Monday, November 17, 2008

Wait for Me!

Believe me, I love Christmas--Christmas music, the snow, the lights, the shopping--but I'm feeling rushed. It's not even Thanksgiving yet and people already have their Christmas trees up! Sometimes I feel that we bloggers can get ahead of ourselves when it comes to holiday decorating. I found myself becoming guilty of that, and I'm stepping back.

I LOVE fall decorating. I feel like it blends well into my colors, so it's an easy one to do. I switch out a little decorative grass for some decorative pinecones, and I add a couple of velvet pillows. Not much, but it warmifies it a bit (hopefully, you're starting to get the sense that I like to make up my own words).


Wheat is my favorite fall decoration and wouldn't ya know...I couldn't find any in a bundle! I went to Wal Mart and bought these for, like, $3.00, but it's just not what I was looking for. I had to cut 'em way down, and they were a mess. If you breathe on the arrangement too hard, it falls over.

I started the mantle with the print. It was $11.00 at Hobby Lobby, and I was IN love. It's a big print, and I was too cheap to buy a 24x36 inch frame. So....I scoured the clearance section and found one with no glass for $13.00. I took the wrapping off the print, glued the corners to the white cardboard it came with and called it done. Don't look too closely!
I've had the lantern since summer clearance, and I've been waiting to use it. I found the candle at Meijer for $4.00. I tried to get a picture that shows there are orange sticks in it. It was made for me. Oh, just one more. We can't forget my love for glitter. Notice the pumpkin and the pear? Just a little touch--nothing obnoxious.

I didn't do much in the kitchen. I changed out my Halloween cloche decoration for some pinecones and hung a new sign.
My dining room is not "fall compatable", but it's a good spot to accessorize. I tried to use some more muted colors, but it doesn't "blend" as well as other rooms. Oh well. All in the name of decorating!
That's a large portion of the fall-ified house. I mean, I know we should be getting our cupids out for Valentine's Day, but I didn't think a little
would hurt us. Get it? "Autumn"? I showed the picture instead of...ok, maybe not.

80 comments:

Sandy Toes said...

OH my goodness..so pretty!
-sandy toes

Julie said...

Chris I know what you mean I love fall and it goes so well in my house too.. so I'm holding out until after thanksgiving even though I'm working on some stuff for my porch, my mom's and my sisters.
have a great day
julie

becca watson said...

Cute! I love your decorations!!

Hillcrest Acres said...

Such beautiful decorations.

I understand what your saying. We have friends that have put up their Christmas lights and tree.

I have to admit though that I am ready to start decorating for Christmas because it all is so "cheery" and beautiful. I can't take down the fall decorations though becasue we are having family here for Thanksgiving.

the undomesticated wife said...

It all looks nice. I really like the pillows!

I used to wait until mid-December to put up c-mas stuff, because it just didn't seem right to do it before my birthday (beginning of Dec.). Over the last few years, I've slowly started decorating the weekend of thanksgiving. Mainly because that's when I had time. It's just hard for me b/c I have SO many c-mas decorations that I have to rearrange stuff, and come 2 weeks into December, I'm ready to get my house back to normal. ;)

Domestic Diva....NOT said...

Oh my, you have done a great job :)

AJ said...

Looks great! Love the print and your couch looks sooo comfy:)

Free2BeMe350z said...

I LOVE your blog and all your craft ideas! I have gone through every single one of your posts at least three times and I keep finding something new each time. I am going to try and make the stars with scrapbooking paper. Thanks for the great idea!

Handmade Housewife... said...

Oh Chris, you're not the only one who hasn't jumped on the band wagon. It's our tradition to put the Christmas decorations up the day after Thanksgiving...not a minute sooner. Now that doesn't mean that we don't have some festive holiday music playing on XM, but I'm just saying :) I have a very confused 2 year old who thinks Santa is coming any minute now and I haven't even thawed out the Thanksgiving turkey! By the way...LOVE your mantel. That print is gorgeous!!

-Hayley

Stacey said...

Looks great!

My 5 year old even asked why the stores have out all the Christmas stuff and nothing for Thanksgiving. It doesn't help that half the businesses and neighborhoods around here already have their wreaths and garland up.

Thanks for stopping by the other day and leaving a comment. Made me smile!

sandra/tx said...

Thank you for this post, Chris. I feel exactly the same way about starting to blog about Christmas so early. :-)

Heather said...

love love love the print!!

The Graves' House said...

your home looks so cozy and inviting. i think that i why i like decorating my home for fall so much.
~nicole

Half of the Style Sisters said...

