Oh my! My friend Nicole has introduced me to my new favorite store-West Elm. I am probably a bit behind just discovering this store but it is right up my alley. I love all the rustic details. Nicole was looking up decorating ideas for my orange wall and sent me the link to this Pinecone Garland that would look great on the mantel.
I have predicament. I recently painted the wall behind my fireplace a burnt orange color which looks great usually. Now I have decorated for Christmas with my usual red accessories. It is clashing bad. I am trying to get ideas of other colors I can use to decorate the mantel. Right now I have red candle holders and red stockings. Garland with red berries. I've thought about painting the berries a green or gold if that's possible? Here are some pics of garlands I love.
I am obsessed with anything birch bark! It is all over my house. I love the mix of natural items here with the sparkle of the balls.
This garland is also pretty with its frosting of white and pinecones.
I would love to hear your ideas, if you've ever spray painted or changed your existing garland..
I know many of you serve and eat mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving. Well I've got a fabulous recipe for you to try! My friends and I recently gathered for our own Thanksgiving dinner and Paul's Potatoes were the big hit! They are delicious.
1 3 lb. bag small Irish Red Potatoes
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup milk
3 tbsp butter
1/2 cup Ranch dressing
Add garlic salt and pepper to taste
Chop and boil potatoes, then combine all ingredients and get smashing (yes the old fashioned way).
I love these table settings from Country Living. Each are different, all are beautiful. Hope this gives you some ideas for your own Thanksgiving table.
I love the corn centerpiece. This would be easy to make. A lot of grocery stores sell this corn around this time of year. This tablecloth could also be made from a piece of fabric. You could write inspirational quotes on the borders with a fabric pen. Great conversation starter.
The warm jewel tones in this setting are so pretty. Notice the artificial leaves as place cards. They used a gel pen to write the guests names. The berries are also artificial. I have seen these at Michael's craft store.
This setting is the most unique. Everything was constructed out of felt. The runners, the leaves, and the bands and letters on the candles are all felt. The letters were placed on both sides of the candles for everyone to enjoy.
I've got a great gift idea for the holidays over at HostessJo.com! Everyone loves candles right? Well these are not just your average candle. They are hillarious! (and they smell great) They celebrate good times and bad. Whether you need a quick fix or a pick me up, they are great for many occasions. Aromatherapy Interventions, 100% Soy candles are not just any candle. They are true aromacology. Insightful and unique. Approximate burn time: 50 hours. Here are a couple of my favorites!
Speaking of the beauty of Fall, why not bring the brightly colored leaves inside? In this table setting they used small branches with leaves set under transparent glass plates. I would think you could use transparent acrylic also if you were having a more casual dinner. You could also use loose leaves. How unique!