Setting a FALL TABLE in 8 Easy Steps

So, you have spent like HOURS decorating and setting up you dining room fall table, and it is stunning!!  You pat yourself on the back, and pop open the bubbly.  Then you’re doorbells rings, and you are ready to.drop.the.mike!!  The moment is here!!  Your best friend strolls in….and…. walks….right….by….. (like she always does) without even a glance over to your fall table.   WHAT??!!  How did that happen?  You worked soooo hard.  I mean….she didn’t even glance!  cry-cry, sniff-sniff!!  That’s where Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps comes in to rescue you!!

I know that you would LOVE your family and friends to ooooh and awe over your gorgeous fall table decoration this year and actually STOP (even better if their draw dropped) to admire your work.  We all want a gorgeous fall table centerpiece to grace our dining room and make an entrance to our home.  But let’s be real here……. we just don’t have the time to get it done right.  So, today I am going to show you how to set a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps.  ***As a bonus*** I will also show you how to change out the “decor” so you can replace certain pieces with serving dishes – WOOHOO!!  So not only can you have a beautiful table set up right now, all you’ll have to do is wave your magic wand & POOF you will be ready to host a dinner!!  Let’s get this party started 😉 …. shall we??!!

Want more fall inspiration and tips click 5 Secrets for Fall DecoratingFind Your Style:  37 Fabulous Fall Wreaths , Fall Home Tour 2018 or Halloween Fa-BOO-lous Breakfast Party.




First things first:

If you want to explore informal and formal place settings at a greater length click here.   This is a great website!  It has everything you need to know about flatware, serveware, glassware, etiquette, manners and more.  You can always pin it and go back to review it a later time.

Since we are hitting the decorating portion of table setting today, I just wanted you to have something to refer to….. when it is time to set up for your actual holiday dinner!!






  • 6-8 gold chargers
  • 6-8 dinner plates (mix & match)
  • 6-8 bowls (mix & match)
  • 6-8 napkins
  • cake stand
  • buffalo check runner (not pictured – see below)
  • 6-8 placemats (not pictured – see below)

***TIP*** I used a blue and white theme, but use whatever colors you want (just keep the core supplies in TWO colors).  





  • 2 glass hurricanes
  • 2 white pillar candles
  • 2 glass jar candles
  • 2 bling votive candle holders
  • 2 candle votives
  • 2 milk glass flower holders
  • 2 white flowers
  • 3 white sized pumpkins

***TIP***Use whatever accent color you like (just keep the accent supplies all in ONE color palette).





  • large textured orange pumpkin
  • small pumpkin
  • 2 natural beaded garland strands
  • assorted pinecones
  • assorted acorns in orange & gold

***TIP*** These are all in the WARM color palette – orange, brown, natural, and gold tones.  This keeps the blue and white from looking too cold and stark.





…….and the show stopper.  The one final addition that MAKES the entire table come to life!!  It is THE final accessory must-have.







***STEPS 1-4***

***STEPS 5-8***





STEP 1:  runner + placemats

Put your table runner in the center of the table (longways) and place your 6-8 placemats down.  My table setting has 6, just because I don’t have my leaves in.  For a table setting of 8, everything will work the same.  Simply add 2 extra placemats to the sides so that you will have 3 and 3 on each side.

***NOTE*** I only 4 placemats on my setting so that more of my buffalo check runner would stand out.  It is just my personal preference.  When using the setting for function, I would add my other 2 placemats at the ends.






STEP 2:  chargers

Add your 6-8 gold chargers.  ***NOTE*** The gold picks up the WARM tones in my TEXTURE supplies.  This will make a big difference to your overall color palette.  So whatever colors you choose, just make sure your chargers and texture go together.








STEP 3:  dishes

Now you can add your 6-8 dishes/plates.  ***NOTE***I used 4 salad plates (on sides), and 2 dinner plates (on ends)…..just for the decorating purposes only!!  I always like a little CHAOS to my method – lol!! and the smaller salad plates allow for more of the gold charger to show.    If you are using the setting for function, you would use all dinner plates.







STEP 4:  napkins + side bowls

Add your 6-8 napkins and lie on all of your plates at a diagnol.  Then place 4 (or 6) bowls to the side settings.  The bowls on the end settings will be different.  ***NOTE***As noted in the article I linked above, the napkin on the plate is an option for a formal place setting.  You can also add the napkin to the side of the plate if you want.  I like the diagnol position on top of the plate because it adds movement to an otherwise “clean lines” table setting.





STEP 5:  cake plate +  end bowls

Next add in your cake plate to the center (or just left of the center) and your 2 end bowls.

***NOTE***  I have the cake plate in the center here on the picture to the right so you can see it easier.  I like things a LITTLE funky, so I moved it to the left so that the flowers could stand out more (see step 8).  I also mixed the bowls up so that it isn’t so matchy-matchy.








***TIP*** When mixing a lot of different patterns, keep the colors the same using different sizes/scales.  I have used blue and white:  buffalo check (runner), polka dot (side bowls), large medallions (placemats), small geometrics (napkins), and stripes (end bowls).




STEP 6:  add ALL accent supplies

So, now you will add ALL of your accents onto the table runner.  Each one will be placed at a diagnol like the picture beolw shows.  You will see that I placed 2 white pumpkins into the 2 end bowls, and one pumpkin under some extra napkins (in front, left of the cake stand).



***NOTE***  This design is for those of you who like a little DRAMA!!!  If you like a more simplistic look, you can skip steps 6-8)



STEP 7:  add texture

Place your larger pumpkin onto you cake plate and weave your beads in between your white accent supplies. Once you like the placement of the beads (sometimes you have to play with this part just a little), you can sprinkle in your other textured supplies.




***NOTE*** Use the other textured supplies to FILL IN the holes in your decor.  I always like to throw in the pine cones, acorns, and extra pumpkins so that they look random.  They look more natural if lying sideways or clustered like they “fell” onto your runner.





