I went out shopping this afternoon. I can tell you – Halloween is officially over in the retail world – no more black and orange – it has all been banished to the clearance bins. Now it is time to move right into harvest colors and then into full blown Christmas holiday splendor. The shelves were stocked for the holidays. Target was just getting their holiday shop set up, but Michaels and AC Moore were holiday ready and that is what I wanted to find – holiday decorating inspiration!
I usually don’t start decorating this early, but I have a reason. My oldest daughter who is in the Peace Corps is coming home in two weeks. She will only be home for 6 weeks and is going to be traveling to go on med school interviews – so things are going to get hectic. She has been in Africa for the past 20 months and is a bit homesick. She is looking forward to spending the holidays at home with all the trimmings. I don’t want to let her down.
I have been scanning books, magazines, and Pinterest for ideas on how I want to decorate my house for the holidays this year and thought I would share with you the images that I have found the most inspiring. I like white with lots of color pops. I haven’t used a red and green scheme in many years. I want to keep things SIMPLE, but elegantly festive.
The glow of candlelight excites me – love these sparkly pumpkin candles for my Thanksgiving table.
Or maybe I will go for a more rustic feel. I have collected enough acorns to do this.
The right kind of light can change the way a room feels. Classic white string lights in glass vases is very pretty and do-able, They create that feeling you get when you fall asleep in the glow of a Christmas tree. Snuggly bliss.
I saw Metallics in every store I went into. They are “IN” this year. These ornaments would even look good on my Thanksgiving table. I think this is my favorite photo in this post. XO
Melanie from Pretties and Posies has the best living room in the blogosphere. She doesn’t blog anymore, but you can still find some of her photos on Pinterest. I wish I could move right in. Love all the white. The stone fireplace is just dreamy.
White with pops of color. Love, Love, Love!
Have you ever read a Country Farmhouse. I love Trina’s style and her blog. I also love this room. Simple elegance at its best.
This is how I set my New Year’s Eve table last year. I want to do something similar again this year.
My colors – A Creative Mint always has the most inspiring photos.
Very doable and affordable. I already have the vase and ornaments. I will just have to pick up some dead branches in my yard.
I have posted this photo before, but it remains one of my favorite rooms.
Simple yet… so festive.
Ooooh…lala… they look delicious!
I can do this trio of wreaths on my family room doors.
I could have done this on Saturday night when we got an early snowstorm here on the east coast. Candles in the snow – perfection.
So now that we are already into November – we will be seeing festive inspiration popping up all over town – even at your library, so keep your eyes open for holiday decorating inspiration everywhere.
and your ears, too for some audio inspiration. I only heard Christmas music in one store today, but that was all I needed to inspire me to gather all my Christmas CDs together when I got home so I can start listening. It will get me in the mood to get my house looking like all these inspiration photos. We will see how close I can get over the next few weeks.
Have you been gathering inspiration yet? How do you want to decorate your house for the holidays this year?