Have Yourself A Simple Little Holiday.

Andrew has been playing Christmas music on repeat for the last few weeks (as you may recall, I am married to the real Buddy the Elf) while I’ve been ranting about how early all the holiday decor has been put out (before Halloween I saw stuff out! WHAT!?) But now that we have snow in our forecast and Thanksgiving is looming I realize that it IS that time of year. I do love holiday time, it’s the only part of winter I can tolerate snow and cold temperatures.  I’ve had such a crazy fall that I’m hoping to have a SUPER low key holiday this year. Simple, cozy and streamlined.  So here’s some inspiration I am loving:










And here are some ways to create a similar feel for the holidays.  No need to go all green and red and tinsel-ly (but high five is that’s your jam).  I’m lovong thes


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Also, a public service announcement- I almost lost my MIND yesterday at CVS when I saw that Cadbury is now making Christmas Mini Eggs!?!?!?!?! No more waiting for Easter???

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  1. Beautiful! I especially love the addition of black and white. I hope you are able to relax and enjoy this time of year!

  2. They’ve had the Christmas ones for a few years in the Midwest now. Cadbury Mini Eggs are one of my fave candies of all time, and I love not having to wait until Easter anymore!

  3. High five for simplicity! I adore the look of a simple little “real” tree, despite my allergies to it.

  4. I was just browsing for Christmas cards this morning (trying to push myself into the spirit) and Vistaprint (surprisingly) have a couple that remind me of your book design (and would coordinate with this blog post). Congratulations on the success of the EOS book!

  5. I haven’t seen anything too Christmas-y around the city yet, but I’m sure I will very soon! These pictures get me excited for the season and to cozy up inside from the snow with hot chocolate and books! Sometimes I just love doing that.

  6. Just read your book (all in one day) couldn’t put it down! Please educate me on over dyed rugs. I saw that you mentioned it a couple of times in your book and then two days ago a rug dealer delivered a rug to the interior designer I work for and used it too. I want to find out if your explanation jives with his…he said it is where they take old rugs and revive them by dyeing them and giving them new life. What’a your take?

    1. I’m not Erin obviously but I don’t think that is correct. I have an overdyed rug and it was new. At least that’s what I was told at Safavieh.

      1. I’m (clearly) not Erin either but I think I can answer this question: over-dyed rugs can be both vintage and new. Originally, the over-dying technique was done on older rugs (many of which had been sitting in warehouses in Iran and the like during an extended embargo period) in an effort to make them more appealing to a younger market. Once the trend took off and designers and consumers alike were looking for over-dyed rugs in specific colorways, sizes and patterns, companies like Safavieh started to use the technique on new rugs.

        Hope that’s helpful!

  7. Forget Cadbury eggs, it’s pumpkin ice cream time. The only thing that saves me from eating an entire carton all by myself … well, aside from the brain freeze thing … is substituting pumpkin smoothies for at least some of those bowls of ice cream.
    One half cup frozen pumpkin puree, almond milk, pumpkin pie spice and YUMMMMM!

  8. Time to cozy up in your beautiful home and enjoy all of your hard works benefits. Love black and white and it is at the base of my Holiday decor every year. I can see you will be doing a sophisticated simple look which is perfect for you. I think Andrew and I came from the same cloth. I LOVE this time of year and my mind spins with ideas for Holiday decor, it is like a machine with no OFF button. I have two pin boards that you might like to look at for Christmas, Black and White Christmas and Christmas simplicity. Hope you get some down time now!!

  9. I love simple decorations! I believe the holidays are about getting together not the chaos. This post gets me in the mood, it doesn’t make me say “ugh” like the rest of the commercial world. Thank you!

  10. OMG those Cadbury mini eggs – I literally can eat an entire bag in one sitting. Adore your holiday inspiration – and I’m with you, the holidays are the only time I can stand the cold. Then it’s officially time to be a hermit and hide from the freezing temps!

    1. My Christmas is complete. Sure, your post was lovely, as always, but your info about CADBURY MINI EGGS is the most exciting Christmas news this Jew has ever had!! I’ll be serving them with my holiday dinners and consuming them with cold glasses of milk in my bed!!

  11. A thousand thank yous for featuring my ‘no peeking’ gift tags! They’re very close to selling out, and I have you to thank for that. You have a gorgeous blog.

  12. love this post– i’ve been listening to xmas music also for the last 2 weeks! the blk & white striped wreath has your name on it! i’ve slowly started decorating……….

  13. I LOVE everything about the holidays but I am just not ready to dive into decorating until after Thanksgiving. These inspiration pictures are pushing me in that direction though. I love that boxwood garland

  14. I just pinned that boxwood wreath the other evening and thought of you when I pinned it. It matches your book! I think I am going to copy the wreath for my front door.

  15. Oh I KNOW you are doing that wreath with the black and white ribbon in honor of your book! Maybe with a little bit of gold ornament for dazzle? Congratulations on a banner year!

  16. I have not been in the mood for the Holiday either, but after seeing and reading this blog post. I’m starting to get in the mood. Erin, you have beautiful taste and I love all the pictures you find. I have put your book on my Christmas List, but I don’t think I will be able to hold out that long.

    Keep up the great work and have a Wonderful Day!

    Marie at cmdesigngallery.com

  17. Love a simple, classic, holiday! Thanks for the Cadbury announcement, I secretly have a bag still hidden from Easter that I can break into this weekend…

  18. Ah Cadbury! I noticed them in our local CVS this week as well and may or may not have already scarfed down a bag of them.

    Technically speaking these ones are balls, not eggs. Which I have decided (after rigorous sampling — see above) is better — you get a higher ratio of candy shell to chocolate. And not waiting until Easter is a double bonus.

  19. Hey Erin- Such pretty photos. Just a technical issue, your blog header is now talking up about 1/3 of the page so I can’t see most full vertical images. Not sure if the is a problem for anyone else, but just wanted to let you know! xx

  20. Erin, you are a gem. I just read your book, and even parts of it to my husband! Just know that you came into this world perfect, and still are. Dig deep, and hold all that is true, close. Remember that all that happens to us, is for us. Congratulations on all of your success, own it woman! You deserve it! xob

  21. Same here..it’s going to be “lower key” for us…although, I will “tip” the boxwood, berries, etc. with a little antique gold paint….franki

  22. Thank you for this post. I have been thinking about simple holiday decor recently and struggling a bit. The second photo is terrific inspiration for our new house and helps give me a few new ideas. The snow in Belmont this morning certainly puts me in the mood for a little holiday cheer.

  23. Erin, is there any way you could share the source for the 4th photo down? I have to know where to get or how to make those gold and silver bows (on the charcoal gray paper) and will obsess until I do!

    Also WHY did you have to tell us about CHRISTMAS Cadbury eggs? This is a crime against skinny jeans everywhere! (But honestly, thanks…) :)

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