Whenever we visit my mom or mother-in-law’s house during the holidays, I always enjoy their festive decorations. Centerpieces on the tables, blankets on the couch, greenery on shelves, candy dishes on end tables and even festive tableware all help create a finished look. It’s the complete opposite of what we do. We generally decorate for Halloween, but other holidays tend to fall short. Despite owning a multitude of Dickens Village and other Christmas decorations, I seldom do anything more than put up the tree. For that matter, my everyday decorating skills are pretty lacking, too.
As an example, this is what my dining table looks like. Sometimes I don’t even put placemats down. It gets us by, but it certainly isn’t exciting. I admire people who have a decorator’s touch and can make interesting and adorable table centerpieces or artwork for the walls.
As I get older, I realize that these simple things in life can set the mood for a room and create a positive, encouraging environment. More important, at least for me, is that a table that is dressed and decorated helps me change my habits. I’m less likely to leave the table cluttered with kids’ homework, bills, marketing literature or other random paperwork.
We are at Kohl’s fairly often and I realized there are a lot of beautiful decorations at affordable prices. I decided that I wanted to find something to help spruce up my home for the fall, then if I like how it felt, repeat the process for Christmas.
There were so many choices available that we could easily mix and match to create a look that fit our personalities as well as the existing decorations in our home. Their Harvest collection includes sunflowers, pumpkins, leaves in your choice of fall colors. We found candle holders, candy dishes, picture frames and all kinds of different centerpieces. I didn’t think the flowers would look right in my home so I opted for something simple in the colors of the leaves we raked up a few days ago.
After finding the perfect tablecloth, we found placemats to match. One of the girls discovered a set of napkins that matched the tablecloth I fell in love with! I laughed when Scott told the girls that I wouldn’t be able to decorate if it weren’t for Kohl’s Garanimals-style mix and match options. He was right, I don’t have the visual sense to know what goes with what. We finished off the look by adding a seasonal centerpiece and some candles to match. As you can see, the look is quite stunning and a total transformation from where we started.
While part of me is excited about the new look, I’m also anxious to go out and shop for something to make the table festive for the next holiday season. Who knew creating such a lovely look would be so easy? To share my joy about the new look and to encourage you to go out add some decorations to your home, we’re giving away a $100 Kohl’s gift card. If you’re as excited as I am, be sure to come back daily to take advantage of bonus entries.
What part of your home could use some decorating TLC?