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Posts by Melissa Bahen

Whether it’s tucked in a corner or taking center stage, my favorite part of holiday decor is undoubtedly the Christmas tree. Whenever I see a blog post or article about a holiday home tour, my eye goes straight for the photos of the softly glowing Christmas trees. Growing up, we always had two trees: one for all the colorful, mismatched ornaments we received as gifts or made at school, and a fancier one with my mom’s electric candle lights and pretty ornament collections. Now that I get to decorate my own home for the holidays, we have the same two-tree policy. The tree in our family room is covered in fun colored lights, the angel tree-topper we’ve had for over a decade, and a wide array of ornaments ranging from baby’s first Christmas to hand-painted cardboard gingerbread men with my kids’ school pictures glued in the center. Once the lights are wrapped around its branches, the kids are in charge of putting ornaments on the tree. It always ends up looking cute and a little haphazard. The tree in our living room, a room that gets used far less often than the family room, gets to be all mine. It has soft white lights and all of my delicate glass ornament sets that match. I get to spread them evenly over the tree, thoughtfully choosing where each ornament will sit. Both trees are beautiful in their own way, and both have an equal share in bringing holiday cheer to our home.

As holiday home tour posts have started popping up, I’ve enjoyed looking at the gorgeous trees that bloggers design. Some are simple and others are over-the-top. Here are just a few of the beautiful Christmas trees I’ve spotted so far this year.

an old-fashioned, flocked tree from Inspired by Charm

a flocked tree featuring red, white, pale blue, and plaid from Inspired by Charm

a black and gold christmas tree with white lights from Inspired by Charm

Michael from Inspired by Charm has not one, not two, but three beautifully decorated Christmas trees at his house this year!

Ella Claire's gorgeous snowy white christmas tree

I love this mostly white, frosty tree from Kristen at Ella Claire.

A classic red and white christmas tree from Duke Manor Farm

This classic red and white tree from Laura at Duke Manor Farm is simple and festive.

A sparkling pink champagne christmas tree from Town & Country Living

This pink champagne tree from Jennifer of Town & Country Living is just stunning! It’s absolutely gorgeous.

a snow-touched woodland christmas tree from Jennifer Rizzo

This simple and elegant snow-dusted woodland tree from Jennifer Rizzo is beautiful.

A gorgeous white and pale pink tree from Craftberry Bush

I love this stunning white and pale pink tree from Lucy of Craftberry Bush!

a beautiful gold and white tree from City Farmhouse

Jen from City Farmhouse decorated this lovely gold tree.

A sparkling silver tree from Rooms for Rent

So many white trees this year! This silver and white beauty is from Bre of the blog Rooms for Rent.

French Country Cottage's gorgeous glowing tree

Courtney of French Country Cottage has decorated her whole house beautifully, just like this stunning light-covered tree.

A simple, neutral tree from Nina Hendrick

I think woodland trees really came out in full force this year. This simple and beautiful neutral tree is from Nina Hendrick.

a stunning christmas tree with muted colors from Just Destiny

I love this grown-up version of a classic red and green Christmas tree from Destiny of Just Destiny. It’s so elegant.

a glowing, snow-covered tree from Shades of Blue

This snowy, glowing Christmas tree from Shades of Blue Interiors is lovely.

a flocked tree decorated with white and champagne from The Golden Sycamore

Allison from The Golden Sycamore decorated this flocked tree with neutrals like white and champagne.

Golden Boys & Me's fun flocked tree with classic winter woods ornaments

This classic snowy mountain tree by Courtney from Golden Boys & Me is so cute!

Have you already put up your Christmas tree (or trees!) for this year? How do you dress your tree up?


When we first moved into our house, which was just a little more than two years ago, we had lots of rooms already planned out. We knew which beds would go in which bedrooms, where to put the couch and love seat in the family room, and who got each dresser. But there were a few odds and ends with nowhere to go, and because the living room had nothing in it besides the piano, all of those mismatched pieces of furniture went in the living room. And never left. For the past two years, our living room has been home to our ancient upright piano, two glass-front book cases, a refinished black and gold end table from my mother-in-law, and not much else.