STEP 8: vase +flowers
































Simply replace decorations with serving dishes and your are ready to host your dinner party.




























So…..are you a high drama or clean lines kind of girl??  Which one of the supplies is your fav….. and why??  Shoot me your feedback in the comments section below!!  Mine is the large textured pumpkin!!

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If you need more fall inspiration click 5 Secrets for Fall Decorating, Find Your Style:  37 Fabulous Fall Wreaths, or My Fall Home Tour 2018.  I have also updated my 12 Best Modern Farmhouse Bar Stools and Modern Farmhouse Staple: Black Bed (part 2) Posts.


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Fall Home Tour 2018

Hello Fall and Welcome to our Fall Home Tour 2018!!  It was definitely bittersweet this year setting up fall decorations throughout our house since we are just now getting settled back in.  It’s hard to believe that it was just a little over a year ago, that Hurricane Harvey hit TX and caused thousands of houses to flood, including our home. 

I will never forget that I proudly posted my very first blog article Blue and White Fall Dining Room – on Friday, August 26th, 2017, and then our house flooded that Monday, August 29th.  So for that reason, I think the fall season will always hold a special place in my heart.





Looking Back to Fall 2017:

I have shed some tears while looking back at those first three fall posts I did from last year…..  BUT…… it has also been a time of healing, gratefulness, and joy. 

That terrible experience has actually showed us the true meaning of the words “blessed” and “thankful.”  I could not dream of a better place to begin the season of thanksgiving than to have a fresh beginning/fresh start – LIVING in our”new” home. 

****FYI*** Click Here (Fall Foyer 2017) or Here (Fall Living Room 2017) if you want to see the changes we made and compare last year’s posts to this year. 

Looking forward to Fall 2018:

Our family is finally getting back to normal – haha!!, and I am so excited for the new plans God will have for us going forward 🙂  Now let’s get to it – Fall Home Tour 2018!!

Click 5 Secrets for Fall Decorating, Find Your Style: 37 Fabulous Fall Wreaths, and Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps if you want more decorating tips & advice for fall decorating (this year – 2018).   I hope you will be inspired to have the fall home of your dreams!!

Read for Back to School planning or Teacher Appreciation Celebration Ideas?  Click Halloween Fa-Boo-Lous Breakfast Party, Back to School Party for Teachers (or Kids), and Top 10 Best Desks for Students.


Fall Foyer


Loving the yellow??!!  Me too!!  In my foyer I decided to use golden & mustard yellows, and then mixed in a leopard print ….. love how it came together. 

***TIP***  Add yellow by using :  a wreath, pom pom flowers, and cable knit throw blanket. 

The golden tones give the blues a punch of color, and of course a little wow factor.  I also mixed in some bronze and gold tones to soften the bold yellows.







And of course of my “LOVE & HUGS” signs!!!  I threw in the cute little white pumpkin along with a couple of bronze berry stems to pick up the bronze in the letters.  I also added the bronze berry and pine cone stems to the candle sconces on the bottom shelf (see below).





I will post a tutorial on painting my World Market Console Table blue soon- it really changed the look of my entryway.  I just need to add some knobs to the drawers to finish it off!!



On the love pillow below, I added this little dot and leopard bow for a punch of gold tones.  I simply pinned it to the pillow so that I can remove it when fall is over.  I wanted to add something to tie in the yellow, but not be too matchy-matchy!!







So, I changed out my lamp shades (to navy) and table runner (to blue buffalo check) for the fall time and then added in some other goodies. 

I will do a separate post on Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps later this week!!  It will show you how to decorate using layers…..going from simplistic decor to over-the-top decor.  I did have a TON of fun with the dining room!!







Obviously, this is a view from the over-the-top design (no pun intended) – which I personally love!!  It’s so fun to mix different patterns using similar shades of blue for BIG impact!!  This design is for those of you who want a little drama to your fall decor!!







***TIP*** Here is a different look:   by changing the direction of the buffalo check runner…. you can really simplify the design.  I also added the cute wooden tray to hold all of the goodies in, and to drape the beads.  This design gives the room a more stately, elegant look. 

Which one do you prefer?











*** A little quiz for you. ***  Do you like Option 1) Blue Vase & white pumkin with the sign?  or Option 2) Orange pumpkin with the sign?  Shoot me your feeback in the comments section below!!  Can’t wait to see which one is the winner!!

Option 1)


Option 2)




I used some additional leopard ribbon for my iron pumpkin to give it a custom look and to tie it in to the living room decor as well.  It’s kind of like modern farmhouse meets vintage glam!! 

***TIP*** Leopard print ribbons & fabrics are great to use during the fall season because they tie in the warm orange, yellow, and brown tones….. ALL in one print.




***UPDATE***   I finally found the throw pillows and rug that I needed to complete the living room and kitchen – YAY!!!   I love how the dark blue colors pull in the colors from the plaid throw (on the ladder), and pick up both the blue and spice-y orange tones in the kitchen. 

Sometimes all you need is one perfect item to blend all of the elements together.
















Click 5 Secrets for Fall Decorating, Find Your Style: 37 Fabulous Fall Wreaths, and Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps if you want more decorating tips & advice for fall decorating (this year – 2018).   I hope you will be inspired to have the fall home of your dreams!!

Read for Back to School planning or Teacher Appreciation Celebration Ideas?  Click Halloween Fa-Boo-Lous Breakfast Party, Back to School Party for Teachers (or Kids), and Top 10 Best Desks for Students.

Love modern farmhouse?  Click 12 Best Modern Farmhouse Bar Stools or Modern Farmhouse Staple:  The Antique Black Bed (Part 1) or (Part 2).





