Fall Dining Room Makeover

One of the major holidays during the fall season is Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the time of year when families gather around their dinner table and give thanks to God Family & Food. Although the look of the table might seem far down the list of importance, but to some it’s really important as their family approach the dinner table to break bread.

This Thanksgiving is very special because God has spared our lices

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One of the major holidays during the fall season is ThanksgivingThanksgiving is the time of year when families gather around their dinner table and give thanks to God, Family & Food.  Although the look of the table might seem further down the list of importance, some may feel it’s really important as their family approaches the dinner table to break bread.





This Thanksgiving is very special because God has spared each of our lives and we continue to witness miracles of his glory.  

I have share a view of my Dining Room Tablescape through a collage of photos. I have so included a link so that you may see the making of my Dining Room Tablescape.  Please enjoy and let me know what you think.  Stephanie K. 

Pumpkin Patch


Pink is the New Orange

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Fall Inspired Home Tour

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This wreath was home made with pumpkin sprigs obtained form the Habitat for Humanity Restore.

Cinnamon Broom
with chalk and memo board

The season of Fall is the time of the year when the weather changes from heat to calm.  Because I love decorating for every season and any reason, I added a little aspect of Fall into every room in my home.  I have added pictures to this blog post so that you can see the result of my vision for the fall.

In the fall leaves are falling and Autumn is calling.  Autumn is known as the second (2nd) Spring, because like the flowers the bloom in the spring; the colors of the leaves make changes.  Also, remains a times of the year to watch the change of nature appear.  This change is usually a slow change, but if you take time to sit, you can Xantech the leaves turn colors.

When decorating for the fall, I try to make simple and small, but unique changes.  I have shared pictures of the great room, dining room, sitting room, bedrooms, and bathrooms.  In the living room, I made changes by adding pillows in fall colors and my theme colors.  I added fall-inspired trays and decor.  I Also added a fall theme over the fireplace and on the mantel.  For example, when spelling the word H O M E, I used a pumpkin instead of the letter E. Pumpkins are winter fruits that come out in the fall.  I also added small pumpkins to a try on the coffee table with candle the adorn seasonal colors. I used small floral sprays and ribbon to add flavor to many surfaces; with seasonal colors to adorn areas and flowers were changed throughout adding seasonal joy. I used seasonal colors or flowers to adorn and showcase flowery autumn blooms in my spaces.

The dining room was a focal point in the fall decorating plan, because one of the most significant holidays in the fall is Thanksgiving.  I prepared the dining room table for a Thanksgiving feast.  I highlighted every aspect of the dining table and dresses the buffet for use.  I dressed the table settings to be pleasant to the eye and not too matchy match.  The centerpiece was glamourfied so that the focus was present in the doing room table.  The theme was owls with were using sparingly and adorned the top layers of my place settings.  

Full view of the Dining Room

Bar Cart

Leaves are Falling

Serving for Four

Autumn is Calling

Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower…

Hand towel and soap

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn colors.

Most rooms and spaces were dressed with subtle energy with the goal of maintaining comfortability.  In the bedroom, just a simple change to one pillow changed the entire room.  In another bedroom a simple cover a the end of the bed made the entire room change.  This cover pictured may also be used as a table runner when rearranged your fall decor for the next season.  

In some places a simple box or a floral spray gave autumn life to a room or space.  In the bathroom, a simple change of the soap or pump and towel can make the change in the bathroom for that August vibe.  

The main goal of seasonal change should be to give continuous life to your home and happiness to your family and visitors. when selecting your colors, traditional colors are not the rule, but they are an option.  Choose colors that inspire you to fashion your home.  This is the same rule which should apply to your theme.  Choose a theme that gives you the energy and motivation to prepare for and embrace the season.  

Accents on the sink were featured in green and yellow. The tray features soap and lotion buried in green and yellow leaves. This is a whole stem and the steam was twisted in the needed direction.

The vision you have in your mind, should be revealed in the decor you utilize to make your space or home Autumn Complete!

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Home Christmas Decorations You Can Use for Winter Decorations

From the day after Thanksgiving to New Years Day we adorn our homes with Christmas decor. Many of us truly love decorating for Christmas but wish it would last more than one month. How can you use Christmas decorations for your Winter Home Decorations?

