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Christmas Home Decor

Christmas Santa & Snowman Collection

I finally got all my Christmas decorations up and this year instead of a full home tour, I thought I would share only a few areas or vignettes in our home, including my Santa and snowman collection.

Every year I add one new snowman and one new Santa to my collection – it has been slowly growing now for a few years.  Some were gifts from friends and co-workers over the years as well.

I kept our big fireplace mantel decorated simple with some added greenery and two large feather trees.

This is our front entry table – it is still a little bit of a work in progress.  I’m always adjusting and moving my Christmas decor around on it throughout the holiday.   I made the JOY sign last year for the table.

This is a new Christmas collection that I named the ‘Woodland Creatures Table’!

Last is our dining room buffet all decorated for Christmas.  I usually hang a seasonal wreath between the hanging lanterns above it, but this year I found this stunning vintage brass horn at a local antique shop and added a plaid bow to it.  Most everything lights up on the table, including all the greenery around the XMAS sign that I made last year for the buffet.

Those signs were so fun to make and I still have letters available for sale in my craft supply Etsy shop – Ready Set Craft Kits

If you are working on building up your Christmas home decor, feel free to visit my other Etsy shop for beautiful Christmas Decor- Once Upon A Home Designs

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

 

Fall Decorating For The Home & Parties

FALL HOME DECOR AND FALL PARTY DECORATING IDEAS

Hello!  Just a quick update to let you know that I have added so much new fall and Halloween home decor to my Etsy shop-

 Once Upon A Home

. . . and lots of great favors, banners, craft supplies and more to my other shops below –

The Party Fetti Shop

Ready Set Craft Kits

Stop by and browse to get ready for your next party- like this adorable pumpkin patch party perfect for a fall birthday party!

I’ll be back later this week with fall front door decorating ideas and next week I’ll open my own home for a fall tour!

5 Fabulous Fall Vignettes for Fall Home Decorating

FALL HOME DECORATING

Can you feel fall in the air yet? I have been getting excited about the change of season that is slowly starting in our part of the country. Fall is the most beautiful season and fall home decorating is my favorite. I love the cooler temperatures, the gorgeous colors, and all of the amazing home decor. Before getting to the five fall vignettes, I wanted to tell you what I have been up to lately.

I have been busy getting all my shops and my home ready for autumn the past two weeks and plan to open up my own home for you, here on the blog, for a fall home tour soon!

Stop by all my shops below to see what’s new in fall home decor, Halloween party favors, spooky decorations and more-

Once Upon A Home Designs

The Party Fetti Shop

Ready Set Craft Kits

Pinwheel Pretties

I DO Wedding & Bridal Designs

5 Fabulous Fall Vignettes

Today, I wanted to give you some tips on creating fall vignettes in your own home! First, what the heck is a “vignette”? In decorating, a vignette is a small grouping of objects that creates a pleasing focal point. Basically, its an arrangement of home decor ornaments, florals, and seasonal decorations on your side tables, coffee table, fireplace mantel, dining room buffet and table, kitchen island and anywhere else in the home that you have a surface space to decorate. For example it can create a relaxing and cozy atomsphere in the bedroom, giving you that fall experience, imagine enjoying a good book on your mattress from somewhere like Leesa, while basking in the autumn ambience. Here are five fabulous fall vignettes to inspire you to decorate your home for the season-

First, let’s start small with a coffee table vignette. How easy is this- a tray or a farmhouse style wooden box filled with fall artificial florals and a faux pumpkin and electric candles create a stunning focal point in the living room and does not take up too much space. This setup is perfect on your dining room table at Thanksgiving too. I have a much skinnier and longer farmhouse style wooden box that I transition every season on my dining room table.

Next, go big if you have a large fireplace in your home. I have a huge fireplace and it seems like it always feels empty, no matter how much I add to the mantle, – so don’t be afraid to add height and layer this area in your home. I generally stick to the rule of three or five items grouped together but a large oversized fireplace and mantel can be the exception. The repetition here of the metal wall architectural hanging and the wreaths works perfectly and does not feel overly busy.

Don’t forget to add some fall decor to the kitchen, as with this small side buffet. If you need some free fall art for your home, be sure to visit my previous post for – 25 free fall printables to add some seasonal art to your home.

