December 5, 2016

Nature Inspired Christmas Tablescape

Well, it's already only 3 weeks until Christmas! How did that happen??! I have really been getting into the spirit of the holidays lately. I don't know if it's because I had to decorate a little earlier this year for my two Holiday Home Tours here and here, or that it has been so cold here in California (a rarity this early), but either way, I am so excited for Christmas this year. 

Part of what I love, besides the decorating of course, is hosting holiday dinners and parties. I've shared that I love tablescaping, and this time of year it's especially fun. I know some people hate entertaining, but I truly love it. So with that in mind, I thought I would share a casual nature-inspired Christmas table so if you struggle with this kind of thing, it might help (or hopefully, inspire). This would be perfect for a casual gathering, tree-trimming party, or even Christmas Eve dinner.

Usually my tablescapes are inspired by a particular theme, and this one was no exception. I found these plates at Marshall's recently and since I passed on some plaid plates at Home Goods several years ago and have regretted it ever since, I knew I had to have them!

I already owned the cute red toile plates from last year, and I knew they would look amazing with the plaid ones. I also wanted to incorporate a lot of natural elements. I used some little live pine trees (similar here, here, and here), tiny pinecones, fresh greens, and burlap.


Maison de Cinq Named One of the Top 35 Design Blogs of 2016!

I woke up today to a wonderfully exciting email letting me know that Maison de Cinq had made the cut of the "Top 35 Home Design Blogs You Don't Want to Miss" awarded by Quality Bath! This was quite a surprise and I am so thrilled to be included with such amazing company! 

Pop over and take a look at the other winners; it is a wonderful and diverse group, some of whom are huge and well known and some not so much (like me!) I've been reading and perusing some of the ones that were new to me because I always love finding new blogs to read!

Thank you to Quality Bath for the honor!


December 2, 2016

Home for the Holidays Blog Tour - Maison Style

Good morning friends! I am so happy to be part of another Holiday Home Tour! If you're a regular reader, you know that this is my second tour of the season (my first tour can be seen here). And if you are coming here from my talented friend Kathleen at Lindsay Hill Interiors, thank you! I'm so glad you're here!

This time fifteen bloggers (yes, 15!) have collaborated to bring you a Home for the Holidays blog tour where we have each decorated our homes for the holidays in our own personal style. From mod, to chic, to transitional, to French country, to farmhouse - there is a style here for everyone! So come on in, take a look around, and get inspired. Also, we have some super exciting news to share! King of Christmas, who is one of our sponsors for this tour, has kindly agreed to giveaway a Christmas tree (details about that at the end of post)!!

I know there are a ton of tours this time of year, and I am so thankful that you've decided to stop by ours...... Welcome!

The boxwood wreaths are from Target and the fresh garland and poinsettia are from Home Depot. Other boxwood wreath options available here, here, here, and here.

On my first tour, I shared with you how I've been wanting to switch to a more neutral and natural Christmas, which for me meant getting rid of the red. I have used greens, whites, creams, and gold and silver as my colors of the season. I love that they convey Christmas without being over the top.

I'm a huge fan of bottlebrush trees; both vintage and new. I've collected them for a few years now and I usually add a couple new ones each year. This year I couldn't find any vintage ones (so far!) but I did get a few new ones. The ones I purchased at World Market are here, and there are also options here, and here.


November 28, 2016

A Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour

Today I am opening my doors and sharing my home all decorated for the holidays as part of the Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour! I am one of ten bloggers participating and I couldn't be more excited! 

I absolutely love decorating for Christmas. It is definitely something I look forward to, and this year, I really wanted to make a change. I have been loving neutral Christmas decor for awhile now (see my post about that here), and during last year's tour I talked about my desire to do mostly creams and greens and get rid of the red, so that is what I've done this year. It's such a big change for me! Not only have I always had a lot of red at Christmastime, but I've had red in the family room/kitchen area for about 15 years now. And I have to say, I'm loving the result! It's such a subtle and peaceful look, it really relates to how I'm feeling decor-wise right now. I'm into simplifying in general, and the softer colors of greens, golds and creams fits that. I still love red and white for Christmas, and I'm sure I will do it again, but for now, this has my heart:)

For those of you who've followed me for awhile now, you know that I try not to buy too much new every year. Much of what I have is something we use over and over; ornaments and decor that we've used year after year. I love the traditions that the season brings, and the meaning that those traditions bring. In order to achieve the new color palette, I simply eliminated the items I had that were red; I only had to buy a few new items to fill things out.

So welcome to our home, and come on in!

I used a live tree in the family room with a burlap tree skirt. Tree star is old from Pottery Barn but these and these are similar.

This little cabin/house was a find this year at Home Goods. I have bought and collected the little white houses before, but for some reason, this just spoke to me! I found some similar choices here, here, and here. The frosty white trees are old but these are almost exactly the same, as are these.

The urns are Pottery Barn, with another similar option here.

A vintage bottlebrush tree in a little vignette with some books and my absolute favorite Christmas candle, Joie de Noel by Votivo. My bottlebrush trees are in every room and I have both vintage and repro - I love both! Options here, herehere, here, and here.

November 17, 2016

Friday Favorites - Monochrome Magic

What are your thoughts on monochrome outfits? Boring? Too much of a good thing? Or do you like them? I remember last year when fashion magazines and street style stars were doing head-to-toe red, or green, or grey. And I loved it. But let's face it, head-to-toe black is the original "monochrome" outfit! I agree with some, it can be boring. But it can also be exciting! If you include different textures and fabrics to give the outfit interest, and use accessories that aren't necessarily straight black, I think it's a recipe for success. And could there be anything easier to put together???

Perfection! Love the peacoat, the loafers, and the black skinnies.

A plain black cotton blouse with dark jeans and simple heels, yet, the combination is so much more than the sum of its parts!

Texture added with the leather pants. And the grey flats are adorable!

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