Holiday Fluffing

Holiday Fluffing

Hey all you Pillow Fluffers! If you are getting ready to fluff up your nest for the holidays (and who among us, may I ask, isn’t considering a little timely fluffing?), it is time to do a quick once-over on your home decor before you bring out the Christmas decorations! If you are like me, you work best on a deadline. Just knowing all the friends and relatives are heading over makes me jump into action. Somehow I can manage to finish a room in record time if guests are on their way. Decisions become much clearer when you don’t have all the time in the world to think about them. Corners become much easier to clean when I just have to grab and stash in a hurry. Yep, deadlines work wonders for my productivity.

I had to laugh about a fellow design blogger’s opportunity to be featured in a magazine with only a few days of warning. I wasn’t laughing about the opportunity, but about the few days warning. Joni from Cote de Texas and I suffer from the same disease I call Magazine Cover-itis, which basically means your artistic eye WISHES your house looked like the cover of a magazine, but you just can’t keep it looking that way in real life. No one can! It is unbelievable what you can do to get that magazine cover look if a cameraman is headed over, never mind the relatives!

Check out Cote de Texas Joni’s blog to see her beautiful home (I brought over a sneak peek photo, above, to whet your appetite! And look at those dogs! They are posing for sure!). Be sure to congratulate her on the magazine, and read her account of how it all went down! I was drooling, she has a wonderful home (and I know it was absolutely beautiful even before her mad dash to fluff it up)!

Well, the time has come for us procrastinators to start fluffing! We need to whip together our homes in a hurry. If you are wanting to give your room some quick updates, check out HGTV’s top 25 decorating mistakes. Most of them seem reasonable to me, what do you think? They may have missed a thing or two, but it is a helpful resource to apply to your own home, just to make sure you haven’t unknowingly committed any deadly decorating sins.

Holiday Fluffing

photo from HGTV online

The other thing I do right before holiday decorating is a take a box and go room by room to gather up excess stuff that I can put away until after the holidays. I don’t have a lot of knick knacks, but if I have random things smaller than an artichoke, or unnecessary clutter, I might stash them away in a box so my holiday decorations can take center stage. Then, let the holiday decorating begin!

I’ll give you my pared down holiday decorating ideas and what I do in a separate post. Meanwhile, start fluffing!

PS. The photo here from HGTV shows great ideas for updating your mantle. The website shows additional ideas, but I really like this one and have used it before for clients. Most people hang pictures or mirrors above the fireplace, but oftentimes simply setting your pictures on the shelf and leaning them back gives a much more updated and stylish look! Notice the layering going on there. Very chic!

Oh, and one last PS. I got a wonderful package from Pat at Back Porch Musings. I won her giveaway and everything is perfect for me! I am so excited! I have to tell you, the sachet she included is DIVINE! The company that makes it is called Hill House Naturals. I went to their website to find it for you and while I couldn’t find the exact item, I did find the scent (Fresh Pumpkin) in other products. Check it out! You can order online and I guarantee you the scent is scrumptious! I wish I had smell-a-blog so you could experience it! Thanks Pat, I love it all!

Sweet Escape: Holiday Craftiness

Sweet Escape: Holiday Craftiness

This image is my own, from my bedroom.

Today is my Sweet Escape day. For those of you who are new here, every Friday I escape here on my blog into someplace magical, relaxing, fun or otherwise delightful. And as you know, I am all about my new motto in life, which is to have fun listed at the top of my to do list. And pretty much ignore everything else. But really, who am I kidding?! I still have things to do, even if I did feed the list to my shredder. So today I didn’t have time to prepare an escape into an exotic land or fairytale houses, but that is a good thing because I was busy dreaming of fun things I can really do and not getting carried away by things I can’t.

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Now that we have established that we are only going to have fun this holiday and not go crazy with the Martha Crafts (just speaking for myself here, you do as you wish, but here were my thoughts if you missed them), I do have some holiday photos to share with you, just to get you in the holiday frame of mind for the weekend. I think if I focus on some easier ideas I can feel festive without having panic attacks. I know crafting can be fun if you keep it in perspective and within your ability talent and timewise.

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I found some very cute images of holiday garland that looks somewhat crafty but like something I could actually do without injury to myself or others in the room. Some of them are a bit on the cute side, maybe, but you could always change the things dangling from the garland to something more suited to your style of decorating.

Sweet Escape: Holiday Craftiness

I know I say I am not crafty, and by comparison to most of you out there, this is true. But I do think the holidays can be a time to enjoy some crafts even for those of us who are normally challenged in this department. The thing I like about crafting for the holidays is that if you can pare down your holiday ideals and look at the crafts as something FUN to do, it can be a way to slow down with your kids or grandkids and create or bake together. I would even enjoy doing crafts with my husband for a date night, although I am pretty sure he wouldn’t like that idea.

I would much rather have a holiday baking or crafting day with my kids JUST FOR FUN, than to spend all day doing it myself in a rushed frenzy for a holiday party. That is what Costco is for in my opinion. I’d rather create ambience or happy memories and use Costco to fill in the gaps to make it all happen. I can’t do it all so I have to take shortcuts somewhere.

Here are a couple of garland ideas that we actually made here at my house. I’ve shown the cookie cutter one before, but that is the easiest one ever so I am showing it here again.

Sweet Escape: Holiday Craftiness

Sweet Escape: Holiday Craftiness

Both of these images (above) are my own, from my bedroom and kitchen.

I have some EXCITING things in the works coming up in the next couple of weeks. Including another giveaway courtesy of someone and someplace delightful! It is top secret right now, but all will be revealed soon. I can hardly wait for it myself! We are REALLY going to get in the holiday spirit and give you some great ideas too. Hooray! Happy weekend! Do something fun, dream big dreams and create the kind of life you want!

The Rodent Update: Just so you know, I have not step foot in my laundry room since the incident. My dear hubby put out the appropriate Thanksgiving meal for our new little intruder (which he says is clearly only a mouse, not a rat as I imagined after seeing the dropping) and he (the mouse) has partaken of what I hope was his last meal in our house. Do you think that Martha ever has rodents in her laundry room? I don’t see any. But then again, she has some fat cats living in her basement.

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Images of Martha’s laundry from Martha Stewart online
Garland images not otherwise identified are all from Better Homes and Gardens online.
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