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Wish you had a garland on your mantel but don’t know where to begin.  It’s really easier than you would think.  I’ll guide you through it with these 5 easy steps to decorating a garland.  When you finish your family will think you are a rock star decorator.  Show it off, then take a bow. Continue reading →

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Red jeweled velvet flourishes make the perfect tree topper- Living With Color Designs

“Trim the tree and wrap the presents, turn the Christmas music on, this Christmas I’ll be home with bells on.”  Can you hear Dollie singing?  Ha Ha, this is a fun favorite Christmas song for our family.  There was a Kenny and Dollie Christmas special back when my children were little.  We recorded it and played it over and over. Just hearing it puts me in a happy place.

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My favorite thing to do is bask in the light of the Christmas tree.  It is usually the first light on in the morning and the last light off in the evening,  There is truly magic in lights.  Their twinkle and shine just lure me in.  I loved the colored lights of my childhood.  It would not have be unusual to find me in the evening just sitting enjoying the colorful array.

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I adore the faces of all the ornaments.  Each little ornament seems to have a personality of it’s own. Old familiar faces that warm your heart from year to year sit alongside new faces added to the collection.

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Whether you trim a tree or not, I hope you are enjoying the warm glow of the season.   –  Marianne

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The Table Farmhouse and Bakery
Garland and greenery adorn the entryway to The Table.

Christmas has come to The Table.  The decorations of course are awe inspiring and just charming.  I had no doubt they would be. I could not wait to see what Dusty would do because she has endless creativity and artistic ability.  For those who do not know, Dusty Gregson is the owner of The Table.  Our community is so lucky that she and her husband decided to open this little restaurant right downtown. Stop by. I promise you will love the food, enjoy the atmosphere, and meet some really nice people while you are there.


christmas greenery

Replicas of antique fire buckets hold greenery.

Rustic Christmas decorations

The large farm table where groups can gather to eat is adorned with greenery, dried oranges and miniature snow scenes in milk bottles.

Christmas window sill decorations

Window sills hold simple sprays of fruit and greenery that surround a snowy hurricane.

Branch decorated for Christmas

These branches suspended in the front window are such a surprise.  Perfectly simple but quiet unique, with dangling dried fruit and silverware.  

Gift baskets from The Table

Gift bucket loaded with goodies from The Table.

I have been a little under the weather and I was really disappointed not to be able to attend their Holiday Market Sunday.  I did hurry in Tuesday morning for the afterglow and was able to put together this beautiful assortment of goodies for my family to enjoy.

Granola from The Table

I chose some Autumn Granola, organic honey, cranberry jalapeño spoon fruit, a cute little twine Christmas tree, and a tin box of old bottle cap magnets.  Dusty and her elves did the rest to dress it up perfectly.

Honey and granola

Goodies from The Table

Christmas tags

Cute bell, bow and gift tag.

Christmas gift basket

Love, Love, Love. Here it is happily at home on my kitchen counter.  Bringing a little Merry Merry to my home.  I can’t wait to dig in.  You can find out more about The Table at their Facebook page. 

Hope you are enjoying your preparations for the holidays.   –  Marianne

The Table is located in Asheboro NC

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modern Snowflake Ornament
Modern Snowflake Ornament

The key to creating a modern feel to your tree is to select ornaments that have a more graphic shape instead of being very detailed and literal.  Color can also play a big part.  Moving away from the traditional red and green can also make your decorations feel more modern.  Love the red and green?  Then substitute the shade of red or green.  Instead of primary green use lime green or instead of red use a pink or poppy.  Oh my goodness, now I want to have a poppy tree.  Wouldn’t poppy and navy be a great modern statement.


modern mirrored ornament

Modern Mirrored Snowflake Ornament
Mirrors are the focus of this modern and stylish snowflake.  The great thing about mirrored ornaments is that they will go with any color scheme.  If you want to change up your colors next year, no problem.
Modern deer ornament
Lucite and Glitter Modern Reindeer Ornament
This simple silhouette of a deer in lucite and glitter is a great modern choice for an endearing traditional Christmas motif.  This cutie will just prance across your tree.
Modern black Jeweled ornament
Jeweled Ornament with Black Crystals
No outfit is finished until you add the wow statement, your jewelry.  The same thing can go for your tree.  After all don’t we call it dressing the tree?  Just add a little jewelry to your tree for some glitz and glamor.  It reflects light and might remind us of some of our favorite things.
Modern jeweled Christmas Ornament
More bling for the tree. Multi-colored jewels combine with gold tone beads to create a sophisticated statement.
Elephant Christmas ornament
Purple and Lime Elephant Ornament
Modern trees are the perfect place to add a little fun and whimzy.  There are so many choices out there. No matter what your passion is you should be able to find an ornament to express it on your tree.
Believe ornament
Metal “Believe” Ornament
Displaying topography or phrases on your tree can subtly bring out emotions and feeling.  Just seeing the word “Believe” brings back memories of being a child at Christmas and reminds us, as adults, how important our beliefs in something grander than us are.
Chandelier ornament
Black Chandelier Ornament with Glitter and Crystals
This chandelier meets the criteria in that it is not overly detailed and has a simple graphic design.
Gold reindeer ornament
Grazing Gold Reindeer Ornament
One last picture of yet another deer.  Just couldn’t leave it out.  So, happy hunting for your modern Christmas tree ornaments. Use these tips to guarantee a more modern statement.   – Marianne