Holiday Decorating

Festive Outdoor Decor to take you from Fall to Thanksgiving

Just a few easy changes make your home's decorations work from September thru November
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The minute October, more like September, hits I’m ready to decorate my porch in all of the festive-goodness the season brings.  However, when I first bought my home four years ago, I found that I was spending a ton of money decorating for each season: fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. So over the years, I’ve made it my mission to figure out how to make my outdoor decor able to transition through the seasons with only minimal changes. And after a few rounds of trial and error, I think I’ve finally gotten it down well enough to share.

Before I dive into the details, I thought it important to share that this is not my home.  This is one of my Waiting On Martha Home Retail Manager’s gorgeous home. I think it’s important to state that because you may be looking at this and feel, “my porch is not near this large so this look just won’t work for my home.” Well trust me, my porch is tiny (like tiny-tiny), and this same formula works, I just use less of it.  So whether you have a giant farmhouse with a sprawling yard, a row home stoop, or even an apartment balcony you want to make feel more festive, this will work. I promise. Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty shall we?

When building the “bones” or base of the outside design I first start with the idea of fall. For me, fall means corn stalks, mums, and plenty of pumpkins. The great thing about starting here is it’s obviously the first season, but all of the fall decorations will also work for Thanksgiving.  If you have any pillars to work with, corn stalks are a great way to decorate those.  All you have to do is tie the stalks around the pillars using two ropes and then peel back the corn husks to reveal the corn.  Corn stalks are pretty inexpensive and will last from fall to Thanksgiving. Corn stalks also look great flanking each side of a garage, or any driveway gates or fences posts as well.  For this particular look, I used two bunches of stalks per pillar, so four total, with each bunch costing $10 each. If you know a local farmer, he or she may even give you a few bunches for free!

Next up, pumpkin stacks and mums.  Mums are the quintessential flower of fall. I love them because they come in a variety of colors and as long as you water them they can easily withstand the Georgia heat.  Typically I pick them up at Costco or Home Depot and then place them in my large apple barrel baskets which I get at Hobby Lobby. The apple barrel baskets will be a one-time investment that you’ll have for years to come. I personally love to mix up the sizes and colors of the mums to accentuate all of the colorful pumpkins.

Which brings me to my favorite part, pumpkin stacks.  Warning, this is the most expensive part of the look, but for me going to my pumpkin patch and supporting my local farmers is something I look forward to each and every year so I just bite the bullet and know that pumpkins are always going to cost me a bit of dough.  They’re costly mainly because I love the specialty pumpkins; the whites, greys, greens, and princess pink pumpkins which are harder to find.  These specialty pumpkins are also the easiest to stack because of their shape. I do make sure to work in the less expensive standard orange pumpkins, and also talk to the owner of the pumpkin patch about pumpkin rot which I suggest you do too  Because of the Georgia heat and also the bees, sometimes pumpkins rot before the season ends.  My guy makes me a promise that if that happens to any of my pumpkins I can just come by and pick out another at no cost.  That way I feel like my investment is worth it because I’m assured my decorations will last the entirety of the season.  Another option is to go faux. Faux will save you money year over year, and time. Plus faux pumpkin stacks like these have gotten very close to looking like the real deal.  Completely up to you.

To finalize our fall (which remember will also be our Thanksgiving) design I completed the look with a great wreath and doormat. I chose to go with a green pumpkin wreath rather than your traditional orange because I knew with the mums and pumpkins I’d have a lot of oranges already present. Totally your call though on color, just buy a good wreath. Wreaths can be a bit of an investment, but I believe they’re the one thing you should actually invest in. Out of everything you’ll see in this post I’ve had the wreath the longest, 4 years now.  And it’s still in perfect condition. I’ve purchased less expensive wreaths in the past and what I’ve found is they simply fall apart. So if you’re able to, listen to Miles Redd and “buy the best and you’ll only cry once.”  That and store it in a great wreath box like this

Lastly, adding a festive doormat is the perfect way to cap off any design. Because I typically find that all the fun, festive doormats, to be too small for the actual space I love layering the doormat on a larger rug such as this.  It adds depth to your design and allows you to switch out doormats easily. I’ve got a pumpkin doormat shown here, but just after our shoot, my new one came in that’s a bit more on the fun side.

I’ve scoured the internet and the closest I can get to mine (the one in the picture) is this one from Frontgate. Typically my store has these exact ones, but we sold out within the first week of putting them up. I promise next year I’ll buy more for y’all.  But there are some gorgeous harvest colored ones I’m loving like this one from Williams Sonoma that would look just as good.