A few months ago, my husband and I decided that we finally needed to turn the living space into a room worth spending some time in. We ordered a new love seat, bought some new artwork for the walls, and figured out what we wanted to do with the space. After what felt like forever, the couch was finally delivered this week, and we’ve been shuffling things around, framing pictures, and making plans. We’ve decided to go with a naturalist decor theme in the room: neutral tones, some black and gold, and lots of greenery. I’ve always loved science and nature, and over the years I’ve collected lots of pretty things that will work beautifully in the room. I’m excited to get it all put together, and I’ve enjoyed finding lots of inspirational photos to help. A lot of the photos I’ve found tend to swing a little to the steam punk side of things, but I’m determined that we can make our living room light, bright, and beautiful. Here are some of my favorite inspiration photos.

naturalist decor inspiration

naturalist decor inspiration

I’ve had my eye on vintage botanical prints for years and finally ordered some. Ours are a lot smaller than these and are reproductions, but the style is similar. If I could find authentic, vintage botanical charts, I’d be over the moon! [photos from Vibeke Design]

naturalist decor inspiration

Instead of a few huge botanical illustrations, we’re going with a grid, similar to this one. Except ours are matted and framed, and don’t look like they were torn from a textbook. These are amazing and so is the large-scale subway tile on the right wall! [photo from Sanna & Sania]

naturalist decor inspiration

This bold gallery wall is stunning, thanks to black paint and an eclectic mix of vintage prints, neutral artwork, and a few specimens. [photo from Ginny Branch]

naturalist decor inspiration

This drawer display from Melbourne shop owner The Naturalist makes me swoon! The feathers, butterflies, vintage tins, and reference book pages create a beautiful collection.

naturalist decor inspiration

It took me forever to hunt down the original source for this amazing photo of terrariums, but it was worth it! This collection is spectacular! [photo from Amy Merrick]

naturalist decor inspiration

I love how simple and chic this room is. It has natural elements, but is still clean and classy. The framed specimens really pop against black backgrounds, and the terrariums on the bookcase bring in some life and color. [photo from Ethan Allen]

naturalist decor inspiration

In addition to the smattering of furniture we’ve had in the living room for the past two years, we’ve also kept most of our houseplants in there. And that’s where they’ll stay. I love a room filled with green! [photo from Haarkon via My Unfinished Home]

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So there you go! A little naturalist decor inspiration for you, and for me as well. I think I have a bit of a challenge ahead of me to keep the room from going too gothic (no animal skeletons or skulls!), but giving it a lovely, Victorian collector vibe. Cross your fingers for me!


Getting the garden ready for winter

With colder months on the way, we’re shifting our project focus from outside the house to inside. We’re putting our landscaping and gardening plans on hold until next spring and getting to work on decorating bedrooms and finishing furniture. But before we put our backyard projects on the back-burner for the next few months, we have to get our garden ready for winter. We’re not always very good at taking care of the garden, but this year, we’re determined to give our plants some extra TLC throughout the cold months in hopes that they’ll be spectacular next year.

Trimming the garden roses so that they are less susceptible to stormy winter weather.

Beautiful rose hips in the Fall.

Last year, we picked out half a dozen beautiful rose varieties from our favorite garden center. We carried them out to the garden, set them down in the area we wanted to plant them, and then ignored them for the rest of the year. Somehow, they survived both the summer and winter, and actually bloomed once we got them in the ground this spring. But we didn’t trim them or cut them back at all, and they’ve been quite misshapen and gangly all year. They don’t need a hard pruning until the weather starts to warm up next year, but before winter sets in, they need to be cleaned up just a little so that they are less susceptible to stormy winter weather. We also dug up all of our flower bulbs and tubers — dahlias, daffodils, gladiolus — because they have a tendency to get gobbled up by hungry animals. They’re being stored in a cool, dry spot until the ground thaws next spring.

Trimming and trellising blackberry brambles before Winter sets in.

Without a doubt, the most successful thing we have growing in our garden right now is blackberries. We planted a thornless variety called Triple Crown, and they produced bushels and bushels of huge, juicy blackberries this summer. Blackberries produce fruit on the previous year’s new canes, and once a cane has produced fruit, it’s done being productive. To get our blackberries ready for next summer and keep them manageable, we cut out the canes that produced fruit this summer and trellised the new growth that will produce fruit next year.

Covering the strawberry plants for the winter.

For the first time ever, we decided to cover our strawberries with a layer of straw for the winter this year. Most winters here aren’t terribly cold (just ridiculously rainy), but we do get the odd, occasional hard freeze. This is really just an experiment. Hopefully our plants will overwinter better than ever and get a good head start next spring. The added bonus to covering the berries with straw is that in the spring, you just brush the straw off to the side, and the new strawberries sit on a bed of straw, not dirt. They stay really nice and clean that way.

Potted citrus trees sit on wheeled platforms so that they can be wheeled inside when the temperatures dip.

