Every holiday celebration includes a special breakfast, luncheon or dinner and the dining table serves as the center of attention. Setting a beautiful holiday table can seem a daunting task but really is just a matter of planning and doing each step in order. No matter which occasion is on the social horizon, here are some tips for setting the perfect table for a tasteful and elegant Easter holiday meal.
The year 2016 is almost over and it’s time to welcome the brand new 2017! No one would like to be found unprepared for such an important encounter so you’d better start thinking about the perfect New Year’s Eve party décor. If you need inspiration, just keep reading 😉
When the Christmas time is approaching, the days are becoming shorter and shorter and the atmosphere of this exceptional time of the year can be felt literally everywhere. But what makes the atmosphere so prominent? There are some things that can be ascribed nearly exclusively to this momentous time. Such things are Christmas tree decoration and of course the one and only amazing smell of the original blend of fruits and spices, so sweet and warm. Just imagine apples in caramel, oranges with cinnamon, clove and vanilla, gingerbread marshmallows, clementine and cardamom biscuits, cranberry jam and Christmas punch!
Once in a while everyone of us has a feeling that something in our surrounding just has to be changed. It doesn’t matter whether you have places in your home that give you the creeps, like an old, unused attic or a basement or you’re fed up with the bulky, ponderous arrangement made by the previous owner, don’t be afraid to make changes! They may bring you a lot more than just a decor alteration. They can make your life completely different!
In addition (or heck, why not instead?) of the standard exercise-more-and-eat-better promises made at the end of December, we have a few suggestions for keeping spaces happy and beautiful in the New Year.
Declutter for Peace of Mine
January is the perfect time to get rid of the old since you probably received plenty of new in December. Books and clothes are the easiest targets: If you don’t wear a t-shirt at least once every two weeks, you probably shouldn’t own it. Books that you have no immediate plans to reread can go too. Any pain in the removal will be more than compensated by the joy of clutter-free space.
Rugs need regular care, and antique rugs generally need professional servicing every five years or so. If it’s not there already, make professional cleaning a recurring event in your Google calendar there’s never any question about when this important task needs to be done.
Make a Priority List of Repairs, Modifications and Projects
What do you want to accomplish for your home this year? Write everything down and then make a game plan for getting it done. Some people like checking off all the little tasks first, others will dive right into the big one.
Invest in something new
Unless you are of unlimited means, most of us have a few things in our house that were bought out of convenience or because the price was right at the time. Sometimes these pieces age well, others not so much. Updating fabrics or textiles can breathe new life into a space. Check out our bespoke sampler for some fresh ideas.
And Happy New Year, everyone!
Still at work? The three days preceding Christmas are probably the least productive of the year. And that’s okay. Nothing wrong with a little last-minute online shopping while last night’s eggnog wears off.
The design blogosphere is abuzz with festive goodness. Houzz shows how to make a paper-cut bauble. Or you could 3-D print ornaments to match the ones at the White House. If you weren’t in NYC or didn’t have time to make the window-shopping circuit this year, see the best ones here. Curbed has some festive snaps of New York Christmases of yore. Also, do checkout this incredible, Arizonian tumbleweed tree, and also HomeEdit’s Christmas greenery beyond the tree. And if you’re still feeling ambitious, here are some very last-minute decorating ideas.
We’ve loved following so many of our designer friends this season as they post pictures of pre-holiday installations and as they decorate their own homes. Here’s a little list of sparkling spaces that put us in the festive spirit. Take a minute to appreciate them and shave a little more time off those remaining work hours…
Last but not least, the pretty green-and-red leafy blooms on this hooked runner call to mind poinsettias. There’s a seasonal, festive note to be found in many of our American hooked rugs, with their blooming designs and garland borders. Check out our full gallery of hooked and rag rugs here.
Happy holidays, everyone. Have a festive and restful rest of your week.