Decorating Christmas In Plaid

Decorating Christmas In Plaid

Last Christmas, Angus was a wee puppy getting into whatever mischief he could reach.  If you know anything about wheaten terriers, you know they typically take at least three years to grow out of their insufferable puppy stage. I keep telling myself, one day he will become a great companion just like our Sandy. Until then, I’m keeping the decorating simple, which means no Christmas tree again this year. Instead I’m decorating Christmas in plaid with stockings, pillows, plates, napkins, ribbons and a bunting.

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Summer Home Tour at Thistle Key Lane

Summer Home Tour 2016

As the thermometer keeps hitting 100 daily, I’m happy for my flowers, which are thriving but I’m staying indoors. This has been a great summer so far and I want to show you a few summer accents around the home. If you look closely, you may notice my home doesn’t really change that much, I just keep moving my favorites accessories around to different rooms. This is something you can do too and voila, your friends will think you hired a decorator.

I actually worked on my summer home tour before I went to the Haven blog conference in Atlanta. Then I got preoccupied and suddenly realized I hadn’t posted my summer home tour photos. Yikes! If I don’t sneak it in now, it will be fall before you know it.

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Christmas Holiday Tour

Welcome to Thistle Key Lane’s Christmas Holiday Tour.  Who knew I could have so much fun with a few yards of fabric. I should call this post, “For the love of Plaid”! The tour starts at the front door, with a simple grapevine wreath and knotted strips of flannel left over from the plaid bunting mantel decoration. This year I’m filled with lightheartedness as touches of plaid are added here and there. Let the merry-making begin!

Grapevine and plaid flannel wreath

Grapevine and plaid flannel wreath


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Fall Tour

Last weekend, I scattered snippets of orange shades around the house pretending that fall had arrived. Fall decorating is actually a cinch in our house, with the warm colors of the mahogany wood floors and the cherry cabinets.  Even our walls complement the earth tones with Town Hall Tan by Sherwin-Williams.  The color starts in the entry, and wraps around the corner to the kitchen and breakfast areas, ending at the patio door.


Cut glass and pinecones


It’s as if the house was intended for fall decorating, with the addition of a few accessories and pumpkins, it becomes tour worthy.  We begin the tour in the entry, with a large deep orange arrangement  of rose hips. Under the table, I nestled a few baby pumpkins in a basket. I just love the character of real pumpkins.


Fall Tour




In one of my favorite chairs sits a Pottery Barn pillow, I picked up during the summer.  The light background blends in perfectly in the living room, but I like it in the family room. The orange geometric stitching adds a layer of interest to the solid cream wing-back chair.


Cream wing back chair with Pottery Barn pillow


A comfy striped throw was draped across the wood armchair.  I found it at Williams-Sonoma last year in the clearance basket. It’s actually a tablecloth, but I had a better purpose in mind. The soft fall shades and heavy feel of the fabric seemed better suited as a throw, than a tablecloth.


Inviting fall shades and one of my favorite chairs


Soft fall shades from Williams-Sonoma



Pumpkins on the mantle


The mantel has a simple row of orange pumpkins lined up for inspection.


Twig pumpkin mixed in with vase filler

Nesting on top of the orange vase filler is a little twig pumpkin.


View of the kitchen


Flea market find with candles


Turning to view the opposite side of the room, is the kitchen. The best accent colors in the kitchen are cream, navy and yellow, which are also the shades found in the granite counter top. I found the vintage wooden box at the Canton Flea Market a few years ago. It’s a versatile container and perfect for storing candles.


White pumpkin

Balancing out the orange and brown tones is a large creamy pumpkin on the bar. It’s simple and perfectly shaped.


White pumpkin


When I shop for pumpkins, I look for those with a good stem and when I’m lucky, I find one with a curly vine still attached.   So delicate, yet strong, nature never ceases to fascinate me! Sometimes it takes a while to find the perfect one or two or ten, so take your time and enjoy.

Thank you for taking the fall tour!