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Getting Ready, Holiday Decorating

Martha Stewart

Hard to believe November is less than two weeks away, isn’t it?

I took the kids to Lowes Saturday night to do a return, and they were enthralled with the huge Christmas section.  We stood in front of the wall of singing animals/characters for literally forty-five minutes.  I enjoyed listening to them giggle.  After much begging, I told them we could pick ONE to take home.  It was quite the democratic discussion on which one to pick.  We ended up with a Santa that shakes his maracas and sings “Feliz Navidad” – he has been singing and shaking nonstop since Saturday night.

Yes, the “most wonderful time of the year” is around the corner.  Time to start thinking about decorating for the festivities.  I have rounded up some photos I thought were interesting, some different and/or pretty ideas…

House to Home


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Isabella Boyer Sikaffy


Wool and Wood

Dottie Angel

Emily Henderson



Which is your favorite?

I do have a very few spots left for holiday design boards, consultations, and/or full holiday decorating.  If you live in the DFW area, and would like some help, please contact me at submissions @astoriedstyle .com.

a beautiful mess, c’est la viv

Don’t you love when you discover a “new to you” artist or pattern or design?

While searching for the perfect fabric for a client a couple of weeks ago, I happened upon c’est la viv’s Spoonflower shop, and I was immediately smitten.  An artist out of Canada, she describes herself as follows:

C’EST LA VIV™ is a creative boutique, a brand and a beautiful mess! Original watercolors and designs created by Vivian Ducas ♥ Ask about collaborating, licensing and custom art + design.

Her fabrics are like beautiful watercolor pieces of art.  I’m dying to do a piece of furniture or some pillows in one of the designs!  Ah, how do I choose?  Here are a few of my faves.

For starters, I adore the entire “Wood” collection.

c’est la viv, wood collection, “wood abstract”

Dear Santa, please send me a “tree rings” feather pillow.  I have been a very good girl.

c’est la viv, wood collection, “tree rings”

In gray?  Swoon.

c’est la viv, wood collection, “woodstains DIOR GRAY”

 Peonies are my very favorite flower.  I think a petite French settee in this fabric would be to. die. for.  Santa, that would be a nice Christmas gift for me, too.

c’est la vie, garden lark, “peony”

The most beautiful zig zag’s I have ever seen.

c’est la viv, sally’s day, “lemon twist”

c’est la viv, sally’s day, “lime lambada”

c’est la viv, sally’s day, “bubblegum pop”

Sweet and light butterflies.

c’est la viv, monarch park, “butterflies”

Moody monarch.  Love it.

c’est la viv, monarch park, “monarch black & white”

Anyone need some holiday pillows?

c’est la viv, deck the halls, “silver & blue”

c’est la viv, deck the halls, “stripes”

cestlaviv_very vintage ornaments

c’est la viv, deck the halls, “very vintage ornaments”

 Pretty paisley.

c’est la viv, paisley crazy, “green eyed lady”

I really like the bohemian feel of this one.

c’est la viv, paisley crazy, “paisley tangerine”

c’est la viv, paisley crazy, “paisley lime”

I could show you pictures all day long, but you should go explore for yourself!  I like to shop her fabrics by collection, you may do so by clicking here.

Other ideas:

You could make some seriously darling kitchen towels with the “My Backyard harvest” collection and the “Yummy” collection.

Do you love monograms?  Me too.  Check these out.

This is hilarious.  I wonder if I could pull off a pillow in this in my husband’s library?  He doesn’t have a moustache though – I don’t think he can grow one either.

This fabric makes me so happy.  I ordered a sample of it, and it is just as beautiful in real life.  I’m thinking a banquette in a kitchen…maybe a sign I need to visit Tuscany.

Love the geometric feel of this one.  This would make a lovely piece of upholstered furniture, too.

I am especially drawn to the emotional, haphazard, wild designs like this.

Here are some real-life photos of the fabrics in action.  Aren’t images like this nice to see before you buy?

That is c’est la viv’s zig zag pillow on the sofa. I could be very happy in this room.

You can purchase prints to frame at this site!  A set of three would be so pretty on a wall!

Society6 Raindrops Print


I seriously heart this peony fabric.

To Vivian Ducas, thank you for your lovely fabrics – they have truly inspired me.

What do you think of c’est la viv’s beautiful mess?

Which is your favorite?

PS.  If you haven’t used Spoonflower before, do not be intimidated, it is a great resource!  You can order samples of all of the fabric before you buy so there are no surprises.  And they now have wallpaper!!  Try it out and let me know what you think!

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