2010 is almost over? Oh my goodness, where has the time gone? Though I hope everyone had a lovely Halloween weekend, let's get down to what's really important here: the approaching festive season! My favorite way to get in the mood for the coming month is to flip through back issues of my trusty mags, so here's some November eye candy from years past.
With the daylight hours growing ever shorter, you'd think I'd want to counteract the darkness with light, bright interiors. But in fact it's just the opposite--I want to burrow even deeper into hibernation mode! These moody, dramatic interiors are really calling my name...
My response to this shade of blue? Come to mama! I've been searching high and low for a color scheme for the bedroom, and this midnight hue with accents of gold and cement white is a serious contender. Wouldn't this inspire some under-the-covers snuggling while the weather rages outside?
Earthy, organic materials also strike my fancy this time of year. Rough hewn reclaimed wood, smooth textured stone, and a modern pendant that looks spun in nature--together they make me want to pull out my cast iron Dutch oven and cook up a batch of thick, belly-warming stew. Add in a loaf of my best brioche and you have some serious November comfort!
Of course the coziest indulgence this time of year is a blazing fire in the fireplace. It satisfies all the senses--the smell of burning wood, the crackling and popping flames, the glow of heat on your face. Do I have a fireplace? No. Do I want a fireplace? You bet your bottom dollar I do! In the meantime I'll just gaze wistfully at this photo...
With a new month ahead my mind also turns to the little tasks and projects I'd like to complete. Goal number one? Dig out my fancy wedding china! Gosh darn it, I'm going to put those precious plates to use, even if it means unceremoniously eating my Eggo's off of them. Though a charming display like this one could be lovely too!
Also on the to-do list? Hanging the vast number of prints and photos currently languishing in my closet. I've been procrastinating on this one for months, partially because the last time the huz and I hung pictures we nearly strangled each other, and partially because I look at my big empty walls and don't know where to begin. Now enough excuses--it's time to take action!
The holidays also bring out my crafty side. No needle and thread is safe when I'm around! I've already begun some fun projects that I can't wait to share, and there are plenty more floating around in my imagination. Though this year I'd like to finish every project I start--something I've failed miserably at in previous years. Does anyone else have this problem?
But the most important item on my agenda? Get the bedroom in order! I know I say this at the outset of every month, but mark my words: this time I'm going to make it happen! A little paint, some strategic vintage furniture hunting, and a lot of creativity. That doesn't sound so hard, now does it?!
Tell me: What's on your November to-do list?
Image Credits: 1, 5. Elle Decor November 2008. 2, 3. Martha Stewart Living November 2008 4, 9. Blueprint November/December 2007 6. Domino, November 2007 7. Martha Stewart Living November 2006 8. Martha Stewart Living November 2005