ReDESIGNS by Ava: It’s the Holidays… Company Is Coming!

“When guests arrive (even unexpectedly) never ever apologize for how your house (or your person) looks. 

It can make your guests feel unwelcome and like they’re imposing upon you.  Instead, wear a smile and be gracious and your guests will have a good time.”  ~ Betty Crocker (From Betty Crocker’s Hostess Cookbook 1967)

Unlike November 2020, I am hopeful the Covid virus will not keep me, or you, from gathering with friends and family this year.  As this season of Thanksgiving approaches, I am reminded of all the blessings in my life and am thankful.   Being a part of this wonderful magazine is one of those blessings and so are you.  To my wonderful clients who trust me to assist them in making decorating decisions for their homes…thank you! It is my pleasure to encourage you to create a beautiful home and I am thankful for the opportunity.

Giving thanks to God was so important to our forefathers that they made ‘thanks giving’ a national holiday.

As you gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving 2021, take time to honor the day with thankfulness and gratitude.

Do you have plans to share a meal with family and friends or have overnight guests during the upcoming holidays? With busy schedules and company coming, it can be hard to pull it all together. I love to keep our home ‘company ready’ but the truth is, that isn’t always possible….we live here!  If I know in advance that company is coming, I make grandiose plans in my mind but the closer their arrival time comes, I start prioritizing and just do ‘the necessary’ so that I can enjoy time with my guests.

With the holiday season  just around the corner many of you will be hosting guests whether for a family dinner, holiday open house, dinner party, or small group gathering.  The preparation for guests can be stressful because of all the things that need to be done.  Remember the fellowship is where the blessings are… thankful!

‘The necessary’ to help make your home presentable and inviting in a short amount of time:

  • Start at the front door by sweeping the steps and porch. Be sure to get down all the spider webs and wash the outside light.
  • De-clutter the foyer. Dust, add fresh flowers (even if it is clippings from the shrubbery in your yard), and turn on the lamp that sits on your foyer table.
  • Clean the powder room and the bath guests will use. Make sure the mirror is clean, a fresh towel is put out and there is soap by the sink.
  • Declutter the kitchen table and clean the counters. Put dirty dishes in dishwasher or hand wash.
  • Clean kitchen sink.
  • Take out smelly garbage.
  • Pick up and tidy living area. Dust coffee and end tables.
  • Make up beds and put dirty clothes in the hamper.
  • Vacuum main living area.
  • Open curtain and blinds to let in natural light.
  • Turn lamps on.
  • Light a candle that has a seasonal fragrance.
  • Prepare a snack/or drink.
  • Smile and enjoy your company.

Remember: a tidy uncluttered home looks clean even if it really isn’t.

“Our homes are our sanctuaries from the world.  Be thankful for them and the family, friends and loved ones who walk through the doors as they enrich our lives and feed our souls as no money or food possibly can.”  ~Author unknown.

Need help in making wise decisions for your home? Sometimes it just takes another set of eyes to see your home in a different light.  Whether you are working with what you already have or starting from scratch, ReDESIGNS by Ava can help.


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