This has been an absolutely gorgeous fall weekend. The leaves were perfect, we ate pumpkin pancakes with candied pecans, my mums were in full bloom, and we put the finishing touches on our Halloween costumes. Everything about it make me just feel the fall spirit right into my bones. Even Perry loved romping around in the leaves even though they got totally stuck to her crazy curly fur.
I think there is nothing more eerie than a minimal, understated nod to halloween. Why? Because if you’re not going overboard, and decorations are a little more hard to spot, then it seems like part of everyday life, which is super creepy. Like how last year, I placed simple painted bones in the cloches throughout my house. It would take people a while to figure out what when going on, but once they did, it was like, “wait… are those bones?”.
The same thing was on my mind this year when I decided to make this really easy and rustic diy witch broom. It looks pretty authentic and I love how simply spooky it looks just lying across the mantle.
Happy December! I’m so excited to finally be sharing the start of our holiday decorating. Last month, I revealed the Colonial style theme that was inspiring my decor this year due to a recent trip to Williamsburg. I was intrigued by the dried fruits, natural berries, and loads of greenery used to decorate the historical town. I shared an interview with Liza, a wonderfully knowledgable woman who inspired my decor decision.
It was really important to me to make damn sure that although I’d be channeling a throwback, historical style, my decor would have no similarities to that ‘country’ style you see at Christmas craft shows. In order to keep the historical visions from getting too country, I made sure to keep the decorations as natural as humanly possible and interjected touches of classic Christmas style. To get this all done, it made perfect sense for me to partner with the one person I feel exudes country style in a very upscale way – Martha Stewart. I worked with her team to find just the right garlands and greens that matched up with my colonial theme.
I started with a foundation of lots of lush greenery using Martha Stewart Alaskan Spruce greenery (available at The Home Depot) because it looks the most ‘real’ with a lighter green/gray color. It already had the pinecones included, so that was one less thing that made the list of embellishments needed. I’ve spoke about this before, but it’s really important to me not to start from scratch each year and to utilize what I have at home to get the perfect look. Starting out with good greenery means that I can change up my embellishments year after year without spending a ton of money every Decemeber. Getting just the right balance of natural and festive decor for my greens was easy with a few key elements. Keep reading for all of the steps, sources, and tons more photos! Also, we have a HUGE announcement as well at the way at the bottom of the post!