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5 Secrets for Fall Decorating

So you are pulling out your fall boxes out of the attic, and wondering if THIS is the year you can have that beautiful fall home that you see all over pinterest.  ANYONE??  enter eye roll here – right??  Their homes always look so perfect:  with their perfectly inviting living room, their most welcoming entryway/foyer, and their fabulous entertaining dining room, blah blah blah!!!  But yet….. their homes STILL make you want to jump through the screen and lounge in front of their fireplace,  or sit on their adorable entryway bench, or eat at their dining table.  So how do they do this…..THEY already know the 5 Secrets for Fall Decorating:  they DECORATE THE 5 SENSES!!  Well, how do you do that?  Stick around so I can share the main tools (the secrets) to get that beautiful fall home you’ve always wanted.

Want more fall inspiration?  Click here and here for fall decorating and here for halloween breakfast party.  ***UPDATE*** My new posts are done…… click Fall Home Tour 2018, and Setting a Fall Table in 8 Steps, & Find Your Style:  37 Fabulous Fall Wreaths.


  • SECRET #1 – NOSE
  • SECRET #2 – EYES
  • SECRET #5 – EARS


***First things first:  the good thing about fall decorating is that it should be very simple and understated to be the most effective.  You do NOT have to go all out to make a beautiful fall home.  You simply pick and choose the things that remind YOU of fall, or childhood memories, or granny’s favorite dish, etc…that create the environment that works best for you.  Make it personal, tell a story….. fall decorating is all about YOU (well or maybe your husband too – lol) ***

***And secondly:  decorating for fall is a little different than some of the other seasons because it evokes ALL OF THE 5 SENSES.  So what in the world does that mean?  It means that the reason you want to lounge by the fireplace,  or sit on the entryway bench, or eat at the table in those other homes, is because they create a mood, a feeling, a setting that arouses the senses.  You want to be there because they created an inviting space that lures you in.  And that is why you FALL (haha!!)  in love with their homes. So, how do you do it?

***This post contains affiliate links which means that I will make a small commission if you purchase something from these links at no extra cost to you.   I feel that I have provided quality products for you to help make your decorating easier, and more enjoyable.  Thanks for your support!! 🙂 ***


The sense of smell is by far the most important part of fall decorating.  If someone were to walk into your home with a blindfold on, there should be NO mistake that they know it is fall time. 

Use pumpkin spice, cinnamon, or sugar cookie candles in the kitchen, living room, and dining room.  Or try apple spice potpourri (in cute little wire containers), buttered pumpkin diffusers, or cinnamon pine cones to place in bathrooms or hallways.

And don’t forget about baked goods.  Besides baked goods smelling incredible anyway…. just placing the delicious-looking cookies, pies, and pastries out in the kitchen evoke the sense of smell.

  • candles
  • potpourri
  • pine cones
  • baked goods




pumpkin spice pillar candles                                                spiced cake pillar candles

Pumpkin Spice Pillar Candles

Spiced Cake Pillar Candles


 yankee sparkling cinnamon candle                                                         yankee apple pumpkin candle


yankee vanilla cupcake candle                                                                         yankee autumn wreath



pumpkin cider apple potpourri,                                                           spiced cake potpourri

Pumpkin Cider Apple Potpourri

Spiced Cake Potpourri


pumpkin apple cider diffusers                                                              spiced cake diffusers

Pumpkin Cider Apple DiffuserSpiced Cake Reed Diffuser


sugared shortbread diffusers                                                               buttered pumpkin

Sugared Shortbread Reed Diffuser

Butter Pumpkin Reed Diffuser

pumpkin spice diffusers                                                                       pumpkin cider apple diffusers

Pumpkin Spice Mini Reed Diffuser

Pumpkin Cider Apple Mini Reed Diffuser



Decorating for fall is all about colors, accessories, & fabrics that you associate with fall time conditions (cooler weather).  For example….what comes to mind when you first think of fall??  Maybe leaves falling from trees, temperatures beginning to cool off, fall festivals, and of course pumpkins?   So now you will pull from all of those ideas to create your decorating scene (environment).

Use darker colors:  golden/mustard yellows, cinnamon/spiced oranges, deep reds or burgundy, olive greens, deep teals, dark browns, rich purples, and black.

Choose accessories (that have words on them that you associate with fall events):  throw pillows that say “gather” or “autumn blessings,” pennant banners that say “thankful” or “happy harvest,” or wooden signs that say “hello fall,” or “hayrides $1.”  I even like to use football events (see tip below in “ears” section).

Incoporate fall fabrics: plaids, tweed & buffalo check; leopard prints, suede, & velvet;  fur, flannel & corduroy.  Just make sure to stay away from light colors or light-weight fabrics.  Want more buffalo check inspiration, click here.

And of course the more obvious decor:  fall flowers (mums, sunflowers, and nature-inspired wreaths); pumpkins, scarecrows and cornucopias.

***TIP***  just remember to choose the items that remind YOU of fall.***

  • warm colors:  mustard yellows, spiced oranges, deep (reds, greens, teals), dark browns and black
  • accessories with “fall – associated” words, such as “gather, blessed, or thankful”
  • heavier fabrics like plaid, buffalo check, darker colors
  • mums or sunflowers
  • nature- inspired wreaths
  • scarecrows & cornucopias




BOO sign                                                                                              Welcome or Gather pumpkin sign 

"Boo" Halloween Wall Sign - Hanging Wood Letters with Burlap Bow - 18 Inches Long

One Holiday Way Tiered Vertical Rustic Pumpkin Welcome Sign Wall Art - Wall Hanging Fall Decoration (Gather)

hello fall pumpkin sign                                                                               gather sign

Hello Fall Wooden Pumpkin Wall Decor

Gather Galvanized Metal Hanging Wall Decor

gather doormat                                                                                        farmhouse happy fall yall doormat



autumn greetings doormat                                                                                   thankful pumpkin doormat


Mud Pie 4124005 Thankful Pumpkin Fall Front Doormat, Orange


mustard yellow wreath                                                                                 farmhouse cotton wreath

Shola Flower Wreath - Yellow - Smith & Hawken™

wheat burlap wreath                                                                                 pumpkin berry wreath 




When you see pictures of other houses you love….they make you feel warm and comfortable.  And how is this achieved – through texture.  Use throw blankets  and toss pillows that are made from cable-knit wool, fleece, fur or cashmere.   Want more shiplap inspiration, click here or here.

