Inspiration for Your Holiday Decorating and More!

Greetings Dear Friends!  How was your day?  I’ve been working on all kinds of fun things today, including a tablescape for Tablescape Thursday.  One bit of exciting news:  the blue and white pumpkin I submitted in the Country Living Facebook Contest ended up winning the most “Like” votes.  Thanks so much to everyone who took time to vote!

Several folks have asked what prize the winner receives.  The winner receives 10 yards of Waverly fabric.  Waverly makes some of the most beautiful fabric you’ve ever seen, so I’m excited and nervous at the same time about having won.  I haven’t done a huge amount of sewing in my lifetime…just a few costumes shared in the post about sewing a Halloween custom post and some pillows for a 4th of July porch shared in 4th July decorating  post.  Something tells me there may be a sewing project in the works here on BNOTP before long.  If/when that happens, I promise to share it all with you–after all YOU were the catalyst behind this–from start to finish!

Stylist Home:
The Huffington Post has a new website devoted to design and DIY, called Stylist Home.

I discovered their site when they contacted me recently to ask about featuring one of my previous napkin folds.  If you’re looking for some fun ideas for a future tablescape or DIY design project, or if you just want to check out the napkin fold they chose to feature on their site, you’ll find it at Stylist Home.

♦Julia added a fabulous sunroom to her home a while back and she’s been busy decorating it for fall.  I love the new lamp and ottomans she just bought for this beautiful room.  Hooked on Houses

♦Need some inspiration for your holiday mantel this year?  Melissa’s wonderful mantel was featured in Cottages & Bungalows!   The Inspired Room

Kathleen made whimsical wreaths using vintage toys.  I love these!

What a wonderful way to feature vintage or collectible toys!  Do you have any from your childhood?

Liz (Infuse with Liz) decorates her chandeliers with wreaths each year.  She said, “The wreaths were hung at the bottom of the chandeliers using plastic tie wraps to fasten them. The one at the dining table came with a few pine cones and then I added picks and ornaments.

“The red accented one has a garland of sparkly decorated balls that I laid on the top and then I hung the ornaments randomly with hooks underneath.”

I don’t know about you, but this has my wheels turning!  Would love to do this with my breakfast room chandelier.


See you tomorrow for Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. Wow! Congratulations, Susan! This is wonderful and your pumpkins are gorgeous. I do love the Blue Willow looking one! I can't wait to see what fabric you pick and then what you'll do with it! You're the best!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  2. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Thanks, Shelia! ♥

  3. Olive Cooper says

    I am so glad you won. I liked the blue one the best and you deserved the win. I have one thrifted chair covered in Waverly fabric and that fabric is wonderful.

  4. SavannahGranny says

    Congratulations, Susan. You are very deserving. Everything you do is classic and your photos are so professional looking.
    I guess everything old is new again. I have been using the wreaths on the breakfast room chandy for years. I change them up a bit each year. I will send you a photo of this year's. This year it will have my collection of vintage Norman Rockwell ornaments.
    It's funny, I see so many wonderful new ideas in blogland. Then, I have been around soooooo long, many things are making the rounds again. Blogland gives them a venue in which to live a new life. It is so good to see. Hope all is well with you. Blessings

  5. Congratulatons!! You deserve the kudos! I love them both, but voted for BLUE!! Thanks for the continued inspiration ;}

  6. Susan, CONGRATS!
    H-A-P-P-Y S-E-W-I-N-G!!!!!!!!!
    Hugs -Brenda-

  7. Big congratulations on the win! I hate to pick favorites but the blue and white one was my fav! There were so many other great ones from other bloggers too. Thanks for featuring my chandi's!
    Christmas is coming…
    Ho Ho Ho!! 🙂

  8. Congratulations Susan!

  9. ♥ Sonny ♥ says

    Congratulations Susan.
    yours was certainly a lovely elegant pumpkin..

  10. I know you'll create something fabulous with your free Waverly fabric. Can't wait to see what it is! Congrats ~

  11. Congrats on the win! The green floral one was my pick, but they were both deserving of the votes they received. Great inspiration pics! Love the toy wreath! I may have to dig around for some old toys to make one of those. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Calypso In The Country says

    Congratulations – I love that blue pumpkin! Your post was just filled with inspiration and I am excited to check out that website…so addicted to design sites!

  13. FABBY'S LIVING says

    Congrats dear Susan you're pumkins are beautiful, specially the blue! I knew you'll win, I just knew! Thanks for the Christmas features, they're great! Have a wonderful day and can't wait til you share what you're going to do with the beautiful material you just won! FABBY

  14. FABBY'S LIVING says

    Oh I forgot…I VOTED FOR BOTH!!

  15. Congrats on the win. I thought the blue one was sooo pretty and I voted for you too. Can't wait to see what you do with the fabric you won.

  16. Jenny @ Simcoe Street says

    Congrats Susan! xo

  17. ~Tablescapes By Diane~ says

    Hi lovely lady.
    Congratulations on the win Susan.
    Your pumpkin is lovely and elegant you have a eye for beauty and it always shows.
    I hope you are having a great week.
    XXOO Diane

  18. Melissa @ The Inspired Room says

    That is so exciting about your pumpkin!!!! Wooo hoo!! Thanks for mentioning my mantel 🙂 xo

  19. Julia @ Hooked on Houses says

    I love both of your pumpkins! Congrats on winning the contest. That's so fun.

    I hadn't heard of Stylelist Home, so I need to check that out. Nice of you to give my sunroom a shout-out–thanks, Susan! 🙂

  20. KANIKE in AZ says

    I made 4 of them! They are such a hit and such a simple gift. Made 2 for my neighbors, one for my mom who lives near us, and myself. ALL HITS!
    Thank you for the IDEA!!!
    Grateful, Kanike

  21. KANIKE in AZ says

    I made 4 of them! They are such a hit and such a simple gift. Made 2 for my neighbors, one for my mom who lives near us, and myself. ALL HITS!
    Thank you for the IDEA!!!
    Grateful, Kanike

  22. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Kanike…that's awesome! I bet they were beautiful!

  23. Congratulations, Susan! I know you will come up with something amazing to use your new fabric. Can't wait to see!
    🙂 CAS

  24. Congratulations!! So happy for you ~ I know you'll make something fabulous!

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