I couldn't agree with you more. I am so tempted to start posting about Christmas decor but I am trying to hold out and only do Autumn decor,autumn table decor etc.. We just got home from being out of town and there are three neighbors with their Christmas lights up and on. I do love it though and it is alot of work to get the house ready and only have it up for a couple of weeks so I see their points.

Love your decorations...really really nice.

"Hello... It's Me Again..." said...

I love your decorating style. Plus you are a girl after my own heart with your love of glitter. I love glitter, sparkles, anything glitzy!!! (smile)

Have a great week!!!

Valarie Lea said...

I know what you mean. I am trying to decorate for fall, that will transition into Christmas. It's not working for me to well.

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

What a great blog you have here! Thanks for sharing :)

Susie Harris said...

I hear ya sista! Your house looks beautiful all fancy in fall colors. I have to confess... my tree is up. When I was young my Mom always made us wait until my birthday to decorate. That would be the middle of December. I always said when I grow up I will put my tree up when I wanna. I guess I told her, hehe.
That's not why I put it up so early now. I just have so many shows starting in Oct. all the way until Dec. I also help out with backdrops for our Christmas plays. I guess what Im trying to say is I just have to fit it in when I can. I cant wait till after Thanksgiving ... then I get to see more of your prettys... Take care~

Astrid said...

I love your decorations!

Please do share where you got those lovely pillows on your sofa. I need to get me some pillows to punch up my ever so bland and boring beige leather sofa. (can you say blah???).

Happy Autumn!

(oh...I made a few more fall things...
http://thelopsidedhouse.blogspot.com/2008/11/pumpkins-and-leavescraft-projects.html

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

I'm having such a hard time celebrating two Thanksgivings (Canadian at the beginning of October and American at the end of November). Around our home, people have their trees up, their lights and all of the outdoor Christmas doo-dads. I too feel it's way to early for all of that. I love Fall toooo much. Loved to see what you did to decorate. That print is great. I wish there was a HL near me!

Sunny said...

You are a riot! I think it looks nice. Tonight my girlfriend and I had dinner and then walked around our town center. All the C-mas decor was up including the tree!!! Wha?! Already? All the stores had their decor up too. We walked past Pottery Barn and as we did our bow/kneel of worship to the gods that created that store and everything in it, we were so pleased that it was Autumnified. Btw, my Mr. makes up words and it usually ends in -ified. So, anyway, back to decor...we laughed and said should we say thanks to them for giving thanks? Ummm, weird are we? Yeah, thought you might've said that. ha

Jensen's est. 2005 said...

I think your dining room is my favorite. I love the pop of orange pumpkins with the blue!

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Your warmified, fallified, touches of Autumn are beautimus! Hey...I like to make up words too. I am one of those crazy freaky bloggers who just couldn't wait any longer to start decorating for Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I love the warm fall decor, but since I've had Halloween and Fall stuff out since September...I needed a change! Whew...that was one very long run on sentence.

Christmas decorating just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside...it drives hubby up the wall!

...and she lived... said...

You have a beautiful home! I'm guilty...I've started making ornaments for gifts and now I want my tree up! I started listening to Christmas music while baking cookies today. I need to slow down!

Bobbi said...

Wow, it looks so great! You are such a good decorator! I love love love the picture you bought! I would have bought it myself!

Mimi Sue said...

THANK YOU!! If I get out my Christmas stuff too soon, I am so sick of it by the middle of Dec. I don't mind getting a little organized for the holiday but trees up before Thanksgiving? Yikes. Mimi

Momofgirls said...

You are so right! I am feeling rushed by the Christmas season too....Great Reminder of all things Fall!!!

tardevil said...

I've had to rush into Christmas the last several years too, not because I don't enjoy Turkey day, but because when I travel, if it's not done before I leave, I'm over-stressed when I return. Love all your decor, especially the signs. The picture is awesome too. I saw a painting similar to that this weekend, and it was awesome. Your mantel rocks!

Tamara Jansen said...

I love your decorating style! Very chic!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Your autumn is lovely! Love that you did it up with pillows and everything! All over cozy!!

Amber said...

Chris, I love all of your decorations!! I have to admit, I started decorating last week for Christmas. There IS a good reason behind my madness, but now I'm kinda wishing I could savor Thanksgiving too. But we're leaving this Sunday for my in-laws for the entire week of Thanksgiving, so we wouldn't be enjoying it for too long anyway. I do have a Thanksgiving banner hanging in my dining room BEHIND my Christmas tree though!! I made it a few weeks ago with my daughter. We're gonna take it to my in-laws and have everyone write on a pennant what they are thankful for and draw a picture. :)

Anyway, that was loooooonng! But I love your decorations! :)

Katie @ makingthishome.com said...