My husband and I have never let the climate where we live be a limiting factor in what we try to grow. It gets too cold here in Oregon in the winter for citrus fruit, but we’ve come up with a pretty good system that has resulted in really fruitful trees. We have probably 100 limes and 100 lemons that will be ripe in the next few weeks! A few years ago, I read an article by a horticulturalist that said the reason citrus trees don’t produce much fruit indoors is that they really don’t like being indoors. That’s a no-brainer, right? So last year, we planted our citrus trees in large, plastic pots (the kind that big trees come in at the nursery), and we put the pots on little wooden platforms with wheels on the bottom. Our trees stay outside as much as possible, but when the evening temperatures start to dip below 40°F, we push the trees into the garage for the night. In January and February, when the temperatures are pretty consistently below 40°F even during the day, we just leave the trees in the garage, occasionally putting the door up on warmer days so that they get some sunlight and fresh air. The trees end up being outside for most of the year, and they seem to love it! The temperatures are still warm enough right now for them to be outside all day and all night, but this is the time of year we start to monitor the weather forecast closely. Even one frost will do damage.

Getting the bee hives raedy for winter.

The last thing we’ve been working on to get our garden ready is making sure the bees are tucked in for the winter. My husband had a seasoned beekeeper come out and show him how to winterize the hives. They inspected each hive to make sure it was healthy, treated boxes with oxalic acid to keep mites away, took out queen excluders (a barrier that keeps the queen from laying brood in the honey), put mouse guards on all the entrances, and took off any extra boxes that hadn’t been filled. Because all of our hives were new this spring, we didn’t harvest any honey this summer. The bees should have more than enough food to survive the winter, but we added some high-protein pollen patties to each hive just to make sure we have strong colonies when spring comes.

We aren’t always the best garden stewards, but we hope getting everything winter-ready this year will make our garden even more beautiful and productive next year.


While I was away from home on business for a couple of weeks, my kids took on the task of decorating the house for Fall. I came home to every Fall and Halloween decoration we’ve ever owned lovingly displayed on mantels, shelves, and tables throughout the house. All of our Fall decorations are in the classic color scheme of oranges, blacks, and browns, but I’ve really been loving the non-traditional Fall colors I’ve seen on the internet this season. Bonus: decorating with some of these non-traditional Fall color schemes allows you to leave your decor up longer!

WHITE

I’m always a sucker for white decor. It makes every season look clean, crisp, and clutter-free. You can leave white all by itself or pair it with other colors for a fresh take on Fall decor. White looks great paired with neutral, natural elements and colors: soft, woodsy greens, rustic woods, and natural fibers. You can also pair it with metallics or fun pops of color.

Decorate with white this Fall for a crisp, clean look.
[photo from Liz Marie]

Decorate with white this Fall for a crisp, clean look.
[photo from Craftberry Bush]

Decorate with white this Fall for a crisp, clean look.
[photo from Love Grows Wild]

GREENS

Green isn’t exactly a non-traditional Fall color, but the greens I usually see at this time of year are either really bright and Halloween-y or just whatever foliage or leaves happen to be attached to pumpkins, mums, and other on-purpose decor. But soft, silvery greens can give Fall decor a rustic, natural look. Sculptural plants that have lots of great texture, like ornamental kales and cabbages, come in lots of shades of cool green, as do unique pumpkins and gourds.

Soft, silvery greens lend a rustic, natural look to your Fall decor.
[photo from Mustard Seed Interiors]

Soft, silvery greens lend a rustic, natural look to your Fall decor.
[photo from Rooms for Rent]

Soft, silvery greens lend a rustic, natural look to your Fall decor.
[photo from Dear Lillie]

BRIGHTS

If you want your Fall decor to lean more towards the playful and fun end of the spectrum while still looking modern, use some bright pops of unexpected colors like pink, yellow, and teal. I am clearly drawn to the pinks!

Pinks, Yellows, and other bright colors had a fun, playful touch to Fall decor.
[photo from Paper & Stitch]

Pinks, Yellows, and other bright colors had a fun, playful touch to Fall decor.
[photo from Cloudy Day Gray]

Pinks, Yellows, and other bright colors had a fun, playful touch to Fall decor.
[photo from Chatelaine]

Are there any non-traditional Fall decor trends that you’re loving this season?


While I was out of town last week, it suddenly turned Autumnal! I came home to bright red leaves on all the trees, a garden full of pumpkins, and very chilly weather. And I decided right away that I needed a new Fall wreath on my front door. Nothing makes a house feel ready for a new season faster than a wreath. I rounded up a few of my very favorite Fall wreaths that you can make yourself in a single afternoon.

