Category Archives: Entertaining

6 Christmas Decorating Ideas {that won’t bust your budget}

There are many creative things you can do to get your home holiday-ready without spending a ton of money.  Here are six sensational ideas from my home to yours:

Whether you purchase a chalkboard or create one yourself using chalkboard paint {like I did here}, you can design a stunning, personal holiday message that has a good old-fashioned feel. And don’t forget to hang a fresh wreath. I made this one from Leyland cypress branches.

A fancy, red bow can make anything look festive, so tie one on!

Get your candles in line! You probably already have some lying around, anyway. Line them up on a window ledge or a long dining table. If they’re colorful or decorative, you don’t even have to light them because they’ll already look great just the way they are.

Candy canes are extremely cheap but they look super chic when grouped together in vases or mugs. I like traditional red and white, but these days you can find candy canes in a variety of fun colors to match your decor.

Embellish long curtains with tassels, ornaments or both. Sometimes it’s the small touches that make your home look sensational!

Each year I hang a wreath on just about every window and door in my house using ribbon that matches the colors of the room. I have a Tuscan-style kitchen, so these wreaths have bows made from brown, gold and copper ribbon. This is my favorite way to make our home look festive!

All photos and styling by Kelly Porter.

Super Chic Christmas Colors

Well, it’s that wonderful time of the year, and it seems like the holiday season got here pretty fast!  At least for me.  But that’s a good thing because I truly love Christmastime, and I had so much fun creating this year’s Christmas Color palettes.  As always, I included a mix of traditional and unconventional colors, which I think are all super chic choices for decorating and entertaining….starting with the retro-modern red and turquoise combo shown above {my living room}.  I hope these color ideas help to make your holiday planning a little more jolly!


Create a simple and chic display by arranging sprigs of holly, pine and boxwood in milk vases. I have a huge collection of milk vases and I love how versatile they are! I found all of them at local thrift stores!


For an antique look, mix yellow gold with rose gold and tones of parched ivory & natural wood.


Dare to be different {and whimsical} with a fiery orange ornament display that would make Heat Miser proud!


…Or keep it simple and easy with classic silver accessories — they’re always on trend during the holidays {and easy to find}.


Pinecones have a natural warmth, so display them all over your home in bowls and jars. These brown beauties look especially great in a frosty white setting. Let it snow!

All photos and styling by Kelly Porter.

Christmas Color Preview: Shades of Green


Green has been a wildly popular color this year.  But not just any shade of green.  If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that people–both women and men–are wearing bright, neon greens.

It’s definitely become a trend in the world of sporting apparel, most likely due in part to the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl win earlier this year.  The team refers to their trademark, yellow-green as Action Green.  This bright hue is also referred to as Volt and Hyper Green. There is also a lime-ier, less yellow version of this green (as shown above in the lower right corner).

mixed greens: magnolia leaves and evergreens

These greens are finding their way into our homes and are sure to be very popular this fall and into the holiday season for 2014.  The trend will be to mix them up with darker, traditional Christmas Green.  So, in anticipation, here are design ideas for your holiday table and tree.  Be sure to bookmark or pin them…I know it’s hot outside but Christmas is only 6 months away!

create a fab holiday table with green, brown and retro place settings



use green, gold and white to create an elegant Christmas tree

design and photos by Kelly Porter

Modern Centerpiece Idea For Spring

If you follow design trends closely, you’ve probably noticed that vintage bar carts and drinking glasses are super hot right now!



So, for my latest spring centerpiece I decided to play on this trend by using vintage drinking-glasses as my containers.  I snatched up my drinking-glass caddy at the thrift store for less than $20 {you can also find them online at Etsy, eBay and on-line flash sale sites}.

Pink roses and yellow tulips create a classic, casual centerpiece that can work for a bridal shower, baby shower or any spring party.

Stay tuned for more spring entertaining ideas!

Centerpiece design and photographs by Kelly Porter

Add Silver To Your Fall Decor

Today I’m sharing a very quick and easy way to add a little glitz and glam to your fall decor.

 I love decorating with warm autumn hues but I also enjoy adding a pop of unexpected color.  Metallics are very hot right now, so I used this canister {from HomeGoods} as inspiration for silver centerpiece ideas:

With just a little silver spray paint, you can turn ordinary fall items into something special.

Here’s a snapshot of my work in progress:

The best spray paint for the job is Krylon’s Premium Chrome.  This paint also comes in 18kt. gold and it really does look like metal when it dries.

Metallic spray paint is a very simple way to shimmer-up your fall decor.  So, what will you turn to silver?