I think is going to be my first post where I claim the ‘holiday season is upon us’ — because I officially saw them rolling out the roasting pan displays and racks of Christmas decorations at Target last night!  I did a little DIY project a few weeks back to create a custom chalkboard and I think this idea is perfect for adding a little rustic touch to your holiday decorating. It’s as simple as this: I found the tree stump slices at Michael’s and painted them freehand with black chalkboard paint, leaving a little border around the edge to show some of the wood. I think they would be just perfect for writing out your holiday dinner menu on, sharing your signature cocktail recipe (like I did below) or even a thoughtful note about what you’re thankful for at Thanksgiving.

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Photography (Image 2) by Bring to Light Photography and Florals by Little Flower Cottage

I just came across this adorable breakfast nook from an old issue of Oprah magazine. I’m in love with the striped chairs, the over-sized chalkboard, and the mini-gallery of oil paintings. I actually have a similar table already and black and white kitchen chairs; all I’m missing is some vintage art to recreate this look. I’m going to keep this image in mind for summer flea market inspiration!

Image from Oprah at Home Winter 2007 via MaddieG Designs