Monday Mood

December 15th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Winter Whites

Winter Whites

Simple

Pronunciation: /ˈsimpəl /

Not elaborate or complicated…  “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store; maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.”  Dr. Seuss had it right – why not keep things simple this week and remember the true meaning of the holidays?!

Photo: holiday vignette

Trim a Tree with Terrain

December 12th, 2014
Natural Selection

Natural Selection

We’ve been waiting all week for the decorating elves to show up and trim the tree (and hang the wreaths, and wrap the gifts, and plan the menus, and…) and they have yet to show their merry faces.  So on to plan B – an afternoon at Terrain to pick up everything we need to make our homes festive and fabulous.  Given that both of us are hitting the slopes the day after Christmas, our boys (young and old who really don’t have a vote since they aren’t much help) have decided a three foot tabletop tree would do just fine (whew!)  And thankfully, Terrain has a number of styles to choose from, along with the most adorable, nature inspired ornaments and garlands.  While we’ll miss unpacking and hanging the dozens of ornaments we’ve collected over the years, decorating a smaller tree will give us more time for everything else…  We still hope those elves will show up, though!

Peaceable Kingdom DIY

Peaceable Kingdom DIY

Fresh and Fun

Fresh and Fun

Forest Found DYI

Forest Found DYI

Pine Cone Perfection

Pine Cone Perfection

Forest Found DYI

Forest Found DYI

Are you spending the weekend hanging ornaments and wreaths or just hanging around your peaceable kingdom?

Photos: trees

Ringing in the Holidays…

December 10th, 2014
Best Hostess Gift Ever!

Best Hostess Gift Ever!

We’re looking forward to ringing in the holidays with our good friend, Tina, tomorrow on her enchanting blog, The Enchanted Home, so please stop by and say hi if you have a chance…  We’ll be sharing some our favorite holiday traditions and gifts (yes, chocolates!) along with other blogging besties, Pretty Pink Tulips, I Dream Of, and Preppy Empty Nester!

Photo: chocolates

Monday Mood

December 8th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Deck the Walls?

Deck the Walls?

Trimmed

Pronunciation: /trim’d /

Embellished and adorned…  Who spent the weekend decorating and who, like us, are a falling a bit behind?  Seventeen days to go!

Photo: vintage ornaments

Friday Favorite: R. Nichols Stationery & Gifts

December 5th, 2014
Cut and Paste

Cut and Paste

The pop up stores at the Grand Central Station Holiday Fair are so much fun and yet, every time we think of stopping by the booths bedecked with festive goodies, we’re always rushing for a train.  One of these days, we’ll make a point of catching an earlier train into New York to give us time to browse…  One shop that tops our list of favorites is R. Nichols, a stationery and gift company founded by illustrator R. Nichols Hanzlik 14 years ago in the windowless basement of his parents’ home (he does confirm that he was there by choice and not padlocked down there or anything!)  Drawing upon the collage skills he learned in 6th grade, R. Nichols has created a wonderful selection of note cards, gift tags, journals and the like, decorated with whimsical images that make you smile.  The holiday collection is charming and we love the mix of people and pets in the happy designs – the perfect gift to warm the heart of even the most die-hard Grinch…  From boxed note cards,

Holiday Processional Note Cards

Holiday Processional Note Cards

to gift tags,

Christmas Taxi Gift Tag

Christmas Taxi Gift Tag

prints,

Tree Shopping Print

Tree Shopping Print

luggage tags,

Skier Gal Luggage Tag

Skier Gal Luggage Tag

and even candles,

Holiday Votive Trio

Holiday Votive Trio

you can’t go wrong with R. Nichols!

P.S.  We’re sorry about the sporadic posts lately – the holiday season is crazy busy for business owners like us who have to ship last minute orders to retail stores, designers and our own e-commerce customers!  We hope to be back on track next week and wish you all a festive weekend.

Photos: 1 – 6

Monday Mood

December 1st, 2014

It’s December 1st – what mood are you in?

