This year I decided to wait & decorate until after THANKSGIVING! It is really such an important holiday that I thought I would honor Thanksgiving by waiting! :) However, that has not stopped me from enjoying in the many many Christmas Open Houses I have attended!!
Open Houses are no longer just free cider & cookies! They are an important part of my decorating style! Yes, don't get me wrong, I most certainly enjoy the spiced cider & fancy treats that I nibble on throughout the store while I ooooohhhhh & aaaaawwwwww but, the inspiration is everywhere!!!
At Arnett's Country Store I was inspired to buy some of her long red stockings to tie on my front piece of picket fence....how darling & what an awesome POP of color that gives!! So simple!
Arnett's also had the latest & greatest in Christmas "cool"! CONCRETE SNOWMEN!!!
Juat pulling up to a store like this will give you INSTANT inspiration & you will come away just dieing to dive into your own decorating!!
Check out THIS display outside of a country store in Mt.Vernon, IL. I think this idea would look great in my wheelbarrow!
Also, how about adding a HUGE wooden snowman to your decor?! Look how cute he is?!
or what about that "pocket" next to him? What if that were a HUGE stocking filled with goodies & hanging on my front door?! Can't you just picture it?
Now step inside this wonderful store for even more inspiration!!
This tree made me want to buy some of those little battery operated candles to put on my own tree!! Also, just look at all of the dried oranges on this tree?! I will HAVE to try this out this year!
At this store called Two Raggedy Sisters they use Sweet Annie as a GARLAND in their trees!! It looks SO pretty & makes your room smell amazing!!!
Also, you could be a winner of a fantastic FREE door prize!! This is usually a FREE gift certificate or "item"! I won a $15 gift card this year to one of my favorite stores!! The Dusty Attic in Equality, IL! Of course when I went to redeem it I spent another $60!! LoL! :)
Some of the stores have beautiful scenery to take photographs of! At Country Lane Treasures we enjoyed watching & photographing her live sheep!
so what are you waiting for....GET BUSY...and get to an open house!!!! :)