Wednesday, November 11, 2009

~ Right around the corner... ~

Hello Ladies!

Is it really possible? I cannot believe the title of my post is true! The holidays are right around the corner! My Mother wasn't kidding when she said time flies the older you get , lol! Can't we just put a hold on that?, just for a bit? :-) Since I don't think that's an alternative, I better get with the flow... I'm starting my list for Thanksgiving and that means the day after is Christmas decorating time! A little more than 2 weeks away, my goodness, I still have to say it out loud to realize it! Yikes :) Anyway, for me, that means time to break out the Tartan plaid !.... I've always loved that look, so colorful, and of course the Red part pulls at my decorating heart strings too! So I've put together a little Tartan Plaid post for you , just a few of my vignettes...and also a few other inspiring photos too! What do you decorate with at Thanksgiving time? I'd love to hear! In the picture below you can see I'm getting ready to start my holiday planning! Got the recipes out, the tools I'll need and on top of Tartan, it all comes to life...

Now just a little disclosure , lol, I am a fanatic for any plaid! while I adore red, I'm open to it all! This Ralph Lauren Cottage bedding below just makes me think of an all blue and white scheme forever. I could do this :) But then I might long for some red somewhere else, hmmm, maybe I'd mix it all up as I've been known to do. Just stuff 2 more shams of red tartan in , and I'd be happy :)

When Country Living featured this gorgeous Vignette below, I think I fell off my chair and let out a big *GASP*! Can it get any more tartan cottage than this??? Love you Country Living magazine!!

I love throws everywhere , but the tartan ones are my favorite for the Holidays! I'd like a Chalet one day, and I'd do the entire house in it , walls, bedding, etc! and then if I got tired of it, lol, I'd drive right back to my other Cottage :) Sound good?
This is my favorite chair, I read here , watch TV and sometimes pull the laptop here too ;) My little cozy spot of the Family room ...

Of course I can't forget tartan tablecloths too! Putting the Rose china on top allows me to have all the colors I love in one spot. I even mix in blue and white transfer ware , I can never get enough color :)

And there's also the idea of using just creamware with it, It's simple but elegant!

My favorite one is sitting in my hutch waiting for Turkey Day!

I love how candlelight glows off of the deep reds and greens too! So I'm gonna go get some more cookbooks, look for recipes for Thanksgiving and leave you with a little wish and a few more Inspiration pics....My wish for you ( and me, lol ) :

Enjoy every moment of the coming season, because like my Mother says, it flies!!

This pic below is so pretty and simple, I'd love to use this pedestal on top of my plaid table!

(country living)

And this next one, well it's from Pottery Barn, and *GASP*! another one that made me fall off my chair when I saw it! I am surely going to try and copy this to the T. Love it :) Hmmm, lol, I might need to install a gate first though, it surely makes this picture pop!

And one more..... A real beauty! Better Homes and Gardens ( below ), another wow for me! I have the same curtains, so seeing this gave me the sure fire inspiration for toile stockings!! Gotta love toile too ;)

Well Ladies, I'm off to do my recipes now, I hope I helped give you some ideas and inspiration for your own holiday season decor! I know I'm inspired by all your wonderful blogs too! each and every day!!

Wishing you a fabulous week ahead , abundant blessings , and thanks for being such great friends!

Happy pre-Holidays! ;)

With care and love,

~ Cynthia ~


Mandi said...

I adore plaid too! You found my holiday every picture you posted! That mantle is my favorite of all time...I printed that picture last year and have it in my collection of things I plan to do this year! Love the tole tray, though mine is a yummy red oval...and those tole print stockings and red curtains are gorgeous!

Happy Holidays, they are HERE!!!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

What a feast for the eyes!!! It is always such a pleasure to stop by here and visit for it!!! I always leave inspired!!! Thank you!!!


If you get a minute stop by and check out my giveaway...a little Williams Sonoma and a little RED;)!!!

blushing rose said...

What a delight your presentation to create a holiday spirit ... plaid is EVERYWHERE this year.

Pop over & enter our TRIPLE GIVEAWAY if you haven't ... TTFN ~Marydon

Laura said...

I love plaid too! My parents went to Scotland about 15 years ago and brought back a beautiful throw. I've been trying to get my mitts on it ever since. :)

Beautiful, breathtaking pictures.
Wonderful post.


stefanie said...

goodness your post is Gorgeous today, thanks for all the eye candy

Julie Harward said...

Cynthia...I loved the visit to your blog much of the things I love! I'm so excited for the holidays!
I am having a "GIVE A WAY"...Come see and get entered! :D

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Time IS flying by and I can't take it! Beautiful pics - love all of the plaid and the red in your home. Enjoy the rest of the week.

jeska said...

thanks Cinthia for the inspirational tour, I was missing your posts, glad to hear from you, I love visiting you blog, very beautiful.


