Join us this weekend for a full line-up of holiday festivities on Main Street in Downtown Versailles! Most businesses will be open extended hours and/or offering specials, refreshments, or activities! Stop by the Amsden to try our new holiday drinks (like peppermint mochas and snickerdoodle lattes!) which we will be debuting this weekend! We’ve also added tons of new holiday inventory to the mercantile: cozy flannels and sweaters; Christmas wreaths, greenery, and garland; and jewelry and scarves!Read More
November is here and in the retail world that means we’re already in full holiday swing! Yesterday the new holiday line was released from Magnolia’s Hearth + Hand line at Target and there are SO many great decor pieces I wanted to share with you! A few of my favorites listed are items that were also available from the line last year! I really liked that they brought back a few of the most popular and key pieces that sold out so quickly last year! You can see how I styled many of them in my home in my 2017 Holiday Home Tour here. I marked below some of my top picks that I ordered last year and really loved (I would definitely purchase all of them again!) and I also marked a few of my must-haves for this year.Read More
all photos + design by Sarah E Dunn Photo + Design
Searching for the most unique, local gifts? Look no further than our Gathered Mercantile Holiday Gift Guide! We're featuring gifts from our shop including many from our local vendors + makers as well as vintage pieces and exclusives from Miss Molly Vintage. Find gifts for the bar cart, gifts for the plant lover, gifts for the bourbon lover, gifts for her, gifts for the home, and gifts for the Kentucky fan below. All items are available for purchase at Gathered Mercantile and we can ship too! Just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order or ask any questions if you aren't able to make it to the store! Happy shopping!
Nothing brings a smile to my face like driving up to our home at night and seeing all the beautiful Christmas lights lighting up our front porch. Main street in Versailles is lined with all kinds of lights and decorations and it even extends down to the homes past downtown where our home sits. Everyone seems to go all out with their decorations and I love seeing all the historic homes decorated in their own unique way.
I still have to pinch myself when it comes to decorating our front porch, because I just can't get used to having SO much great space to deck out! We lined the roof lines on the front of our house with lights as well as the columns and staircase on our porch. My favorite element of the porch is the collection of trees and lanterns on each side of the front door. I clustered lots of different sized twig trees, placing some in old buckets or baskets. The trees I used were all pre-lit and came in a 3-pack from Big Lots (all slightly different heights). These were on sale for only $25 for the set of 3 on Black Friday, so I purchased two sets for the porch. Big Lots always seems to have great deals on basics like this for Christmas decorating on Black Friday and these are some of my favorite finds ever from there. I will be able to use them for years to come inside or out. I also used lots of various gold lanterns that I had been collecting from Homegoods + Target throughout the year (and usually used on our side porch) filled with battery-powered twinkle lights for some extra sparkle.
On the front door I layered my favorite gold leaf wreath over a fresh boxwood wreath from Trader Joe's. Layering wreaths is one of my favorite tricks for creating more of a custom look without spending a lot of time or money. I used fresh garland to drape around the door and staircase leading up to the porch too. On each window, I hung a simple fresh wreath too from Home Depot (these go on sale every year on Black Friday, so I always stock up then). I added some holiday cheer to our bench with some Christmas quote pillows from our shop and a bright vintage plaid blanket. I love how a mini fresh Christmas tree looks nestled inside a vintage basket, especially tucked behind a vintage twig reindeer (below).
I always use my barnwood "JOY" sign on the porch too for Christmas. It is double sided with "FALL" written on the other side so that I can use it throughout both seasons. In front of it I placed a giant wooden trough filled with magnolia branches, fresh greenery, and sticks. I used this same wooden trough for my fall porch too but filled with pumpkins and gourds instead. On the other side of the porch I also added a vintage sleigh and ice skates leaning beside the trees. Vintage sleighs are something that is super easy to find while thrifting or at antique shops, and are perfect for decorating inside or outside your home (and they can stay out all winter even past Christmas!).
I hope you enjoyed following along with my first holiday home tour in our new fixer upper! You can find the rest of the rooms from my tour here, and as always I've linked up all my sources for you to shop at the end of this post!
Pre-lit twig trees (come in sets of 3 of various sizes): Big Lots (in-stores only)
Star lanterns: Marshall's
Baskets + barrels: Vintage (thrifted)
Barnwood sign: Thrifted + handpainted
Boxwood wreath: Trader Joe's
Pinecone wreath: Vintage (thrifted)
Fresh garlands: Trader Joe's
Fresh pine wreaths: Home Depot
Wooden trough: Vintage (similar here)
Twinkle lights (battery operated): Target
Christmas quote pillows: Miss Molly Vintage
Vintage plaid blanket: thrifted- similar here
Twig reindeer: Vintage (thrifted)
Mini fresh Christmas tree: Home Depot
Faux fur rug: Homegoods
Sometimes the best decor comes together without any kind of plan. That was the case for my kitchen Christmas decor this year. When I started sorting through my decorations and trying to divide it between each room of the house, I was stumped when it came to my vision for the kitchen. I just couldn't picture the color scheme or style I wanted in here. Then I spotted this picture on the One King's Lane Instagram, and my vision for this space started coming together.
I wanted to replicate the collection of various fresh wreaths above the fireplace and I also loved the pops of bright blue. I already had some touches of bright colors throughout the kitchen, including in my vintage kitchen rug by the sink, so I thought I could add similar pops of those colors throughout the room. I made all the fresh wreaths above the fireplace by using a small grapevine wreath as the base and then attaching fresh sprigs of greenery all around it using floral wire and greens from Trader Joe's. I then added the bright ribbons at the top for a pop of color.
