aesthetic?
Wood roman shades VS. fabric roman shades
Brushed (aged) brass
Gunmetal (my new fave!)
French return is HOT right now
3/4 up to 1.5 inches is enough with a simple ball or end cap to finish a standard rod
By adding a simple trim you can dress up an otherwise plain fabric. It's also an inexpensive upgrade to store-bought panels. Simply lay your panels flat and hot glue the trim in place. You can also use a product called stitch witchery I've used this product many times and it's amazing!
Adding trim is a time to have fun. A fun pop of color or pattern can take them from store bought to fully custom in a matter of minutes. If you are nervous about adding trim I would suggest a more subtle option. You can NEVER go wrong with tone on tone. It adds a timeless and classic sophistication.
Roman Shades are in high demand. They add privacy without taking up floor space and are a sophisticated option for any style.
Most common rooms for roman shade
Roman shades add a soft visual break in the room. They are also great for adding texture. Tortoise shell and woven shades are classic options.
Our foyer below: I chose a white tone-on tone pattern with a nice velvet trim option.
Plantation shutters are always ON -TREND! They truly go with any style whether it be coastal, classic, or modern. Another great aspect is that they can also stand alone (no curtains needed). Keep in mind this is one of the most expensive but it's also is the only option that adds to the market value of your home.
This photo shows the variations you can offer a window depending on the look you are trying to achieve. To the left, you have grommeted panels. In the center is a linen texture with a simple trim and a dark wood plantation shutter for a more traditional feel. On the right, we have a woven shade with a burst of color in the floral pattern panels. All treatments are hung using coordinating rods to finish the look.
Length: For standard 8 to 9 foot ceilings, measure from the top of the window trim to the ceiling and then divide by two. This is where the rod should hang. For ceilings higher than 9 feet, measure 4 to 6 inches above the top of the trim. Your rod should be hung there. This draws the eye upward and adds visual height. Make a pencil mark.
Next, measure from the floor up to where you plan on hanging the rod (your pencil mark), then round up to the closest panel size. It’s better to have to hem them if too long than have curtains that are too short — fashionably referred to as high waters! If you want to hem them you can take them to a local seamstress or stop in your local craft store and buy stitch witchery. It's as easy as heating up the iron! Simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Furthermore, curtains should just hit the floor or hover above no more than a half-inch above the shoe molding, for a crisp, classic look. If you want a more casual look, let the drapes flow down just past the floor 2 to 3 inches. However, if you’re going for a more formal feel, you can puddle your drapes on the floor; just add 4 to 6 inches to your measurement.
Width: measure 2 to 3 inches from the outside trim.
If you plan on closing your curtains, choose two ready-made (store bought) panels to flank each side of the window. However, for custom curtains, measure two-and-a-half times the width of your window. If you only want to frame the window, one panel for a standard size will work. For custom panels choose one-and-a-half-times the width.
Here are some steadfast rules to follow when shopping for window treatments.
Measure before you go. Having a measurement of the windows will make it a lot smoother and quicker process. Measure outside trim to outside trim and width by height of the window. Measure your ceiling height.
Learn the lingo. I've provided a simple guide but you need to learn the design terms before venturing out. (drapes, rod pocket, pleats, grommets, pattern repeat, etc.)
Get inspiration. Pinterest, blogs, websites, and catalogs are great sources of inspiration. This helps your designer or sales associate narrow down your style.
Figure out your budget. There is nothing worse than falling in love with something then finding it’s above what you can afford.
Go to a specialty shop first. Just because they are locally owned and offer custom designs doesn't mean they are out of your budget. Most shops carry different lines for all budgets. Remember, they are the experts!
Follow our simple steps and take advantage of the free printable below. Take it with you shopping and you are sure to dress your windows right the FIRST TIME!
Thank you, Ashley, for your design expertise on this very important topic. I certainly believe we will have some beautifully well-dressed homes unfolding in the near future! If you are local to Lynchburg, VA. visit the ladies at Curtains, Blinds & Bath. They offer in-home design consults and sell a variety of products. You can also visit their website at www.curtainsblindsandbath.com
As much as I love saving money shopping at retail chains there is something to be said for businesses that specialize in a certain field of design. Stores like Target, and Bed Bath and Beyond sell amazing curtain options. There is ONE HUGE problem... they are ALL sold at an 84-inch length! This is a MAJOR PET PEEVE of mine. Especially because 99% of homes that want a designer look can't use that length. Who decided this was the industry standard? The good news is that most of these stores carry longer options online. If you want to save some money and go with 84 inches then you have to throw most of the above rules OUT! Another reason to go to a local specialty shop first! The experts are there to guide you! I have made a list of what to look for in a quality design shop.
Do they greet you with a smile when you walk in? You want to have a good experience.
Do they seem customer friendly? You are spending the money.
Is the atmosphere and vibe welcoming? If you aren't comfortable, walk away.
Do they offer you options based on your budget and needs? If not, walk away.
You are the customer and deserve the best treatment. However, it's also your responsibility to treat the associates with respect and trust their process. Mutual respect from both parties will ensure a successful project!
To make sure you don't forget anything, I've created a free printable with all the design information you need to have a fantastic shopping experience. Get your free printable shopping guide for dressing your windows here.
Remember this: it's better to have one room with fabulous curtains than a house full of wrong ones! It takes time to make a house a home. Enjoy the process. Now go save the world one window at a time!
Fall is such a cozy time of year. Of all the seasons I think it's the prettiest. As school starts we begin to crave a little more cozy in our life. Today I'm sharing how to transition your home into fall decor like a pro. As an award-winning designer and recovering shopper of #ALLTHETHINGS. I want to share the secrets of decorating for multiple seasons. If done right your fall decor will also transition into both Christmas and winter. I'm all about pumpkins and seasonal decor BUT we don't need to overdo it (except for Christmas):) At the end of each season, we have to store what we purchased and that can become a problem very quickly. Just because you have a large storage area doesn't mean you should fill it up. Remember, new decor will become old decor one day.
So now you are wondering, "How in the world do I buy fall decor that will last through the whole winter?" Change your mindset... instead of ALL fall think COZY. Focus on the following:
Bringing in texture
Keeping these items neutral will allow them to stay around well into the cold winter months.
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Our office is very neutral. Adding the texture of branches, candles, and new pillows takes it directly into the fall and winter months. See the renovation before and after photos HERE
Now that you have all the cozy elements in place it's time to get season specific. I also love to add fresh fruit and vegetables to my kitchen and dining area. Two reasons, it doesn't feel staged, it's supposed to be in the eating/dining and my kids will grab that first as a snack! WINNING! Focus on the following:
Pumpkins and food
The use of apples and eucalyptus as a dining table centerpiece is so perfect and inexpensive.
Pumpkins and pinecones in a dough bowl. If you don't have one you can use a cakestand, large platter, or any big bowl that may be in your cabinet.
Follow these steps and you will transition your home into fall decor like a pro in no time! If you have any questions please leave them in the comments. Now get to decorating!
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