Happy Monday all, and welcome to the holiday weekend wrap up. It was a busy one! This weekend I finished decorating, baked my favorite gingerbread as well as soft sugar cookies (that taste as good as they look) and wrapped gifts. I am focusing today’s post on holiday decorating and Buffalo check style finds but promise to share my recipes and gift wrap ideas in the coming days.
It’s a Buffalo Check Christmas
As I shared before in my wreath tutorial (making your supermarket wreath look good:) I love this year’s trend of buffalo check. I am craving a homey, warm Christmas atmosphere inside and out. The cheerful red combined with the black check fits the bill. Never one to be reticent I will admit right now that I may have gone overboard. Is it bad to buy a matching buffalo check scarf for your dog? GG and I had some fun (and there were plenty of treats for her patience!). I found both the dress and scarf at Old Navy which is always a good source of affordable fashion and usually right on trend. I bought a sweater too.
Buffalo Check Ribbon
I love using ribbon to decorate, and I used the buffalo check ribbon to trim my garland on the deck and found an adorable basket with…you guessed it buffalo check. I picked up some bright red pillows too. This little scene is what I see from our kitchen sink so I try to always have something cute to look at for every season. As I mentioned in my how to make your supermarket wreath beautiful – I also used the buffalo check ribbon and trimmed the wreath with berries and pine cones.
Deep Red Berries in a White Pitcher
It is the small things in life right? And, sometimes the best decorating is simple and inexpensive. I found these artificial stems at Michaels and put them in this white pitcher. The pitcher was a wedding gift and from the Museum of Modern Art in New York (I like this one from Target too) I love the deep red of the berries next to the white pitcher. I keep moving it around the house as it adds such a nice pop of color. I could see these berries in vintage jars as well.
We had a nice family dinner Saturday night. I adore the white village theme that Pottery Barn showcased this year. I found these mini ornaments with a similar look at Christmas Tree Shop (see below). Paired with a pine cone, some red candles and with my jacquard Santa and his sleigh Williams Sonoma tablecloth, it made such a cozy and festive table.
Ornaments are a fun way to add some festive touches to your holiday table and are often inexpensive and easier to store than an entire village.
Holiday Mantle Decorating Tutorial
Lastly, I love using natural products to decorate. First, I like to support our local farms and nurseries. Second, I do not have to store anything – I just add to our compost when the holiday is over. If you are in the Fairfield County area, Town and Country nursery has a lovely Christmas shop. I purchased fresh magnolia and boxwood bunches. I prefer these greens as they do not leak sap! One year it took me forever to remove the sap from the mantle after using pine branches. Here is how I decorated our mantle (see below for pictures):
- Lay down the magnolia branches. Step back to see what it looks like and adjust the leaves accordingly. Also, trim any errant stems.
- Layer on the boxwood using the same technique of stepping back.
- I love candles and use our existing candles to flank either end. chasing some faux lighted candles.
- Add touches. You can be creative here. I used some vintage looking ornaments from Magnolia home mixed in with some pinecones and silver ornaments sprinkled throughout.
- You could add some lights too with a strand of white battery operated lights.
Well I hope you enjoyed this post on holiday decorating and Buffalo check style finds. Please check back in for some recipes and more and I would love to hear about your holiday decorating and planning.