Rugs are another way to add texture.  Again stay with darker colors, wool or shag rugs to create warmth.

Don’t forget about woven baskets.  They are a great way to add texture and function.  Use them to store blankets, pillows, magazines, & firewood.

Hay bales provide a lot of texture also.  Just popping in a couple of hay bales to an area creates a perfect little vignette- without a ton of thought.  If you don’t want the mess, keep in in the plastic it comes in.

  • throw blankets
  • toss pillows
  • rugs
  • woven baskets
  • hay bale











yellow throw blanket with pom poms                                                           chenille chunky cable knit throw


spiced orange knit throw blanket                                                           farmhouse plaid chenille blanket

Farmhouse Plaid Chenille Throw



farmhouse harvest pillow                                                                           black buffalo check pillow

orange pumpkin pillow                                                                        give thanks pillow

Chunky Jute Pumpkin Mini Pillow


plaid rug                                                                                                    plaid pillow

wool rug                                                                                                            neutral gray area rug

Marcelo Hand Woven Ivory Area Rug

Olga Gray Area Rug



woven basket round                                                                                 woven basket  rectangular

Wicker Large Round Basket Dark Brown - Threshold™


woven basket oval                                                                                          basket trio set


Seagrass 3 Piece Basket Set



Taste can go in a lot of different directions.  This involves putting things out that you associate with food/drinks or dining.  (Like your kitchen or dining room).  Use items that you associate with eating, especially “fall foods/drinks.”   What??  Stay with me here.


Use coffee mugs/tea cups in “fall” colors in your table decoration or leave out and make a small coffee/tea/hot chocolate bar.    Coffee, hot tea, and hot chocolate are warm drinks, and people automatically associate these drinks with “hot” temperature.  I’ve heard soooo many people tell me that they can’t drink “hot” coffee in the summer time because it makes them HOTTER just looking at it – what???!!!  So they choose iced coffees, iced teas, frappuccinos, etc….  So, I am telling you….it works!!  Put some cute mugs out girl- you’ll get it!!


Same for baked goods (like I mentioned above)….sprinkle them around your kitchen/dining room.  Add them to cake plates, or fall-themed “gather” serving platters/trays.

Don’t forget about fruits and vegetables as well.  Apples and pumpkins are associated with warm baked pies, or use gourds, cranberries, and squash to associate with thanksgiving dinners.  The great thing about using fruits and vegetables is that they are inexpensive and provide a ton of natural color.  Plus, they just happen to be the colors that we associate with warmth- win-win!!!

***TIP*** S’mores is another fall favorite of mine!!  It reminds me of  fall, fun, & family time.   So try to make some this fall – you (& your kiddos) will NOT be disappointed!!


  • coffee/hot chocolate mugs, tea cups
  • baked goods:  cookies, pies, pastries
  • fruits & vegetables:  apples, cranberries, pumpkins, gourds, & squash
  • s’mores




orange table runner                                                                        buffalo check table runner (more colors)

Bernadette Table Runner

kate spade – indigo                                                                                       kate spade – black

Charlotte Street North 4 Piece Place Setting, Service for 1


velvet pumpkins                                                                                   gather serving platter

Hostess Gather Serving Platter


centerpiece votives set                                                                         large candle lantern 

Glass Votive Set



There is nothing more soothing than listening to wood crackling in the fireplace on a chilly autumn night – am I right??  Just lighting the wood makes you want to snuggle on the couch with warm blankets, play your favorite movie, and sip on hot cocoa (or maybe some wine – LOL), as the stress of your day melts away.   And why do you feel this way?  Well, it’s because you associate the burning of wood in a fireplace with warmth, relaxation, and a sense of togetherness.  It’s a place where family and friends come to gather for a night of s’mores & game night (if you have kiddos) or for hors d’oeuvres & drinks (if you’re having an adult party).   So it makes perfect sense to “dress” up your fireplace and hearth during fall time, and make both of these decorated focal points.

Use garland or pennant banners on the mantel, and place some of you favorite candle sconces or flowers there as well.  But don’t forget the hearth (or base if you don’t have one).  Use baskets or metal bins to put cut firewood in (or extra throw blankets and pillows), add a fireplace tools set, and square floor cushions and poufs for extra seating.  Make it c-o-z-y!!!  Can you hear the wood crackling already??!!


***This is a personal favorite for my house for fall decorating, but I wanted to add it to this section.  Football (both professional & college) is another event/sound that reminds me of fall.   HUH??  What I mean is that I love the sound of the the band playing during college football games, and the announcers/fans cheering for their teams, and even the smacking around of helmets.

So…… this is another way I decorate for fall (because it’s a pretty big deal here at the Prothro house). So, if this is something you love also, pull out all things football to decorate with during fall time.  Use hand towels, spoon rests, mugs, wreaths, throw blankets, signs, and more.  If it makes YOU happy, then use it!!  It is YOUR house, and personalizing it is what makes it a home :)***

  • firewood holder (baskets or metal)
  • garland
  • floor pillow or pouf
  • fireplace tools set
  • football accessories:  hand towels, spoon rests, mugs, wreaths, throw blankets, signs





sunflower garland                                                                               natural pine garland

Pinecone, Berry & Metallic Leaf Garland

felt pumpkin garland                                                                     cotton garland 

Felted Wool Fall Pumpkin Garland


blue floor pouf                                                                                               orange knit pouf


Grimes Pouf


square floor pillow                                                                               floor pouf (more designs)


So, I hope you feel better now about getting into your attic and pulling out YOUR fall decorations.  Assess what you have and go through the 5 Secrets For Fall Decorating list again.  Pick out what you want to use, and go through my FALL FAVORITES SHOP for things you may need to purchase.  And just remember to have some fun and enjoy the season!!




Want more decorating advice?  Try:  modern farmhouse barstools or kitchen organization.

