Fresh Greenery Inspiration and a Giveaway

THERE IS STILL TIME!!! …… to enter our amazing GIVEAWAY

for either a wreath or centerpiece of your choice from Lynch Creek Farm.

I and my fellow friends have partnered with Lynch Creek Farm

to give you some great inspiration for your holiday decorating needs

using the best and freshest greenery/evergreens from the Pacific Northwest.

Here are some inspiration from my friends that I want to share with you today.

Home is Where the Boat Is-Housepitality Designs

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Christmas Traditions in the Dining Room

Happy Holidays everyone! I am joining some fabulously talented home decor bloggers from bHome

for Home for the Holidays!

The amazing App of all things home and garden.

bHome is promoting a very generous giveaway from one of bHome’s bloggers, Farmhouse Refined.

 See below for details of this $250.00 Giveway!

Today, I will present to you Christmas Traditions in the Dining Room.

I always find great inspiration of Holiday decor from the beautiful towns of

 Charleston and Williamsburg during the Holiday Season.

I brought out some items that I have not used in several years

bringing  them back to life in the dining room this year.

Christmas-Sugared Fruit-Tree-Roses-Housepitality Designs

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The Upper Porch Dressed for the Holidays with Chinoiserie

It was supposed to be a birthday and Valentine’s Day gift,

an outdoor rug that I saw in the Frontgate catalog

that I fell in love with!

I ordered it and they said it was on back order.

OK . . . I can wait, but it took 9 months! . . . . But have to say, it was worth the wait.

Upper Back Porch 2015 - Housepitality Designs

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Christmas 2015 Front Porch with Rudy

Welcome to my front porch dressed for Christmas,

featuring Rudy.

Rudy was given to me years ago by my niece Melissa

and he usually stood in the front yard

confusing the real deer.

Now he stands proudly on the front porch

greeting family and friends wearing his scarf of ribbon.

Christmas 2015 From Porch - Housepitality Designs

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Our Great Room Christmas Mantel

Our Great Room Christmas mantel this year 

is probably the most simplistic mantel that I have created.

I promised myself this year

that I am really going to downsize my Christmas decorations.

I did give many boxes of Christmas ornaments, florals and decorations

along with a couple of trees to Habitat last year.

However, I did keep these little trees!

2015 Great Room Christmas Mantel - Housepitality Designs

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas -The Christmas 2014 Front Porch

Twas the Night Before Christmas . . .

When all through the house . . . . not a creature was stirring . . . not even a mouse!

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care . . .

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

Christmas 2014 Front Porch-Housepitality Designs

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Gingerbread and Flowers

I have a very long to do list today…

So I got up this morning at 6a.m. to start on that list…

Gingerbread Pancake Mix Tin Arrangement

This tin is from Williams-Sonoma……it contained gingerbread flavored pancake/waffle mix…

—– and it was awesome!

Gingerbread Pancake Mix Tin Arrangement

With eyes barely open and my coffee cup in one hand I proceed to start to work…

Gingerbread Pancake Mix Tin Arrangement

I have not been to Williams-Sonoma lately (other than the outlet store)…

—– I am hoping they will have this mix this season.

Gingerbread Pancake Mix Tin Arrangement

Gingerbread Pancake Mix Tin Arrangement

I placed copper leaf stems that I bought last year on clearance…

—– and added stems/picks of greenery.

I felt that the copper stems went well with the tin.

Gingerbread Pancake Mix Tin Arrangement

Gingerbread Pancake Mix Tin Arrangement

One more arrangement done.

I have 3 more to do..

I also created a wreath this morning..

I used the same copper leaf stems.

Copper leaf wreath

I had this gorgeous ribbon that I used on my wall upside down tree last year.

Copper leaf wreath

Copper leaf wreath

Copper leaf wreath

Copper leaf wreath

Did I tell that I just love this ribbon?

I buy these beautiful ribbons on sale after Christmas..

—– usually for 75% off…. which is great when a roll is $25.00!!

Copper leaf wreath

So here is the finished product.

It will be hanging in the clubhouse for the craft/artisan show…

—– hope someone likes the color of copper!!!

And on an entirely different note:

Midwest Living Magazine

I want to thank Alison of The Polohouse for sending me this wonderful magazine.

I won it — and so happy that I did — her home is in it —

—– and as many of you know — it is exquisite!!!!

Now I am off to visit these wonderful bloggers who are participating today —

—– At the Thankful At Home Party!


Today please visit and see the wonderful Thanksgiving inspiration and traditions —

—– of these fabulous bloggers!

