Wednesday, November 17, 2010

It's Simple...Use Candles For Thanksgiving Ambiance

Easy-Simple-Easy-Simple!  Treat yourself and your guest to a lovely grouping of candles.  Clustering candles together will give you that needed ambiance without going through much trouble.  I will be hosting Thanksgiving at my home and I have to admit that I get caught up in the creative side of the holidays.  Fiddling here and there with table settings or decorations for my buffet is how I like to spend my time.  I know I should be cooking and shopping...blah...blah...blah!  I love to make everything look pretty and unique.  I think these images will work with what I had in mind.  I don't think it will take me much time to pick up some candles, set them out, and light them!  

Trina, over at A Country Farmhouse blog, uses taper candles beautifully in her dinning room.  I think she is all set for Thanksgiving.  It is the most pure and simple decoration for this season that I have come across.  She always does a beautiful job with her photography and decorating her home.  I was very inspired by these images to use candles to set the mood for our Thanksgiving meal.  Her home is darling!

I keep using the word easy but, how easy is it to place all white candles on a tray in different sizes?  Very effective.  Do you have some pretty or unusual bottles lying around in your attic or basement?  Get some gorgeous taper candles in different colors and just pop them in and you are all set!

  Everyone always looks better with candlelight!  If you don't have enough candles holders to use...head out to a local thrift store and pick some up!  In the past, I have scored adorable brass candle sticks for one dollar!  I actually feel a little better knowing that for Thanksgiving, my home will look beautiful and cozy by candlelight.  Maybe it will even mask a burnt dish or too!!!!!

I hope you give it a try too!

Images via BHG and via A Country Farmhouse blog

Friday, November 12, 2010

Take A Look At Nesting On Main For Thanksgiving

Nesting On Main in Concord, MA is doing just the right amount for Thanksgiving.  Many stores are featuring Christmas already and it is a pleasure to see all the warmth and wonderful textures for this season. Nesting On Main will close for a few days before Thanksgiving to decorate and prep their lovely store for Christmas.  They will be open the day after and they are going to be all decked out in the best the holiday has to offer!  I cannot wait and it would be fun to go the day after Thanksgiving.  They have such a talent for making such interesting vignettes and beautiful display's.  If you would like to see another post I did on them go here.  It is one of my most favorite places to shop!

Have a wonderful weekend!

All images taken via me and property of Living It At Home

Friday, November 6, 2009

Left My Heart in San Francisco

I was looking through old photo's for Thanksgiving decorations I have done in previous years.  I usually try and take a picture every year.  I started going through them and I began to remenisce about our time in San Francisco.  Whenever I "walk down memory lane", I find it very painful.  We have been here in the Boston area now for four years this November.  I still have pangs of missing our prior life in that beautiful land called California.  I thought it would be fun to post some pictures that I had taken at that time.  Sometimes when I was capturing a picture of an amazing scene on a fabulous day (which was easy to do there), I would stop and realize that one day, we may not live here anymore, and I should enjoy it while I can.  We were there for eight years, and it went by very fast.  I will always have San Francisco!  I was lucky!

This was a wonderful place to take your family and stroll along the bay or fly a kite.

I took these pictures below from my balcony in Potrero Hill, San Francisco.  The fog was lovely to watch rolling over Twin Peaks.  It was also very cold.
 Community garden right outside our window.  What a view!

Pacific Heights victorian's.  The architecture here is spectacular.
The famous victorian row houses at Alamo Square.
Isn't this house sooooo San Francisco?  If you have never been, you should definately go.
The hills in San Francisco were also so much fun to drive on.  When "out of towners"
 would visit, that was always the first thing we did.  They couldn't believe how steep the hills were and they would scream!
Have a great weekend~ Jamilyn

(Images of victorians by,,sitemaker.  All other images by Living it at Home.)

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