And with that, we’ve completed the perfect outdoor design for fall and Thanksgiving. Now, without disrupting the overall scheme, it’s time to add a bit of Halloween into the mix.

To take my porch from fall to Halloween all I did was switch out the wreath and doormat, plus added a few crows and witches brooms.  

Because the crow wreaths were smaller, I decided to hang two vertically with fishing wire to really make a statement.  The doormat, witch-themed, to match my overall theme. Crows from Amazon I placed in the mums and on the pumpkin stacks. And lastly two crooked, old witch brooms from my shop. I mean how easy is that? Changes that took me less than 10 minutes to complete, with items I’m able to use for more than one season.

*Sorry the brooms are too tall to ship, but if you’re local stop in we’ve got plenty left*

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All in all, I couldn’t be happier with the way this look turns out each and every season and I know you’ll love it too and let it transition you from September thru November.  Happy fall-Halloween-Thanksgiving friends! Truly, MKR


Photography, Rustic White Interiors

A Colorful & Approachable Easter Tablescape

A Cheery Holiday Table & Spread with Plenty of Signs of Spring
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When I think spring, my mind automatically goes to Easter, one of my absolute favorite holidays to celebrate.  I love setting the table for an Easter dinner with family and friends, and find myself looking for ways to always incorporate those sweet pastel tones, floral anything-and-everything, and all around spring feels onto the table. 

Like any styled table, this year’s Easter tablescape leans on my secret trick of layering, layering, and more layering.  I don’t believe that you have to have a different place setting for each and every holiday or turn of the season.  I mean who has the space?! What I love doing is leaning on my everyday place settings and switching out the salad, appetizer, or soup bowls to match whatever we’re celebrating.  That’s where the fun pattern play always comes in; varieties in colors and designs of your dinnerware can create just the bright, joyous effect you’re hoping to achieve this time of year.  

For example, I started with my traditional, everyday blue and white Sophia dinnerware and serving pieces from Pottery Barn and mixed in these playful  holiday Bunny Bowls, and classic check napkins that can be used all year long.  Along with the place settings I added in plenty of Easter details like bunnies and baskets full of festive candies, and Majolica bird salt and pepper shakers and serving set.  

You’ll also spot some usual suspects on the table: gold flatware, festive drinking goblets, statement Sophia serving pieces and fresh blooms in the form of pink parrot tulips and green hydrangea.  I had fun incorporating the small Easter details too; I added egg cups and small baskets with speckled chocolate eggs to each place setting, and of course candies from Williams Sonoma around the table.  The end result, a home run look that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg.

And because it’s not quite Easter without sweet treats, I ordered these gorgeous, drool-worthy cakes from Sugaree’s Bakery.  Thanks to The Southern C Summit, I recently discovered this small batch bakery that’s based out of Albany, Mississippi, and I immediately fell for the classic, not fussy flavors (I will love strawberry cake forever and ever).  

While I know what you’re probably thinking; there’s no way these cakes could be shipped to me in Atlanta in one piece!  I mean who even takes the risk to get strawberry cake delivered?!  But alas, each cake arrived perfectly which even I’ll admit was a bit shocking.  Sugaree’s knows what they’re doing because while the cakes did arrive frozen, they don’t freeze them long; the flavors are fresh and vibrant and OH SO GOOD.  Not to gush or anything, but the cakes were so light, fluffy and moist that I couldn’t believe they came all the way from Mississippi.  While I was lucky enough to sample all of the flavors, I would have to say the coconut, strawberry and caramel were my favorite…all of them were so large, well priced, and absolutely divine.  So to answer the previous question, I say heck yes to  getting a caramel and strawberry cake delivered!

Along with the cakes, for the food I decided to try my hand at garlic garlic and herb rubbed lamb chops, fresh asparagus, baby potatoes, and my mother’s favorite spinach salad with mandarin oranges and warm bacon vinaigrette.  I’ll be sharing all the recipes tomorrow, but it was the perfect meal and table to welcome spring and celebrate Easter. Truly, MKR

P.S. Check out everything we’re eyeing for this joyous time of year in our Easter Shop!




Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with Pottery Barn, a brand we love and adore.  All opinions are 100% our own. 

Waiting on Martha’s Holiday Gift Guide No. Five

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Alright, as if it could get any better…today’s giveaway with some of our favorite holiday gift ideas has landed.  As you know, we’ve shared a handful of MAJOR gift guides + giveaways this past week (One, Two, Three, Four), and we’re ending with a bang with this one, I’d say.  

