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Thursday
Dec182014

bring IT......................

 

to the table!

(martha stewart living)

i am fi-nal-ly done christmas decorating (yes, a case of the cobbler's kids have no shoes,...) ! now, that 527 is trimmed-up, it's-time-to-entertain! doing it casual here. i have had this image since for--ever; this is the type of shin-dig i love to do. simple, satisfying, attractive, & liberating for the hostess (moi),.............

~this year's IT noshing = the charcuterie cheeseboard~

 

~an aside: one thing i'm always conscious of --whether designing a room or planning a party-- is tapping into all the senses,.........

"all the arts are based on the senses,......" henry moore~

what does warm, comfortable, inviting, relaxing, and fun smell, taste, look, sound, & feel like?

 ...a cozy wood fire crackling, the scent of a fresh pine xmas tree, tiny white lights sparkling about, earthy candles glowing, a classic xmas soundtrack streaming, and friendly chattering, hearty laughter,.....

 #1-- the ingredients, whatever is to your liking, these are mine:

  • cheese varieties:-- soft (brie), aged (sharp cheddar), blue (stilton),... *take cheese out 1hr before 
  • cured meats-- salami, chorizo, prosciutto,...
  • starch-- assorted artisan breads, bread sticks, crackers,... 
  • fruit & veg-- red grapes, fresh halved figs, cornichon pickles, artichoke hearts, dried cranberries,...
  • small crunchy garnishes-- walnuts, sunflower seeds,...
  • spreads-- grainy mustard, tangy chutney, herbed mayo, evoo,.....

...oh and the wine, of course (whites, reds, & bubbly)

... add on fresh herbs like rosemary sprigs & sage~

#2-- the foundation:

  • gather all your cutting boards-- the more rustic & patinaed the better.................

...etsy is a good source as well as local homegoods, pier1 & target

#3-- layer and stack:

  • this adds interest but function as well-- guests can see all that is offered (as opposed to one flat plane-- there is no where for the eye to rest)...........

...set out a separate knife for each cheese~

...drippingly fresh honeycomb slices, omg!

#4-- gotta have a linen component

  • as an under layer, think unbleached, raw linen, muslin, burlap, vintage hemstitched cotton, even a tartan throw will do (think rustic, unfussy, natural)... AND it's always a nice touch to provide fabric cocktail napkins...........

..no need to spread your tablecloth out, swirl it & swath it~

...perfect red & winter white vintage tablecloth (i am lucky to have some of these from my grandmother :(

...i did say, "rustic"~

...tartan speaks winter, seasonal, festive-- and on trend~

 

#5-- and if at all possible real, stem ware, goblets, tumblers, app plates, & utensils:

  • touch is so important........

...love this festive tableaux~

...the burlap tones down the cute-factor~

..this pict is much the way we do IT-- we have a large walnut butcher block island; i lay it all out there

 

Soooooooooooooooo,

 

and bon apetite!

ps. don't forget the mistletoe................................................

 (all images)

Monday
Dec152014

in lieu of,..........

this friday's fab five, i bring you a much over-due musings (click on to be directed to this page) that exemplfies the meaning of this...

"They say that some people come in our life as blessings and others as lessons, but to be specific and precise only simple and humble people with the utmost simplicity in their lives only come as blessings in a person's life." ― (Anuj Somany)

 

Friday
Dec052014

the stockings were hung by the chimney with care AND,..........

fresh greens, candles, fairy lights, mirrors, xmas balls, banners and on, & on & on,..............

ps. just don't ask me to make a bow,... i'm a colossal failure!!!! you will see no bows anywhere in my xmas decorating,... unless mom makes them for me (thnx mom)!

..................................................i aspire!


#1-- vintage to modern......

  

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#2-- rustic to glam........

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#3-- traditional to non-traditional elegance.......... 

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#4-- minimal to maximal,.................

 

~

#5-- ok, ok, okay------ what if we don't have a mantle to decorate? here ya' go,....

a fireplace, just no mantle......

no fireplace, no mantle,.....

sky's the limit........

now,... i'm off to decorate our mantles (yes, we have two fireplaces in our house-- lucky me) & filled with inspiration,........ CAN'T WAIT~

...this one just Jazzes me in every way,... & the sleeping dog may have something to do with it~

~have fun andHappy decorating~

Friday
Nov212014

BLACK.

a color i live by,...

--my closet: a sea of black, my daily uniform............

--my home: black moments scattered throughout............

--my design mantra: add touches of black to give rooms substance, grounding, sophistication-- that exclamation mark in a room................

YET, black painted walls? hmmmm,...i have not-- neither on the home front nor in any client's homes, as YET! (have done black accent walls, black interior doors, black wallpaper).......

a quick share, my back-in-day black room experience: a friends' older brother (a total hippie & a charles manson look-alike) lived in his black bedroom w/crazy black-light velvet posters tacked to the walls (& of course, all the accoutrements: a beaded curtain door, musky incense wafting,..)-- it was just plain old creeepy to me! NEVER, i said...........

 

...really, these were plastered all over even on his ceiling!

and just yesterday, cool goth was trending,...

on-point & happening now: black rooms,... take a look, let me know what you think: yes, no, maybe?

