Sometimes, the inspiration for my Christmas decor comes from a photo I’ve seen online. Sometimes, it comes from a particular item I find in a store. And, sometimes, the inspiration simply comes from a spool of ribbon.
There was just something about this color that grabbed my attention. It reminds me of the color of caramel. And that just happens to be one of my favorite flavors in the world.
It also reminded me of a bygone era. A time when holiday celebrations were simple and involved much less fuss. I find myself craving this approach these days.
And, so, that became the jumping off point as I began to put together our hot cocoa station this year. A framed, vintage winter scene (downloaded and printed here at home) was added for a layering effect on the table, simple glass mugs keep things feeling open and airy and chevron striped straws tie into the color palette.
I kept all of the hot cocoa topping options in that same palette too although they tend to disappear very quickly and I have to stay on top of replenishing.
Of course, a small dish filled with caramels had to be added too but I promise you that I’m not the (only) one swiping them every time I walk by.
A small wreath on the mirror topped off with the inspiration ribbon is the perfect finishing touch.
The shorter days and colder weather have us spending more time indoors and it gives me so much joy to make our home as cozy and welcoming as possible. For many reasons, this year I’m finding even greater comfort in the fact that we intentionally cultivate a spirit of peace within these walls. Maybe it’s because it’s here that we have more control over what happen while, outside, everything is far beyond our ability to control or even make sense of in many ways.
As we enter a season where thankfulness is literally on the calendar, I’m more aware than ever before of just how much I have for which to be grateful!
What are you feeling thankful for this week? This wonderful community here At the Picket Fence is definitely on my list!
Much love to you dear friends,
P.S. Here’s a link to the ribbon!
Carol Reddin says
I love your hot cocoa station and the color of the ribbon is perfect. I want to come to your home and share a cup of cocoa – please.
Oh,goodness, Vanessa, I really like your hot chocolate station! Sounds like a lovely, cozy home!
Thankful for so much in my life,too! Happy and blessed Thanksgiving!