November 24, 2009

Pottery Barn's Thanksgiving Ideas

I just received my Pottery Barn catalog in the mail and I love their ideas for Thanksgiving. From cinnamon stick napkin rings to a candle in the shape of a turkey, they really do have it all. It's the little accessories that you incorporate into holiday table settings that make them special and memorable for guests.

Turkey Candle ($9.99)

November 17, 2009

Go for Checkers with MacKenzie-Childs

Oftentimes, many holiday get-togethers with family and friends involve board games. Checkers just happens to be one of my favorites. Try adding just a little more excitement and humor to your festivities this year by going with these black-and-white check pieces from MacKenzie-Childs. They're all painted by hand and are sure to be tons of fun for entertaining this holiday season--and even all year round.

I had the chance to see an array of pieces from the company's line at a special holiday event at its flagship store in NYC last week. The check products don't disappoint at all. Happy shopping!

Courtly Check Enamelware Pedestal Platter and Dessert/Salad Plates. A great way to serve all kinds of light appetizers. The dishes also have a jewel tone, which I find to be a nice surprise. (Platter, $85; Plates $28)

Courtly Check Placemats, Coasters and Napkin Rings. Carry the game theme right through dinner with this place setting. (Placemat, $60 for set of 4; Coasters, $22 for set of 4; Napkin Rings, $24, set of 4)

November 16, 2009

There's Beauty in Imperfection

I was thinking the other day about why the decor in my apartment works for me. It's not just because it's filled with family photos, treasures from vacations, pretty fabrics, and so on. It's really because there's an element of imperfection at work. You know what I mean. The artwork over the sofa hung just a bit too high. The rug that loses its cozy factor as each day passes. The stack of magazines in the corner. If this doesn't scream imperfection I don't know what does. Nevertheless, I love it all. It's what makes my home home.

To me, there's no fun if everything matches to a T, is always in place, and really just seems like a showroom or space out of a well-designed furniture catalog. Your home should be a reflection of your personality, and let's admit it, no one is perfect.


November 14, 2009

Isn't This Pretty?

How pretty is this lamp? I snagged it a few weeks ago at yet another flea market adventure. I'm still trying to find the perfect shade for it, which shouldn't be too difficult at all. The brass base needs some polishing as well. But my goal is not to make it look brand new, as to take away from its antique feel. That would defeat the whole purpose of buying this in the first place.

November 11, 2009

Christmas Tree Dilemma

Artificial tree from Ballard Designs.

I'm already getting into the holiday spirit, thinking about the type of Christmas tree to buy. Should I go for a live tree with that real Christmas smell or an artificial one? Growing up, we usually had an artificial tree and it never failed to please at that age. I doubt that I'd go for artificial now, though. I dislike the idea of having to store something like this year after year, as I'm on my clutter-free kick at the moment.

But there's also a lot to consider before buying a fresh tree. It needs tons of water and doesn't do very well in warm atmospheres (not good for me at all because the heat is always turned way up in my place). What to do? What to do?

November 10, 2009

Metropolitan Home Folds

It's always sad when a magazine folds, but it's even more sad when it's a title with such a rich history. Hachette announced that it will no longer publish Metropolitan Home, a magazine adored by lovers of modern design. The publication began as Apartment Ideas in 1969. In 1971, the title was changed to Apartment Life before being renamed Metropolitan Home in 1981. The December issue will be its very last.

November 2, 2009

In Style's Home Section

With domino gone, it seems like I've been doing more digging to find really good home decor features to read. The one place I often turn to is In Style's "Life, etc." section which showcases celebrities' homes. Stylish places owned by everyone from Jessica Alba to Vanessa Williams have been featured. Check out a selection of images from some of my favorites.

Amy Smart describes the decor of her home as "Cape Cod meets Hollywood bungalow."

Vanessa Williams in her Hollywood Hills home.

Alicia Silverstone in her eco-friendly house. I love the studs lining the chair!

Tommy Hilfiger's Connecticut home. Now this is what you call cozy.

More photos of stars' homes are on