Posts are DONE!!   Setting a Fall Table in 8 Steps, Fall Home Tour 2018, Find Your Style:  37 Fabulous Fall Wreaths.







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24 Adorable Easter Front Door Wreaths

If you haven’t had a chance to decorate for Easter yet- don’t worry- you still have time!!  From table decor and centerpieces, to Easter treats and diy craft projects, there is something for everyone when it comes to Easter decorating and entertaining.  24 Adorable Easter Front Door Wreaths.

The front door is no exception- it is the welcome committee to your heart and home!!  It is your “hello” to welcome your guests when they arrive, and your “hug goodbye” as they leave and travel safely back home ( – 20 Best Christmas Front Door Wreaths).

No matter what your “level of creative experience” is…. the only thing that truly matters is that you are honoring and celebrating our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ…and I know He will be happy with whatever you can come up with 🙂 Amen!! So… are 24 Adorable Easter Front Door Wreaths to sing praises and joy to our Lord Jesus!!


NO. 1- Blue Egg


NO. 2 – Twine Bunny



NO. 3 – Natural w/Burlap & Bunny



NO. 4- Blue and Orange Egg


NO. 5 –  Burlap Blue Cross



NO. 6 – Blue Chevron Bunny



NO. 7- Natural Green w/Egg



NO. 8 – Yellow Duck



NO. 9 –  Burlap Buffalo Check Bunny



NO. 10 –  Twine & Berries Bunny



NO. 11- Framed Eggs



NO. 12-  Burlap Bunny w/Tail



NO. 13 – Black Gingham, Floral, & Bunny


NO. 14 – Colorful Egg



NO. 15 – Painted Blue Cross


NO. 16 – Carrots w/Dot




NO. 17 – Green Twine Bunny



NO. 18 –  Bunny’s Bottom



NO. 19 – Blue Burlap w/Cross



NO. 20 – Turquoise/Coral Chevron Bunny



NO. 21 –  Pink Ribbon Colorful Egg



NO. 22 – Burlap Bunny w/Chevron Bow

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NO. 23 – Twine Bunny Pink Bow



***I know this one isn’t exactly for the front door, but the front porch would be perfect!!!***

NO. 24 –  Wooden Bunny Stand



***So, which one is your favorite?  Let me know, I’d love to hear from you.***

Recommended Posts:  My Easter Tablescape:  Blue & Yellow and 26 Easter Tablescapes To Try.


Have a Wonderful and Blessed Easter!!! 

Love & Easter Hugs 🙂 

Need more inspiration/tips? Try:

12 Best Modern Farmhouse Bar Stools

 15 Easy Solutions-Kitchen Organization 2018

 41 Shiplap Ideas (NOT just for walls)

55 Incredible Barn Door Ideas:  Not Just For Farmhouse Style



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Blue Christmas Dining Room- Home Tour

Since we flooded during Hurricane Harvey this August, (and decorating the dining room for Christmas is not an option this year) I decided to post pictures of my Blue Christmas Dining Room from last year.  It still makes me smile to see all the different shades of blue, and of course my crazy love affair with white feathers.   This room is one of my all-time favorites…. it’s light and airy, but packs in a whole lotta punch.  If you want to see what it looked like before we flooded  Click here-  Blue and White Fall Dining Room .


The white feather tree I bought from Michael’s (i think) about 5 years ago, and it moves from room to room each year.  But it ALWAYS comes out-LOL!!!  The tree lights up and makes the feathers look like angel wings at night-swoon!!


The white candle sticks are from Round Top, TX Antique Show.  The glass votive that sits on top of each one makes a perfect resting spot for the ornaments so they don’t roll off.  The urn is from Home Goods.

I made the white feather wreath from a couple of feather boas on a wire frame.   Easy to weave them into the wire frame.   I painted the J & Y letters gold, and attached fabric to a wooden backing I made to go inside the frames.  The frames I found at an antique store that I painted silver.  The frames are very heavy, so they are on small nails.

Of course, what is Christmas without a little leopard or cheetah ribbon/fabric???  It adds just a little personality and tones down all of the blue and gold.  The stockings for our Christmas mantel have leopard on them also….I’ll post those next year 🙂


I know it is hard to see (lighting was not the best on these from last year- obviously) but the walls are gray here.  If you look at my blue FALL dining room post, they are blue.  I spent a year painting all of the rooms downstairs in our house gray, and I was beginning to feel like I was living in  “a cloudy kind of day” mood…..and I NEED some color!!!  So, there was a little change.  Live out loud- Live in color…..right??!!





These picks I found at Michael’s about 5 years ago too.  I love how the darker teal and navy really makes the turquoise and white pop…..and I can’t decorate for Christmas without some bling.



Have a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!

Love & Hugs 🙂


Need more Christmas inspiration and ideas???  Click Here for Christmas Stairs Love and here for Christmas Door Wreaths.

Want more navy and white Christmas DIY ideas or LOVE all things buffalo check??? Try Buffalo Check Snow-Woman or Buffalo Check Ornaments




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Christmas Sanity Checklist

Yes ma’am – YOU. DID. IT!!  Your Christmas decorations are all up inside the house (you are actually waiting for HGTV to call you  any minute- for your new show….. wink-wink) and you are just getting ready to sit down and relax with your much-deserved “mommy drink” in hand…..but then something happens.   Your enemy calls, and her name is “next”!!   That irritating nag that keeps you at night, and wakes you up in a cold sweat, the TO DO list for tomorrow, the enemy of all enemies, the nightmares of all nightmares….. the “what do I need to do NEXT??!!”….. pest.

Well, it’s not like you have anything important to do anyway- right??  You really ONLY need to get yourself in gear for the outside decorations…..OH, and remember to check the light bulbs, and your families’ gifts, and don’t forget the teachers’ gifts and coaches/dance instructor’s gifts, and help out at church, and work in some holiday baking, and, And, AND, AND AND AND…… Calgon take me away already!!!!  Gosh I’m old!!

