Holidays are filled with seasonal music, seasonal scents, seasonal sights and typically a seasonal credit card bill. Shopping for family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and host gifts to take to all the parties can get extremely expensive! And in a season of Marie Kondo teaching everyone to purge, gifts need to be useful or meaningful.
I love this article from Houzz with recommendations on cozy gift ideas. The best part about this list is that the recipients will feel pampered while receiving some lovely upgrades to their home environment.
Most people are pushing for summer barbecues, but my favorite time of year for an outdoor party is the fall. Typically the fall means cooler days, cooler evenings, less pollen and less bugs. Plus the weather is much more conducive to enjoying a fire pit.
Check out this fun article on how to create a great outdoor space for entertaining:
Inviting friends and family is the easy part so take a little time to figure out the details. Think about the flow of the space, add extra seating groups and make sure you have good lighting. Food and drinks are important but don’t forget about the music – Spotify has lots of great playlists. Definitely add in a s’mores moment if there are kids involved. Although adults will love this, too.
Your guests will be delighted and hopefully be inspired to host a backyard party of their own and invite you!
I love everything about this kitchen…literally everything! Look at the “before photo” and see where this room started. The transformation is beautiful and inspiring which all design should be (in my humble opinion).
Houzz does such a great job of exposing us to excellent design and ideas from around the world.
These homeowners in Atlanta, GA re-purposed some space to add concentrated storage areas and more windows. The vintage vibe of the tile mixed with the rustic woods adds warmth to the room. The lighting is a special surprise – swing-arm sconces in a kitchen? What? The custom hood pulls everything together on the focal wall.
This kitchen is a lovely gathering space for family and friends!
Decorating the house for the holidays is one way to bring a festive spirit to the season. There are many obvious places most of us tend to focus our decorating efforts…the tree, the outdoors, a mantle, the dining room table. One room typically gets neglected – the kitchen.
The kitchen is our hub as the holidays are filled with lots of entertaining. We host gift exchanges, throw cocktail parties, invite dinner guests and call friends in for coffee during the season. We spend lots of time in the kitchen baking goodies, planning menus and gathering with friends and family. The kitchen needs to have some fun decorations, too!
Decorate cabinets with wreaths or Holiday photo cards you’ve received. Windows are a great place to hang garland and lights. Chandeliers, or even pot racks, are perfect for dangling ornaments with decorative ribbon. A grouping of glass canisters and cake stands filled with edible treats is a true crowd pleaser!
Enjoy this Holiday season with your friends and family and make sure your kitchen has a few special decorative surprises for everyone to enjoy!