I love the added bicycle in the vignette above, for a little unexpected ornamentation. Mums are wonderful for the home, but keep in mind while they add a pop of color and nature inside the home, they won’t do as well indoors, versus potted outside on your porch. I recommend, purchasing a few lower priced mums that you can add to decorative containers, just before a family gathering or party to add around the home and move them outside after your event is over. This way you will extend their life and did you know you can actually plant them in your garden at the end of fall and they will come back next year!

Next, are two very different fall decorated entry side tables –

This is fall elegance at its best. The neutral colors of this fall vignette are just as wonderful as traditional bright fall shades. The added simple grapevine wreath over the mirror draws the eye up too for added height.

Finally, this side table near the entry, may be simple but it makes a dramatic statement. You can do this on any table in your home. The created table runner is just burlap fabric, tied at each end with some fun fall ribbon. This vignette only features three decorative pieces on it too but it works as a total eye-catcher with the even height at each end and lower pumpkin centerpiece under glass.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Be sure to subscribe to my blog to receive all my up-coming seasonal decorating tips in your email inbox as we move into the holidays, I can’t wait to share more inspiration for your home!

Pinwheels At A Local Festival

PINWHEELS AT A LOCAL FESTIVAL 

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Today I am sharing some photos of a small public festival where my handmade pinwheels were featured recently.

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While I have worked with many marketing firms and event planners helping with decorations for promo events- one of my favorite event planning companies is, KLIK Parties, and I have worked with them a few times to help them create stunning events for their clients.  I just love Klee and Nikki’s party styling.  They really take it to the next level!

Pinwheel Table Centerpiece

This was a local small public festival that the KLIK style gurus decorated for the annual Pops Concert and Picnic on the lawn of The Street Chestnut Hill featuring a 50-piece philharmonic orchestra.  My fun pinwheels swirled in the breeze as the music played.

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You can visit their Facebook page to see some of their other amazing party, wedding, and event designs – https://www.facebook.com/Klikparties

They are located in the Boston, MA area so if live in the area and need help with a wedding or event, I highly recommend KLIK as your event styling team!

If you need a set of custom twirling paper pinwheels for your next promo event, party or wedding, visit my shop – PINWHEEL PRETTIES

While I didn’t create the bunting on display at this event- I certainly can!

Check out all my banners and buntings – HERE

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Come back next week to see my fall house tour.

Yep! I finally got everything unpacked and even managed to decorate the house for autumn.  We are loving the new house and I can’t wait to show it off.

Hayes Home

Have a great rest of your week!

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Memorial Day Celebration

MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION

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Memorial Day weekend is coming. Many will be traveling, enjoying the beginning of summer, taking a mini vacation, and spending time with family over the holiday.  This is always a holiday for gathering together and enjoying our friends and family but let’s not forget why we celebrate this holiday.  Memorial Day honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

So be sure to remember our fallen soldiers over the coming weekend for their ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

This weekend I will be honoring many Army soldiers at an event at Fort Riley but I am happy to announce that my husband will actually be returning home from his second and final active duty tour with the Army.  I will be spending a few days with him this week at Fort Riley where we will celebrate his 24 year service with the military and his retirement.  I will be so happy to have him home permanently.  It’s been a long five years without him, during his Army Jag training and then two tours almost back to back.  He has served his country dutifully and now he will return home safely.

Army Jag Ceremony

So because I will be spending time with my Army solider and taking a mini vacation of my own, I will have a week or so of no posts here on the blog. So I will leave you with some red, white and blue barbecue and Memorial Day decorating inspiration until I return.  These are all perfect set ups for the coming 4th of July holiday as well.

All my Etsy shops below are still open as well, but please note that I will not return or be shipping anything until Wednesday, June 1st, 2016.

 THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

PINWHEEL PRETTIES

READY SET CRAFT KITS

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

I DO WEDDING & BRIDAL DESIGNS

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I love this DIY American Flag made with red, white and blue crepe paper and some punched out white stars.  Super easy!

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Great tablescape for a lakeside celebration.  Perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July, or a nautical themed party or event.

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Rustic is trending – add a BURLAP BANNER or any of our red white and blue banners. garlands or hanging fans to your patriotic decorations.

Thanks for stopping by Party Fetti today.  I hope you have a safe Memorial Day weekend and kick off the summer with great weather with your family & friends.

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