I know the day after Thanksgiving is supposed to be all about making lists of things to give or buy. And spending all day in line to get the best deals.
But here at The Whiskey Porch we do the exact opposite. Enjoying each other with gratitude for what we have and adding artful décor to our little home. And spending time outdoors which is often gorgeous in these parts!
Here's a little peek at how we do things, Nordic style, here at Juniper Hill Cottage...
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We have just a couple boxes of the most precious decorations (because we honestly don't have space to store more, and I'm so good with that!).
To add to that we'll spend quite a bit of time cutting greenery and harvesting pomegranates and berries from the garden to use in our decorations.
We tie swags of arborvitae and white cedar with velvet ribbon and hang one above each window in our bungalow. It smells great for a week or two and then they start to fade, but bringing some of the garden in is such a pleasure. (See the pics in the gallery below.)
I truly believe that moderation is the way to make it special; you know, the less-is-more concept.
Most of what we have is either handmade or Swedish, or both. Most of it we've had for years, if not many decades.
We do decorate a tree, but it's a blue spruce named "Blue" that lives most of the year in an old whiskey barrel (of course) in the garden. After Thanksgiving we wheel him over to the covered front porch where he'll spend a few weeks outside, next to our front door, all decked out. (Maybe I'll add a few pics of the tree after it's ready for show!)
And then back to the garden Blue goes to live among the birds and huge old Alligator Junipers.
I hope you spend your day peacefully with those you love and have fun with some seasonal decor. Stuff isn't the answer!
Let me know what you think in the comments below!!
Peace and contentment,
artful bungalow - photo gallery
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Hey there. I'm Miriam ~ and I've been doing this my whole life. It's my passion.