holiday decor

Our Thanksgiving

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This was our third year hosting Thanksgiving at Lil’ Spot and each year I feel like we get better at juggling all of the happy chaos. Here in New York it was a day filled with snowfall, turkey basting, pie eating and baby bump rubbing.

My two sweet sisters and brother-in-law were up from DC which made my day extra special. I can’t get enough of the times when the three of us are together. #reunitedanditfeelssogood

While I pampered the turkey and set the house up for guests, James worked hard shoveling snow and making a path for Grammy’s wheelchair. She arrived with Mom early in the day for hors d’oeuvres (cheese ring is fancy enough to qualify as an hors d’oeuvres, right?). We snapped pictures and compared outfits and after a few hours of fun she headed home, tuckered out and filled with love from her ‘grand-babies’, as she calls us.


Dinner was centered around our big ol’ turkey, of course, and conversation about music technology (from The Beatles vs. The Beach Boys to T-Pain and Auto-Tune). My Dad had just found an article about the Grateful Dead shows he produced back in the early 70’s and how they changed live music forever. (He’s pictured but not mentioned.)

After we filled our bellies with Mo’s Mac N’ Cheese and Dad’s Sausage Stuffing, James’ family arrived for dessert and aperitifs and things got cray-balls. We played a bazillion rounds of Heads Up (best free download ever!) and opened a dozen or so bottles of wine, including a special bottle of port from our wedding. Perfectly suited for this occasion.

It took a few days of movie watching and leftover turkey sandwiches to come down from the high of family, food and fun. We have a lot to be thankful for this year. Here are some snaps of the scene at our house.

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raised by design thanksgiving holiday table setting


raised by design thanksgiving holiday table setting

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happy hosts

Happy Hosts with an extra turkey in the oven this year!

I hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend too! Onto the next one!

Loveyoubye, Maggie

Halloween Friday LINKS!

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Happy Halloween! This is a holiday that I enjoy observing from the sidelines – happily handing out candy to little ones and watching cheesy Halloween movies at home. But however you like to celebrate, happy to ya!

This week’s mischief:

Loveyoubye! Maggie

9 Easy Halloween DIY Projects

We already talked about my lukewarm enthusiasm for Halloween. And we’re still friends, right? So here are a few Halloween DIY projects that are just about my speed. Most take a few hours, some a few minutes (!!) and all can be done with things you either have at home or can find at your local hardware or dollar store. Go get weird!

raised by design - 9 easy halloween diy projects


Top Row: ghost garland /// spirit jugs /// spider ice cubes

Middle Row: pumpkin party cooler /// mousy book cutouts /// trash bag spider webs

Bottom Row: spooky eggs /// candy corn wine bottles /// spider’s nests

Loveyoubye! Mags

13 Spooky Decor Buys for Halloween

I mentioned last week that I’m not much of a Halloween person. Might have something to do with peeing my favorite costume in a trick-or-treating mishap around 6 years old. Maybe, IDK.

But now that we live in Sleepy Hollow, where Halloween is kind of a big deal, I try harder to embrace this stiff as a board holiday each year.

Decorating is my favorite part of any holiday (obvi)…festive cooking next…dressing up dead last. Personally, I gravitate towards the more gothic halloween decor – the more frightening the better, I say.

If you’re looking for some ways to (tastefully) creep out your place for Halloween, I’m here to help. Below are some spooky things I’m loving that you can scoop up on Etsy. Easy peasy. Next week I’ll share a roundup of Halloween DIY if you like to get your hands dirty.

raised by design - halloween decor part 1 - 13 ways to add spooky decor to your home

Top Row from Left –  black triangle bunting /// frankenstein and his bride pillows /// vintage pumpkin card

Second Row from Leftvintage bird cage with creepy crows /// circle garland /// skull door knocker

Third Row from Leftvintage spider art print /// collaged crow girls /// gothic candle holders /// candy corn cushion cover

Bottom Row from Leftvintage ouija board /// vintage black cat centerpiece /// doll parts in pail

Loveyoubye! Mags