Tips & Planning Ideas

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

Sleighing The Holiday; Gifts for Everyone on My List from Bed Bath & Beyond

Knocking Out my Christmas List all in one place
In Partnership with Bed, Bath & Beyond
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You know, there’s something to be said for knocking all of your Christmas shopping out in one sweep.  Impossible, you say?  I thought so too, honestly.  Because typically this time of year, I can be found running around town, trying to beat the holiday traffic to cross everyone off my Christmas list.  So when Bed Bath & Beyond invited me to the store to find gifts for EVERYONE on my holiday list this year…I was game, and intrigued (read: relieved?!) by the idea. 

Truthfully, I hadn’t been in a Bed Bath & Beyond since I moved into our home.  At that point, it was more like I was visiting the store twice a day; there was always something I forgot I needed.  But once we were settled, Bed Bath & Beyond kind of fell off my radar.  But after my recent visit, I can tell you it will never fall off my radar again.

Upon walking through the front doors, I was immediately blown away by the range of goods.  I mean, I even came to find a whole wine section; they didn’t have a wine section before, did they?!  But okay, back to Christmas shopping: as I raked the aisles with my husband, mother, father, Addison, etc. in mind, I spotted a ton of homewares, tech finds and stocking stuffers that would be great under the tree this year.  This Amazon Echo, for one, will be a huge hit with the Mr.  And I am absolutely obsessed with my cordless kettle that I have in my bedroom, so I’m gifting one to my mother…she’ll be in heaven.   Grilling accessories for dad, and plenty of coffee and a few Kate Spade goodies for my MIL.  And of course, I HAD to pick up a little something for myself…I mean I collect copper cookware, so this mini version was calling my name.

If you’re still scratching your head over what to gift that last person on your Christmas list, check out what I snagged from Bed Bath & Beyond below.  It really was a one-stop-shop for gifting this year.  I’d love to know: have you finished your shopping yet?!  Truly, MKR


Pawslife™ Plaid Fleece Dog Blanket/Bone Gift Box with Toys in Red

For Addison, $19.99

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For my fur baby and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Addison, this festive plaid fleece blanket is going to be a hit.  She loves cuddling up on throw blankets (and laundry), so it’s perfect that now she can have her very own Christmas blanket and toys, to boot.  

Breville® Variable Temperature Kettle™ BKE820XL

For my mom, $129.99

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This cordless kettle…let’s just say that I’m obsessed.  I know my mom will love it as much as me too.  I keep mine in my bedroom, where I boil water for nighttime tea, warm water & lemon in the morning, etc. I’m considering buying another one for our guest room; it would be perfect for entertaining out-of-town guests. 

Amazon Echo

For the Mr., $139.99

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This is such a strong gift for the techy on your list; that’s my husband Anthony for me.  The Amazon Echo is the latest-and-greatest hands free device that lets you control music, thermostats, lights and more with the sound of your voice. I know he’s going to love it! 

Grilling Accessories

For my dad, $4.99+

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A dad can never have too many grilling tools and accessories, so I stocked up on goods for him to use on his Big Green Egg this year.  Along with this set, I found a Georgia Bulldogs 3-Piece Sportula BBQ Set (which is amazing). 

kate spade new york Simply Sparking "This Is The Life" Mug

For my mother-in-law, $19.99

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My MIL is coffee-OBSESSED, and celebrates the season with a Red Cup from Starbucks like me, so this kate spade new york mug will be perfect under the tree, accompanied by three packs of Keurig® K-Cup® Starbucks® Holiday Blend Coffee K-Cups®

Tabletops Unlimited® Cookware Collection in Copper

For myself (!), $19.99 each

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Perfect for the chef on your list (and yourself), these gorgeous stainless steel pots and pans with a striking copper exterior finish create a timeless look. Each piece comes in a miniature size, which is a) irresistible because everything mini is adorable and b) perfect for whipping up a quick meal by myself or for my husband and me. 


kate spade new york One in a Million™ Initial Business Card Holder

For the WOM team, $29.99 each

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I grabbed an initialed business card holder for each of the girls on Team WOM for a little #girlboss inspiration in the new year, and to celebrate a great 2016. 

ASOBU Whiskey Stones (Set of 2)

For my brother-in-law, $29.99

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Anthony’s brother is a whiskey man, and this set of white ceramic whiskey stones will make a fine addition to his home bar. 

MLB 5-Piece Golf Ball and Divot Tool Set

For Anthony's Boss, $17.99 each

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Anthony’s boss is the biggest Braves fan I know, so he’ll be thrilled when Anthony gives him a few boxes of MLB golf balls and date to get on the greens come early Spring.