You haven’t even had your first mommy sip ….and you are ALREADY cra-zee!!!.   All you can think is “How am I going to get it ALL done (by myself of course),  and “Why does this happen to me every year?”  RING ANY BELLS??

Let’s change things up this year….. by getting this anxiety in check.


The Christmas Sanity Checklist – 

(Secrets for a STRESS-FREE Christmas)

1) DIVIDE UP DUTIES– Don’t feel like you have to do Christmas all by yourself – anymore!!  Ask your husband to help with his side of the families’ gifts and wishlists, and ask your side of the family to do the same.  You won’t have to spend extra time “thinking” about what to get everybody, and wondering if they will like it or not.  They wished it & you gifted it – period.

Get your kiddos to help with teachers/coaches/instructors’ gift ideas also.  They can make a special card or help you bake (or pick up baked goods- my style) for them.  Your kiddos will feel proud of their gifts, and you will get to spend extra time with your kiddos!   All of these tips will help will take pressure off of you.

2) MAKE A LIST (and stick to it)Get a detailed wishlist from your immediate family (husband and kiddos).  You can knock items off the list faster since you won’t have to come up with your own ideas, and you can cut down on shopping time by knowing which stores carry specific items.  Once you get the bulk of the list done, you’ll have more free time to do your special “surprise” gifts – the ones that get you those “extra hugs.”

STICK TO THE LIST– Do NOT stray from the list (I know it’s hard to do)- keep the straying for the surprise gifts.    Do not keep adding to the list, or continue purchasing more and more presents just because you are out shopping for other people either.  When your list is completed and you have your surprise gifts taken care of, you are done!!  More presents cause extra gift wrapping, extra money, extra time, extra stress…..and well extra wine!!  The list was created for a reason….for you to enjoy the Christmas season!!

3) CREATE A BUDGET (and stick to it) – Attach a firm budget to the list that you feel comfortable with.  If you are feeling a little nervous about it, then trim items off of the list.  You can bend a little one way or the other, but have an idea of what you are planning to spend on each item.  That way if you have a little extra you can buy yourself something for your resourceful efforts- hahaha!!  see #4.

STICK TO THE BUDGET – Don’t overspend.  This will cause stress on it’s own, and in addition will mess up the planning method that you worked so hard on.  Since you spent more money on little Johnny, now you’ll have to find something extra for little Susie.  And on and on…..  Do not overspend.

4) TREAT YOURSELF–  Go ahead and allow yourself to have some wine, dessert coffee, a yummy pastry, etc….. to get you through the holidays- whenever the mood strikes.  Worry about calories and exercising AFTER Christmas.  Sometimes all you need is a break from ….well yourself….. to add a little pep to your step.

5) PAY IT FORWARD– By focusing on others, you will be reminded of how blessed you truly are.  Do some holiday baking for friends or neighbors, volunteer for church events, donate food/clothing to shelters, etc.  You can actually enjoy these activities without feeling like they are obligations.  And isn’t that what the true meaning of Christmas is all about anyway…. the season of giving? Amen.

6) PLAY CHRISTMAS MUSIC –  Find a radio station, pop in a CD, or download your favorite songs from I-tunes.  All your stress and worries will begin to melt away as soon as you hear Christmas carols.    It’s like God sprinkles a little magic every time a Christmas song is played!!  No matter your age or your music genre, there is something for everyone.

7) WRAP PRESENTS/GIFT BAGS–  Get all of your presents wrapped as soon as possible.   Pick a night where you can spend some time wrapping multiple gifts in one setting.  That way you don’t have to keep pulling out the paper/bags for each gift.  If you choose to wrap, try using only 2 or 3 patterns/rolls to cut down on choices, and do several simple looks while mixing in one “fancy” gift to add a little sparkle.  Need the perfect bow -Click Here for my easy Bow tutorial.

Even though using gifts bags cut down on time, they can also get a little expensive.    If you choose gift bags, try buying in bulk & then adding pretty ribbon/bows or contrasting tissue paper.

8) PLAN A GNO– Now that you have purchased your gifts, wrapped them, and have money to spare….plan a Girls’ Night Out with your girlfriends.  You deserve a break, and you can let off some “shopping” steam to them.  Women NEED to vent, so what better way to get it all out than to share some stories with your favorite gal pals.  A couple of hours out with your friends = almost ONE  full week of less griping to your honey!!  Am i right??!!


9) ENJOY YOUR FAMILY (and the season of Christmas)- Give your loved ones a hug, say a prayer, and soak in the JOY.

Yes Ma’am – YOU. DID. IT!!!




 ***Need Christmas inspiration??  Check out these posts….Click here for Christmas Wreath Ideas or Here for Christmas Staircase Ideas. ***


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DIY Buffalo Check Embroidery Hoop Ornaments

What do you get when you mix navy Buffalo Check, Embroidery Hoops, and one Crazy Christmas fanatic…..well you get a beautiful combination of over-sized Buffalo Check Christmas Ornament Balls!  These ornaments are so stinkin’ cute, and have endless decorating possibilities.  Who’s ready to see DIY Buffalo Check Embroidery Hoop Ornaments- (Part 2)!

***UPDATED pictures from Christmas 2018 ***  Just wanted to show another way to hang them (without the navy ribbons).

***NOTE***  This is a 2-part post.  The first post (Part 1) is the tutorial on how to make the embroidery hoop ornaments, and this post (Part 2) shows you how to hang them.  

Please let me know if you have any questions!! 🙂


(PART 2)

***To see the first part for the tutorial on how to make the fabric hoops:  Click Buffalo Check Embroidery Hoop Snowman. Then you’ll be ready to begin this part for making the ornaments.***


(PART 2)


Since I have already posted on how to use them as a Snow-Woman (Part 1 of the series), click HERE for the supplies needed and tutorial on making the buffalo check hoops. 

You can mix and match fabrics, hoop colors and sizes, ribbons and bows, and hang them wherever your little heart desires. 

Want to simplify….leave out the fur ball ornaments and fur ball picks (scroll down for pictures).












