Christmastime is here…

Christmastime is here...

Christmastime is here. Bringing lots of cheer…

Well, not really. But you would have to wonder if you looked around my house! Boxes of decorations are strewn about, wreaths are being hung from ribbons and stockings already adorn the fireplace. Just like the chaos that usually happens in late November, only it isn’t November! It is kind of exciting in a way, the thought that my house could be fully decorated for the holidays and it is only September! All of October, November and December I could focus on baking, entertaining and gift wrapping?!!! How fun that will be! No mad scramble around here this year! Of course, we will still have to get our tree…

I love to do holiday decorating that can last from early fall right on through spring just with a few quick changes here and there. I like to do lots of greenery and garden decor as a backdrop so you can just add some pumpkins or gourds in fall; twinkly lights and red berries in winter; and early flowering blooms when spring arrives. That is my favorite, natural backdrops with holiday touches.

Tomorrow is picture taking day, so I don’t have photos yet to share. But soon I will have holiday ideas and photos for those of you who are chomping at the bit to get going on the holiday season! I know a few of you have asked for ideas so we will definitely need to talk about holiday decor. Happily, most of you are enjoying one season at a time and are in no rush to move on!

In addition to maybe showing a bit of my holiday preparations, I want to talk starting this week about the scented home! We are ready to continue in our Five Senses series and I think next we will talk about the sense of smell — fall has such a delicious scent, don’t you think? I can’t wait to talk about some of our everyday favorite scents, as well as all the wonderful smells of the holidays. I think we should do another group effort on our favorite ways to scent our home. Favorite candles, favorite scents, favorite homemade ways to add deliciousness to the air. Oh, I can’t wait! Maybe we will do that on Wednesday, so tune in because we will need everyone’s input! I do hope you will join me!

I am off to say good night to my son and watch a movie with my husband! Winston has already dozed off on my chair. It is definitely getting darker earlier, have you noticed?!

Thanks so much for checking in and I look forward to spending some time chatting and catching up with you all this week! Be sure to say hello if you stop in!

Christmastime is here...

Sweet Escape, kind of

Sweet Escape, kind of

I can’t decide where to go today for my sweet escape. Usually I am busting at the seams with ideas for people to see, places to go, things to discover, yet today, nothing. No idea. I visited blogs that were delightful and thought about taking you there, maybe that would be a good idea. Maybe next time. Then I thought about another trip somewhere, you know, maybe South Africa. A safari would be nice. And animals like lions and elephants are inspirational. Usually.

Sweet Escape, kind of

Then I was thinking about the books I’ve been reading. Colefax and Fowler: The Best in English Interior Decoration, or The House in Good Taste. Two interior design classics. Or the mystery book I am reading. Those would really be cool to talk about, like an escape into another time or escape with a good book. That’d be good too. I will do one of those soon.

That is the problem with me. I can never decide. Everything sounds good to me. I am the worst decision maker IN THE WORLD. Unless I am deciding something for someone else. I could pick out a sofa for you in no time at all. And I am sure you’d love it. But if it is for me, I just couldn’t be sure. When my husband and I go out to dinner, I make him decide what I should eat. But if he picks something too weird I say, no I don’t feel like that. But I am not sure what I do feel like. I don’t like to decide.

But with my blog, usually if I sit down and start looking around for inspiration, something pops in to my mind. Sometimes I try to think about what you might want to talk about it. It is much funner (is that a word, somehow I am thinking not?) more fun to talk with people than to yourself. Don’t you think? So, thank you for your comments.

Sweet Escape, kind of

Colefax and Fowler, I love their fabric. It’s a classic.

You guys were really getting into our classics conversation and that made it very fun. Thank you for being a part, each one of you had such great comments and ideas. It isn’t too late if you want to add something. We are going to do those interactive blogging events regularly here. That is how much fun it was! That way we can compile the best of the best from a variety of stylish people like yourselves. Chic and non-chic alike, we all have worthy contributions. Maybe once a week we will try that for a little change of pace. I think it is much more fun to hear from you than from me all the time.

Even when you just say, Hi! I love it here! That’s good. I want you to enjoy coming here and when you say that, it lets other people know it is an OK place to be. If they were wondering if they should stay or not.

What was I talking about? Oh, yes, what to talk about. For the sweet escape. I think I am having an inspiration block, because all day I have been writing. Writing an article that is due this week. Writing my Christmas ideas for a magazine I am contributing to (along with blogging apparently comes other writing assignments, I did not know this when I decided to blog. Bloggers are writers, I just thought I was an interior designer talking about stuff I like for my own edification, but now I know how things go with blogs — you are also a writer and have to have something of interest to say quite often, in words and in pictures. Therein lies my problem). On top of writing I have been thinking of how to photograph my Christmas ideas by next week. That is the deadline for the article. Christmas in September! That is why I am having an inspiration block. My mind is a little foggy.

Sweet Escape, kind of

So, even though I realize you came here today for an escape, a dreamy photo of a faraway place, or for some design inspiration, or whatever you all hope for when you come here, today you will just get to meet my son. I know, totally uninspiring. But in a sort of way, he is inspiring. Because he feels totally free to be himself. Just like we should be in our homes and the way we personalize them. There are no rules. Just good ideas and better ideas. A designer can help you turn it in to something magical if you can’t seem to figure out how. But there really are no rules, just people with inspiring ideas who make something out of what you already have. Most of you do that very well.

Here is my son. Being himself. He looks insane. But really, he is super cute. You’d never know to look at this picture. It is just a bad angle.

Sweet Escape, kind of

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend escape planned, a time to play and be yourself. Live a little, laugh, and have some fun. I know what I am doing, decorating for Christmas!

Sweet Escape, kind of

The Christmas photo, white room and yellow room photos are all from one of my favorite places, Cottage Living design assistant. That is another great escape!