Holiday Outdoor Decor

img_0771Over the weekend, our home got its outdoor holiday update.

Always a variation on a theme of greens, magnolia and red berries….this year’s holiday decor is simple and classic, but with 4 miniature lit trees, definitely a festive look. I love the sound of “jingle bells”, so hanging our sleigh bells on the front door is a mark that the holidays and guests have arrived. The red laquer wreath is from the Magnolia Wreath Company. They have so many gorgeous colors, so if the typical red isn’t your thing…you are sure to find one you love.

This doesn’t happen without the help of a little team of garden elves…so my thanks to the team at Gardens for creating a little holiday wonderland.img_0773img_0775 img_0779 img_0780 img_0781First impressions begin at the curb, so dress up your home from the outside in!


Holiday at Home

img_4981As I prepare to get the house ready for the Christmas holiday, I like to look back to see what I did the year before. Over the years, I seem to “decorate” less and less, focusing on a select group of favorite items and adding in a little something new. There are a few things that I always gravitate towards….nutcrackers, santas, Spode Christmas, greenery, antlers/deers and silver.

I typically use the Spode Christmas pattern for breakfasts or informal meals and save the Bernadaud Grenadiers (Nutcrackers) for dinners or more formal meals. The silver sleigh bells that hang from my dining room chandelier were a special gift to my boys, over a number of years, and I enjoy using them, creating memories with them, knowing that one day I will give them each their set.

Savoring the holidays is more important to me than “doing them”. I enjoy a holiday party as much as the next person, but am seeking the quiet days and nights on my calendar so I can calmly listen to holiday music  while wrapping gifts or planning special moments for my family.

As you begin to transform your home into the holiday wonderland of your dreams….make time to savor the process. It’s part of the magic of the season.img_5010

img_7846-1024x1024 img_7916 img_7945 img_7948 img_7949img_4881 img_7906Cheers to you and the first weekend of this blessed and busy season! Remember….S…A….V…O….R it!


Holiday Pillows + Discount

img_0744‘Tis the season to be jolly…..and that means it’s time to decorate for the holidays!

One of the first things I’ve pulled out, post-Thanksgiving, is my new holiday pillow by Gina Donald of LG Designs. Gina can embroider any word/name/saying, in any color. I asked her to use hot pink  thread for mine, which reads, “’tis the season”.tis-the-sesonSo, if you are looking to update your decor with a personalized pillow or would like to gift one, order one of Gina’s creations by Dec 7th and she’ll give you a 25% discount. Just email her at and mention you saw them on Pretty Pink Tulips!all-a-good-night merry-close-up merry-xmas santa xmas-in-newportWhat’s your favorite holiday saying? Fa la la la la? Meet me under the mistletoe? Good Tidings? Mr. and Mrs. Claus? Peace on Earth? Whatever you want to say….have Gina embroider it for all to see!

And just like that…the holidays have begun!!! May they be merry!