I was trying to think of the one thing that I most liked about your decorating, and I couldn't pin down one idea. It all looks wonderful, and really works well together! I'm very impressed with how you put things together.
Katie

raesrambles said...

I'm right there with you... Feeling the pressure to start the Christmas decorating. I can't & won't do it before Thanksgiving is over. Lovely fall decor btw.

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

This looks sooooo amazing. Great job. I love Hobby Lobby but we don't have them in California...can you believe it? I would go crazy if they had one here. I love what you did to your mantel, it is really beautiful!
blessings,
debbie

Kris said...

I'M WEIRD?!! YOU, missy, are a total dork. But I agree, Christmas is feeling rushed, maybe because you need the time to make all the cute things seen in blogland. But if you even had a clue to my Thanksgiving plans you would know why I am rushing Christmas. You would do the same. I really love those gold glitter trees on your buffet table. They look perfect there. Once again, your house looks beautiful and so "falltastic." (my made up word of the day)

Laurel MacD said...

What a pretty house you have!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

I love your fall decorations! It looks lovely, and I think that the grey-blue color of your dining room looks great with a pumpkin/terra-cotta color accent! So pretty!

Shannon said...

Love your decorations. I especially love your set of 3 gold trees. So pretty!

Amber said...

I love fall, too! And jumping the gun on decorating gets worse every year--in Sept. our Hobby Lobby put out Christmas stuff alongside Halloween. Geez.

Natalie said...

I think the fall accents look amamzing with your dining room wall color!

You're so dang inspiring...now I just need your talent.

Amy said...

You have a BEAUTIFUL home! Your decorating ideas are amazing! I just came acrossed your blog the other day and have added your button to my page. I have checked in with you daily since then...and will continue to! Thanks for sharing your beautifully creative ideas!
~amy

Sweet Simplicity said...

Love the fall decor! That print from hobby lobby is so nice and I love the warm, fall colors.

Gray Matters said...

Everything looks lovely - it's nice to slow down and take it all in.

Erin said...

How fun is your fall decorating. I am keeping my fall things out too for Thanksgiving. Absolutely beautiful!

Tami said...

Love that you have decorated for Thanksgiving. I am holding off on Christmas decorations too. I do have to say that there have been a couple of Christmas items find a spot in my house along with the fall items. I know that is sad but it is true.

Saucy said...

Looks great! A touch of glitter never hurts!

Mindy said...

I don't know what the problem is...Cuz I already have my Hoppy Easter out! LOL

tdevore581 said...

I love your creativity and love to read, I found you through the other Just a Girl, my long time friend. Since Halloween I have been wondering where you get all the domes you put over things, they are such interesting sizes and shapes, it seems all I can find is the cake or cheese domes...?? Thanks for the I can make that party, I have more ideas than I will ever know what to do with now and it is very exciting!!

Susie Harris said...

Hey girl! I did use nails but they were very tiny. It holds pretty good and I use the same holes as last year. Take care~

Jenny S said...

I liked the autumn at the end!! I would do something like that!! hehehe

ka1t_lyn said...

It all looks so nice, you have a great decorating eye :)

Sarah said...

As much as I love christmas, and am ready to start decorating, I totally know what your saying.
On a side note, I love all of your Autumn Decor. In Canada we have thanksgiving in the begining of Oct, and then its halloween, then its christmas. Some people around here had there tree up on NOV 1st! Anyways have a good day! Enjoy the last of Autumn!

Victoria said...

LOL at getting our cupids out!!!

Love your house. Everything is so refreshing and beautiful.

Wendy said...

I am so with you! I love Thanksgiving and Autumn. I just can't do Christmas yet. But the day after Thanksgiving I'll be all over it!

Carmen said...

Very pretty. I totally know what you mean. I do NOT decorate for Christmas until AFTER Thanksgiving.

coco said...

Love your autumn look...I am with you in savoring fall!

Kathy Eller said...

I usually go all out for Autumn and get really excited. Not this year. Im not sure why...new baby? 90 degree weather STILL....dont know.

Your house looks GREEEAT!

