It’s time to kick off the holiday season with one of my favorite things to decorate for during the holidays – beautiful tabletops! The holidays are my favorite time of year. I feel like there is a little magic in the air. When CB2 reached out to me this season to collaborate on a holiday tabletop I jumped at the chance to work with them once again – I worked with them on the CB2 Apt a few years ago. This season, CB2 is partnering with influencers across the country to have them design a holiday tabletop that will be displayed in their local CB2 store.
One of the best parts about this partnership – this entire tabletop for eight will be given away to one local reader here in the Bay Area. Details on how to enter are below! The winner will be announced the next day and everything will be shipped right away to enjoy for the holiday season.
It’s the weekend many of us have been waiting for when it comes to holidays sales – I have a love, hate relationship with it. But ultimately, who doesn’t love a good sale? Plus, you can sit back on your sofa with a big cup of coffee and avoid the lines. Some of my favorite places to shop are have HUGE sales now through Monday and I’ve round all of them up for you. So here we go!
Each season I buy a few key pieces for my wardrobe from Jenni Kayne – I adore their sweaters and I’ve been eyeing their new slippers. Now is the time to invest in a pieces because they are 20% off with code BLK20.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays – probably because it’s the official start to the holiday season. House start getting festive and there is magic in the air. One thing I love about the Thanksgiving holiday is the ability to play around with the tabletop – there are so many different branches, flowers and objects you can add to a table that are unexpected. Natalie and I came together to put together a simple, yet striking arrangement anyone could do – just snip some branches from you backyard, add in a few dried pieces and some roses from the store. Read on to see how Natalie was inspired for this stunning arrangement!
When it comes to pulling together an arrangement for Thanksgiving what should people look for?
The first point of inspiration I find is to coordinate with the other elements going on the table. Whether it is a family heirloom table cloth, your blue willow place setting, or even your beeswax candles, finding a color palate jumping point from the table is an easy way to start. My other tips are, keep your arrangement low if it is on the table you are eat at, or skip the table arrangement and do a statement piece on a side table and let the food be the main show of the table.
What did you use in this months Blooms in Season?
I feel like texture and color play a huge role in a Thanksgiving centerpiece – what are your thoughts on that?
I love something that feels very seasonal and isn’t overly floral. Using elements that are dried and non-floral remind us of the changing season.
With each arrangement you design you tend to have an element of surprise. Is this something you try to do to make them unique?
I love hearing that because that is something I take into consideration. With every arrangement I make I like to include something simply beautiful (in this case the rose) and either an unexpected element (the dried pieces) or a beautiful line found in the natural shape of the branches or leaves (the rose hips). I find people engage with an arrangement when there is a moment of wonder or surprise.
Any tips for readers that are pulling together their own centerpiece this week?
Use what you have in your garden or is easily accessible to you and then add one special feature bloom. You don’t have to buy a lot of components to make something special.
To get inspired by past Blooms in Season posts – click here.
I’ve been giddy with excitement to share the BIG reveal of Jackson’s new room with all of you. When Linda from Calling it Home invited to be part of this season’s One Room Challenge with House Beautiful, I knew exactly what room I wanted to design: redesigning Jackson’s bedroom from a nursery to a toddler room. It was a labor of love putting the pieces together for his room – I was my own client! I didn’t want it to look cookie cutter – I wanted to make sure it had layers, depth and texture and I couldn’t be happier with the result! It is a bedroom that shines with Jackson’s personality.
I began with the bed. I wanted a simple upholstered bed that I could spruce up with interesting textiles, pillows and linens. I began with a Helix mattress. It is divine and so easy to install – it arrived in the mail in a box! Nest step was bedding – I worked with SF based Coyuchi on putting together the perfect layered bed with their beautiful bed linens and blankets. It all began with a stripped wool blanket at the end of the bed, a simple white bedcover, and a gray striped pillow. The sheets are the softest flannel I have ever felt. A total enticement to sleep in his big boy bed!
Next, I knew I wanted the artwork to be made by Jackson. He is so happy when he is painting – especially when it’s a dance party with paint. He was fortunate to be able to create the paintings for his room at Heather Day’s studio. He is so proud of his paintings and points it out to anyone entering his room.
Moving to the wall color – I also chose Farrow & Ball paint in All White. Jackson’s room is darker than the rest of our apartment and the white has brightened the room considerably. I also lightened the room with an off-white and slate gray rug by The Mine. I added a table in the center of the room for creative activities, which is actually a coffee table. Jackson loves to read his books, draw, and of course play with his trucks on this table! I added a small stool and two pillows from Hollywood at Home to create seating for Jackson and his friends.
Finally, the pom-pom basket from Pehr Design is perfect to store all of Jackson’s basketballs. I had a custom basketball hoop installed on the wall. The recycled barn wood blends perfectly with the grey and blue tones of the room. And I am crazy about the pendants by McGee & Co. They add a festive spirit to the room. The small shelves next to the closet house a few heirlooms – old books, Jackson’s favorite stuffed animals, and his silhouette from a few years ago. Honestly, what makes me happiest about this room is that it is the perfect reflection of Jackson!
Be sure to check out the other ORC participates big REVEALS today! Each and everyone of these participates put in tireless hours designing, executing and putting the final details to share with all of you. I promise they won’t disappoint!