Once the 3 hoops are done, we cans add the ribbon, bows, and fur balls/picks.

The fur ornament balls have a clear hanger that you will attach to the tying ribbon of the bow – click here for Bow Tutorial. 

I used the navy ribbon for the single fur ball and dot gold ribbon for the double fur balls.









I used the same gold ribbon for the small hoop and large hoop (with 4 loops each) bows, but just made a larger bow to fit scale of large hoop. 

I stuck the fur balls picks into the right and left sides of the bow.










I used the dot bow from the snow-woman tutorial for the medium hoop.











Here are the ribbon lengths, and the navy ribbon is 2.5″wide.  You can choose whatever width you want.  I used the navy ribbon to add contrast, and to cover more of the stair wall.


Where to put nails or hangers:

1) Starting with LARGE HOOP:  go (19.5″ Right, 4″ Down)……. for 2 fur balls

2) From 2 FUR BALLS: go (12″ Up, 8″ Right) …..for small hoop

3) From LARGE HOOP again:  go (18″ Up, 8″ Right) for medium ball

4) From LARGE HOOP again:  go (11″ Left, 10″ Up)









If you want to use the 3 ornaments only….  put the small ornament into 2 fur balls spot and lose the other goodies 🙂






















***UPDATED*** More pictures from Christmas 2018.





Have a Very Merry Christmas!!!  Love & Hugs 🙂

Where will you decide to hang your ornaments?  Shoot me a picture, I’d love to see them.  

Want more Christmas Ideas try:

20 Best Front Door Christmas Wreath Ideas

33 Ideas Decorating Stairs for Christmas

Christmas Dining Room:  Navy + Red

Fall To Christmas Decorating: 3 Easy Tips

Let It Snow DONUT Christmas Party






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Buffalo Check DIY Snowman : Using Embroidery Hoops

Ever since I posted my  Blue and White Fall Dining Room and 10 Ways To Add Buffalo Check, I have been determined to do a DIY Christmas project using my navy and white buffalo check fabric.    I have pinned tons of Christmas inspirations for black and white check, red and white check, and red and black check, but wanted to try something different. Here it is Buffalo Check DIY Snowman:  Using Embroidery Hoops (Part 1).

And since I am in love with all things blue and white anyway….I came up with a couple projects where I finally got to use my navy buffalo check fabric- YAY!!  

***FYI***  Click here to see  Buffalo Check Embroidery Hoops Ornaments (Part 2) or Christmas Snowman:  DIY Cotton Ball Wreath if you love all things snowmen!!  Let’s get rolling……

 Buffalo Check DIY Snowman:  Using Embroidery Hoops 


  • 8″, 12″, 18″ embroidery hoops
  • white spray paint or white primer
  • buffalo check fabric – 1 yard
  • ***fabric liner (optional) – 1 yard***
  • different sizes of gold ribbon & gold dot ribbon
  •  hot glue/glue gun
  • fabric scissors

*** I purchased all my goodies at Hobby Lobby  except…… 1 gold ribbon- Target from last year & spray paint Home Depot***


  • navy ribbon
  • white fur ornament balls (set of 6- used 3)
  • 2 white fur balls picks











Buffalo Check DIY Snowman:  Using Embroidery Hoops 



Spray paint hoops front and back sides – keeping loops together (don’t need to unscrew hoops and separate for this part)










Here they are white (below).  If you want to choose a different color,  go for it.  The spray paint acts as a trim color so be creative.











Lay hoops out on fabric to get an idea of where you will want your checks to go. 

I used the check on the diagonal for the small & large hoops, and straight for the middle hoop- just to give it a little interest. 

You can always use a coordinating fabric also.  Cut a square around hoop first- see picture below – RIGHT.

***TIP:  Make sure you like up your checks straight…they are kind of tricky like stripes.  If they are crooked, and you CUT crooked…..well you might be back at the fabric store 😉 ***










(***This part is optional – see below***)

I cut out a piece of liner to go behind my fabric so you can’t see through it.  You can always double up on fabric too (but who wants to waste the cute buffalo check on the back side)??

Top portion- with lining.

Bottom portion- without lining.











Unscrew at top to loosen hoops.  Pull gently to separate hoops.










Lay bottom hoop down on hard surface.  Place fabric (and liner) on top covering bottom hoop….with equal amount of extra fabric hanging over the entire loop.  Make sure checks are in a straight line.

Place second hoop (one with screw) on top of fabric and bottom hoop.  Might need to give it a gentle pull or unscrew a little more to loosen if it won’t cover fabric and bottom hoop.

***TIP Double check one more time to make sure checks run in straight line.***  Then tighten screw- but not completely tight.










Flip over.  Gently lift up on fabric to pull any bumps tight. Once fabric is all smooth and pulled firm……tighten screw completely.

***TIP:  you will have to pull check fabric and liner separately sometimes to get bumps out. ***











Now cut about 3/4 inch or inch around hoop in a circular direction.










Should look like this when finished- upside down (below left)

Here you can see that I laid mine out in a diagonal pattern (below right)











Glue down fabric (and liner) to wooden loop.  Be careful when doing this so that you don’t accidentally get glue on your top fabric (you can hold the loop upright like a hula hoop and glue like that).










Both fabric and liner glued down – pictured below.










I laid mine out just to see what it would look like.  Here you can see the top and bottom loops are on the diagonal, and the middle hoop is straight.

Attach a gold ribbon around each screw by tying a knot.  Begin at the bottom hoop, and give yourself A LOT of extra ribbon for this before cutting.









Hang it on the door to help with the next part.  The hoops will look like they “are dancing around.” 

TIP*** Tie knot in top part of ribbon to anchor in door so that it won’t slide out.

Hot glue top hoop (wooden part) to gold ribbon to lie flat (bottom RIGHT).

Repeat for middle hoop to connect to ribbon.









TIP***Make sure your hoop is straight (screw part is lined up to ribbon) before pressing down.  Otherwise your hoop will lie crooked.  If so, pull gently….and try again!!