Burt's Bees Baby® 9-Piece Take Me Home Gift Basket in Blossom

For my bestie & the new mama, $59.99

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This sweet gift basket will be perfect for my BFF who just had a baby!  As a big fan of Burt’s Bees, I feel good about gifting this set that includes a mini lotion, a kimono and pant set, bib, hat, blanket, and more to keep her baby warm and cozy in soft, organic cotton.  

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

Setting the Holiday Table: 13 Essentials For Thanksgiving Dinner

Our go-to Thanksgiving essentials
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Thanksgiving Table Essentials

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’re busy preparing to set the perfect holiday spread.  That of course includes pulling out our favorite Thanksgiving table essentials like these figural pumpkin serving dishes and the pretty gold flatware!  

If you haven’t started scheming your holiday spread, don’t fret.  There’s still time to pick up heirloom-worthy dinnerware (this collection is quintessential Turkey Day!) and festive touches (LOVE these turkey place cards).   And it’s the perfect time to score some deals with Williams-Sonoma’s fall tabletop event (everything’s 30% off).  Along with these gems, we’ve included 13 Thanksgiving table essentials below to get you Turkey Day ready.  Tell me, what’s on the top of your list for Thanksgiving table essentials?  Cheers, Kat

P.S. Looking for the turkey recipe to end all turkey recipes?  Here you go.  xo

Plymouth Turkey Dinner Plates, Set of 4

Williams-Sonoma, $41.97

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Make a statement with quintessential Thanksgiving dinnerware.  The rich, timeless design dresses up any table and will give your guests all the feels, long after their plates are clean and their bellies are full. Added bonus?  They’re on sale! 

Beaded 13" Gold Chargers, Set of 12

One Kings Lane, $28

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One secret to a beautiful tablescape is all in the art of layering; add chargers to your place settings for a little depth. These gorgeous gold chargers are on the top of our list. 

Set of 6 Square Natural Straw Place Mats, 15"

One Kings Lane, $48

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Speaking of depth, place mats are a must! Not only are we always a fan of rattan and jute everything, but we especially love it on the table. These beautiful straw place mats will be used long after the holidays are done, too. 

Figural Pumpkins

Williams-Sonoma, $27.96+

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These white pumpkin serving dishes and vessels are the perfect marriage of festive and functional.  You’ll love bringing these out every year with tradition, and you’ll relish the chance to pass them down for generations to come. 

Soiree Flatware Placesetting

Williams-Sonoma, $71.96

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Gold flatware…enough said, right?!  This flatware placesetting has always made its way onto our tabletop (all year ’round!), and will definitely be spotted on this year’s Thanksgiving table. 

Soiree 2-Piece Serving Set

Williams-Sonoma, $55.96

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Can’t forget about the serving set!  This matching gold serving set is an essential for serving up a drool-worthy spread.  And like the flatware, this set will quickly become an entertaining staple on all of your tabletops. 

Letterpressed Thankful Coasters

Waiting on Martha Home, $32

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These festive letterpressed coasters are the perfect addition to the table; each of the four designs let guests fill in what they’re thankful for.

The box contains 100 total (25 of each design), and comes packaged with a beautiful bow, making it the perfect, ready-to-go hostess gift!

Set of 4 Daphne Gold Red-Wine Glasses

One Kings Lane, $38

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It’s time to bring out the fancy wine glasses!  These gold red-wine glasses dress up the holiday table, and should never, ever run dry!  Remember the importance of the day and toast your glasses to what you’re thankful for. 

Hand Lettered Watercolor Brush Menu

A Fabulous Fete, $100

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If you were on your A-game, you ordered a custom hand lettered menu weeks ago (I mean, how GORGEOUS?!).  Crunched for time this year (it’s okay, it’s next week, after all)?  Order this hand lettered “menu” stamp and print out the meal’s courses!  

Thanksgiving / Fall Napkin Ties

Waiting on Martha, $16.50

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How cute are these napkin ties?!  It’s an incredibly easy way to include a little festive flair to the table, and very kid-friendly for little fingers!  And under $20, it’s the perfect addition to even the simplest spreads. 

Set of 2 Tree-Branch Candlesticks

One Kings Lane, $59

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Don’t overlook the candles and candlesticks, since it’s a holiday after all.  We’re eyeing these tree-branch candlesticks for a rustic, cozy feel. 

Set of 4 Tapered Candles, White

One Kings Lane, $19

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Set the scene with these white tapered candles. We especially love this set because they’re made in the USA, and are smokeless and dripless (!).  This way, you can rest easy that you won’t have a big old mess on your Thanksgiving table.  There are more important things to worry about and it starts with a “t” and ends with an “urkey.”

Turkey Place Cards

Waiting on Martha Home, $16

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A simple finishing touch?  These turkey place cards.  Place cards take the question out of where to sit, and encourage meaningful conversation around the table. Why not include cute turkey designs on them while you’re at it?  

Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha

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