It's a Wrap!

It’s a Wrap!

Wrapped up

Pronunciation: /rapt əp/

Completely absorbed or engrossed in…  Seeing this living room belonging to the Queen of the Wrap Dress reminds us that we have 24 days to make our list and check it twice!  Where did November go?

P.S.  Are you watching Diane’s show, House of DVF?  It’s our new guilty pleasure…

Photo: living room

Thanksgiving… Artfully Plated

November 26th, 2014
Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

San Francisco-based artist Hannah Rothstein was probably scolded many times as child when she played with her food…  But little did her parents know that she’d come up with an ingenious series of prints to celebrate Thanksgiving.  She imagined how famous artists would plate their holiday meals and created images that capture their painting style to a T (for turkey, that is!)  Best of all, 10% of the profits of the sale of these prints will be donated to a worthy cause – the SF-Marin Food Bank, whose mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin.  Leftovers never looked so good…

Magritte

Magritte

George Seurat

George Seurat

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

So while we count our blessings this Thanksgiving Day, let’s keep in mind those who need our help.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

P.S. And a big thank you to our friend Fay for passing these plates along to us…

Photos: 1 – 6

Monday Mood

November 24th, 2014

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Fall Flora

Fall Flora

Thankful

Pronunciation: ˈTHaNGkfəl/

Filled with gratitude…  Thank you to all of you who stop by and visit The Buzz, even in this busy holiday season.  We are so grateful for your friendship and support!

Photo: fall flora

Raising the Bar…

November 21st, 2014
Fab Fall Bar Cart

Fab Fall Bar Cart

Now that we’ve got the cocktails taken care of, we need to raise the bar…  Holidays are filled with golden moments, made all the more festive with a well stocked bar cart!  So here’s our recipe for a stylish spot to host your happy hour.  Start with a bar cart from Society Social,

Mrs. Lilien Bar Car

Mrs. Lilien Bar Car

add some buzz with these cocktail napkins from our dear friend Julia B.,

Insect Cocktail Napkins

Insect Cocktail Napkins

mix well in these glamorous golden goblets from another dear friend Kim Seybert (both ladies really know how to entertain – take it from us!)

Gold Crackled Glassware

Gold Crackled Glassware

place drinks on these glitzy coasters from Jonathan Adler (don’t know him personally but would love to)

Hollywood Coasters

Hollywood Coasters

and keep the party going!

Oh yeah!

Oh yeah!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend prepping for the Big Day…

Photos: fall bar, bar cart, napkins, glasses, coasters and art

Thankful for Cocktails!

November 19th, 2014
Paul's Pass The Turkey

Paul’s Pass The Turkey

In keeping with our Thanksgiving theme this week, we thought we might share with you something that we’re grateful for…  Family and friends who invite us into their homes and to their tables for a festive Thanksgiving meal!  While we love to cook and entertain during the holidays, we actually prefer not having to tackle this huge meal on our own.  We’re really good at lending a hand in someone else’s kitchen and even cleaning up, if need be.  That’s where the cocktails come in!  The more you have, the less onerous the job is of clearing the table and doing the dishes.  Not to mention, Uncle Bob’s stories (which you’ve heard a thousand times) may be more bearable if you have one or two three of these concoctions.  So in the spirit of a happy holiday, here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving drinks (recipes you may want to perfect before the actual day rolls around!)

Ina's Cranberry Cosmopolitan

Ina’s Cranberry Cosmopolitan

Martha's Pear Rosemary Cocktail

Martha’s Pear Rosemary Cocktail

Ryan's Mojo Royale

Ryan’s Mojo Royale

Alaina's Apple Cider Margarita

Alaina’s Apple Cider Margarita

Kimberly's Pumpkin Pie Shooters

Kimberly’s Pumpkin Pie Shooters

P.S. Click on the image above or photo credit below to get the recipes and cheers!

Photos: turkey, cosmo, pear rosemary, mojo, cider and shooters