December 19, 2014

5 Musts for the Perfect Christmas Table

It could be argued that Christmas dinner is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the day, and a feast fit for a king deserves to be put on a beautifully laid oak table. Whether your Christmas dinner is being made for a family of four or served buffet-style for a party, make sure it’s served looking its best with these five tips.

Pick a color scheme
It doesn’t matter if you’re going for a festive feel or a more contemporary look, pick a color scheme and stick to it. There is nothing more garish than throwing together clashing colors and hoping they turn out eccentric. Classic gold and silvers bring a touch of elegance to the table, whites provide a clean ‘Winter Wonderland’ feel and reds and greens really bring in the spirit of Christmas.



Choose the perfect centerpiece
Christmas is the time for pushing the boat out: no matter how small the table, there should be a centerpiece. If you’re after a simplistic look, choose candles or sleek ornaments to provide a focal point on the table without detracting attention from the food. Those who want to impress: the sky is your limit! Use candles, ornamental bowls and visual points with differing heights to add texture without cluttering up the table. The fancier the centrepiece is, the more simple the color scheme should be, as you don’t want to leave your guests dazed and confused.




Christmas crackers
Christmas crackers are a family tradition for many, but with the average cracker containing terrible gags, flimsy hats and naff gifts that will just end up in the bin, it’s time to step up your game. Homemade crackers are simple to make, and a great way of getting the kids involved in the festivities. You can choose a personal gift to go inside each cracker so you know everyone will get something they love, and put in a few real ‘dad jokes’ to get everyone grinning.



Bring out the fine china
Christmas only comes once a year, so why not use it as a time to bring out your fine china and expensive cutlery? Layering up your crockery allows you to show them off and air them out while creating a picture-perfect table setting.



Add a few Christmas touches
Whether it’s a sprig of holly, a sprinkle of snow or an angel topping the centerpiece, don’t forget to add a few Christmassy touches to the table. It will bring a smile to everyone’s face and add a touch of Christmas cheer.
 

Christmas dinner can be a stressful meal to cook, with the threat of undercooked or overcooked food and overcrowded ovens lurking at every corner, but once it’s all set out on your perfect Christmas table, it will be worth it.

December 15, 2014

Fab Find of the Day: Minted Stationery


I've always been a sucker for stationery, and the holidays are the perfect time for a paper lover like me. Minted is the perfect place to find everything from save the dates (check out their new collection) to the cutest New Year's cards at amazing prices. The site features a mix of design styles, too. So if you're into a traditional style or prefer a more modern design, there are certainly a good amount of options to choose from. I've placed a few orders over the past few months and have been very pleased.  My favorite Minted design for the new year is its "Family Year in Review New Year's Photo Card." You can snag them for under $2 each and it's a great way to inform your loved ones of the accomplishments your family has made over the past year. I rarely save cards, but if this one were mailed to me, I'd have to hang on to it.


December 9, 2014

Fab Find of the Day: Warby Parker Eyeglasses



Every once in a while, I have to step a bit outside of the home decor world to share my love of a product that's just so good. Warby Parker frames fall into this category. I don't wear glasses every day, so I hate to spend a crazy amount of money on frames I'll likely update every year or so. Warby Parker eyeglasses are affordable (they start at about $95), durable and come in a bunch of stylish colors that any blogger would love. Who wouldn't want their glasses to be just as stylish as their home?

Check out the brand's new Concentric Collection of eyeglasses and sunglasses. I especially love this Whistler Grey style (also shown above).

Photo: Courtesy of Warby Parker

September 19, 2014

What I'm Reading This Week


Yay for Fridays! Here's what caught my attention this week:
  • A Cup of Jo features a roundup of 15 career tips from women, and it's so good. [A Cup of Jo]
  • I still think about my two trips to Paris and How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are is a sweet reminder of these special vacations. It even has some decor-related tips, from organizing a bookshelf to setting a table. [How to Be Parisian]
  • Encourage the guy in your life to make his home a little more stylish. [Lonny]
  • This bright and airy home makes me want to move to California. [Homepolish]

September 17, 2014

The Beauty of Self-Adhesive Backsplashes



Sometimes you're unable to make permanent changes to your kitchen, and for those cases, a self-adhesive backsplash could be an option if you're hoping for a new look in your space. Wayfair carries these easy-to-apply tiles that simply stick on the wall and they come in a variety of colors. It's a great way to experiment without making a major investment.

Photo: Wayfair

July 24, 2014

Press Mention in ShopSmart Magazine


If you happen to snag the September issue of ShopSmart magazine, which is published by Consumer Reports, flip on over to page 34. I'm mentioned in an item called "Great design finds for $25 or less." So fun! Thanks, ShopSmart.

Fab Find of the Day: DwellStudio Urchin Gold Lamp


Black and gold is one of the most chic combinations ever. Whenever I spot this combo on a home accessory, I'm all over it. DwellStudio's Urchin Gold Lamp is the perfect example of how well this color scheme works. The lamp's black linen shade is a good balance to the base that makes such a statement. I wouldn't go with a pair of these lamps in a home. Just one on a sidetable is more than enough to add glam to a room.