Find this dried corn wreath and 9 other fab Fall wreaths!

I’ve never seen a wreath like this one before, and I think it is stunning! You can use dried corn from the farm stand or the craft store, and it can stay on your front door all the way through Thanksgiving. [photo from BHG]

Find this gorgeous felt leaf wreath plus 9 other fab Fall wreaths!

The muted jewel tones in this wreath, decorated with felt leaves, are absolutely stunning. [photo from Lia Griffith]

Find this Marigold wreath plus 9 more fab Fall wreaths!

This wreath filled with fresh marigolds is so cheerful and happy! I love the color and the simplicity. [photo from BHG]

Find this DIY wreath made of coffee filters, plus 9 more fab Fall wreaths!

This wreath is made of coffee filters! I can’t even believe how gorgeous it is considering the humble materials from which it’s made. [photo from Recaptured Charm]

Find this sumac wreath, plus 9 more fab Fall wreaths!

This is another wreath made with natural materials. This one is sumac. The rich, dark red color is beautiful, and the texture is lovely. [photo from BHG]

Find this gorgeous wreath made of Fall leaves plus 9 more fab Fall wreaths!

I’ve seen lots of wreaths with Fall leaves glued on the front, but this one with leaves strung on sideways, is magnificent! [photo from Lillies and Tulips]

Find this corn husk wreath plus 9 more fab Fall wreaths!

Another simple but elegant take on the dried corn wreath, this time using just the husks. [photo from Design Improvised]

Find this raven feather wreath plus 9 more fab Fall wreaths

I couldn’t do a round-up of Fall wreaths without including a few fun Halloween wreaths! I love the wreaths made of black feathers that I’ve seen popping up all over the internet lately, and the square shape of this one is even lovelier. [photo from BHG]

Find this ant-covered Halloween wreath plus 9 more fab Fall wreaths!

Even though this ant-covered wreath gives me the creeps, I still think it’s cool! [photo from BHG]

Find this striped felt Halloween wreath plus 9 more fab Fall wreaths!]

I always love stripes, especially in black and white. This super simple black and white felt wreath makes a cute and whimsical Halloween decoration. [photo from BHG]


In my last Style Spotters post, I shared some beautiful container gardens that can help make a porch look autumn-ready. This week, I wanted to take that idea one step further and look for not just front porch ideas, but whole-yard landscaping that looks amazing in fall. Whether it’s perennials that really shine as the weather turns colder, or ornamentals that give a landscape a gorgeous pop of seasonal color, these landscape designs are a fall-lover’s dream.

PUMPKINS

I love, love, love this pumpkin border and think it would be a great idea for any size yard. These pumpkins happen to look really wonderful on a huge scale next to a huge bed of orange mums, but you could line your front walk with bumper-to-bumper pumpkins, keep the rest of your landscaping as-is, and have a show-stopping front yard that just oozes fall charm. [photo from Legally Blonde's Proceedings]

This bed of mums bordered by pumpkins is the epitome of Fall!

GRASSES

I love ornamental grasses in the late summer and early fall. They go from green and lush to golden and harvesty. [photo from Harmony in the Garden]

Native grasses look beautiful in an Autumn landscape.

ORNAMENTAL CABBAGES & KALES

Fall doesn’t have to mean boring earth tones! I love the colors and textures in this landscape, featuring rows of frilly, purple kale, mums in scarlet and white, vibrant green cabbages, and darling purple and gold pansies. [photo from Treehugger.com]

Rows of ornamental kale, mums, cabbages, and pansies look beautiful and bountiful.

GOLDENROD

The giant planter of goldenrod across the driveway from this house gives the whole landscape a rich, abundant autumn look. [photo from Blue Ridge Landscaping]

A glorious bed of goldenrod makes this home look amazing in Autumn.

BLACK-EYED SUSANS

Black-eyed Susans are a great flower for summer. They attract birds and add beautiful color to a flower bed. They also keep blooming through September, making them a great Summer-to-fall transitional flower. [photo from GardenDesign.com]

Some potted mums, black-eyed susans, and a bunch of corn stalks make this planter look beautifull Fall-ish!

POTTED MUMS

This idea is genius. Let’s say you already have your yard landscaped, and you really didn’t take into consideration how everything would look in the falll. And now that fall is here, your yard is still green and lush and beautiful. You can easily add the perfect little pop of autumn to your yard with some fallcontainers mixed into your landscape! These simple potted mums look great with the rest of the plantings in this yard, and add just the right amount of fallcolor. [photo from Laura Christensen]

Potted mums add air pop of Autumn to an otherwise summery landscape.


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