Like the other days, one lucky winner can win everything shown in the picture above!  Simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below, but take time to catch the details on the what, the to who, and the why we’re gifting each item this year below.  It’s some GOOD stuff. 

Thanks to our generous friends at Gray Malin, Ashley Brooke Designs, Harding Lane, Sideshow Press, King Bean Coffee, Sea Island Forge, Day Designer and Waiting on Martha Home for all of today’s giveaway goodness.  Good luck friends, and let’s cheers to making this a great holiday season!  Truly, MKR

P.S. Don’t forget to enter No. One HERE, No. Two HERE, No. Three HERE and No. Four HERE. xo 

Top of Aspen Mountain - Small Print, Framed

Gray Malin, $399

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Give the gift of art this year with a framed print from one of our favorites, Gray Malin.  This gorgeous piece celebrates the ski getaways we all hope to plan each winter, and looks great all year ’round when framed on the wall. 

We’d gift this to our favorite ski bum.

*Giveaway winner will receive this small framed print. 

Oyster Knife & Shuck Guard

Sea Island Forge, $120

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This essential culinary tool is just as handsome as it is heirloom-quality. Crafted in food grade stainless steel, the oyster knife has been crafted to make opening raw & cooked oysters a whole lot easier.  The shuck guard is also a must-have, used to protect the hand while shucking. This great gift idea received a runner-up award in the 2016 Garden & Gun Magazine’s Made in the South Awards.

We’d gift this to the host of our next oyster feast!

*Giveaway winner will receive one oyster knife and shuck guard. 

Scruff Beard & Face Oil

Crude, $20

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This fantastic conditioning oil for beard and faces is a must-have for the scruffy guy in your life.  The oil softens and conditions the beard and the skin beneath, soothes razor burn, and combats ingrown hairs.  How, do you ask?  Crude uses an exclusive blend of essential oils that smell woodsy, yet sophisticated, and do the job well. 

We’d gift this to our favorite guy who extended No-Shave-November this year. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one bottle of beard oil. 

Ice Ice Baby Tumbler

Ashley Brooke Designs, $22

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Make light of the freezing temps this winter with this awesome tumbler by our friend Ashley Brooke Designs. You’ll look great sipping on your favorite drink in this insulated to-go cup. 

We’d gift this to the girl always on the go this time of year. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one tumbler. 

Travel Candles

Sideshow Press, $26 for 2

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We love the idea of bringing these hand-poured soy wax candles with us on our next weekend getaway.  Sideshow Press created the perfect travel candles that fit in your carry-on.  They’ve been handcrafted in Charleston, and make the best thoughtful gift! 

We’d gift this to our favorite wanderer. 

*Giveaway winner will receive two travel candles. 

3 Pack of Roasted-to-Order Coffee

King Bean Coffee, $35.99

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Step up your coffee game with King Bean Coffee.  These roasted-to-order packs have the elevated flavor you can taste, and will have you excited to get up in the morning for that cup of jo. 

We’d gift this to our fellow coffee lover. 

*Giveaway winner will receive three packs of coffee. 

Yellow Chiffon & Ginger Soap Dish Set

Waiting on Martha Home, $16

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The perfect ready-to-gift treat, our Yellow Chiffon & Ginger Soap Dish Set smells amazing. The set includes a small silver dipped ceramic tray that can be enjoyed long after the soap bar is finished. 

We’d gift this to anyone on our list that appreciates life’s little luxuries. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one soap dish set. 

Retro Schuss© On Bright Red Hat

Harding Lane, $35

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We live in ball caps all year ’round, and Retro Schuss is the one we reach for during winter.  Like all Harding Lane hats, this one’s needlepoint detailing can’t be beat, and will stand wear like your favorite hat should. 

We’d gift this to the person on our list that knows the power of a good hat on a bad hair day. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one hat. 

2017 Flagship Edition Planner

Day Designer, $59

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It’s a proven fact that one is more excited to #GSD with a gorgeous planner!  This 2017 Day Designer is one of our favorites in the upcoming year; blue and white is one of our favorite color combinations as you know. The great part: there are a TON of beautiful designs for you to pick the perfect one!

We’d gift this to our favorite Girl Boss. 

*Giveaway winner will receive a Day Designer of choice. 

"Live Free" Balsam Pillow

Waiting on Martha Home, $26

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This rustic and cozy little pillow is filled with fresh-smelling needles of a Balsam fir tree!  100% cotton and made in the USA, the “Live Free” pillow makes a great gift to fit in dorm room, drawer, bathroom, car…you name it. 

We’d gift this to someone that enjoys the turn of weather and the feeling of fall. 

*Giveaway winner will receive one pillow. 


Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha

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