Christmas Decorating Time?!

Christmas Decorating Time?!

November 4, 2017

A few of my friends on instagram have already started or have finished decorating their homes for Christmas. I love seeing all the beautiful inspiration in their homes, & I cannot wait to start decorating our home for the cozy winter season, but I will still be holding off a few more weeks to put up our Christmas decor. 
The past two years now I've put all my Christmas decor up early for a few different reasons, & by Christmas I was kinda sick of it. I hate that I was over one of my favorite seasons... 
With that being said, if you like to decorate the first of November, the day before Christmas day, or even in July, you go right ahead! I think everyone should decorate when it feels right for that person!
Growing up, our tradition was to decorated the weekend after Thanksgiving. I'm very big on tradition & the memories that go along with traditions, so I'm going to try my hardest to wait until the weekend after Thanksgiving!
Now that doesn't mean I'm going to hold back on shopping for a few new goodies, especially target dollar spot goodies! ;)

Here's a few goodies I found the other day as they were sitting stuff out!

I also like to use these weeks before to think about a theme... 
Traditional, rustic, winter white, white with pops of red! 
Here are a few photos from last Christmas in our home!

I had a rustic white theme going on last year, we had just moved into our home a few months before Christmas & I didn't do as much as I would have like, but it was still super cozy.
This year I really want to add pops of red. I mean what say Christmas more than RED?!

& here's my cocoa bar from two Christmases ago. I must do this again this year, everyone loves a cocoa bar to warm up at on a cold winters day!

I will be back soon to talk more Christmas with you! In the meantime, head over to my instagram to say hi! Hope you each have a wonderful weekend!
XOXO Jessica

Fall/Halloween Home Tour 2017

Fall/Halloween Home Tour 2017

October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!
Well this is a little late, but I still wanted to share a little tour of our home decorated for Fall & Halloween!
I just love this time of the year! I get so excited when the weather cools down & I get to decorate & make our home cozy for the fall & winter months!

In the dining room I started the season very simple with these "FALL" wood letters from Michaels, a few white pumpkins from Michaels as well. 

As we got into October, I added a little more spooky elements!

The family room was my favorite this year, I just love all the white & pops of wood! & the coffee table filled with white pumpkins & dried hydrangeas, I'm obsessed! I don't know how I will be able to go on without this all in here! It just makes my heart happy!

& here is the same spot with a bit of spooky added! You want to know my favorite Halloween decoration?! It's these antique inspired photos (they're the ones that turn creepy when you walk by them!) I've been collecting them for years & I just love them so! I call them my family!!! My actual family loves that! HEHE!

Here's a close up of them!

In the entry I didn't do much, just added some more white pumpkins (also one of my favorite things), this cute little pumpkin sign I got at an antique shop & this metal jack o lantern bucket from Kirklands!

& lastly here we are on Halloween night! I wanted to add some extra creepy to the dining room! My skeleton in my large dough bowl was a hit! 

Thank you for stopping by my little blog! I will be posting a lot in the months to come, so please come back by soon! 
Happy Halloween from my family to yours!
XOXO Jesica

Thanksgiving Tablescape

November 22, 2016

Neutral Thanksgiving Tablescape

Growing up I always went to my Aunt Roses farmhouse on Thanksgiving, her farmhouse was over 200 years old & was so amazingly beautiful & has some amazing history. (I may do a whole blog post on that later & share some photos, she has some awesome stories too!). I loved that old house so much...the house was always so warm & cozy & she always had the best feast. I have so many good memories at that house not only at Thanksgiving, but year round too. They sold the farmhouse a few years back, but that will always be the Thanksgiving house to me. 
Since joining the military & getting married, we've only been home for one Thanksgiving since. I get so home sick at this time of year, but I do all that I can to make our home feel warm & cozy like Aunt Roses! Although its just my hubby & I, I cook & deck the halls out like we're having a party for 50! I know I go a little over board, but when my husband tells me how much he appreciates how I go all out for holidays, it truly makes my day & makes it well worth it. I hope that when we have our babies one day, they will have that same warm & cozy feeling that I always had at Aunt Roses.

I thought it would be fun to dress the table with you & show you each step as I go!
Here's how the dining room looked before I got started. 

Not so cute, but it will be soon! I started by adding a white tablecloth. I will be adding a few different layers & textures & wanted a solid starting point.

Next a lace tablecloth from H&M from a few years back, but a vintage one would be AMAZING.

& next a linen table runner from Homegoods, again from a few years back. I really shopped around the house this year for a lot of the items! 

I still haven't found our plate chargers from the move, but was wanting new ones anyways, so I went out this past weekend to look for some & totally forgot...oh well! So at this point you can add your chargers, mine won't have any this year! hehe! So skipping the chargers, I next added the dinner plates.

Then the napkins.

Next I added my ikea saucer plates.

Now for some color. On the two ends I wanted to do it a little different than the four middle settings, so I used two small bowls & added a gala apple in each. & placed flatware pouches on the four middles settings. 

These adorable flatware pouches I picked up at World Market (this year) for 20% off $12.99 for a set of four. Thought that was an awesome price.

I got new drinking glasses this year as well from dollar tree! Yes, these gorgeous glasses were only $1 each & I think they're simply perfect!

Here's the silverware in the cute pouches!

Now to the fun stuff! I wanted this big gorgeous soft orange color pumpkin to be my centerpiece. I just love the color of this beauty so much.

I found this burlap ribbon laying round & added it to the center to tie in with the burlap pouches.

I love these greenery branches, I use them year round in so many different ways. I got them at Michaels a few years ago, but they always have very similar ones out! Best time to check for them is early Spring!

Next is my favorite thing ever to decorate with, CANDLES!!! I love them! You will never enter our home without a candle burning. Everything about them screams cozy to me.

I wanted to add more reds, oranges & yellows so I added these faux apples from World Market. Wish I had more real gala apples, but didn't. These worked perfect though!

I always have a cozy throw blanket & pillow on our two end chairs. This gather pillow adds that perfect cozy touch.

Okay, its time to light those candles.

& here is our table complete...

I love how our Thanksgiving tablescape turned out & I think Aunt Rose would love it too. Thank you so much for stopping by my little blog & watching me decorate our cozy little dining room. I'm so beyond thankful for each of you & I hope you each have the best Thanksgiving day ever! 
Come stop by instagram & chat with me, 

Love, Jessica
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