Holidays – Part 1

I was out shopping last Friday and was disappointed to see that Thanksgiving seems to have been forgotten and we are sliding right into Christmas.  Noooooo!!  I love the spirit of Thanksgiving, to stop and be thankful for all that we have and that our needs are provided for.  Not to beat a dead horse, but even in these crazy financial times where many don’t know where and when the next regular paycheck will come from, we are still very fortunate to have family and friends that have our back and are many times our biggest cheerleaders, a roof over our head and abundance unknown in many countries.

My husband jokingly says that people are going to start inviting me to their parties just so I will bring enough food to cater the entire event.  In other words, I tend to go overboard!  I spent this afternoon planning our quaint little celebration.  Here are a few inspirational decor photos from

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I did the pear place card pictured above last year and will probably do it again this year.  Other than that for decor, I am going to get a couple yards of burlap as a table cloth and runner for the buffet, a couple of apothecary jars that can be used for Christmas ornaments as well and some ribbon and beads for napkin holders as shown in the last photo.  In my mind Thanksgiving is time for a rustic chic table, Christmas is the time for glitz and glamour.  I don’t celebrate Hanukkah, so another blogger will have to cover that one.

I hope to do a few holiday themed posts this year and would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.  Here is a poem that I printed and framed for the table a few years ago.  Hope in feeds your greatful spirit.

Thanksgiving Delights

On Thanksgiving Day we’re thankful for

Our blessings all year through,

For family we dearly love,

For good friends, old and new.

For sun to light and warm our days,

For stars that glow at night,

For trees of green and skies of blue,

And puffy clouds of white.

We’re grateful for our eyes that see

The beauty all around,

For arms to hug, and legs to walk,

And ears to hear each sound.

The list of all we’re grateful for

Would fill a great big book;

Our thankful hearts find new delights

Everywhere we look!

By Joanna Fuchs


About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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