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Monday, December 15, 2014


Even with the convenience of Pinterest at our fingertips whenever and wherever we want it, I still think there's something about flipping through actual pages of a great design book or shelter magazine.

I thought the December issue of Better Homes and Gardens was especially inspiring this year.  One of them spurred ideas for my own Christmas decor this year:

There is so much I love about this photo, but the candles with the "snow" around them caught my eye.  I decided to adapt this idea and do a grouping of candles on my dining room table.  I used a little snow, also, in the big candleholders flanking the tray.  I'm probably not through with this image, though, there is so much good stuff there (those hanging lanterns!!).

A few other images from that issue that I'm keeping tucked away for the future...

This simple outdoor tree with pinecone ornaments is just as charming as can be.

Someday I'll make some fun pinecone stars for the tree, also.

How cute are the little sweater leg warmers on this stool?

And the sweater cuff with jingle bell embellishments on that candle, so fun!  That gives me a few more things to add to my thrifting list.

I LOVE the chunky hardware added to this rustic planter.  That would be such an easy DIY.  Definitely remembering this one!

And can we just talk about this jaw-dropping gorgeous kitchen that belongs to Grace Sorensen?  It's so, so good.

A few other magazine photos inspired me this season.  I snapped some pics on my phone while flipping through a few of my Mother-in-law's magazines so I'd remember the ideas.  I believe these were from the BHG Christmas Ideas magazine, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong!

These pom pom pillows belong to Karianne at Thistlewood Farms-

and seeing them encouraged me to add some poms to my own pillows... (DIY pom pom post here)

This milk glass dish tower full of ornaments

inspired me to do this in my kitchen.

And the fresh green potted trees here

inspired me to use something similar on my Christmas Mantle.

So where do YOU find inspiration?  Have you gleaned any ideas from magazines to actually use in your own home?

Would you like to comment?

  1. Darrielle TennenbaumDecember 15, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    I love your decorating and I agree I was inspired when I read BHG too!

  2. I havent' checked out my latest issue since things have been a bit hectic for me, but now, I'm looking forward to it more than ever! Love what you did with the milk glass, I have those pieces, I should copy that idea! :-) Have a nice day!

  3. Pam @ Simple DetailsDecember 15, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Such fun ideas, love how you put your own spin on them! I've already started my inspiration list for next year - SO much awesome inspiration everywhere I turn, and I don't think I've even peeked at my magazines yet! :)

  4. So is Grace's kitchen in the December 2014 BHG??

  5. Yes! There's actually about a 10 page spread with several areas of her home. Absolutely stunning!

  6. Oh, I'm sure you have some fantastic ideas for next year Pam!

  7. What? You've had no time to sit around eating chocolates and looking at magazines? What in the world have you been doing? ;) ;) That little angel is growing already!

  8. Thanks Darrielle, it seems like BHG has been extra good lately!

  9. Julia @cuckoo4designDecember 15, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    I'm so into the natural pinecone decor on the tree. I find inspiration in magazine too.

  10. I have major envy every time I see your china cabinet...gorgeous!

  11. Lisa @ Shine Your LightDecember 16, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Jennifer, what a great post, BHG has been inspiring me for literally decades....I remember my mom getting it and I would confiscate it and flip through the pages looking at the beautiful homes. I love how you have interpreted some of the ideas (and brought your own ideas to BHG!!!)

  12. I love that issue too!! So many great ideas to use.


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