Last spring, I had the pleasure of meeting Laurie of Elsie Green House & Home when she was selling her beautiful French wares at the Remodelista market. I immediately felt at home with the items she collected from markets throughout France – stunning monogrammed napkins, restaurant silver, bed linens of natural linen, and incredible rustic cutting boards. We decided for the holidays to have a gathering using her treasures. Nothing says December like having a table with delicious homemade desserts and greenery from the forest. I took a small wreath and placed it on the candlestick for an easy centerpiece. Lately, I’ve been loving a moody table and this one takes me back to my childhood during the holidays.
If you have a chance to visit Laurie of Elsie Green at her shop, I promise it won’t disappoint. I left with a huge basket filled with priceless goodies for my home as well as the homes of my clients. Stop by and see the jaw-dropping collection of French antiques and accessories. It’s definitely worth a journey – you’ll find things for yourself and gifts for friends and family. I would be thrilled to have anything in the store and I’m sure you would too.
We all have a special guy in our lives – whether it’s your hubby, brother, dad, grandpa, or a close friend. Sometimes I find shopping for the guys either incredibly easy or I have a hard time figuring out what the perfect gift is . . .
When shopping for men I always think about what they love – either hobbies, interests, sports, the list goes on. There is a part of me that wants to only get the basics but this year I’m trying to pick things that are a bit more exciting than the usual “let’s replenish your closet” type items. I’ve pulled together some of my favorites that will hopefully help inspire a gift for the men in your life.
Today it’s all about the ladies in your life. Sometimes I find shopping for my favorite gals is the hardest shopping of the season. This year I thought about what they love and what would be on my wish list. Sometimes it is easier to buy for them off my very own wish list, which is above. There is nothing better than a new robe to curl up in or a new clutch to take out on the town. I hope this helps you figure out what to get the special ladies in your life.
With our family spread across the globe, we often find ourselves on an airplane during the holidays. Finding gifts that are easy to pack or send that can also bring us closer together, is what made Shutterfly the perfect destination to find gifts that would be loved and cherished by our family members.
What to give so many of my friends and family was a whole lot easier this year. Since Jackson will turn one year old in December, gifts celebrating his first year of life seemed perfect. We were able to make calendars for our family and document the special moments of the year – first smile, two adorable teeth starting to show themselves, and his first visit to buy a pumpkin. We uploaded all of our favorite photos of Jackson and instantly into calendars for 2016. We chose 2 of the Modern White Wall Calendar and 2 Classic White Wall Calendars. They very nearly turned me into a teary mom – how could my baby grow so quickly? As I wrapped them, I added a personalized Adventure Awaits Luggage Tag for a more personalized package.
For my own needs in and around the holidays, I chose to create the Gold Leaf Wreath Thank You Card, Address Stamp, andFlurries Postage Stamps. The quality of the paper is excellent – and the stamp is so easy to use – saving you time at this busy time of year. Probably my very favorite item are the postage stamps with a photo of the three of us! What a special surprise to add to your holiday correspondence.
I was able to chronicle the first year of Jackson’s life in several photo albums for the grandparents. It’s always so difficult to know what to get for them and these are something I know they will treasure. I chose three books: the Everyday Watercolor Photo Book, the Modern White Photo Book, and the Simply Black Photo Book. They were so easy to put together and worth the effort.
I think I’m a child at heart, as I definitely get excited as the winter holiday season approaches. I love when the air begins to have a bite to it, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and even the darker days as of winter approach. I find this is the perfect time to enjoy the holiday season with gatherings of both family and friends. This year, we will have extra reasons to celebrate with Jackson turning one in December. I’m already planning how to change up my décor throughout the holidays to keep it fresh and new.
I’ve teamed up with Pier 1 to decorate my entry three different ways. The entry is an easy place for you to restyle and have a little bit of fun in the process. One thing I like to do is decide what my theme will be. In this case, I decorated my entry three different ways: Winter Solstice Party, Christmas Traditions with the Family, and Champagne Festivities. You’ll see even more details in the video I created with Pier 1 below that I’ve remained true to my love of a neutral palate in all three cases. It definitely got me in the holiday spirit!
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First Look – Winter Solstice Party
This décor is perfect to celebrate the shortest day of the year. The twinkle of candles, stars lights, and ornaments will give you the perfect start to a party that pays tribute to our long winter ahead.
Second Look – Christmas Traditions with the Family
Growing up, one of my favorite memories were the traditions we did together as a family – the cookies we baked, the crackers that launched our festivities, and always bringing nature indoors. All of these were key elements for making this time of year special in our house. I wrapped our gifts in birch paper that adds texture and keeps with the neutral tones of my décor. Remember, when you have a neutral palate, you need to be sure to have texture and a variety of shapes to keep the look interesting.
Third Look – Champagne Festivities
Whether you are planning a small soiree with close friends or a huge blowout celebration for New Year’s Eve, champagne never disappoints. In this entry arrangement I decided to create something called the landscape effect, where the items displayed go up and down. I loved adding a bit of whimsy into this by having ornaments hung on branches. This is something you can also easily recreate in other rooms of your house.
Now it’s time to gather all of your favorite people together and let the holiday festivities begin!