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Shabby chic Christmas decor with rustic burlap and sparkling touches

DSC05252 Merry Christmas, y'all!

This is a big one.  Two years ago, Joe was fighting for our country in Afghanistan.  Last year, I was unexpectedly in the hospital as Beau decided to arrive two months early!  So, it's our first real Christmas in years.

In the spirit of celebration, I decked out the homestead in burlap, silver and gold.  It's rustic and *sparkly*!

For the burlap garland, I used my favorite trick.  I took a roll of burlap (you could also use ribbon) and every two or three feet, I tied a big bow.  Then, I wove it through the swags and tree.  It adds much more dimension than the burlap or ribbon would on its own.

Beau and the beagles are already trying to dig into the gifts.  We'll see if they can hold out until the big day!

Glowing with gold: My Thanksgiving table

Thanksgiving Table This year I decided to go golden for my Thanksgiving table!

The centerpiece is comprised of two shimmering leaf garlands from a local decor shop called Gordon's of Metairie.  I placed a small wreath around my glass hurricane and wove burlap ribbon between it all.

Here's a tip: get a thick roll of burlap, ribbon or fabric.  Roughly every two feet, tie a bow, until you have a long garland.  Then, weave that in an out of whatever is on your table.  It adds some great dimension and depth!  The finishing touch for the centerpiece was the addition of some golden pine cones and grapes.

For the table setting, I broke out my Wedgwood 'Golden Bird' china and toned down the formal look with rustic woven chargers and mismatched napkins from Pottery Barn.

The finished table is warm, inviting and ready for a feast!

Giving thanks...for Pinterest

Feather garland, Simple Stylings This Thanksgiving, I have a lot to be thankful for.... a loving family, a precious baby, two rambunctious beagles, a warm home, a fulfilling career... and of course... Pinterest!

Gosh darn it, it's the best thing since sliced bread.

As I scoured the site for Thanksgiving table ideas, I came across some great ones.  Here are just a few.