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Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Simplifying the Decorating This Christmas

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How on Earth is it the last weekend before Christmas already? If you’re like me, you’ve barely begun to decorate, much less wrap your gifts or get cards out. Don’t fret. If you’re getting your home ready for relatives and friends, you can whip a little something into shape like you’re Martha Stewart with minimal effort. Here are a few ideas.

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Use your beautifully wrapped gifts as decor. This kills two birds with one stone. Brown paper packages tied up with string, accentuated with something simple — pom-poms, a colorful ball ornament or just a cute tag will show your giftee you put the effort in, and before they rip it open, it can serve as a decoration. If you are consistent with how you wrap, a grouping of coordinating packages makes a nice vignette.

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When the bough breaks … put it in a jar of water. Whether you forage in your yard or for scraps at the Christmas tree lot, small branches from spruces, pines, cedars, firs or other evergreens make a simple and modern holiday accent.

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Adding one of these small accents to the powder room will make it look like you’ve put a lot of effort into decorating the whole house, even when you haven’t.

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Speaking of branches, a bundle of bare ones will do. Look at how lovely this little bucket looks. Hang ornaments, snowflakes, red pom-poms or anything else that fits. While these are spray-painted silver, you don’t have to get that schmancy. Plain old sticks will do.

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Yards of ribbon. Whatever you’re hanging, make it stand out more by hanging it from a long length of lovely ribbon. We suggest red, gold, silver or green.

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Use your existing glassware. This simple tablescape is beautiful and modern, thanks to limiting the centerpiece to clear glass flutes and votive holders and a few simple evergreen accents.

Photo credits: 1) via rurrococo.com 2) via lottaagaton.blogspot.com 3) via design-crisis.com 4) via celebrations.com 5) coloramaboligdromme.com 6) by Thomas J. Story via sunset.com

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Friday, December 21st, 2012

Holiday Cheer

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Hey All! We’ve been having fun playing around with all the fun Holiday stuff on Pinterest and finding a range of images for our Holiday Board. My personal favorite is this holiday bouffant, topped with a star that looks like it’s made out of meringue. I wish I knew more about it and the lovely lady who is rocking it but unfortunately as is so often the case on Pinterest,  the links lead to nowhere:

I’m also loving this vintage magazine cover art from the 1950s; it makes me nostalgic for a time … when I wasn’t even alive … whatever, it’s super and I love that font!

I also admired  this sweet gold-dusted pinecone garland from The Sweetest Occasion blog, to make your own, see the full instructions here.

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This snowy green trailer-scape is one of the cutest holiday pics around the Pin Boards this season. It makes me want to put on my snow pants and plop myself down into that foot of snow on the Adirondack chairs!

For a list of stunning trees, check out Peachy Green’s 15 Most Beautiful Christmas Trees in the World. This one is my favorite:

Finally, if you are feeling more bah humbug, just watch this video of the most powerful bridge in the world, crank up the Rocky tunes in the background, laugh and maybe even start running in place. It will do you good, I promise! I extra love it when the trucks just keep on going, oblivious to the fact that they have just lost their top layer!

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Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Around the Web This Week: From Fab Offices to Sparkle

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1. First of all, I’m happy to announce that Design Public has finally jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon. Be sure and follow Design Public on Pinterest! Who do you like to follow on Pinterest? I haven’t had a lot of time to delve into it, as I know it will be a huge time sucker, but right now I’m loving checking out Tobi Fairley’s pins.

2. Speaking of pins, a great place to find pin-worthy images of places that are available for you to rent is Airnb. We love the images of their new offices that we spied over at Office Snapshots:

The spaces are incredibly dynamic and diverse; one great pairing is this super-sleek white meeting area that uses Panton Chairs by Vitra. I love the contrast between the space above and the space below, which has some vintage granny chic happening. A way cool granny; one who hung out at The Factory back in the day but who also likes to get comfortable with a cat in her lap:

This is just a teaser; be sure to check out the full post for all of the surprising and beautiful spaces within their offices.

3. I loved getting a peek in Jamie Wyeth’s studio in Preservation magazine this month. I’ve admired the island it’s on from the shores of Tenant’s Harbor, Maine, many times, from the wonderful East Wind Inn, which has the most out-of-control, delicious coconut cream pie on the planet. By the way, when you become a member of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, you receive this beautiful and informative magazine.

That island to the left is Wyeth’s, the view is from the East Wind Inn’s porch. Wyeth gave the owner some wonderful work to decorate the beautiful dining room.

4. We’re keeping our eyes open for new ways to decorate for the holidays, and freshome has a great feature this week: 10 Ways to Bring Sparkle Into Your Holiday Home. One of my favorite things about the holidays is sparkle!

5. I’d like to give a shoutout to Brittany at Curvy Girl Guide for including the ever-squnchy, super-comfy, and always cute Fatboy in her fabulous Gift Guide for Kids! Also, I really wish they would make those Metallic Mocs for tots in adult sizes. They are the coolest! Here’s a peek at her picks, head on over to Curvy Girl guide to grab the links and order her recommendations.

What have you been checking out on the web this week? Spotted any great holiday decorating ideas or outstanding gift guides? 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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Friday, December 10th, 2010

Flickr Faves On Fridays: Neutral Holiday

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We’re loving the latest photos posted to our Fresh New Faces Flickr Group by The Style Files- perfect for those who aren’t all about the green and red! Thanks so much Danielle!

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images via The Style Files on Flickr. To see more of The Style Files, check out the gorgeous blog here.

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