I am tagging you :)

http://handfulofellers.blogspot.com/2008/11/tagged-crazy-8s.html

maryanne420 said...

you have such a beautiful, welcoming home!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Everything looks lovely! I must have done something because you never come by to visit anymore. cherry

Sarah @ ThriftyDecorChick said...

I just made a comment on this tonight, but the opposite! :) I am so over my fall stuff...it's been out for almost two months. Done. I'm ready for Christmas and it's coming out this week and weekend. :) I love your mantel and everything else!

Tara said...

I LOVE the candlesticks on your mantel!! Every picture - GORGEOUS!

Your home is cozy & beautiful all at the same time!

Marie said...

I love, love, love those pillows and the candlesticks on your mantel! Good for you for waiting to decorate for Christmas! I have no plans to decorate for Christmas until at least DECEMBER! :o) I'm crazy like that.

Delighted Mom said...

I LOVE your blog. I can't wait to try some of these great ideas on here! I highlighted you in my website spotlight this week.

Here is the link:

delightedmom.blogspot.com/2008/11/give-hand-made-crafts-for-christmas.html

Barnes Yard said...

Love the fall colors...everything needs to be "warmified" before Christmas :)

Melissa said...

Wow, your decorations a great! I am with you on feeling rushed this season. Not sure why (maybe its the Santa already at the mall??!!) but I'd like to get through Thanksgiving first. Although, the day after is when we are getting our tree, and starting the decorating.

Bella Casa said...

Looks great!

Hey your living room (Family Room?) is the same color as my kitchen that was just painted! We used Harvest Brown from Behr, what color is yours?

I have my Christmas tree up already...I wish all of these Fall Holidays were not so close together, it's hard to take a breath! lol

Bella

Liz said...

Wow... I can see why you love fall so much... your home is PERFECTLY decorated for it. Just stunning!

Michelle said...

everything looks fabulous! I've never been much of a Fall decorator. I don't know why because I love the season and the colors! Christmas is another story! :)

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I love your fall decorations. I am holding out with you, girl. No Christmas stuff has been unpacked in my house, but I am doing a mental checklist of what I have and how I want to tweak it this year. :) SOON!
Carrie

keeper of the chocolates said...

what beautiful decorating :) i love it! hey, chris, never mind on my email i just sent you hon !! i got it all figured out :) come on by to share a recipe or 2!

hugs
shelbi

Jennie said...

Your house looks immaculate.... I love the wheat and the glitter... just the right touch... Can I tell you how much I love your blog!!!

Amy from Texas said...

Great looking fall digs! I went in my neighbor's house last week and it was totally Christmas already! Yikes! I'm with you, I'll wait until after thanksgiving to get out my Christmas boxes. Fall is my favorite and I want to enjoy my pumpkins:-)

Ann said...

Your house looks so lovely and cozy. Great job you did decorating it. I can't wait to see how you decorate it for Christmas. Oooops, but I suppose I still have to wait for a couple more weeks.

restyled home said...

You are so right! While I've been talking the talk (Christmas decorating), I haven't actually done a stick of it. I will begin next week, as my mum and sister are coming from away, and if I don't have it done by then, they won't see it.

Your home looks beautiful, and everything you did looks lovely, as usual! Well, back I go to Christmas shopping so I can enjoy December and all of the fun stuff...like decorating!!!!!

Linda

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Chris, girl! How are you? Hope everything in your neck of the woods is great. Hope your family is happy and healthy. Just wanted to let you know that you rock! Have a great weekend!

Stephanie said...

I am so glad that I have found your blog! Wow. Tons of great ideas...I can't wait to start checking out all the links from "I can make that"...I'm printing the scrabble directions right now!!

I agree with you 100%...I'm all about fall and Thanksgiving right now, and after that....I will be ALL about Christmas!

Thanks for sharing all your terrific ideas!

Stephanie

Tanya said...

I love your decorations! My house is still fall until Friday...but it looks like Christmas outside here, so I can't help but be in the mood!

Thanks for the fun post!

Jersey Girl in DC said...

I love everything, but especially your end table - it's so unique. Thanks for sharing all these fall decorating ideas!

Barb said...

OMG!!!!!!!I have to have that print!!!!!!!!!Hobby Lobby Huh? Your mantle is beautiful beautiful beautiful. I love everything you put on it. Candles, pear, lantern. But that print! Geese. Absolutely agree. Fall is my favorite and makes the home decorating so much easier. The colors of fall just blend better in a home setting. Decorating for Christmas for me is AFTER the turkey.
Mom

Stephanie said...

I love how you seem to work in the decorating into every nook and cranny. I need to get working on my decorating!

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