Friday, November 25, 2022

Outdoor Christmas Decorating Sans Snow & Black Friday

Provence Poiriers

Most homes that are pictured decorated outdoors for the holidays show a dusting of snow. Personally, the only white I want for Christmas is white sand. And our white sand beaches here are spectacular. Although this home above is in Provence in France, with its stucco exterior and tile roof, it could be in Florida. 

Speaking of tile roofs, my tile samples for my new roof arrived Wednesday evening and I have looked at them a thousand times. I ordered all barrel profile tiles in terracotta - keeping it classic Old Florida which I love. Did you know that tile roofs originated in China? Most people associate them with Spanish architecture, but they were in China a thousand years ago. My roof is chinoiserie - LOL!

I don't think one can go wrong with keeping it classic with red and green for outdoor Christmas decorating. Poinsettias here in Florida can be used outdoors and garden centers are filled with them. Amaryllis too can be used here as an outdoor bulb. I have lots of topiaries in containers and I like the red bows with poinsettias at the base. 

Looking for ribbon for exterior decorating for your home? I like waterproof wired red velvet with a gold edge in a 2 1/2" width. This is 50 yards.

Wired Traditional Waterproof Red Velvet Ribbon

Black Friday sales of course are everywhere. I am doing my shopping on my computer. It is "in season" here and my quaint little beach town of Venice exploded in popularity during the pandemic after many magazines anointed Sarasota as the number one place in the country to retire. Alas, wonderful places don't stay secrets forever.

Here are some sales I will be checking out.

Tuckernuck is up to 30% off site wide with code CYBER.

Red Guipure Lace Blouse

Pamela Munson is 30% off with code 30FORYOU.

Isla Bahia Pearl

NEST is 25% off plus a gift with code FRIDAY.


Hill House Home is 30% off with code 30FORYOU. This chinoiserie print dress is by artist Diane Hill and I have it and love it.

Diane Hill Artist Edition

My favorite chocolates Frango Mints from Marshall Field's in Chicago were a family tradition growing up and are on a fabulous Black Friday sale - these make great gifts!

1 Pound Box Frango Mints 

Rothy's is having their Black Friday Archive Event with over 100 pieces at special prices.

The Point in Camel Captoe

J.Crew is 50% off plus an extra 10% off with code FRIDAY.

Scalloped Lace Top - available in 5 colors

Jack Rogers is 40% off including sale styles with code CHEERS.

Holly Embroidered Loafer

One of my favorite sources for home decor OKA is up to 70% off.

Han Chinese Cabinet

My favorite pj's Printfresh are 25% including sale styles with code peace.


Enjoy your day!


  1. The Frango chocolates are an amazing buy - and lots of varieties to choose from!

  2. Thanks for the heads up about the Frango chocolate mints. I bought several boxes last Christmas on your recommendation and they did not disappoint. In fact I’m a bit addicted now. Just placed an order. Great price point!

    1. The price has gone back up - glad you grabbed them!