Honey, We’re Home For The Holidays

Last night we attended the much mentioned R Home For The Holidays event here in Richmond at the Virginia Historical Society and we returned home full of holiday inspiration. We were super flattered to score an invitation (due to our new “contributer” status at R Home magazine where we have a DIY decor column that launched in their holiday issue). And we were even more psyched to share a few tickets with some lucky readers. But fear not if you didn’t win or just happen to live far far away. We’re here to provide a virtual tour so sit back with a glass of egg nog and get ready to have a jolly ol’ time.

The event kicked off with a display of creatively decorated Christmas trees (many by local vendors, charities, and even college students). And each and every ornament got our holiday-planning wheels turning. Exhibit A: ornaments fashioned from festive rock candy. Reminiscent of colorful glittering icicles, we’re crazy about this yummy idea:

Hand sewn ornaments like these adorable critters are another sweet homemade way to create a cozy and cuddly atmosphere (you can snatch ’em up here or make some of your own). We especially love the cat hanging off of the tree. Me-owww.

Another one of our favorites was a tree decorated entirely with gorgeous printed and patterned paper. The festive strung bird garland struck us as especially doable, and even the paper flowers seemed somewhat easy to master. And this look is certainly one you can replicate on the cheap (paper’s a lot less expensive than glass, and you can pick up some of the decorative ones below right here).

This tree was inspired by the beach, and while we’re no strangers to starfish in our tree (click here to see some of last year’s holiday decor at our casa) we loved the simple and sweet idea of stringing up a postcard or two to commemorate favorite trips or even represent family that lives across the country.

This adorable & edible tree was created for Meals On Wheels, and featured cute pinwheel pasta ornaments and balls decoupaged with tasty product logos like Jujyfruits and Snickers.

And last but not least, this tree took a natural approach with feather and bird’s nest ornaments fashioned from ceramic and even wire. It was elegant, serene and understated- and heaven knows we love anything that’s white and ceramic.

There were also a few vendors peddling their wares as people perused the Christmas trees and got into the holiday spirit. We thought this creative use of a drawer-turned-basket (with a great glass pull) was particularly inspired.

And harkening back to our love of all things ceramic and white, we definitely laughed out loud when we feasted our eyes on these debutante deer statues. Hysterical.

After we enjoyed some yummy munchies (everything from sushi to mini cordon bleu bites) we then headed to the auditorium to hear speeches from none other than the fabulous Barbara Fairchild of Bon Appetit and the always charming Matthew Mead of Country Home magazine (who I actually worked with many moons ago in NY when I freelanced for CH).

They both brought down the house with funny annecdotes and insider info (Bon Appetit is already shooting Chistmas stories for their 2009 magazine! Matthew secretly creates fake magazine covers in the hopes that he’ll one day get his own!). And we especially loved Matthew’s hands on demonstration about creating fast and affordable centerpieces (using everything from coffee beans and macadamias to cherries and crab apples). We really got a kick out of his artichokes-as-placecard-holders idea, since we happened onto the same solution a few weeks back. All in all, it was thoroughly entertaining and we left full of seasonal spirit (but only metaphorically speaking- while there was an open bar, we didn’t over indulge).

And we even got to meet some of our readers. It’s always great to put a face to a name- er, comment ID. Here’s one of our grand prize winners LeilaMac who was sweeter than that brownie bite I’m showing off below.

And here are a few more readers who boldly marched up to us and introduced themselves. Gotta love making new friends for the holidays!

So that concludes our rehashing of the R Home For The Holidays extravaganza. We hope you’ve been inspired to dive headfirst into the holiday season. And if anything you’ve seen lately has you psyched for seasonal decorating, feel free to tell us all about it. ‘Tis the season to share and share alike!


  1. says

    Sherry – your artichoke placecard holder was oh-so-much-cuter than that one…it’s all about the stylin girl and yours rocked…that one just artichoked.

  2. Lisa says

    Oh boy, I think I *have* to have those ceramic debutante deer statues!!! Do you have any more information about where I can get them? Who the artist is? Anything? :)

    I tried googling “debutante deer” but, alas, nothing.

    Any info you have is much appreciated! Thanks!

  3. YoungHouseLove says

    Hey Lisa,

    Those debutante deer were being sold by Verve Home Furnishings here in Richmond. I’m sure you could give them a ring and find out how to snag a set. They are hilarious, aren’t they? Oh but we coined that name for them so you might want to describe them as white deer wearing clothes so they don’t wonder what the heck a debutante deer is…


  4. Lori says

    One of my favorite Richmond-area stores was at the event – Gather. Have you been there? Love it! I am curious what their display/tree looked like?
    I couldn’t go last night but thanks for the peeks!

  5. says

    That cat feltie ornament was by far my fav! It made me seriously think about picking up some felt sometime soon. It was great to meet yall last night!

  6. MaryB in Richmond says

    It was SO GREAT to finally get to meet you two! You are so seriously adorable we couldn’t stand it. (Donna says she wishes we could tell your parents how great you both are; now isn’t that just like a mom?)

  7. KK says

    Question: I want to click on the hand-sewn ornament link where you say “snatch them up here” but it’s not working. . . help. :)

  8. YoungHouseLove says

    So excited to have met all of you guys too! And so happy to share the holiday spirit with those who couldn’t be there in the flesh. Stay tuned for a lot more cheap and creative holiday decorating ideas…

    And so sorry that link wasn’t working KK, I think I fixed it but if not just go to quirkgallery.com (which might not have the felt ornaments on their site but will certainly take phone orders). Happy hunting!

    And speaking of hunting, we’re so glad you were able to hunt down those adorable deer statues Lisa. You have to send us pics of them in your home amongst all your other festive decorations. Wheee!


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