From here, the rest of my decor came together much easier. I was able to use lots of vintage red Christmas decor, metallic bottle brush trees, and vintage ornaments that I already had in my collection from years before (mostly to style the open shelving in the kitchen). I also purchased a few boxes of new ornaments from Target to fill in the rest of the tree with some more bright colors. One of my favorite elements of the room is the giant metal "fresh holiday greens" bucket that I used as a Christmas tree stand. I first spotted these on Liz Marie's blog last year and was thrilled when I found a few at Stein Mart this year! The old knit vintage stockings I found at the Peddler's mall this year also just happened to be the perfect colors for the room (even though I had no idea when I bought them what my plan was for in here!). As always, I've linked just about everything I could think of at the end of this post for you to shop, but if you have any questions about anything not mentioned, just ask! You can find a before + after summary of our kitchen renovation including details on our lighting, fixtures, flooring, and more here.
Stockings: Vintage via Peddler's Mall Stores
Fresh garland: Trader Joe's
Gold garland: Michael's
Fresh wreaths: handmade with greenery from Trader Joe's
Tree topper: Target
Wood nutcracker: Homegoods
Marble Christmas tree: Homegoods
Gold deer head statue: Target
"Christmas in the Country" wood plate: Vintage
White flocked deer: Vintage (similar here)
Gold trees: Homegoods
Red woven wall hanging: Homegoods
There's nothing more exciting than designing a space completely from scratch and surprising one of my clients with the completed look! This client wanted all new holiday decor for her mantle and trusted me completely to put together a design that she would love. I was inspired by the rest of her living room to keep the design simple + modern with lots of neutrals that would seamlessly blend in to the rest of her decor.
I was able to find most of the decorations at my favorite place, Target, which always has the best selection of unique, modern Christmas decor. I love the mix of more rustic materials (woodgrain, fresh greenery, and white-wash) with super glitzy and glam elements (like her starburst mirror, glittered trees, and mirrored snowflake garland). My favorite feature is the super modern layered garland: I topped a fresh pine garland (from Trader Joe's) with two different unique garlands from Target. I chose some simple wool and faux fur stockings too which I tucked into the garland off to one side.
I filled the rest of the mantle with a mixture of different mini trees, a distressed wood wreath, and white-washed deer. I usually play around with these arrangements to try to find the perfect balance on each side. On the ledge below the mantle I placed a gold metal basket filled with a boxwood wreath (also from Trader Joe's), another deer, and small tree off to one side. I love to use baskets on fireplace ledges to help them look less bare. You can fill them a mixture of firewood, blankets, pinecones, or greenery. I also added a few little touches to the shelves beside the fireplace to keep the eye moving across the space (all those items are from Michael's).
I love the neutral color scheme mixed with pops of fresh greenery! The best part is that all of these items are perfect for mixing and matching with so many different color schemes and styles of decor, so she will be able to use them year after year. Stay tuned to see more of my Christmas tree decorating and shelf styling for this same client later next week! In the meantime, you can shop all the items used for this mantle at the end of this post!
ALL PHOTOS BY SARAH E DUNN PHOTO + DESIGN
Our little guest bedroom is one of my favorite rooms to decorate for the holidays. I love being able to pile on the pillows, throws, and make the space feel super cozy and inviting. I haven't really gotten around to finalizing the decor in here and besides painting the walls and updating the light fixture, not much has changed since we moved in. We still would like to sand up the painted floors to see if we could restore the wood underneath, but for now I am working with the brown floors (at least it's not carpet!). Since the color scheme has stayed pretty neutral in here, I added some pops of pastel for Christmas; mostly because I just HAD to find somewhere to put my pink flocked tree! Over the years I have collected a lot of little pastel vintage Christmasy trinkets and this seemed like the perfect room for them. I mixed in lots of creamy knit pillows and gray tones too so that the pastels weren't too overpowering and juvenile feeling. The room felt a little bare before but with all the Christmas decorations it instantly feels more cozy + complete- who wants to come stay?!
Knit pillows: Homegoods
Knit tassel blanket: Anthropologie
Rug: Urban Outfitters (old)
Linen duvet cover: H&M
Winter scene pillow: Vintage
Pink flocked tree: similar here
Faux fur tree skirt: similar here
Small pink bottle brush trees: similar here
White ceramic tree: Vintage
Pastel paper houses: Vintage
Deer figurines: Vintage
Gold antler: At Home
Winter scene framed picture: Vintage
Pastel deer print pillow: Target (old)
I wanted to share another holiday design project I just finished up today. I was thrilled to get to decorate this mantle in a beautiful home in the Beaumont neighborhood of Lexington. The owner told me she used lots of pinecones, berries, and natural elements to decorate her tree in this room, which she sets up right next to the fireplace. She wanted to start from scratch with the mantle and do something totally different this year that would still fit in with her tree decor.
We were working with a budget of $100 to shop for items for this mantle and we came in just under that total. I also kept a few items that she had already on the mantle like the jars, and candlesticks, which I purchased new candles (from Homegoods) for that felt more "holiday" themed. For the garland on the mantle, I mixed a fresh pine garland from Trader Joe's with a pinecone garland from Michael's and some LED twinkle lights (from Target). The twinkle lights from Target were perfect because they also had little pinecones and red stars mixed in with them. The wreath, mini Christmas trees, silver bottle brush trees, and gold metal reindeer were all thrifting finds and the grand total for all of those items was under $40! The wooden "Noel" sign also came from Michael's, while the small pinecone arrangements in silver pots came from Homegoods. The look is simple + classic and the great thing is that most of these decorations are not so obviously Christmas, so they could also stay up throughout the winter months too!
If you would like help with your own holiday decor, or just general design advice or styling assistance- feel free to contact us by filling out the form below! Spots are filling up for the upcoming holiday season, but I would be happy to try to squeeze you in!