Hi Cynthia,
I can't believe how fast time flies!! I especially love the last pic with the toile stockings so pretty and they would go perfect with my new pillows (;

Kathleen Grace said...

I just spray painted a thrifted wicker chair black and covered the seat in a gorgeous red tartan for the front porch! I'm loving tatan this year and since I'm a lover of all things red, it fits right in with everything I own:>) I am determined to start now so my holiday decorating doesn't feel make me feel rushed or under pressure. I want to enjoy every moment this year:>) As usual, you give me great ideas to use in my own home!

Simple Home said...

I love plaid of any color, but I really love red plaid too. I always use a tartan red plaid tablecloth at Christmastime too. It just makes the home feel warmer somehow.

Pauline said...

Great peek at some lovelies :o)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What wonderful photos and decorating ideas. I love starting to think ahead at what I want to do for the holidays. Love the plaid! I have a plaid tray that I have pretty things in. Thanks!

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

My gosh, Cynthia, there is no end to your talent. I would never have thought to mix plaid tartan with the flowers and toile, but you just make it work! WOW! I wish you a happy and memory-filled Thanksgiving, too! It will be here before we know it....

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Cynthia....Your photos did get me in the mood and yes, the holidays are fast approaching! I love the outdoor photo with the reeked of Christmas Joy! lol...My fireplace is painted white and the red toile stockings were darling..loved that look!~Patti

Unknown said...

I know! I can't believe it. 2 weeks!
OMG! :)

You have put me in the mood!


Rhondi said...

Hi Cindy
I love all your beautiful photos. Can't wait to see how you decorate your home for Christmas.
Hugs, Rhondi

Rhondi said...

Oops! Just realized I called you Cindy!!

debi said...

What a delicious post! As always, you have filled it with beautiful photos....and I love your cozy reading/tv space.
But you pushed me over the top with the last two photos! I WANT that dreamy cottage with the gate! The white with touches of red is making me swoon...and I'm a pink girl! tfs

Suzie Button said...

Cynthia, How lovely! I felt such warmth from your posting, such a wonderful way to begin "considering' the holidays! thanks for such a cheery post! Suzie

Blondie's Journal said...

The Tartan red works really well with your decor...go for it!! You have inspired me to keep getting ready for the holidays. I stall once in awhile!! LOL!!

Come by...I am having a giveaway! :-)


Anonymous said...

Hi Cynthia! I too adore plaid and Kohls has a really pretty red plaid tablecloth I must have!! Any plaid catches my eye especially mixed with florals and checks!! Love all the inspiration and I have to tell you I picked up a recipe box at Michaels in their dollar section with strawberries on it!! I thought of you especially when I picked up the matching fruit recipe cards!!! Check it out when you get a chance they may have different designs in your neck of the woods!!!lol Have a great rest of week and weekend! Sincerely, Jeannette

Beverly@My Sew Sweet Studio said...

Oh Cynthia, I love red tartan plaid too. I use a lot of it for Christmas. I love that you are already in the mood for Christmas decorating. I wasn't a blogger last Christmas, so I am looking forward to lots of ideas. Loved the outdoor scene. I have a red door, but like you need a picket fence. Maybe some red toile Stockings are in order too. Thanks for all the great vignettes

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Cynthia,

Your home looks so warm and cozy.
I can't believe Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Love the pictures you posted. that porch is gorgeous. Now, I need to get a gate like that too! lol


Sandra said...

Love plaid and tartans too. My husband lived in Scotland for two years and had a kilt made of the family tartan fabric (a pretty red too)Love to visit your blog.

Just a little something from Judy said...

This early morning visit to your beautiful, cozy, warm, and inviting blog, felt like I had received a special Christmas gift. What an exceptional post!!! Thank you for sharing it. You are right, the older one gets the faster it seems like time goes.

Happy day to you!

A Southern Rose said...

I loved this post and I love all of the plaid. You have inspired me to get moving with my Christmas decorating! It's never to early to start! After Thanksgiving I will be too busy to do much decorating. Thanks for all of the pretty eye-candy!

Lee Laurie

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

HI Cynthia! What a beautiful post with such beautiful pictures. I like the plaid and love the wintry feel it gives. I like the pictures you showed and love your chair where all your creativity is revealed! Big smile. I have a little area that is my nook for notetaking, ideas is good for my soul when I sit there. Looking forward to the holidays...we have an enormous family and get togethers are always something to enjoy!

GiGi said...

I just love your spot to read in the family room. So warm and cozy!!!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Love this post Cynthia! You just got me into the holiday spirit! Bless your heart!


Tracy said...

