“I have been looking on, this evening, at a merry company of children assembled round that pretty German toy, a Christmas Tree. It was brilliantly lighted by a multitude of little tapers; and everywhere sparkled and glittered with bright objects.” Continue reading
I love a good story. If there is a history to something or a tale of triumph related to it, I’m all in. I’m buying what you’re selling.
(Full disclosure: I fully consider “beauty product reviews” as tales of triumph.)
There’s an art to holiday decorating.
In no way have I mastered it, but those that have know that the trick lies in being both current and classic. It needs to have a freshness to it, but still look timeless.
Two elements that I think can be used in a new way, but still carry a sense of history, are tartan and pheasant feathers.
Here are a few of my favorite looks:
“There hasn’t been more gracious of a host than Nordstrom was at their Opening Gala.” Those were the first words out of my mother’s mouth when asked about her experience at Wednesday night’s gala in Jacksonville, FL.
I love shades of white. I am in the middle of repainting our master bedroom’s furniture that is black to a creamy white.
BUT, if everything is white, or if everything is ANY one color, it can become uninteresting.
Complementary CONTRAST makes you APPRECIATE things. Continue reading
Here are two free printables I made you can download, print, and give to someone you love. One is inspired by e.e. cummings, and one by my students who always keep me up to date on what’s “cool.” These two designs, “You’re my Heart” and “Love my Bae”, go out to Matt, my heart, and Kishan, for explaining what “bae” is to me. [printable is a 4×5 folding card]
Download the PDFs below, print, cut, fold, and send.
A lamp inspired my dining room. Actually, it was a pair of lamps I found at a second-hand store in Jacksonville Beach. They are a beautiful pale, matte blue porcelain with intricate gold flowers painted on them. They were delicate and strong at the same time, and in the midst of a menagerie of things they caught my eye. Continue reading