Holiday Inspiration Series

I was so excited to be invited to join an all-star line-up to do a Holiday Inspiration Guest Post for At Home In Arkansas.

To be included in this group is pretty humbling, to say the least.  I can't wait to see all the fabulous inspiration these guys come up with.  To view the line-up

click here.

We've decided to do our own Guest Post Inspiration Series here at Providence Ltd. as well.  Twice a week from now until Christmas we have invited some of our favorite blogging buddies to share their passion for the holidays with us.  We'll start with Kathysue from

Good Life of Design

on Thursday.  Keep coming back.  This Holiday Season is just packed with Inspiration!

It may be a sign of our times but for us holiday decorating is much simpler this year.  We're taking our cues from nature.  At our house it's a mix of artificial and fresh.  Because of our business and all the events we have to fit in, we decorate really early.  It's just hard to use all fresh greens and trees when you do that, but they are always a  favorite.  Mixing is a great compromise.

Image via Veranda

Image via Gypsy Purple

Image via Veranda

Image via Veranda

In love with this idea from Betty Lou Phillips.  The moss wrapped packages.  These would be great on a front porch.

Image via Gypsy Purple

Image via Veranda

Image via The Buzz

Image via The French Basketeer

Image via Focal Point

Do you notice a common theme in all of these images?  Simplicity and natural elements.  A winning combination.  These were some of the images I drew inspiration from this year.  Here's my interpretation...

I'm sure you've heard of the Christmas Turkey.  Here's my version.  Tom has been on my island surrounded with pumpkins and gourds for the past month.  The day after Thanksgiving we hauled off the pumpkins and added the pine, fruit and berries.  I'm going to fill the weathered trough with fresh green apples and pomegranates.

A simple fresh or artificial garland and berries draped around the arms of a chandelier make a beautiful statement.  Fresh dish gardens make easy festive table arrangements.  Getting ready to change out the red cyclamen for small poinsettias.

The olive jars, candlesticks, and pheasants have a place on the mantel year round.  I just added greenery, lights, berries and tassels.  "Sister" inherited the bow making talent in our family from our Mother.  I didn't get one ounce of that gift.  That's why I opt for pine cones, berries, tassels and other natural elements to adorn  garlands and wreaths with.  The "T" added as a monogram to the wreath is from Hobby Lobby. It's not really a Christmas decoration. Paper whites would be natural and festive to add to the jars or they are just fine the way they are.

In the living room I added these battery operated wax pillars on the mantel.

Also added the battery operated candles to these lanterns on the tree.  They add a real magical glow.  Notice the use of pine cones everywhere.  Repetition in design is a good thing.  Repeating the same elements through-out establishes a theme.

The addition of the votive candles on the garden stakes in the boxwood planters is one of my favorite things.  Another example of a very simple idea that has major impact at night when  lit.

Threw the dead mums out of this planter and added the lantern with another battery operated wax candle.

This bowl has been on the back porch all summer long. I'm hoping the Irish moss survives the winter.  Added a few white pumpkins to the bowl for Fall, now it's pine cones for the holidays.

If your a follower you already know how we feel about lanterns. " Sister" and I love them and use them everywhere.  These reside on this outdoor mantel year round but the addition of the wreath, fresh pine and bark Christmas trees makes this a very special spot to entertain.  Tossed a couple of red wool throws  found at Target on the chairs for chilly nights.

I've been running around all morning in my pajamas snapping shots to share my holiday decorating ideas with you.  I apologize for the quality of the photography.  Obviously not staged and taken by an amateur with an inexpensive little camera.  But hopefully your inspired to use a few simple elements and your own imagination to create a home that's filled with ambiance this holiday season.

OK, you know I'm dying to know.  Who or what is inspiring you this season?  Are you finished decorating, or are you just getting started?

It's your turn.  Let's talk!