In the no man's land of decorating between Halloween and December 1st, I like to buy and display violets. I can put a grouping of five on a large tray in the family room or a just one in a pretty planter on the front table. The hearty blooms add just enough color and warmth in the dim light of November.
Violet plants are inexpensive, come in beautiful shades of pink, wine and purple and have leaves that seem appropriate in the cold weather (a delicate plant just won't do). I can easily move them upstairs when I start my Christmas decorating and best of all, they require very little care.
Have you given any thought to violets lately? They just might warm up that table in the den.