See How to Make a Perfect Bow for tutorial.  I used 4 loops on my bow – just a fyi- and tied to existing gold ribbon.

















Hang on the wall with a nail if you want inside the house.












Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!   Love & Hugs 🙂

***Part 2 is READY click Buffalo Check DIY Christmas ORNAMENT Balls***


Want more Christmas Ideas try:

Christmas Snowman:  DIY Cotton Ball Wreath 

Christmas Dining Room:  Navy + Red

33 Ideas:  Decorating Stairs For Christmas

20 Best Christmas Door Wreaths

Let It Snow DONUT Christmas Party:  Food Planning


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33 Ideas – Decorating Stairs for Christmas

Decorating your staircase for Christmas is a great way to bring in some holiday cheer, and to show off some of your creative talents.  And since there are like a million options out there to try, decorating them should be a cinch-right?  Not always.  Coming up with new ideas and (yes, executing those ideas)…..can be a little overwhelming.  So, lose your anxiety!!  If you are tired of coming up with YOUR OWN designs, and/or looking for new inspiration this year, here are 33 fresh ideas to get your creativity ….. a kick start!!




Using words, song lyrics, or reindeer names is a fun way to bring in Christmas cheer.  Put words on stair treads, risers, spindles and walls.  It will definitely catch your guests’ attention and add a little smile to their hearts.














Hanging stockings on banisters is a classic look that can be changed every year, just by switching out stockings.  Throw in some color and patterns to shake things up, or keep them simple.  Here are some adorable ideas for giving this classic style a fresh look.  And it’s also functional….especially if you don’t have a mantel or another way to hang stockings.








Hanging wreaths gives you a lot of versatility.  Use the same length ribbon with wreaths in groupings for a traditional style, or use different lengths to create a playful style.  Odd numbers work best with either look.  Go bold with contrasting ribbon, or soft with neutral colors.  The round wreaths lying against the vertical spindles add visual interest- simple yet stunning.













Love the look of Christmas ornaments balls for decorating the stairs.  They give off a playful vibe, and can be displayed a million (or close) different ways.  Hang one by a ribbon between each spindle to add a splash of color, or hang them in groupings or clusters for big impact.  However you decide to use them, you’re sure to create a  happy environment for your home & guests.














Using garland is such a lush & gorgeous way to decorate banisters and spindles, it basically screams drama.  Garland can be understated with natural greenery and small ribbon ties, or extravagant- filled with lights and accessories.  Make no mistake … will create a statement as soon as your guests enter your home.










Using hanging stars, gifts, and bells are unique ways to decorate banisters and spindles….. if you are looking for something unexpected.  Try different sizes and colors to add whimsy, and don’t be afraid to go crazy with the quantity.  If you have a bold personality and like doing things with a little twist, these styles are just right for you.






Who doesn’t love a soft glow shimmering during Christmas?  Candles add warmth, softness, & ambiance, and you can choose the fragrance that matches your style.  Plus, they illuminate the stair tread to add light. Win-win!!   TIP:  If you have kiddos, you may want to use lanterns for safety.  Hot wax and little toes are not a good match :).







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20 Best Christmas Door Wreaths

Decorating for Christmas ranks right up there on the top of my list for all-time LOVES.   This includes my husband & beautiful girls, our incredible families, Texas Longhorns football, and well….. the season of Christmas.   It adds warmth to my heart as we get to share an entire month dedicated to the birth of our Lord and Savior- Jesus Christ.  Amen!!  So, let’s get rolling with The 20 Best Christmas Door Wreaths.



I know there is so much that goes into putting all of the Christmas decorations out each year:  first the decorations go up inside the house, next the Christmas tree and ornaments get adorned, followed by the outdoor ground lights & inflatables (if you have kiddos), and the finale – the Christmas front door wreath.

It is the jewel of the season, and sets the tone for your entire Christmas theme.  It is your “hello” to welcome your guests when they arrive, and your “hug goodbye” as they leave and travel safely back home.  The right wreath can add warmth, happiness, elegance, color, and personality to your home.  It represents….you & your family.  So, what is your style and what does it say about who you are?















You don’t crave attention, but always turn heads.  You are tasteful and classy, but not the least bit stuffy.   You are the perfect hostess, and people love to come to your house.  Is this you?

















SOURCE: Veranda Magazine





You dare to be different.  You aren’t just the life of the party, you ARE the party.  You own it, and everyone knows it!!  You are not the first person to arrive at an event, but always the last one to leave.  You bring energy & excitement as soon as you enter a room.  Is this you?























You are always smiling and a blast to be around.   You are quite mischievous, love a good prank, and are THE class clown.    You draw people in with your quick wit, and ability to make them laugh.  You beat to your own drum and never follow the crowd (that is why your wreaths……are NOT the typical style wreaths)!!  Is this you?
























You have a timeless style that brings warmth and beauty, and you are always stunning.  You are tailored, structured and polished, yet exude effortless elegance.  Your grace shines through in everything you do and say, and you are always THE best-dressed at any function.   You do not call anyone for fashion advice, you give it.   You. Are. Style.  Is this you?

























Your eyes twinkle when you smile,  you love to sing- a lot, and you pass out hugs to everyone!!  Admit it- YOU ARE HAPPY!!  You choose friends, clothes, decor, etc…. anything that brings a little sunshine to your life.  You love what you love, and you aren’t afraid to go out on a limb to have the perfect item.  So, be you and spread your joy!!  Is this you?














You are flawless and exquisite in your own  bare skin.  You love the sun peeking into your window in the morning, and the stars lighting up the sky at night.   You LOVE all things green.  You find inspiration for your home & life through hiking the great outdoors.  You love the smell of rain, fresh cut grass, and wood burning by a firepit.  Keeping things simple is not a trend for you, it IS you.  Is this you?





Have a Very Merry Christmas & Happy Wreath Hunting!!

Love & hugs 🙂




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