Love it!!! Girl, your Mom is so right! Seems like a couple of months ago it was New Years?!? I'm really not prepared for it. Better get on it.
Hope you are well,

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

Doesn't the picture of that house with the white picket fence just say "Come on home for the holidays". I'm sure they have plenty of plaid inside!

busyascanbe said...

I love the holidays too. When I start gift making or baking I love to listen to Christmas music or watch my favorite holiday movies. And plaid is a favorite of mine also! You blog always has the most beautiful pictures.

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I really like red plaid mixed with red toile! Loved seeing all those yummy pictures!


Heartfelt living said...

Hello sweet friend. What a great post as always. I love the red plaid so much. It reminds me of my sisters home. I remember walking in after she redecorated with plaids and it felt so warm and cozy.
Your throw is perfect! What a great way to add the plaid into your home. Thank you for the inspiration, I just might have to follow your lead!
Oh I just love the Pottery Barn picture. It makes me so excited for Christmas.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I am happily addicted to plaid at Christmas too. My mom helped me sew wool plaid stockings for my husband and I when we were first married, nearly 20 years ago. She also sewed one for my daughter when she was born of a different plaid. I love the vintage blankets too. I want to find some to make pillow coverings for my outdoor chairs on our patio. Plaid just screams cozy, doesn't it?

GwendolynKay said...

So many beautiful pictures and vinettes... makes me want to do some decorating. Blessings!

Cindy said...

Everything is just gorgeous! I LOVE plaid, so pretty and cozy. And I too love the PB page. And yep, we have the same curtains too! I would love to trade in my wooden blinds for those rattan that look. You hit a home run gurl, love all of this!

yapping cat

Cindy said...

Cynthia, I love all of your photos and images from magazines. I can never get enough of Christmas love and decor. I look forward to it all year long. Hugs, Cindy S.

Sandy said...

I love your little spot in the Fam. Room, your chair, very cozy. Nice post!! I love the holidays!

Va said...

Thanks for sharing your inspiring ideas! I love all of it. I too love the plaids, blue/white, and dishes of any sort!

Rue said...

Hi Cynthia :)

I love love love plaid! I've been looking for a throw and I haven't found "the one" yet. These pictures are gorgeous and I love your cozy corner :)


Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Cynthia...I was delighted by your post today..just delighted! I also love plaids and have used them for years. The photo's of your home are wonderful, cozy and so inviting! HOW I love this time of year!
Your Mother is all goes so quickly! :) I am dancin' up and down and ready for all the Christmas beauty that I KNOW is coming in the blogs!
Just smiling away here!

Knittings Nice! said...

Woo hoo. way to go girl...somebody who loves splashes of red....thought I was alone in the colour, everywhere here in U.K I see pinks/blues vintage.....I LOVE RED!!!!!...NICE BLOG BY THE WAY.

Margie said...

Adore the tartan everywhere and I want to snuggle up in your chair and read a little book of prayers:) Of course, I love the Sugar Candle container!
So Wonderful~Thanks

Elyse said...

hi cynthia!

i have a wonderful wool tartan blanket. we use it for picnics and then we wrap it around the tree at christmastime. it's even ended up at the beach! LOL so many uses! pops of red are just the best.

your chair looks like the coziest corner in the world! if i had a chalet it would have an antler chandelier and year-round small strands of lights ... sigh!

enjoy all the baking i know that you're sure to do this week! i have to bake a pumpkin pie for a bake sale!


Lori said...

Such fabulous pics! Plaid reminds me of being a kid, fond days! I so wish I could find some pink plaid, oh so wonderful for me!!! Lori

Amy said...

Can't beat plaid. So warm and nostalgic!

Eileen@Star'sFault said...

Such beautiful eye candy this morning. I just love all your pictures, and while I am not a huge plaid fan, I absolutely love the plaid woolen shawl/throw... whatever it was, it makes me want to put on a pair of ice skates, skate for hours, then come in and drink cocoa and snuggle before the fire with the shawl around my shoulders. Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

Debra Howard said...

Ooooooh I love your ideas with tartan plaid. I use it in my yellow dining room. It looks fabulous!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

You KNOW I love this!! I can't wait to break out the Red Plaid, either.:) Happy Thanksgiving, sweetie.xo Lidy

Janean said...

plaid is so cozy and relaxed!

Cherry Hill Cottage~ said...

pretty post, pretty Cynthia!!
Happy Thanksgiving!!
Tina = )

bellaboo said...

Am new to your blog.It's lovely!
I like checks,florals,spots,and especially RED,like yourself.
Do pop in when you have a moment.


prashant said...

It is always such a pleasure to stop by here and visit for it!!!

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Nishant said...

know that you're sure to do this week! i have to bake a pumpkin pie for a bake sale!

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