'H' for Holidays

Make it Holiday Ready

Points for Presents

Make it Cozy

I love that fur throws make a comeback every year as the temperatures dip and the holidays approach. It doesn’t have to be real to be chic, and I’d love to cozy up on the couch under a soft faux-fur throw with a stack of holiday decorating magazines to read.

Make it Stylish

We have more drop-in visitors to the house throughout the holiday season, so it’s nice to have the house looking its best (even if we haven’t completely settled in and unpacked our millions of boxes of books yet). Little touches, like adding a crazy wire fruit bowl or a basket abstracted from squares go a long way, and both would look festive sitting out on the counter or at the center of the table. They could be part of the decorating too, if you fill them with ornaments and other pretty holiday baubles.

Make it Inviting

I’ve only recently started to like coffee, so now I love the idea of being able to make and serve up coffee shop drinks from home. What better to offer your guests with a slice of pie for dessert, right? (Just don’t ask us to bake said pie. Or oven’s temperature is very much a guessing game.)

It’s pretty appealing to stay in and make a nice drink for curling up with those aforementioned magazines under the cozy throw, too. And a little caramel pecan bark within reach wouldn’t hurt.

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  • Kimberly FitzSimons
    November 19, 2013 at 10:09 am

    We just bought a Nespresso so that we can make coffee drinks at home and for our guests. I agree that it’s a great way to make your home inviting!

  • Kayli Schattner
    November 19, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I’ve been wanting to learn how to make more gourmet coffee options from home myself! That machine looks glorious.

  • Erin @ house envy
    November 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Love the ideas. I don’t drink coffee (blasphemy I know), but I never think to make it either which is taboo! I like the idea of having a gourmet coffee. Even if I don’t drink it I’m sure my guests would love it and they always look cool sitting out!

    • Making it Lovely
      November 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      When we toured this house before buying it, the previous owners always had their espresso machine out in the kitchen. It looked so good!