Kari at Thistlewood Farm

Kelly at Eclectically Vintage

Kelly at My Soulful Home

Anita at Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Rhoda at Southern Hospitality


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Twas the day before Christmas…

I think I am the only one still posting Christmas decor….

…..I spent the day yesterday with my granddaughter and her friends…

……….She hosted a “tour” of my home for her friends.

So today, I will present some more “tidbits” throughout the house…





The other guest bathroom…






The master bathroom…





The Powder room…



More trees….

…..the 2nd Guest room…




The Laundry Room…


Just recently painted the room…in SW Silvermist..





More pillows…



The Master Bedroom tree….


I wrapped it with a flocked garland…



The bonus room Baseball tree…


The “snowmen” sliding into home plate…





I have a tree for my granddaughter every year…

… is usually themed after her “Halloween costume”…

This year she was Princess Pikachu…she loves Pokemon!



The vintage wagon has a “moving” skating pond at the base of the tree…



Yesterday was a great day had by all…I love to see the smiling faces of children…

…..especially when they peer into the “goodie bags”….



May you all have a joyous Christmas Eve!!

I am joining:

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

Enhancing a Kitchen Island

Recently, my neighborhood held its Annual Craft/Artisan Show…

I showcased and sold my Christmas Wreaths..


And my friend Kristen, of Sophia’s Decor showcased her gorgeous furniture transformations…

…..along with her beautiful jewelry, pillows, wreaths, table runners, and many other items.


She and her mom are the cutest…and so talented!!

They staged the front entrance with their beautiful items….

… of which I snagged quickly…it was marked sold before anyone else could get to it!!!



The cute table Kristen painted in ASCP Old White….

…..and used Miss Mustard Seed’s lovely wax..

I had the perfect place for that table…here’s the before…


And here is the after….


I really wanted a larger island when designing the kitchen…

…..however, the builder and the cabinet maker thought it was best that I have more room…

……….between the island and the other bank of cabinetry.

But, I still felt I could have “squeezed” another foot or so for a larger island.


So thanks Kristen…for providing me with the opportunity…

… enhance my kitchen island.


I love the contrast of the white and cherry finish…


It adds great surface space and storage….




I so love this beautiful table that Kristen re-furbished…

… is just the “extra something” that my kitchen island needed!!….


And soon there will be a “Kitchen Christmas Tree” on the table!

I will be joining:

Judy from DIY Designs for Fall Into Fall Party

Katherine from Katherine’s Corner for Thursday Blog Hop

Kim from Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Yvonne from the Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits Thursday

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Christmas Decor has appeared…

I went to one of my favorite garden center/gift shops a while ago, with two of my sweet friends….

… sign up for a class on Christmas mantel decorating by a fabulous Christmas design expert.

When we arrived, this is what was in the garden center..

…..the elves were working night and day and here are some of the spectacular trees and decor.


I am partial to these “upside down/inverted” trees as I have two of them…

This tree has a woodland/owl theme…


I was discreetly taking photos with my iPhone….:)

I love this reindeer covered with script paper…I think it could be an easy D.I.Y..


The Christmas designer owns his own company that sells “all things Christmas”….

He utilizes many large items in his design of the these wreaths.

…..he ran a Christmas decorating contest last year and I won!….

………..I won merchandise from his catalog and can’t wait to receive my “loot”….


Owls are still very popular this year…but this cute hedgehog is a new item….love him!!



It’s hard to see, but there is a large wagon that is incorporated in the base of the tree!

And here are some great letters that are made from books…cut out by using a jig saw perhaps?


And here is a great idea of “merchandising” a hurricane…


And yesterday, I traveled to one of my other favorite garden centers/gift shops….


I needed a few supplies to complete my wreath making….for our community Craft/Artisan show….


You are greeted by this friendly fella….I cannot believe that I did not buy him!!!


This is where I purchase quality silk florals…


Here is a beautiful swag…I bought the materials to make this…

…..and will share it with you soon!



So this year, I keep seeing the same theme…of owls and decor of woodland themes…


I have used owls in much of my decor last year and still plan to do that this year…

…..however, I so love the look of a sparkly “White Christmas”


This week, I have been busy with social commitments and making wreaths for our community Craft/Artisan show..

My hubby’s “man cave” has turned into “Santa’s Workshop”


So that I can create my wreaths and swags and coordinate my Christmas decorating….

….like this…a little sneak peek of one of my wreaths.


So now I shall go back to my “Santa’s Workshop” to make more wreaths!!!

Stay tuned for my creations….

Do you make your own holiday wreaths too?