  • Color
  • Themed
  • Groupings

Winter Color Schemes

  • Blue and white
  • White and Silver
  • Blue and Gold
  • Blue and Green
  • Pink and Green
  • Blue and Pink
  • Cinnamon and Ivory
  • Cinnamon, Ivory, and Gold
  • Blue, White, and Silver
  • Gray and White
  • Teal and Pink
  • Blue and Gray
  • Teal and Gold

Winter Themes

  1. Snow
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Frozen
  • Sledding “Sleigh Bells”

2. Winter Home

  • Winter Village
  • Red Barn / Red Truck
  • Noel
  • Blue & White Jack Frost
  • JOY
  • Joy to the World
  • Gingerbread House (candy lane)
  • Deck the Halls

3. Winter Nature

  • WinterGreens
  • Starry Sky/ Night
  • Frosted Trees
  • Adorned Garlands
  • Snowflakes “Let it Snow”
  • Ice
  • Winter Blues

4. Winter Figures

  • Deer / Moose
  • Penguins
  • Winter Birds (thespruce.com)
  • Frosty the Snowman
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5. Winter-Themed

  • Peppermint Lane (red & white)
  • The Nutcracker
  • Arctic Explorers (furry)
  • Polar Express (trains)
  • Winter Glamour
  • Winter Blessings

Ultimate Christmas Tree Decorating Guide

Decorating a Christmas Tree is one of the highlights of the Christmas holiday season. When thinking about your tree, thoughts like… what kind of tree? what style of tree? how tall? what theme? what colors? what color lights? what tree topper? garland or no garland? how many ornaments? All of these questions are answered using this Ultimate Christmas Decorating Guide.

What kind of tree?

Christmas trees are magical and can be real or artificial. Some makers of artificial trees even make trees that have close characteristics of real trees like the smell and feel, such as Tree Classics and Balsam Hill. There are many kinds of trees: Fir (Balsam, Fraser, Canaan, Douglas, Grand, Noble, Concolor), Pine (White, Scotch, Virginia), Spruce (Blue, Norway, White), Cypress (Arizona, Leyland), and Cedar (Red). Regardless of which tree you choose this year real or artificial, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. Here are some advantages for both trees to help you make your decision.

Real Tree

  • Authentic
  • Traditional
  • Fresh Smell
  • Environmentally friendly and recyclable
  • Another tree is planted for each one harvested to ensure a steady supply year after year

Artificial Tree

  • ability

  • Fire-retardant (MOST)
  • Allergy Free
  • Less Maintenance
  • More Cost-Effective (Last an average of 7-9 years)


What style of tree?

There are at least six styles of tree: Full, Narrow, Slim (Pencil), Flatback (Corner), Sparce, and Upside down. The decision of which style you choose is solely preference. Here are pictures of each style:






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What size tree?

Your Christmas tree should be perfect for your holiday interior. Start by finding the perfect location in your home for your tree. Ensure that you select an area which provides adequate space and a focal point for your holiday home. If necessary you may need to move or change your furniture around, fear not!!! Also, ensure that the location that you select is SAFE from heating vents, exhausts, or not within 8′ feet of a fire. Never place your tree near a source of heat. Avoid places where the tree will be exposed to harsh elements or could possibly fall on someone and cause injury or death.

Once you have found the location for your tree, measure your space from floor to ceiling, and side to side. Allow at least 6 inches to one foot of free space from the ceiling to the top of the tree topper. Most tree sizes start at 4′ and go to approximately 30′.

Balsam Hill, suggests surveying the space for your tree using specific guidelines. This link will guide you on how to survey and measure the correct space for your Christmas Tree.

What Christmas theme?

The theme of your Christmas tree should be one that inspires you. It should reflect your idea of the perfect Christmas or just simply your vision for the holiday season. The Gingerbread House, Candy Cane Lane, Winter Wonderland, Frosty the Snowman, Patriotic, O Christmas Tree, 12 Days of Christmas, Christmas Village, Twas the Night Before Christmas, Letters to Santa, Jingle Bells, and Classic Christmas… just to name a few, are great Christmas tree themes. Here are pictures of trees using some of these Christmas themes.

RAZ Chocolate Moose Christmas Tree

What colors on the tree?

Red, green, white, blue, yellow, purple, orange, black, pink, brown, silver, gold. There is no method to combining colors for your tree. When decorating your Christmas tree even white is a color. Trees, tree toppers, ornaments, lights, and garland ALL come in a variety of colors.

Personalize your tree by selecting your tree accessories in one or more color combinations of your own. For color inspiration, Canva.com offers 100 color combinations. Don’t be afraid to add prints, such as stripes, plaids, and gingham; and bling it with sparkle using glittery picks and tinsel. Lastly, don’t forget your favorite ornaments and the new ornaments you just can’t pass up. Here are some trees featuring color.

What color of lights on the tree?


