From the Front Porch

By now you’re probably either in full Thanksgiving mode or you’ve seen so many gorgeous decorations on social media you’ve brought your trimmings down from the attic or up from the basement.

I spent most of Thursday at Loboblly Manor helping my mom put the finishing holiday touches on my childhood home. She envisioned lots of white, silvers, pewters and champagne colors for Loblolly and a very traditional Christmas with shades of burgundy, forest green and gold at Bliss Barracks.   It’s been so much fun to work on both places as well my own home which is very much nature inspired with touches of moss green, white and chocolate brown. I can’t wait to share everything with you guys in the weeks to come.

Whatever stage of this process you’re in right now, I hope you’re taking extra special care of yourself. Holiday decorating takes so much longer than people ever admit, #amiright? Here are a few of my favorite things from around the web this week…. (Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here )


This Holiday House Walk tour from 2015 was one of my favorites. I can’t wait to see what Courtney does this year!

Hello Holiday Online Magazine is filled with beautiful ideas from Canadian bloggers like Lucy of Craftberry Bush fame if you’re still looking for decorating ideas. Bonus, it’s free!

If you’re looking for a comprehensive Holiday Gift Guide, you’ll definitely want to check out this one. They’ve covered gift giving ideas from kids to pets to besties and everyone in between.

I’m just going to be honest with you guys, one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is the pie. This list of 20 No Bake Thanksgiving Pie Recipes had me at the words “no bake.”

Bridge the gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations with these 3 Homemade Fall Coffee Drinks.

Sign me up for this faux fur blanket. It looks ridiculously cozy!

Do you guys wear slippers this time of year? I have this pair and they’re awesome.

These are begging for a monogram.

This book is filled with tons of holiday inspiration.

Finally, this movie is my all-time favorite. It just wouldn’t feel like the holidays without it.

This week on the blog was dedicated to adding touches of nature throughout our home. Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to…

Adding Holiday Greenery to Simple Chandelier


How to Plant Ornamental Kale in Ironstone Containers


Creating a Simple Holiday Spray


The “Say Yes” Advent Calendar


I hope you guys all have a peace filled and relaxing weekend. I know a lot of you will be getting ready to host Thanksgiving events or traveling to visit friends and family. With this in mind we have a fun week coming up next week. I’ll share a tour of the kitchen and breakfast nook at Bliss Barracks, an easy to create marshmallow bar, how to make north pole pops, a Thanksgiving message and back here on Friday for a holiday gift guide.

Until then, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Thanks for adjusting the time your posts go out CoCo. I appreciate it. I can’t wait to check out the pie recipes. They look so good!

    1. You are very welcome, Bonnie. I appreciate your busy work schedule and the fact you make me a part of your day! Big hugs, CoCo

  2. Loved the book inspired tree from Courtney. I’ve never seen one like that before. Great links again this week. Have a great weekend, Sarah

    1. I appreciate it, Casey! Courtney is one talented lady. Have a fun day, CoCo

  3. The Holiday is one of my favorite movies. I always watch Love Actually too!

    1. I like Love Actually too – the airport scene – gah so sweet!

  4. Where did you get the blue plaid ribbon in the advent calendar picture? Thanks, Amy

    1. The blue plaid ribbon is from Michaels. They have a great selection of ribbon right now and most of them are reasonably priced too!

    1. I love her clothes and shoes, Mary Beth! Do you have any of her handbags? Those are cute too. Hugs, CoCo

    1. The Holiday is a Christmas classic! I’ll be thinking of you two whenever I watch it. Hugs, CoCo

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