Just a fast post while I'm running about this week. I cannot believe it's already been a week since I was in San Francisco with my blogger besties. Isn't it funny how time always flies by after a getaway?
Though I wish I could beem myself back to last week and the beautiful Hotel Monaco, I'm scrambling this week to get Thanksgiving for 16 ready and also tick some of those Christmas boxes off before the after Thanksgiving madness!
I want to not stress about the holidays and I am for once #gettingitdoneearly! This is so not my modus operandi, but people can change no? I hit Target the other day and got an amazing amount ticked off and there was much to choose from. That was my problem last year…Things were picked over already quite early. I got most my wrap there. I'm kind of picky about wrap and hate garish stuff. I generally like simple and graphic styles and like to go with 2 shades so all the ribbon easily coordinates. This year I pretty much did Kraft paper brown, black whites, cream and deep red.
Here's a little hint, check out the dollar section. Last time I went there I didn't do this. All the good ribbon and labels are there! Thanks Most Lovely Things for the tip! Some pretty high-end bits and bobs. I loved what I got so much I turned my pantry into a wrap station and even cleared out a cabinet for all my goodies..
I find umbrella stands so useful to hold wrap!
Now for turkey day, I turned my house around. Do you ever do this? My husband hates this with a passion, but I prevailed. I turned our largish and long living room into the dining room. I moved my glass table and dining table...
I love this wing-back chair at the head of the table. My husband had real issues with it as the height of the seat is lower than a regular chair. Men! I told him fine I'd sit there with a pillow!
Please don't judge my tables yet, as I haven't figured out my theme, tablecloths, etc yet. I'm not so great at tablescapes, but I like to try and make it look festive.
I then made the dining room, which is small, into a conversation area. I did this by dividing a sectional and adding our other sofa and ottoman. I added a standing lamp too. It's perfect for a cozy chat pre-dinner. Everyone has a spot for their cocktail and I'll add bowls of nuts and pretty napkins. I really wanted an area everyone could socialize, but be close to the dinner area. People like my 96 year old grandma can hear what everyone is chatting about in here...
Pictures are a bit odd and off-centered. Haven't decided on the wall things yet. Naomi, please disregard my messy throws! This is still in laboratory stage!
I don't know about you, but I love changing spaces up and I think keeping rooms exactly as they are supposed to be is one of the biggest flaws with American decorating. Change your home, change your life! Try to think out of the box! Use all your spaces! Why be boring?
Cats have expressed approval…Isn't that all that matters?? :D
Already one of my kids brought a laptop in here and put his feet up. It feels intimate and I may just keep it like this. I like having more space for dinner parties and guests won't feel cramped to get in their seats. I think it will be a win-win. The only thing is where do I put the Christmas tree now???
Speaking of Christmas, I realized I have almost zero red in my wardrobe. When I was up in San Francisco with Adrienne and Heather, I found a red layered Calvin Klein shell that's a great basic piece that can be dressed up or down. Adrienne loved it too and also got it. I'm thinking of ways I can wear it for the holidays and also for Adrienne's next How I Wear My post which is Red! (The leather pants look pretty cute don't they? Not sure if I could pull that off.)
|Calvin Klein top- Macy's|
Well yesterday I ran to TJ Maxx for some Thanksgiving table items and found something I've been wanting, but resisted buying, due to the price. It's a wristlet that is a wallet/phone holder. I've seen a few girls out with them and they are so simple for evenings -or just a walk or a bike ride. Perfect for when you don't want to carry a lot. The Michael Kors' versions are particularly nice, but run closer to $100. I found this red one for $39 yesterday! Now I have something to pair with my top, and two red items in my wardrobe! (Note..the top is not as blazing as it looks here!)
Have you embraced this new wallet/phone thingy at all? I swear as I get older I want to carry less and less and even a purse feels like baggage at times!
Tomorrow I'm off to get all my veg from the Farmer's Market in town. I've really been enjoying the winter market (well, I guess it's still fall officially), and all the offerings. With the baked good there and holiday music, it almost feels like the Christmas Markets in Europe. I'd love to be there one Christmastime and have roasted chestnuts!!
This is me at the market last Sunday..My hubs took this. DO not look at the bagels..SO not going with the organic vegetables, but I have teenage boys to keep full!
Have a great weekend and I'll be back soon with my Thanksgiving set up.
I would love to hear any ideas you have about Thanksgiving or getting ahead on the holiday thing…
Oh and I am not shopping on Black Friday and definitely not Thanksgiving. I plan on enjoying the natural world and get nowhere near a mall! And how about this below? Totally agree. As one smart person said, "How can you be thankful for all you have when you are out scrambling to get more?" That really epitomizes it doesn't it?
A special black-themed post is in the works though!
- Also make sure if you are buying it to eat you get the tomato-shaped ones-fuyu. The other heart-shaped ones are better for baking and more acidic.