“Christmas is forever, not for just one day. For loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away.” –Norman Wesley Brooks
I love to decorate for the holidays. I love the smell of our fresh evergreen Christmas tree… I love to create all my winter porch pots, which will be a topic coming up shortly! My friends have often said my home looks like Bronner’s in Frankenmuth, Michigan. This, to say the least, is quite a compliment which humbles me greatly. I simply do what I love and what makes me happy!
That my friends is what decorating is all about… YOU!!! Not what others think. Not to please others. Your home and it’s décor speaks of who you are, what you love, and even your life experiences & travels. Home is where the heart is.
I am going to share photos of my porch pots, home and trees I’ve had over the years. I hope they inspire you to create an inviting space that speaks of who you are, and what you love.
Happy Holidays Dragonfly Friends!
Pro Tip: Wrap empty boxes with festive paper and put those under any extra trees you may have OR use them as a cute stack and place an adorable gnome or other decoration on top for added interest in an empty corner!
I love my foyer & stairwell decorations!
These photos are of my front foyer. If you have one, it is wonderful to make it warm and welcoming. You can see I’ve switched the trees up. The snowman tree is what I currently use, and I just love how he welcomes all with a big smile & open arms!
I purchased this snowman tree a couple years ago at the end of the season, and I am soooo happy I did! I also started collecting my adorable little gnomes which climb the stairs. Each gnome represents one of my children, their partner if they have one, and of course my grandbabies! I line them in age order starting with the oldest at the top and move on down.
The other special thing I do is the stockings. Everyone one has one of those as well… as does Frankie & my two kitties Willow & Stormie. I always say the beauty is in the details!
Decorate with what makes you happy!
This year is going to be kinda sad for me though… I will be in the middle of moving and I honestly don’t even know if I will be able to put up a tree!!! Time will tell, but either way I am going to share what my home generally looks like!
My Favorite Trees…
My living room is home to what I refer to as my formal tree which is the only one we cut down every year. I also have a fun, whimsical artificial tree in my kitchen & dining room area. The Snowman tree is in my foyer, and then I still have one more! It is our newest and we call it our Tree by the Sea! That is going to be a post of it’s own!
Each year my kids & I go to a local tree farm and cut down our tree, haul it home, and decorate it! This is a tradition I’ve been doing for several years, and it is one I hope my kids will carry on with their families!
This was my tree in 2019 and it was done in burgundy, chocolates, & gold. I usually don’t use gold, but it made this tree look really elegant.
I love to use all types of ornaments. As you can see here, I was able to find gold as well as silver dragonflies! I was so thrilled!
Little birds along with beautiful ribbon and traditional bulbs add an altogether spectacular look to any tree!
This was my 2020 tree done is blues, clear, white, & silver! This is by far one of my favorite trees! Switching out your tree skirt to match adds that final touch!
Sparkly poinsettia’s, and glittery ribbon makes your tree sparkle! It is beautiful with or without the lights on!
Silver dragonflies sparkle in the twinkling lights of this tree!
This was my tree last year, 2021 done in red & whites!!! I had never done one like this, and it has become my very favorite.
Cute ornaments with little sayings are always a cute way to express yourself! I love to use different elements not just in the tree but throughout the house.
I was so excited when I found red & white pinstriped poinsettias for my tree!
Pro Tip: When storing your holiday décor, store items from each room in the same tote or totes. For example, put all your living room decorations in one tote, or as many as you need, but don’t mix with other rooms. Label each tote with a piece of paper on the inside facing out.
I also decorate my dining room.
I have a small whimsical tree with felted mice and snowballs! The large window has lighted garland & ornaments which finishes the look. I decorate my hutch like a little woodland with trees, artificial snow, and other decorative elements!
I love to switch up the art for each season! Here are a few more pictures of my dining room!
Wall art sets the space in a home along with a beautiful center piece. I have often been told, beauty is in the details.
My living room fireplace mantel also gets a make over.
I have switched up the wall art, but generally the Nutcrackers have always adorned the mantel. Last year I was so excited to find the ceramic nutcrackers that now guard the fireplace at The Royal Oak Farmers Sunday Market!
It doesn’t stop there dragonfly friends! I even decorate my main floor bath!
I take my art and cover it with gift wrap for that extra touch! Don’t be afraid to express yourself. Decorate to make you happy!
Pro Tip: I always buy my following year’s decorations after the holiday! You can save up to 75% off all items, and that can equal big savings. I generally go and check out the items I may want and then hit the sales the very next day!!!
Pro Tip: Use clear plastic totes to store all your holiday décor in so you can easily see what is inside.
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As you can see, I go all out for the holidays. I love sharing with all of you, & I’d love to see pics of your holiday décor. Be sure to share some pics with me on my Facebook page. If you aren’t following me on Facebook, go on over & give a LIKE & Follow me for daily tips & tricks for your home & garden!
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Happy Day, Jean
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“Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.” Friedrich Nietzsche
The subjects of your design should speak of your soul.
1. When choosing seasonal décor, be sure to consider the color of your walls & furniture! When shopping for seasonal décor such as throw pillows, rugs, wall art & prints, or even holiday dishes these factors are important. My living room walls are a slate blue & my furniture is gray, so I tend to purchase things that accentuate those colors and the primary hues.
Pro Tip: For example, I often put white or light colored objects up against or on my living room walls. This draws the eye as soon as you enter the room.
5. This photo is of my foyer. When you come into my home through the front door, this is the first thing you see. I decorate this area for each season (I have the cutest snowman tree for the holidays!!).
As you can see, I’ve taken elements from my living room and tied them into this area. My goal is to make each person who enters our home feel welcome!
Pro tip: My foyer is a light gray so I’ve used décor to match this space as opposed to my living room with it’s dark slate blue walls.
Decorating has always been a passion of mine, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. My gardens are an expression of the things I love, as is each room in my home. Today I wanted to share with you some of my autumn décor throughout my home. I can’t wait to share my Thanksgiving & Holiday designs with you… I love this time of year!
Here are a few tips I follow when decorating each room in my home.
2. To change or not to change, that is the question! Most of us have art work on our walls, tables, & on the floor. Adding decorative items like seasonal signs or other wall art, table trays, vases, sculptures, etc. add so much to the display. Beauty is in the details!
Pro Tip: Balance is the key, so use decorative items that compliment what you already have.
4. Switch it up from year to year! These two pictures of my fireplace show some variation however only slightly, I do like to switch things up. I’ve had different artwork and mantel décor each year. The photo of the live pumpkins with Thanks on them is what I previously did before my glass & ceramic pumpkins.
Pro tip: I shop at the end of the season and take advantage of the huge clearance sales. Then I pull out all my goodies the next year & it’s just like Christmas!
Bonus Pro tip:I keep all my holiday decorations in clear plastic toteswith an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper saying what is in it along with the year it was used or is planned for!
“Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you Love.” Lebo Grand