June 17, 2014

The Ultimate Playroom

I love seeing a playroom outfitted with colorful accessories, and a must-have is a bean bag chair or ottoman for extra seating.

Photo: beanbagboss

I have my eyes on the orange design with white polka dots from beanbagboss. Polka dots are always a classic pattern and this orange design would be the perfect pop of color in a room of neutrals.


Photo: Pottery Barn

With kids’ rooms also come books, which means organization is key. A magazine rack or a shelf option like this one from Pottery Barn is a great way to display books in an orderly fashion. I also like the idea of using a woven basket to store these types of items.




Photo credit: Land of Nod

Land of Nod has some adorable wall art options for kids’ rooms that are super affordable. I’m partial to the pineapple and elephant prints, and am almost tempted to snag them for my own bedroom.

From bean bag chairs to wall art, there are so many accessories that you can find to make your child’s play space as fun as it possibly can be. Happy decorating!

May 16, 2014

What I'm Reading This Week


Whitney Port's Venice, California home

  • It's always fun checking out lists of design blogs, because there are so many great ones that I've never heard of and add to my list of must-reads. domino just released a list of the 26 best blogs. [domino]
  • I just came across these gorgeous photos of Whitney Port's home in Venice, California (see photo above). She does such a good job of layering patterns and textures. [domaine home]
  • T Magazine contributor Rita Konig documents wallpaper designer Marthe Armitage. [T Magazine]


Photo: domaine home

May 14, 2014

Follow Me on Dwell.com


If you're a lover of modern design that's accessible, follow me on Dwell.com. I'll be writing design features for the site, from renovations to decorating how-to pieces. Check out my first two articles with amazing renovation pics of homes in California and Florida. It's going to be tons of fun!

Photo: Courtesy of dwell.com

May 2, 2014

I'm Off to The Makeup Show New York


Decorating inspiration can come from so many different areas. Makeup is definitely one of them. That's why I'll be attending The Makeup Show New York this weekend to get inspiration on color trends and so much more. The show is filled with tons of exhibitors (think Jouer, NARS and Stila) offering products at discounted rates. I'm so excited. Get your tickets now. You'll love it.

Photo: Lancome, Chic Profile

April 25, 2014

Fab Find of the Day: Ikea's Ranarp Work Lamp


Ikea's Ranarp work lamp ($40) is proof that white home accessories don't have to be boring. The gold accents really make this table lamp special. I'll be snagging one soon!

March 28, 2014

What I'm Reading This Week


The Simply Luxurious Life always has the best tips. Check out these 22 pointers on how to create a beautiful home. [The Simply Luxurious Life]

Sarah Jessica Parker's home is gorgeous. That's all. (This is a video, by the way, but I had to put it in because it's that good.) [Vogue]

This New York apartment, owned by an architect, couldn't be any more perfect. [A Cup of Jo]

Cool furniture that could easily be spotted in a school. [Glamour]


Photo: domino

March 18, 2014

DIY Candle Vase


I recently interviewed Charlene Haugsven of the My Frugal Adventures lifestyle blog for WorkingMother.com to learn about her easy DIY candle vase idea. It takes no time to assemble and it is super affordable. Give it a try.

February 27, 2014

What I'm Reading This Week


Photo: Real Simple

From domino to Apartment Therapy, check out the decorating content that grabbed my attention this week.
  • Learn how to brighten your bookshelves with these three easy tips from domino and don't forget to pick up the latest issue of the magazine on newsstands now. [domino]
  • I wrote another article for WorkingMother.com. This time, I asked entrepreneur moms their keys to career success and I found myself reading the article a few times this week because their tips were just that good. (Yeah, I devour my own writing all the time. Ha.) [WorkingMother.com].
  • Better Homes and Gardens' Eddie Ross shares some of his home finds from the Rose Bowl Flea Market in California. [EddieRoss.com]
  • Eight simple, smart pieces of decor wisdom, including why hanging on to hand-me-down furniture may actually be a good move. [Apartment Therapy]

February 20, 2014

Fab Find of the Day: Society Social's 'Get It Girl' Throw Pillow


I had to laugh when I came across this "Get It Girl' throw pillow from Society Social. It's the perfect reminder to not take your decor too seriously.

February 19, 2014

What I'm Reading Right Now



Check out the design articles that have been on my radar this week. Happy reading!
  • Nine design partnerships that I'm watching out for [via Editor at Large].
  • Don't you want to know the 12 things Iman (pictured above) can't possibly live without? And by the way, she has a home line. [via ELLE Decor].
  • Photos of Brett Heyman's Manhattan apartment. Brett's the founder/designer of the Edie Parker handbag line [via Vogue.com]. 
  • I recently did a gallery roundup for WorkingMother.com of the best home accessories inspired by Pantone's Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid [via WorkingMother.com].


Photo: Nina Westervelt

January 15, 2014

WorkingMother.com Decorating Post


If you're in need of some super easy decorating pointers to freshen up your home, head on over this way to WorkingMother.com. Nicole Gibbons of So Haute shared some of her top tips with me for the feature. Enjoy, and happy decorating!