We love Thanksgiving at Horizon Stone! It is a wonderful time of the year. Family time, football, and food – an amazing combination! Add in some shopping after the big day, and you have something to please everyone. However, the holidays can also be a little stressful between preparing your home for visitors, cooking and baking duties, and then add all of the activities and events. Here are some of our best tips for getting ready for the holidays while minimizing stress. 

A Welcoming Entryway

Pumpkins and chrysanthemums add beautiful autumnal color and texture to your front door and porch. A specially selected wreath to coordinate with those decorations makes a welcoming statement. Wayfair offers many varieties of wreaths to suit your decorating tastes. A trip to your local florist or nursery provides the opportunity to incorporate fresh seasonal flowers.   If you’re feeling crafty, there are many DIY options available like this cute turkey wreath.  Or round up your girls for a ‘paint and sip party’ night at your local art store to create your new front door display!

Focus on the Fireplace

A glowing fire offers soothing heat, warm ambiance, and encouragement to sit and visit for awhile. The pumpkin theme can be continued inside to add welcoming touches to your home. Integrating cozy pillows, snuggly blankets, and pumpkin-scented candles by the fire all promote a compelling setting to slow down and appreciate the family time. Or if you are lucky enough, the rare quiet moment to just enjoy a cup of coffee while you wait for everyone else to awaken.

If you are ready to update your fireplace, there are plenty of eye-catching options. Some of our favorites include Horizon Stone’s Mossy Creek that provides a classic stone and brick design to enhance your interior. For a more neutral color palette and a timeless look, this fireplace using Harbor Bluff makes a stunning statement. The Hermitage selection adds a unique texture that will complement any decor.

Guest rooms

If you are having out of town guests for the holidays, there are several ways to enhance their visit. A care package of travel-size toiletries for any forgotten items is helpful. And wifi passwords and instructions for the TV can keep your guests feeling like they never left home. Real Simple offers some other great tips to help welcome your visitors.


When it’s time to head outdoors to enjoy your patio or porch, Southern Living offers many recommendations to deliver a stunning statement for your home. These suggestions from House Beautiful will help create the perfect outdoor environment for the holidays. 

We love extending our indoor living areas into the great outdoors. People are spending more time outdoors with expansive patios, outdoor kitchens, and firepit areas.  This alluring patio using Horizon Stone Craftsman Cottage in color Shenandoah encourages you to watch the game and cheer on your team. If you’re looking for the perfect blend of sun and shady areas to relax, the craftsmanship on this patio works gorgeously.

Connect with a Professional 

If you are contemplating pre-holiday changes to your home using stone veneer – from your home exterior to the interior fireplace- Horizon Stone would love to help. Depending on the size of your job, you may feel more confident working with a licensed architect or contractor.  A professional will work with you to fully execute your vision, from conception to execution. Check out Horizon Stone’s list of trusted Distributors to get started.

We have given you some of our ideas for preparing for the holidays. What are your recommendations? Once your house is ready for the holidays, we’d love to see the before and after pictures and feature them on our website.  Please share them with us on Instagram.  We can’t wait to see your vision using Horizon Stone products!