Most Christmas lights are incandescent or LED. Incandescent lights have been the conventional lights, but are being taken over by LED lights because of the comparisons of the quality of the LED lights over the incandescent lights. LED lights are more expensive upfront but lasts 5X the lifetime of incandescent lights. The LED lights are energy savings and save through power usage about 10X the usage of incandescent lights. LED lights can be stranded together in about 20 – 30 light sets verses the incandescent lights which can only be stranded together about 3 – 5 light sets. LED lights generate less heat than the incandescent lights.

Christmas lights come in a variety of color choices: clear, multi, solid color, fairy lights or micro LEDs, or light show lights. When selecting lights, remember that all white lights are not created equal. White lights have a range of whites from warm, soft, cool, and bright.


  • When deciding on which lights to use and where to use them, please read the factory instructions on the package.
  • For a brighter level of lighting, bring lights closer together or twist strings together.
  • Also remember, white wire strands are more appropriate for lighter color objects and green wire strands are more appropriate for darker color objects.
  • Lastly, ensure the total power wattage does not exceed the socket you used in the circuit.
  • For instructions on how to correctly hang lights on a Christmas tree, go to the Certified Lighting website.



Your theme should spark an ideal of what tree topper you will use to adorn your tree. If your theme is Patriot, maybe a group flags at the top, for a traditional theme maybe a star. If your tree celebrates the Birth of Jesus Christ, maybe an angel. If your theme is Frosty the Snowman you can feature a Top Hat. Other tree topper ideas are Santa, Stockings, Glittered Stems or Sprays, Candy Cane Spray, and Large Bows.


Garland is the necklace jewelry of Christmas. It comes in different forms and materials but they are all strings of objects. Some ideas of beautiful garlands are ribbon, beads, floral, pompoms, pearls, burlap, faux snow, stringed words, and stringed ornaments. Garland should be placed on your tree after the lights, tree topper, and before the ornaments.


How many ornaments?

Christmas ornaments come in many different sizes and shapes. The standard ornaments are round and come in sizes from 2″ to 6″ (or more) in diameter. The look of round ornaments are matte, shiny, glittery, ornate, and some even have images on them. Other ornaments take the look of many different creations, materials, and designs.

The number of ornaments that should be on a tree are dependent upon the look one is trying to achieve, the size of the tree, and should focus on visual satisfaction. Christmas Lights Etc suggests the number of ornaments is ultimately based on personal preference. The included chart is a suggested guideline from Christmas Lights Etc:


How Many Ornaments

Christmas Lights Etc

This Ultimate Christmas Tree Decorating Guide will guide you on your quest to decorating your Christmas Tree. Don’t forget there are really NO RULES for decorating your tree. Use the Modern Livable style, which is how you want what you want and you will not go wrong. Don’t forget your theme, tree topper, garland, and ornaments. If you have any questions about decorating your tree please Contact Us.

StephanieK, The DIY Exchange

50 Advent Calendars for Christmas 2019

The advent is rooted from a Latin word meaning “coming” and “arrival”. Advent is the season observed by Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus and the return of Jesus at the Second Coming.
Christmas is the most wonderful time of year, where everything and everybody is merry and bright. It is the season celebrating the Birthday of Jesus. There are many signs of Christmas, one being the advent.
The advent calendar is used to count the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. The advent calendar adds to the excitement of counting the days to Christmas. There are many unique advent calendar and calendar ideas for counting the days until Christmas. I have scoured the shopping network looking for unique ideas and here is what I’ve found.
Light-up Stacking House Glitter Advent Calendar
Nostalgic Cubby Advent Calendar
Wooden Tree Advent Calendar
Trendy Decor 4U Lighted Canvas Snowman Advent Calendar
Countdown to Christmas Wooden Religious Advent Calendar
Santa’s Workshop Musical Advent Calendar
Magnetic Nativity Advent Calendar
Ciate London Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar
12 Days Prize Punch Advent Calendar
Wooden Advent Calendar with Wreath Brown/Gold
Wood Tree Advent Calendar Hearth & Hand with Magnolia
Glitzhome Handcrafted Wooden Christmas Countdown Calendar With Drawer (Reindeer)

Thanksgiving Front Door

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Creating a Fall Front Door Makeover

Fall is the season for leaves to fall, tricks and treats, and giving thanks for family, food, and festivals.  The feeling of “Thanks” is a wonderful feeling at your front door for your family, friends, and folks.


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It’s Fall Y’all

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Christmas Storage

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5 Quick Storage Tips for Christmas Décor

1: As you take down decorations and pack them away, donate the ones you don’t use anymore.
2: Store artificial trees upright, if possible, to avoid having to disassemble or undecorate them.
3: When you buy ornaments, save the original packaging for storage.
4: Store small decorations in clearly labeled rubber or plastic totes.
5: Save time next season by noting which decorations you used where — better yet, take pictures.

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