Archive for the ‘Holiday’ Category

If you’re like me you’ve already sent out your Christmas cards, you’ve shopped for everyone and your home is full of Christmas Cheer — HAHA! If I’m being totally honest, as of this moment, I still have Thanksgiving decorations up. So, today I’m listing my top 5 go-to websites to help get us in the Christmas spirit!

1.I love this shop, Hillenmeyer Christmas Shop in Lexington, Kentucky. They offer gorgeous trees, garlands, wreaths and a barn full of animals that kids can pet and enjoy.

via Hillenmeyer

via Hillenmeyer

2. Home decor magazines like Atlanta Homes, Southern Living and Veranda are also great sources!

via Atlanta Homes Magazine

via Southern Living Magazine

via Southern Living Magazine

via Veranda Magazine

3. Another website that has tons of great ideas is Apartment Therapy

 via Apartment Therapy

4. I also recommend visiting your local garden store to see what kind of gorgeous seasonal products they have in stock. Some of my favorites are Thompson & Hanson in Houston, TX, Petersham Nurseries in London and Rolling Greens here in Los Angeles.

via Rolling Greens

5. Also, One Kings Lane, has wonderful decor for your tree, mantel and table this holiday season.

via One Kings Lane

via One Kings Lane

 I don’t want to make anyone nervous, including myself, but there are only 20 days until Christmas!



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After taking a couple of weeks off to enjoy the holidays with family and friends I’m back at work. And, I’ve got several posts in the pipeline that I’m excited to share with you.

First off, I have the final photos from my last project. Below, the kitchen being worked on —  tomorrow I’ll be sharing the after photos.

the long table

North Hills Kitchen

 I have a really fun post coming up on pub houses.


The Wild Rabbit

 I’m also doing a post where I  talk about my favorite item for the garden.


 And, I’ll be sharing one of the most dramatic renovations to date.

Townhome Remodel

Townhouse Remodel

Lastly, I have a post coming up on how to put together a gallery wall.

the long table

So stay tuned and Cheers to 2017!

~ Shannon

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Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful and prosperous 2017! Happy New Year from The Long Table!


~ Shannon



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Today, I’ve got some super easy Holiday decorating ideas to share with you. This is my favorite time of year, but like so many out there, it’s tough to get everything done. Since this year has been a bit busier than normal, I’m depending on my easiest holiday ideas to help my own home feel more festive. I’m hoping that some of these ideas will inspire you as well.

Styling & Living


Besides the front door, I love using wreaths all over my home. I use them inside and out. I place them around candles, and on garden statues. I hang them from mirrors and on walls.

via Design Sponge

via Design Sponge

Above, I love how Design Sponge just plopped one on a table — fantastically easy.



I typically have a basket of pinecones next to the fireplace, however they look good anywhere and in anything — from baskets & wooden bowls to glass jars and trays — I love the natural texture and look of them.

via Belgium Pearl

via Belgium Pearl


Candlelight around the home, especially this time of year, is so soothing. I use votives just about anywhere. I group them on trays, scatter them on my mantle, use them on the dining table and around the kitchen. This group of lovely votives I found at Marshall’s.



Another super easy but effective idea is placing some ornaments in a beautiful bowl or glass hurricane. This year I placed mine in a large antique wooden bowl I found on my recent trip to Texas.



Using bulbs around your home is super festive and easier than you think. Just make sure they have some light and water occasionally. Below, I love how they are placed in a wooden bowl with moss and ornaments.


via Marjonel-Marjonel


Besides my Christmas tree, I use lights on whatever house plant I have at the time. Right now it’s the fiddle leaf fig, but I’ve used lights on some of my other indoor plants such as Olive, Boxwood & Ficus.




I like to have a bowl of nuts around the home. It reminds me of being a kid — my grandmother always had a bowl out for all of us to enjoy. Cracking the shell while chatting with someone slows the day down nicely.


8.Tree Trimmings

I save all the trimmings from my tree and place them around the house, usually in planters or vases. I also tie them together with floral wire (or a rubber band) and hang them with a pretty ribbon. You can also place them on the ground around a lantern like in the photo below.


via It’s a house


 The most important idea of all. Holiday foods make my kitchen more festive, and bring people together, especially this time of year. I keep a tray of coffee and tea items, for whenever family or friends pop over.

apple tart

Happy Holidays!


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I’m finally getting around to decorating for the holidays this week.  This is the longest I’ve ever taken to get my home and myself ready for the holidays. My kids have not been very happy about this — so this week I’m on it, starting today.


I’ve always loved this photo. Via Style Blueprint


Gorgeous Garland!


Must Have!


Bigger Is Better


I’ve always thought this was a gorgeous photo. I would love to try to make something like this over the holidays.

Wednesday, I’m posting my super easy holiday decorating ideas.

Happy Monday!


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mag4An exceptional flower and one of my favorites  ~ The Magnolia

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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From my home to yours…

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with great food, family, friends and tons of cheer!

Happy Holidays!


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Yesterday, I posted some gorgeous photos of Stephen Shubel’s home in the Loire Valley. This morning, I lit some candles and cleared away the usual clutter to take some quick snap shots of my own home. You can see Stephen’s influence — the tangerines, votives and cuttings — all such simple and great ideas for the holidays!


For the past four years I’ve relinquished the tree decorating to my girls. In the first several years all the ornaments were located around the bottom of the tree, but I can see this year (with the help of a step stool) they’re  starting to spread out a bit more.




unnamed-26Of course, stacks of chocolate chip and ginger snap cookies are always nice to have around




unnamed-16Only  6 more days!! 

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I took this article out of Veranda many years ago (’05), and it has become my go-to for decorating ideas every holiday season. I just love the way designer Stephen Shubel decorated his home in the Loire Valley.

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Tomorrow — photos from around my own home (a little daring of me after this post).

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With the holidays fast approaching, I have gathered my favorite holiday photos from Pinterest to give those of us (who need it) that extra push to bring it all together.


I love the way they used the ribbon here


A great use of all those extra envelopes we have stashed away


You can never have enough votives around the home this time of year


Very elegant and simple



I have yet to finish decorating in my own home, and my girls remind me daily (not enough blown-up creatures in the front yard). When I do finish (hopefully this weekend), I’ll post a couple of photos.

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