Christmas Decorating Count Down


I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. I spent the entire day with my family eating too much, watching football teams I don’t really care about and catching up on Pinterest. Friday and Saturday were spent scouring for vintage finds and shopping down High Street.

My relaxing weekend however was quickly over since today starts the rush for Holiday decorating. With the majority of clients wishing to have everything up the week after Thanksgiving, our week will be busy with wreaths, garland and lights. A part of our decorating tools is a large binder of inspirational holiday images we have collected over the years. Here is a few to get you inspired:

A client’s house from last year. 
I like the use of a non-traditional color and hanging the greens vertically compared to swagging.
Image for Canada House & Home.

Don’t forget to decorating your containers for the holidays. Keeping the soil from your fall plantings allows you to add  cut greens and ornamental twigs, while your topiary forms add height.
Image from Canada House & Home.
Wreaths can also be used inside, but will not live as long.
Image from Canada House & Home.

You can also add greens to your boxwood containers (however can be done better than the image above).
I like how the garland is hung around the whole entrance, not just the door to give maximum impact.
Image from Veranda.

Example of simple garland and ribbon down stairs. Sometimes simple is nice and simple.
Image from Country Living.

Small Business Saturday – Nov 26, Columbus Ohio

Central Ohio

This Saturday (November 26) is the second annual Small Business Saturday. The movement was created to remind people to shop and support local businesses during the busiest shopping weekend of the year. As a small business owner I appreciate the effort to support local entrepreneurs. To find small businesses in  your area, check out the Small Business Saturday Facebook page and read more here.

If you live in Central Ohio, I have pulled together my preferred Small Business Saturday Shopping list. These are shops  and eats I often visit on my Saturdays. I hope you eat some yummy food and find some great holiday gifts for others (or yourself).

North Market: Taste of Belgium, Omega Bakery, Clever Crow Pizza and Jeni’s 
Start your morning with amazing local food vendors, and my personal favorite Taste of Belgium. Yummy warm, crunchy Belgium waffles that do not require a knife and fork. You can add delicious toppings, but I personally prefer it plain. While at the North Market visit the other amazing vendors like Omega Bakery and Clever Crow Pizza to name a few. There are quite a few Jeni’s Ice Cream locations in Columbus, but no matter what a stop for locally made ice cream is a must. My current favorite is the Black and Tan Sunday.

Taste of Belgium
Clever Crow Pizza

Short North: Rose Bredl, Milk Bar, Tigertree, and The Mercantile
After you are full with pastries and coffee, move up to the Short North for some of the best shopping in Columbus. Visit by friend Mary at Rose Bredl for the best selection beautiful florals, Khall home fragrances and Camp de flori. Further up the street is Milk Bar and Tigertree. Milk Bar has great clothing for guys that you will find nowhere else in Central Ohio. Tigertree has moved into a large location and has great housewares, clothing and vintage finds. It is the best stop if you are looking for a gift because there is something for everyone. And for your final stop, The Grandview Mercantile and Revue Resale. They know James by name there we have visited so often. The a lot of the unique items in our home have come from here and I just picked up two vintage chrome chemistry stools for our work office.

Rose Bredl
Tiger Tree

North High Street/Clintonville: Ray Ray’s, tatohead and Mix Home.
Ok by now you should be hungry and I recommend two stops; Ray Ray’s for the best Brisket EVER! and a new find Tatoheads. I really have no idea what the covered fries where that we at this past Saturday, but I am stalking the truck to have it again. For a little shopping visit Mix Home which is new to the Clintonville area. I recently picked up a Bold and Noble print for our bathroom and am eyeing a leather chesterfield chair.

Mix:Home, Image from here.

Ok, that is the list and should be easy to do within one Saturday morning or afternoon.
Happy shopping and thanks for supporting local Ohio!

Inspiration found via Anston Paving Stones

Boxwood of the week

I like to look at all different type of magazines for inspiration, I cannot count how many different magazines we receive at the house each month from garden design, lifestyle to interior design. During the winter months I like to get magazines from Australia since they are in the mist of their summer months and feature some amazing gardens. In one magazine I came across an ad for Anston Paving Stones (see my last  Boxwood of the week post).

I am skipping a boxwood of the week so you can enjoy the following images of designers using Anston Paving Stones in their designs. Have a great weekend!

Design by Robert Boden
Design by Virginia Kennett
Design by Virginia Kennett
Design by Virginia Kennett
Design by Scott Brown