holiday decor

Top 10 Halloween & Harvest Decor Ideas 2014

I enjoy decorating for Halloween. It’s mainly about the colors – orange/rust, black, white, and gold. The color maroon bores me to tears, so Thanksgiving decor is only so-so for me.

Tristan and I are on Team Jesus, and prefer to not decorate our home with witches, ghosts, goblins or devils, but skulls and artistic cobwebs are fair game. I think this is because Christians have skulls and Christians battle cobwebs – these are facts of life. I also get tons of pumpkins so that the decor can transition into Thanksgiving.  Here’s proof – exhibit A & exhibit B.

Since we’re remodeling, my seasonal decor plans are minimal. Heck, my regular decor plans are minimal – I don’t want more objects/furniture to pack up when we put in the hardwoods. Therefore, I’ve decided that for Halloween and Christmas, I will focus on a festive porch, since the porch won’t change. And I’ve never had a porch before, so it’s a fun research project :).

I originally wanted two large topiaries for the porch, but at $150+ per piece, I knew it’d be a tough sell, as they offer no value other than aesthetics. Instead, I settled on two trees from Home Depot for $12 each – guilt free, and they still accomplish the overall look. I also added a new doormat and (duh) pumpkins.

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If I were going to go all out decorating this year, here are the 10 cute, simple ideas I’ve stumbled upon recently (click on the image for source):

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How simple to just pop some pumpkins on a candlestick! Love this idea!

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Another use for the natural? Hollow out some butternut squashes and put some flowers inside! Or even hay/wheat could be festive and less expensive.
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Finally – a use for those Mardi Gras beads you’ve had since college:Halloween and Harvest 2014 6

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I am definitely going to do this in the next few years with artificial sunflowers. Each bloom takes up a large amount of surface area so you wouldn’t have to buy very many to cover a ball, and could reuse them year after year for multiple occasions. If you’ve seen our wedding pictures, you know I’m a huge fan of the flower ball. If you don’t want to hang them, you can pop them into a vase for a centerpiece (like we did for Easter using our wedding balls).

So simple and chic:

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I love the black and white contrast! For less effort, you could paint three pumpkins and just put “BOO.”

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This might be the very first time I’ve ever referred to a lawn ornament as classy. Technically still a ghost, but an elegant ghost for sure:

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This is pretty chic, you know, as far as poison goes.Halloween and Harvest 2014 10

If you don’t already subscribe to Better Homes & Gardens’ weekly e-newsletters, I highly recommend it. It turns out that several of these ideas I’ve pinned over the last few months were pulled from there. If you’re looking for other ideas, check out my Halloween & Harvest board on Pinterest – you might even find some adorable kid costume ideas because I can’t help myself.

What are the cutest ideas you’ve seen this year? Anything related to porches? 🙂

-t&T

T&T

6 Flawless Christmas Exteriors

There’s something about those homes in iconic holiday movies — Christmas Vacation, Home Alone — that have me convinced that Christmas decor is only “done right” if it’s on a colonial home on Wisteria Lane, with tons of snow (jealous!). This of course is not reality…but like, isn’t it?!

COME ON:

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Here’s the Home Alone one:

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Love the matching wreaths, 1-2-3!

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Fun lanterns, no?

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I’m ALWAYS down for some topiary action, but I think even the neutral-to-mild topiary fan would find this version using gift boxes charming:

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I love “mossy” monograms! Totes on my DIY list for the front door.

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Aside from the architecture and snow, I’m gauging that swag, wreaths, and topiaries must equal “flawless” in my book, as those are the common features amongst most of these examples. Oh well… fact is fact!

Side note — I think it’s a blessing that I don’t have a front porch to obsess over because I just don’t think my mind has room to obsess over one more thing. Several times a week I post on this blog things I’m obsessing over and it’s NOT just a figure of speech. This newlywed Christmas business is exhausting!

What are some of the best Christmas exteriors you’ve seen? I know, tall order, as clearly I’ve captured them all. Just kidding! 🙂 I didn’t really explore the holiday lights realm. That might be an interesting research project! See? This is how the obsessing starts… some mild Google image-ing and a “quick” Pinterest search and before you know it, obsession!

Images from Wonderful Palmetto Life, Active Rain, The Gifts of Life, Style State, Decoration for Life, A View Along the Way

-t&T

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