Good Sunday morning, back home in NY, back to work and back to the frenzy:) We have suddenly had a cold snap and I am suddenly dreading winter. My limit is 50 degrees:) I really have come to loathe it, give me fall, spring and summer and I am happy. On a chirpier note if things go my way, by the time you are reading this my tree will be up!! This is a first as I have never done it this early, but why the heck not. With 2020 unfolding as it has, I will do whatever brings me a little happiness and joy. Seems its going around as many have already decorated for Christmas from what I have seen on Instagram. No parties, no big gatherings this holiday season which will be very different, but it doesn’t mean you can’t still create that treasured holiday magic inside. I think at this time more than any other we need to find things that make just happy and give us joy and Christmas definitely is one of those things. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Onward to today’s post- _______________________________________ 1 AN AMAZING HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA. We are nearing the cutoff for our custom house tray orders to guarantee delivery by Dec. 20th. There are few things that could rival the gift of a custom hand painted house tray! These are incredible and beautifully painted by a crew of talented artists. Done on an ivory tray with gold piping, these generously sized trays are amazing for display or every day use. Today either size is $140, offer ends tonight then these go back up their regular selling price. Click here to find out more 2 WHITE MUMS IN FULL BLOOM Coming home to see my white mums in full bloom was such a beautiful sight. They took a while but were so worth the wait! I love all colors but white is just next level (to me). I find them so elegant. Some people ask why they start to turn a soft purple, I have read it happens as they age in addition to that process accelerating with the colder weather. Either way, love them! 3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST The magic of the holidays is definitely alive on Instagram, as we transition from one season to another which this weekends post reflects. Just a beautiful mix of holiday, interiors, cuteness and beautiful foods. 4 COMING SOON You are always the first to know about whats new and coming. Lots of beautiful items coming this way! Our chinoiserie tole container arrives this week and orders will start shipping out sometime later in the week. This gorgeous round of the scalloped tea tables were such a hit, we sold out and a new batch is just about done (added pink too)- Just got in the most darling wicker ginger jars and pagoda ornaments, these will be online tomorrow. New planters, a small version of our popular fretwork planters which are coming in a 8″ and a 10″ size will be here in December! Offered in 5 fabulous colors. Presale will be held in a few weeks. Three gorgeous new colors, pale blue, navy and mossy green! Excited to get these beautiful scalloped planters in two sizes and six fabulous colors. So elegant for orchids, holiday florals, etc…. Our wicker line has been a huge hit and is growing. How pretty is this wicker urn on a pedestal! I love it, could also see it being used for events/ weddings, etc…. I would sell the two pieces separately. Thoughts? Thoughts on offering this wicker urn on pedastal? Would love your take on this skirted wicker table and console as well. I personally love it and would offer it in a 38 and a 44″ inch size. Thoughts? Thoughts on this new skirted wicker console table? 5 ALL TIME FAVORITE MASCARA I have tried others and one at a lesser price point came in pretty good but I have decided that this Thrive mascara is worth its more expensive price tag. Nothing actually can compare, it has these little micro fibers that make your lashes instantly look so much longer/thicker, haven’t really found a mascara like this, their patented formula is a game changer if you ask me. You can only get it through their website, would be nice if I could buy it locally so now I buy them in 2’s to be sure I am not without:) Click here to find out more 6 PRETTY PAPERS. I hate when I start looking for wallpaper for someone else, it leaves me going down a rabbit hole and wanting to redecorate:) Found these beautiful papers in blue/green which is what she wants for a large powder room. She has narrowed it down to two (#2 and #6 in case you are curious), love this colorway. So fresh! I am thinking about redoing one of my own powder rooms in this colorway. 7 SUNDAY’S SURVEY So we went out to dinner with good friends, the restaurant at the time we booked it was offering outdoor seating but due to the cold weather, its now only indoors. I went reluctantly, but was so looking forward to getting dressed up and seeing our good friends, that was the driving force. We had a very nice time as we always do but I must admit the entire time, Covid was on my mind. I tossed and turned the entire night thinking about if someone. had it there, what a sitting duck I was. We went early thinking it would be less crowded and because they have a toddler and wake up early, but it was fairly busy. Now that in NY, restaurants needs to close at 10, people will start by default going out earlier. I have to say I think it’s going to be awhile before I go indoors again. I just felt so nervous (but a martini helped the nerves temporarily). I think I am going to have friends for dinner or we will go there, just not comfortable going indoors, curious where you stand on this? I hate it, because I love the experience of going to a restaurant, socializing, etc..and of course local restaurants need our support during these tough times more than ever, but think my support will come via takeout at least for now. Where do you stand on going into restaurants and dining indoors? (check all that apply) And that’s a wrap for this Sunday. Hope you enjoyed the post. Wishing everyone a wonderful day, hope you are staying safe. It is pretty scary what’s happening around the country, makes me want to hibernate in my house all winter long and not leave! Wearing a mask is our moral responsibility to protect ourselves and others more vulnerable, it should not be a choice in my personal opinion. If it saves lives, the answer seems clear. Having known people who have lost loved ones to Covid and others who have been very sick, I feel strongly about this. OK getting off my soapbox, thanks for stopping by. Until next time… _________________________________________ Last day of our Vagabond House event, so many fabulous gift ideas and beautiful goodies for your home during the holidays. Click here to view.