#1-- bedrooms: a logical spot; dark rooms are sleep-inducing.........

...i spy mustard yellows~

...there's NOT one uncool piece to this room: a gilded framed-chalkboard as headboard & love the mistletoe hanging,... a sexy idea~

a girl's room

a boys...

...a bob dylan poster & framed, a yes,~

& without getting all rosemary's-baby on you-- a nursery,...

...sweet & simple wall art~

 #2-- dining rooms & kitchens are a close second, no-brainer.........

...ebony floors, blk lattice print wallpaper, lots of bling & reflective sparkle~

...instead of one large centered chande-- three blk pendants in a similar size & design is unique~

...black with some rusticity warms things up, not-to-mention a roaring fire~

...an astute mix of vintage & modern, yesssssss~

...that prouve wall lite is to die for-- it doesn't always have to be a chandelier~

...clever use of blk chalkboard paint gives off a suede-like, matte finish & comes in extremely handy~

#3-- the bath........

...a mix of metals (a shout out to brass, esp), those herringbone bones floors & the claw foot~

...uniquely shaped brass framed mirrors add warmth~

..that white marble double floating sink, 'nuf said~

#4-- the living room.......

...a suspended rope swing espouses casual & a come-hangout vibe~

...touches of pink pop~

...elegant mustard yellow panels flanking the windows~

...the ultimate by windsor smith-- a ping pong table, a fireplace & round side table for drinks & apps because WE LIVE IN LIVING ROOMS~~~

#5-- the office, the entry.........

...think about adding natural greens to a black painted spot for a touch of friendliness~

 

...i'm just a sucker for old frames,... & my collection is taking up much needed real estate in our attic~

 

..chalkboard paint once again & that gallery wall tells a story of the people who live there~

..this is one small off space yet feels larger than it is thnx to white trim & ceiling~

...natural wood accents & no-brainer chalkboard paint~

...quite luxe-- glittery chande, leopard, brass, velvet~

...a really creative use of hangers & loving this office nook!

if this post has you running to the paint store for a gallon of black paint, here are my go-to's (fyi: black, like white, has many complex shades):

quiet home's vintage tux, farrow&ball's pitch black, benjamin moore's jet black, & sherwinn william's tricorn black.........

~try a ittle BLaCK MaGIC-- it is ONLY paint

 

IT'S coming soon-- i'm already listening to christmas music!

~HAPPY almost BLACK FRIDAY~

 

 

Friday
Nov072014

it's baaaaack,.............

 

macrame!

as a child of the '70's, i grew up with dark-wood walls, our living room bay-window was filled with suspended macrame planters that overflowed with ferns, philodendrons, spider plants and --i kid you not-- two macrame swings hanging from the ceiling beams! AND those were my favorite seats EVER! we were a pretty with-it home!

 

and,... i even had one of these guys--

  

...in thinking back, most of my neighborhood friends had at least one of these hanging in their house!

ok,... so this may be over-the-top, even for the '70's! ...check out the shag & naugahide sofa (we had one of those too)!!!

in the world of design everything old is new again,... yes, the '70's is making a comeback (ie. mustard yellow, last week's post & copper prior post)! honestly, even back in the day, i didn't really LOVE macrame-- except for those swinging chairs!!!! well, i may have had a macrame belt, a bag,.... but that was the extent. seemed like the macrame pieces were dust magnets and quickly looked grungy!

fast-forward 2014-- and there's a new twist on macrame in interiors....

 

#1-- planters, but of course........!

 

...neon pink makes this macrame all new~

...ceramic, leather, & rope-- yes!

...updated with geometric styling,.. how'd they do that?

#2-- swinging chairs,... so fun and it would definitely add a whimsical, playful touch!

anthropologie sells this one!

...urban outfitters has a similar version

don't dig swinging from above? then, you can plant your feet ground level in a hip rocker version

...i like the mix of colors which cold add some excitement to a space~

#3-- window curtains, door curtain, room divider,....

...this one is so pretty & tidy-- like! fyi: this is crafted by sally england, artiste!

#4-- creative thinking,....

...this macrame shade would shed macabre shadows on your walls~

...and macabre macramed hair ( steve mccurry photog)~

 ...super-cool minimalist lighting idea, minus the spider plant!

...an organic-styled tablescape~

...soften & add texture to your wood floors,... (a doily on steroids, hmmm!)

#5-- wall hangings-- definitely where macrame shines,.......

ok,.... just joking!

...ahh, this is more like it! love as a headboard laid upon a black wall~

keeping it simple & clean-- love!

sally england, again-- really gorgeous pattern,... this feels fresh to me!

...naturally dyed & asymmetrical shape-- yes! this is in the Ace Hotel, London~ 

...lobby @ Ace Hotel~

whoa,....a show-stopper (owl love)!

andy harman, artiste-- big big $$$

ok, so who else but jonathan adler & simon doonan (at their shelter island vacation home)!

...against black brick-- enthralled!!!

taking it back down a notch,......

...sorta dream-catcher, anyhow, i like fresh take-- dip-dyed, circular framing~

 

...blue & white roping, thumbs-up! ...oh, & another trend: the dark-painted walls (that,... i'm all on board with!)


...DIG?

 

...out there, ev-er-y-where!