The legendary designer John Saladino said "The dining room is the last place where we have theater in our life." Hope all your holiday gatherings include lots of spectacle and magic that show your loved ones how special they all are!
Monday, December 28, 2009
One of our favorite design blogs, Style Court (www.stylecourt.blogspot.com), has written a post about how good design never goes out of style and says"...we'll continue to have fun recycling and reinventing, and expressing ourselves with eclectic mixes...". We couldn't have said it any better!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
This is simple and fun to make- buy a styrofoam wreath base at the craft store, hot glue on some tinsel and the prettiest glass ornaments you can find. We used vintage balls, bells, pine cones, and a Santa. Have fun personalizing it by varying the sizes and colors, even matching them to your room. And the more the merrier!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Ever wonder how they create the tableaux in shops and windows? There are some tips to remember.
First, odd numbers create tension- note the 3 wicker bottles which anchor the composition. Next, height creates drama- here lichen covered branches in free flowing shapes bring the eye way up on the diagonal. Which brings us to the next tip: forget symmetry, which creates a static composition. Here a whimsical effect was desired, so a free hand was the key (even the garland was draped a bit off kilter.) Repeat elements to create harmony- here the pine cones echo the woven wicker bottles. Then, contrast creates visual interest, so the white balls, snowflakes, center star, candlesticks and glitter houses play off the darker tones. The overall arrangement has an artistic feeling that pleases and delights the eye!
Friday, December 18, 2009
"" Simon Doonan of Barney's designed and coordinated the effort and Mill Valley florist Samantha Payne was one of 50 volunteers executing it. Payne described how ornaments from past years were reused but made new by covering them with magnolia leaf, and how pine cones from past holidays were repainted with an antique-gold finish. The decorations also included natural materials from the White House kitchen garden such as flowers, berries and dried roots. We applaud all their efforts!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
We're always talking about using natural elements in your decor throughout the year, and this of course is THE season to use nature to her full advantage in your home. This is how it's done at the Ralph Lauren store in NYC in the Rhinelander Mansion, where innovative arrangements are everywhere:
Fresh pomegranates, thistles, pinecones and branches of berries decorate a swag which in turn, adorns a portrait draped with ribbon. Note how they hung paintings and pictures from the bookcase - a charming way to display art.
And the best part - all of these natural finds can be culled from a walk in the woods or a stroll through the farmer's market...
Photos by Kit Latham for Mary Emmerling's Country magazine.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
A tray of vintage glass ornaments sets the stage for a statue draped in strands of pearls. Pink glass hurricanes hold candles and accent the pastel colors.
A statue also graces this composition of oyster shells and antlers mixed with pine cones and ornaments.
Icy colored wrappings with snowball pom poms highlight a pale blue and silver Christmas theme, along with pale, glittery mitten stockings.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Make up a story and have fun telling it through your decorating!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Since our motto is "use what you have", we hate to be wasteful after Thanksgiving and get rid of our pumpkins just because they're orange and don't work with traditional winter holiday colors. So we spray painted them gold, used them on our Thanksgiving table with other fall decorations:
and then transitioned them into our holiday mantle, mixing them with green garland, brass candlesticks, and gold balls - festive, fun, and frugal!