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Holiday Cheer

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

December has arrived and with it comes the Holidays.   It doesn’t matter what you celebrate or how big or small your budget, bringing the holidays into your home feels good this time of year.  In many families a Christmas tree has become an important part of holiday tradition.  This year we worked hard to find some less traditional options that take on a variety of shapes and forms.  We also scoured the web to bring you the most stunning and creative holiday decor that is fit to adorn your foyer, table, mantle, or wherever you deem worthy.  Begin a new holiday tradition with your family and design something together!  Cheers!

Vintage wood slats offer color and texture while heart appliques give it a personal touch.  A great idea for small spaces and people who love DIY projects.


I absolutely love this idea!  It is an excellent space saver or just a fun twist on your mundane book cases.


An old school shiny tinsel tree adds a touch of glamour to a simple room.  Try this is silver, white, or a bright hue like fuschia for a pop of color.  Wrap your packages in a shade of that color and dress with a contrasting ribbon to complete the look.


A playful take on a tree and a great idea if you don’t have a chandelier over your table.  All you need is a branch, ornaments, and fishing line.


Gather friends at your holiday party and ask them to each write down something they are thankful for and find a place for it on your “paper tree”.


Go natural with fruits and berries that have a rich color and interesting texture.


Give leftover ornaments, candies, or accessories a home!  Fill a glass vase with the colorful baubles.  It makes a beautiful table center piece.


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Put your old cupcake tower to good use.  Combine household accents with a few holiday accessories for a festive homemade display.

Christmas-Tiered serving platters - tablescape - table holiday Christmas Fall decor via WOman's Day

Make a statement by grouping together candle holders and vases.  Try varying heights to give your display visual interest.  Add an organic element such as faux berry branches for contrast.



Embrace simplicity.  These tables are elegant because they aren’t overdone.




Entice your senses by incorporating potpourri, cinnamon sticks, or scented candles.


Select a color palette and use it for your indoor and outdoor decorations.



Construct your own wall focal point that can be saved for next year.


Who said stockings have to be hung from a mantle?  Utilize the surfaces you have efficiently and creatively.  This piano is a perfect example!

Fall Holiday Christmas tree garland piano decor stockings

Try combining fresh greens, votive candles, a colorful fruit, and simple ornaments to create your table runner.  Add height with vases, candelabras, or family heirlooms.



Soften a whimsical wintery white palette with cozy fabrics and interesting textures.

Christmas Fall Holiday Decor - bedroom decor and design - christmas stockings and garland

Design your own Menorah with family or invest in one that expresses your style.





Work to build a “theme” for your holiday decor.  Select mantle decorations that can easily be mimicked on your table.

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Our Holiday Gift Guide

Friday, November 25th, 2011

For the Home

1.  Add some great pillows to refresh your rooms.   This Hermes accent pillow offers a pop of color and a touch of class, available in multiple colors.

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Or this beautiful digitally printed pillow from ABC Home.

digitally printed silk florine pillow

2.  Light up a personal photograph with this freestanding picture light from Visual Comfort.


3.   Add a cloche to a window sill or side table for year around green.  This one is from Arteriors.

arteriors vase

4.  Add a dash of color and an abundance of warmth with a beautiful throw like this one from Designers Guild.

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Or this one from Missoni.


For the Ladies

1.  Express your love on custom notecards from a printer that can do letterpress.


2.  Beat the chilly air with an infinity scarf.  Many styles exist so check out Etsy for your favorite.  The one below is from deroucheau.


3.  An exquisite piece of jewelry offers the perfect amount of holiday sparkle.  I love the modern elegance of David Yurman pieces found at

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The Merrakesh Necklace below from Stella&Dot offers holiday glitter at a delightful price.

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4.  The accessory on every woman’s arm, a hand bag.  Here are a few beauties that I couldn’t resist.

A daytime purse that can hold everything you need, from a brand that is renowned for its quality.  Find it in stores or online at Coach.


Shiny and bright, this raspberry patent leather Kate Spade bag is a steal.

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Or this great evening clutch from Sondra Roberts; find at Nordstrom.


5.  Who said that plaid was just for the boys?  This Burberry jacket is a chic version of an age old classic.

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For the Men

1.  Whisky Rocks to keep the spirts cold without dilution.  The natural soapstone is reusable after a quick rinse and a little freezer time.


2.  Lululemon Vent Tech Shirt for all manly activities…keep ’em dry and smell free.  An added bonus is the fun little note on the hem.


3.  A Paradigm gift certificate to spruce up the bachelor pad.

4.  Liquid Image HD Snow Goggles let you record your action on the slopes with the push of a button.  Those silly cameras head cams are a thing of the past.

snow-goggles5.  A personal beer holster keeps you hands free whether on a hike or in the backyard for a barbecue. Available at


For the Foodie

1.  Custom Knife from either Cut Brooklyn or Middleton Knives Handmade in the USA and they are stunning…order in advance as they take time to craft.


2.  Le Cruset in a fabulous color (cassis)  like this one below.  Available at muliple locations.

le cruset cassis

3.  Cooking classes to hone or learn a new skill.  Try Escoffier in Boulder or French Culinary Institute in NYC.

cooking class

For the Kids

1.  Makerbot – Let the kids design their own toy and then watch their creation come to life with this 3-D printer.  You’ll be as impressed as they are…and you can make things to use as well (note the spatula on the website).


2.   Paint a wall with chalkboard paint or white marker paint so they can paint on the walls without getting into trouble.

chalkboard paint

3.  A Downhill Toboggan…because snow is a coming and memories last a lifetime, just ask my brother.


4.  Start a tradition of buying them a themed ornament each year depicting what they are interested in at that time.  Let them open it before Christmas so they can hang it on the tree.  This is a tradition started by my Colorado “Grandparents” and I looked forward to it every year as a child.  An added bonus is they will have a tree full of ornaments once they start their own families.


For the Bookworm

1.  Interesting or beautiful books for their coffee table.

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2.  The Kindle Fire – because it’s now in color and there is nothing better than being able to turn a page with one hand!


For the Oenophile

1.  Corkcicle – a reusable, nontoxic gel that freezes in a BPA free plastic icecicle shape to keep your wine cold without the large, messy bucket of ice.


2.  A classic waiter’s corkscrew from Chateau Laguiole.   Most connoisseurs prefer less gadgety items when it comes to serving a nice bottle of wine.  Featured is the oak barrel handle but for those inclined, they offer bone designs as well.

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3.  Wine Bottle Tags for organizing their cellar.  Available at multiple sources.

wine tags

For the Pet Lover

1.  This has to be the most stylish modern pet bed I’ve seen.  It’s from Vurv and it’s handmade in Canada.  They have other great products as well.

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2.  A trendy feeding bowl for your pooch from These Creatures.

dog bowl