It's exactly one week from the day that we traditionally decorate the house for Christmas & I'm loading up on inspiration. I have my stack of books & magazines on the coffee table, waiting for me. Every night I get cozy on the couch, in front of the fire, and leaf through one of them, turning down corners of my favorite ideas.
I cannot resist holiday themed periodicals. The magazines above are the ones that I've purchased so far. I also have my eye on a Martha Stewart Craft themed special issue. Has anyone bought this? Is it good? I haven't read MS Living in a long time & just finished the December issue. It is packed full of great ideas. I might have to think about renewing my subscription....
Another place that I look when getting in the mood for decorating is my inspiration binder, which is full of my favorite clippings from years past.
I think that all of these are from last year's Country Living. I love that cabinet full of putz houses.
This is either from last year's Country Home or Country Living. I love how this tree is chock full of ornaments & garlands. Love the red & white theme too.
Sorry, I couldn't get this one to scan right, hence the white bar at the bottom.
This is from a British magazine called Ideal Home, from 2006, I think. Again, the red & white theme.
These are from Southern Living at Home catalogs. I just love those food displays.
Another place that I love to go for inspiration any time of the year, but especially now, is Susan Branch's monthly newsletter. I can't find a link to it, but you can sign up to receive it here. Her drawings & photos are so cozy and she is just the loveliest person (you can just tell from her writing!). Reading her books or newsletter is just like drinking a warm cup of tea.
Do any of you have suggestions for where to find holiday inspiration? I'd love to know about magazines, books or links that you love!