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Transitional Christmas Decor

November 4, 2014

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transitional, decoration, fall, christmas, thanksgiving, holiday, ideas, tips, decorating 2When it comes to Christmas think of me as Will Farrell’s character Elf. While I don’t claim to have the enormous amount of energy that Elf has, I do however love Christmas. I really love fall, but Christmas takes the cake. Fall has really only begun when considering the temperatures and I’m not quite ready to give up my pumpkins, so I decided to do a little transitional decorating.

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transitional, decoration, fall, christmas, thanksgiving, holiday, ideas, tips, decorating 10On the couch are two of my favorite HomeGoods finds: two years ago I snagged the Steinbach nutcracker collector’s book for a steal because it had been separated from its oversized nutcracker companion – though no one else was in the store when I found the book, I went full on stealth mode in the event that someone appeared out of nowhere to claim the book for themselves. The other find was found this past weekend – a woolen tartan throw from England. I had a similar tartan throw in my Amazon cart, but I wasn’t sure how long it would take to arrive from England even though the throw in the “5 Tips for a Cozier Home” came direct from Ireland 5 days after I ordered it. HomeGoods is one of my favorite stores, I actually try to stay out of there as it can be quite difficult to pass up a gorgeous piece. This year I am determined to pick up a German smoker and I am hoping for a great selection of Ulbricht nutcrackers, but it might be better if they don’t get any in.

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What is the biggest thing that you must stay away from during the holidays? Is it a store? A goodie? A certain meal?

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  • Reply Leigh Powell Hines November 4, 2014 at 5:43 am

    I love the German Christmas pyramid. That’s lovely.

  • Reply Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods November 4, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Oh Heather! Your centerpiece is so pretty and thoughtfully arranged. I love the wood tones and white pumpkins.

    {big hugs}
    ~ Ashley

  • Reply Ginger November 4, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Beautiful! I find it hard to decorate between Halloween and Christmas. This is a pretty way to do it!

  • Reply Alli November 4, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Love the tartan throw! I’m also loving your harvest bowl decor featuring your Christmas pyramid.

  • Reply Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life) November 4, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Beautiful! I love your color combination for Christmas! I can not wait to start decorating this year.

  • Reply Kim November 4, 2014 at 8:26 am


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  • Reply Jen@JENerallyInformed November 4, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I want you to come decorate my house! my husband won’t let me put out Christmas until Thanksgiving week, but maybe I can trick him with some transitional items :)

  • Reply Sarah Nenni Daher November 4, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Oh, this is lovely! I have just taken down my Halloween stuff and got it back into the attic. I’m really loving the German touches (big ’round here).

    Do you mind me asking where you got the dough bowl from? I love, love, love the textured and rough-hewn look of it.

    • Reply Heather November 5, 2014 at 3:41 am

      Thank you girl! That’s great! I am still trying to get all my Halloween things down! LOL

      I picked it up from an antique store, but I noticed you can pick them up from Ballard Designs now – they’re actually old not repros! :D The ones from Ballard are similar in price to the ones from the antique shops.

  • Reply Agy November 4, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Very pretty! I love the mini fir trees. Are those made from wood shavings?

    • Reply Heather November 5, 2014 at 3:43 am

      They’re made with little wood cones and the artisan somehow makes a cut and curls them. I wish I knew how to make them! Thank you Agy!

  • Reply Marigene November 4, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Your dough bowl vignette is a great transition from fall to winter. Love the German pyramid.
    Have a great week, Heather.

  • Reply Marissa Vessels November 4, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    This is all so gorgeous! You make me wish I had a place to call my own so that I could decorate it for the holidays… one day :)


  • Reply Stephanie Pass November 5, 2014 at 2:18 am

    The biggest thing I should stay away from? Probably the kitchen, lol. I love to bake during the holidays, probably a little too much.

  • Reply Tiffany November 5, 2014 at 8:37 am

    This is so nice I love that it isn’t overwhelmed with color. The neutral look is so comfy.

  • Reply Nici November 5, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Your transitional Christmas decor is just beautiful. I love the German pyramid decoration in the large bowl. I’d be thrilled if you shared this at my Creative Ways Link Party this week. It goes live on Wednesday at 8pm central time. Hope to see you there.

  • Reply Heather Grow November 5, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Very smart. We flip all our jack-o-lantern decorations around after Halloween so we only see pumpkins until Thanksgiving.

  • Reply Chloe Crabtree November 6, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I found your post over at Jordan’s Onion’s Thank Goodness It’s Thursday Link Party. You coffee table arrangement looks so lovely and homey. I love the rustic dough bowl and all your little German touches. I am heading to Germany on November 21st to help welcome a new granddaughter, so I will get to take in the German Christmas markets! I am so excited for what I might find!

  • Reply Shelley November 7, 2014 at 12:27 am

    I really like what you’ve done and I had to comment because I too have an inner Buddy the Elf. Every year after I watch the scene where he redecorates the toy department I go crazy with paper snowflakes :-)

  • Reply Nancherrow November 7, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I love it all! I have been searching and searching for a vintage plaid throw like yours. I need to go thrifting more!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply gloria kersh November 7, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I love this, beautiful and yet simple — elegant. Thanks for sharing this I saw it on the Weekend re-Treat Link Party.

  • Reply Jill Flory November 7, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    So pretty! i’ve started my Christmas decor too and need to get it on the blog. Thanks so much for linking up at Friday’s Unfolded!

  • Reply Terri Steffes November 8, 2014 at 9:39 am

    LOVED seeing your holiday inspiration! I love Home Goods, too, and haven’t been out to check it out yet. MUST DO THIS TODAY! Visiting from Natasha’s, I am a new follower! Pinned this post for future reference!

  • Reply Delightful Mom November 8, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Super adorable!! Lovely pics too! Found you on Made From Pinterest Link Party!

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  • Reply Christine November 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Beautiful touches….love the antlers!

  • Reply Kyla @ HouseOfHipsters November 10, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    WOW! This is so beautiful! And your photography is always so pretty! Thanks for sharing! Also wanted to let you know about a new linky party starting this Saturday at 8pm called “Found & Foraged” Can’t wait to party with you at

  • Reply Carmody November 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I am right there with you Heather…give me some spaghetti and syrup and let me decorate. Love the antlers! Thank you for linking up to On Display Thursday

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    You have such cute decor ideas! I love them all honestly!

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    Gorgeous transitional ideas! Featuring you when my link party opens up tonight

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    Thanks for sharing your festive decorating post at the Say G’Day linky party. I’ve just pinned this to the Say G’Day Saturday board. I love your style!

    Hope you have had a fabulous week!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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