Pretty as a Picture

Sometimes all it takes is one special piece to make a room sing for Christmas.  For my dining room, this large scale folk painting is hitting all the right notes this season.

I don't know much about the painting, but it appears to be mid century by an artist whose last name is Reynolds. I love the atmosphere and soft colors of the piece.

Once the painting was in place, I added cedar on the chandelier, a few branches and flowers, and antique German ornaments in an ironstone bowl.  So simple and fresh. Ironstone gets me through every season and occasion so I keep a nice supply on hand.

A chalk pen is great for drawing on mirrors as well as chalkboards.  

Merry Details

I usually have a

chalkboard and botanicals

on this big wall, but I'm really enjoying how much joy and life this painting brings to the room. I know it's unrealistic and crazy making to think we have to change every surface in our homes for the holidays.  We don't! But don't overlook a simple change to get a big effect..then all the little things fall into place easily. 

All is Calm All is Bright

This Christmas I'm making a few simple changes in our neutral bedroom with just a little bit of color and texture from nature.

I shopped my moms extensive quilt collection for the "just right" piece that wouldn't feel too country. The simple vintage graphic quilt and pillows were the perfect addition of color to brighten the space and keep the Scandinavian style that I love. As the leaves fell from our crepe myrtle tree, an abandoned bird nest was revealed and the branch was put to quick use for my feather bird Christmas ornaments.

Tucked into the opening of the clock are vintage books and my baby shoes with miniature bottle brush trees. 

The variety of textures add to the rooms' seasonal atmosphere. I love single poinsettia stems in vases because they stay fresh a long time. And they look great with seashells!

We're really enjoying the color in our normally neutral bedroom. Feels like Christmas!

Chistmas Under Glass

A special part of the Christmas season is unpacking our beloved holiday ornaments. If you're looking for a new way to showcase a few of your favorites or a delicate family heirloom, I've got a quick project for you with pieces you may already have on hand.

Shapely thrift store candle holders get a fresh coat of white spray paint and are put to work as pedestals for glass domes that highlight those special ornaments.

Curious Details

These are especially pretty when grouped together on a tabletop, buffet or mantel.

Holly Mathis for Joss & Main

While you're surfing for Cyber Monday deals this morning, give in to that "one for them, one for me" temptation by shopping the wonderful Cottage Christmas collection my friend

Holly Mathis

has curated for  

Joss and Main

cyber monday

Discount good December 2 only.  Use it today!

You'll see some of Holly's favorite Christmas design elements like plaid, boxwood, word art from Lindsey Letters, baskets and fresh fabrics.

Holly has done all the work and makes it easy for us to decorate our homes with this fab collection just in time for the holidays.  Now go getcha some!

Souvenir Magazine Holiday Issue 2012

What a great week this has been. My husband and I celebrated our 25th Anniversary on a little island off the coast of Florida called Anna Maria Island. I'll share more on that later.
While we were away Santa (and Heather Bullard) delivered another beautiful issue of Souvenir:

It's a beautiful digital magazine absolutely filled with Christmas holiday inspiration.  I'm so honored to be a part of this talented team of contributors.  It really is beautifully done.

Here's a free preview for you to enjoy:

Have you seen it? Have a favorite feature? Do tell!

Click here to purchase the full issue.  

Souvenir Magazine Holiday Issue 2012 Sneak Peek

Look what's coming! Another beautiful issue of Souvenir Magazine which will be available Monday, November 12th. It's full of beautiful Holiday ideas, recipes and decor.

 Souvenir is a digital magazine. That means once you purchase it, it's viewed on your computer or ipad, which I love because it's so easy to zoom in to see every beautiful detail. It's also available for print.
It's easy to sign up to receive notification as soon as the new issue is available. You don't want to miss this one!

Ombre Roses

I recently treated myself to some pretty ivory roses from the grocery store. I love how they're drying in different shades of beautiful creams and whites. I'm saving them for a Christmas craft project and  they were too pretty not to share. Have a beautiful Monday!

Last Minute

Two days before Christmas we pulled the dining room together to host a Christmas Eve party for my husband's family.  In our former home I had re-purposed the dining room into an office space, dining room furniture.  And dining room furniture.  I am waiting for the right thing to come along.  And I'm fine with that. However, for a temporary solution we brought the table and new metal chairs from the kitchen, put in all the leaves,  borrowed a pretty vintage linen tablecloth from my mom,  pulled out lots of ironstone and candles, dimmed the lights and had ourselves a great time.

Handmade Christmas Inspiration Part 1

Halloween is over and you know what that means....*blink* and Christmas is here!
I did a little pre-Christmas window shopping this week and saw so many pretty handmade decorations offered by some of my favorite retailers,  West Elm , Paper Source, and one of my favorites,  Anthropologie had these cuties that are great for the kitchen: 

Love this pretty tree out of recycled vintage papers:

And this recycled paper bead garland, unique and interesting:

Anthro always offers interesting accessories, however, it can add up quick.  My next stop was the Goodwill Thrift Store down the street, where these goodies were waiting for me:

by Curious Details

A little glue, a little time and a few extra bucks in my pocket. Let the crafting begin!