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Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Merry Christmas!

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Hope everyone’s having a merry and bright day. Happy holidays from all of us at Design Public!

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

When Do You Start Haul Out the Holly?

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I’ve been hearing from many people that the day after Thanksgiving means it’s time to digest then head on up to the attic and haul down the Christmas decorations. I still struggle to find great images of those who can balance some traditional Christmas kitsch with modern style; they usually come in from some far-off Scandinavian land.

However, I think these holidays are one of those times when you can be as traditional, tacky or completely insane as you want, I mean, if your decorations are too minimal and too cool for school, you could find yourself featured on Unhappy Hipsters. Why not make your electric meter go around and around like the Griswolds, well, besides the expense and the waste of energy and all that stuff?

Do you immediately start de-tangling your lights and get your Yuletide on starting on Black Friday? Do you bust out your tacky Christmas sweaters? Start writing those holiday cards? Or have you been camping out at Best Buy? Do you whip out National Lampoons Christmas Vacation or It’s a Wonderful Life? Will the neighbors come after you with pitchforks if you use colored lights instead of white?Do you head off to the tree farm to pick the one with the least crooked trunk? Do you start to wrap gifts over the weekend or are you still recovering from a Black Friday tazering? Let us know what you do in the post-Thanksgiving haze in the comments section.

By the way, if your religion does not celebrate Christmas, I am sorry. The endless loop of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” playing in all businesses must be even more annoying for you.

  • Image 1 and 2 from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Warner Brothers
  • Image 3 from Sherman’s World
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Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Switching Up Your Fall Tablescape

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It’s officially November, which means those $8 billon worth of Halloween decorations Americans bought need to come down and it’s time to start thinking about your fall-to-winter tablescapes. Whether you’re hosting a large group of family and friends for the big day or are just looking to switch up your look for the fall/winter transition, here are some ideas for dressing your table and serving your guests.

Get woodsy with some faux bois:

Chilewich Rectangle Faux Bois Placemat, set of 4

Mix your metals. Here, a pitcher with a brassy-gold patina reflects the silver placemats. The simple arrangement of colorful leaves ties everything together:

Modern Twist Studio Placement Grain – Silver on Gray

Bring in the cranberry reds! This is a color that will take you from autumnal tablescapes to holiday tablescapes with ease. A rich red runner and/or placemats can stay on the table while centerpieces and place settings are switched out for different occasions.

Chilewich Basketweave Runner

Get a little tipsy: Freak your friends out with these swirling liqueur glasses that oxygenate as they rotate.

Sempli Cupa – Shot 2

Make sure you have platters in an easy-access spot. Grab fun seasonal ones for passing out those hors d’oeuvrs and sugar cookies:

notNeutral Season Serving Plate

Let there be (candle)light!  Whether you like simple tea lights, Grandmother’s candelabra, hurricanes or something more whimsical, candlelight is the final touch for party ambiance, especially at the dinner table. Right now I’m enjoying the modern lines of these bronze plated steel candlesticks, and their unexpected heights; they range from 15 inches to 58.5″:

DESU DESIGN Parallel Stem Candle Pedestals

How will you be dressing your table in November? Please share with us in the comments section!

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Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Decorating for a Modern Holiday

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It’s time to start planning decorations for a modern holiday. One of my favorite Thanksgiving posts of all time was written by Dwell Studio’s founder, Christiane Lemieux awhile back. You can revisit it here. Here’s a little teaser:

Since I didn’t grow up with all the trappings of an American Thanksgiving, I felt free to create my own tradition. On this holiday, the meal itself will be the center of attention, so you don’t need to do much in the way of decorating. The rich cranberry red, the warm orange of pumpkin and sweet potatoes, the perfect honey brown of a crisp turkey — it’s already a gorgeous color palette.

She let the food be the star of the show by using beautiful monochromatic linens. It’s such a nice balance:

Thinking ahead to Hanukkah, how happy are you with your menorah? If you’re looking to break with tradition and try something more modern, there are tons of options out there. I love this organic one from Flickr member Less&More:

I also love the simplicity of this understated menorah by Josh Owen:

Thinking ahead to Christmas, we’re finding inspiration from our Fresh New Spaces Group on Flickr. Thanks to Flickr member citrusandorange for switching up our ideas about sticking with red and green:

Branches and beautiful vintage ornaments in unexpected colors make for beautiful vignettes.

Speaking of vintage, Flickr member Electica Miamiadded ths fun vignette, which makes me feel nostalgic for my old Flexible Flyer:

Flickr member Peezeth knows how to keep things minimal, sleek, and subtly festive:


Flickr member 1richtungsblog kept things limited to gold and white, adding sophisticated holiday style:

How will you be decorating for the holidays? PLEASE share your photos from the past and present with us in our Fresh New Spaces Group, or share links in the comments section to wherever you have them posted online.

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Happy Flag Day!

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Americans, are you flying your flag today? It’s too rainy where I am right now, but I’m thinking about it.

Image by Philip Clayton-Thomas/Blackstone Edge Studios via Houzz

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