Archive for December, 2010

Christmas Wisdom from Dr. Seuss

Friday, December 24th, 2010
Prints by Sarah Lugg

Prints by Sarah Lugg

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?
It came without ribbons.  It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.

And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store?
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?

Wishing you holiday cheer
Today, tomorrow and throughout next year!

Photo from Flickr

Dear Santa…

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

We’re wondering if the post office would deliver a letter to the North Pole by Express Mail… since we’re so late in getting this one written.   But perhaps he reads blogs?  If so, here are a few things we’d love to have under the tree…

Sazzing Kunzite Ring

Sazzing Kunzite Ring

Pedro Almodovar Espresso Cups

Pedro Almodovar Espresso Cups

Stella McCartney Floral Dress

Stella McCartney Floral Dress

John Derian for Dempsey & Carroll

John Derian for Dempsey & Carroll

Matthew Williamson for Bulgari

Matthew Williamson for Bulgari

Asha by ADM Gramercy Bracelet

Asha by ADM Gramercy Bracelet

L'Objet Flower Frame

L'Objet Flower Frame

and we really don’t care if they’re wrapped!

Photos from Vivre, Illy, Harvey Nichols, The Glam Lamb, Fashion Fruit and Asha by ADM

Monday Mood

Monday, December 20th, 2010

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

The White Company Collection

The White Company Collection

Peaceful

Pronunciation: pees-fuhl

1.  Free from disturbance

2.  Tranquil

Photo from Bright Bazaar

Shut… The… Front… Door!

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Aren’t these wreaths and garlands fabulous?  In the words of Rachel Zoe, we die!  In the midst of trees and tabletops, the front door sometimes gets second billing… but not with these seasonal beauties.  Can you guess the blogger behind each door?

Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells

She’s makes the most of wherever she is and celebrates every moment she can…

Divine Magnolia and Pine

Divine Magnolia and Pine

She knows how to “primp and fluff” with fabulous flair and divine design…

Dreaming of a Designer Christmas

Dreaming of a Designer Christmas

With a Bunny Williams pedigree, she has an elegant aesthetic and a talent for beautifully balanced interiors…

Fancy and Fruitful

Fancy and Fruitful

She lives life well with quintessence style and substance…

Greenery Galore

Greenery Galore

He taught Martha everything she knows and then some…

We're Mad for These Swags

We're Mad for These Swags

If you want a perfect party, she’s the one to ask…

DIY Done Right

DIY Done Right

Photos from Pretty Pink Tulips, The Zhush, Hamptontoes, Quintessence, Eddie Ross and Party Resources

 

A Country Chic Christmas

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

If “necessity is the mother of invention” then we think “procrastination is the sister of creativity.”  After surfing the internet and browsing magazines, we finally came up with our holiday theme, thanks to a lovely wreath we saw in Livingetc‘s December issue via the blog Bright Bazaar.  When we read that this wreath graced the door of an “utterly charming” farmhouse in Suffolk, England we were sold.

Bright and Beautiful

Bright and Beautiful

With the help from Nielsen’s in Darien (the original pine, eucalyptus and bay leaf base was made by Jo Malone in London) and decorations and ribbon from Target, we did our best to replicate the laid-back country elegance that filled the home with such a cozy feeling.  We decked the doors (all three!)…

Our Rendition of Country Chic

Our Rendition of Country Chic

Pretty and Pink

Pretty and Pink

And Behind Door #3...

And Behind Door #3...

and decorated the trees…

A Festive Tree with Family Heirlooms

A Festive Tree with Family Heirlooms

The Ivy Topiary Gets Dressed Up

The Ivy Topiary Gets Dressed Up

and hung the Christmas balls from the chandelier…

Delightful Dining

Delightful Dining

and played the music box to our heart’s content.

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells

Now if only we could get the shopping, baking and Christmas cards done!

Photos from Bright Bazaar and yours truly

Monday Mood

Monday, December 13th, 2010

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Sarah Richardson Decorates Her Farmhouse

A Happy Tree

Joyful

Pronunciation: \ˈji-fəl\

Experiencing, causing, or showing joy

Photo from House & Home

Let’s Go Shopping: On Blogs!

Friday, December 10th, 2010

The best way to procrastinate when it comes to holiday decorating is not only to sit at the computer and read all of our favorite blogs… but to shop on them as well!  Since we still have a couple of gifts to pick up (or order online), we thought we’d introduce you to some of our favorite bloggers turned shop keepers.

All Wrapped Up and Ready To Give!

All Wrapped Up and Ready To Give!

For a pop of color: Zhush

Need Some Color in Your Life?

Need Some Color in Your Life?

For style from “down under”: Ada and Darcy

Down Under Delights

Down Under Delights

For “traditional-with-a-twist”: Katie Armour Home

Mad About Neo-Trad

Mad About Neo-Trad

For an artful life: PVE

Wonderful Watercolors

Wonderful Watercolors

And for those of you who still need some gift-giving ideas, we love Kelly Market and her stylish picks!

Great Gifts for All

Great Gifts for All

Off to procrastinate shop some more!  Are you done shopping?

Photos from Country Livingzhush, Ada and Darcy, The Neo-Traditionalist, PVE and Kelly Market

Pinecone Possibilities

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
A Plethora of Pinecones

A Plethora of Pinecones

As you can tell from our Monday Mood, we’re still thinking about how to decorate our home this holiday season.  While the kids are clamoring for something fun and festive (i.e. big colorful lights, tinsel and a snow globe on the lawn!), we’re somehow feeling more cozy and rustic.  Eddie Ross‘ and Mary McDonald‘s take on the not-so-homey pinecone had us thinking about these backyard beauties.  From the front door…

A Pinecone Party!

A Pinecone Party!

to the stairway…

Amazing Pinecone Swags

Amazing Pinecone Swags

and the top of the tree…

Terrific Tree Topper

Terrific Tree Topper

(or as a tree!)…

Who Needs the Pine Tree?

Who Needs the Pine Tree?

to the tabletop…

Eddie's Pinecone Centerpiece

Eddie's Pinecone Centerpiece

pinecones are pretty.  Just another thought…  Are you done decorating?

Photos from Country Living, Veranda, Good Housekeeping, Country Living via Gretchen Opgenorth and Eddie Ross

Monday Mood

Monday, December 6th, 2010

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Looking for Holiday Inspiration?

Looking for Holiday Inspiration...

Stuck

Pronunciation: ‘stʌk

Not knowing what to do in a particular situation

Photo from Cote Maison

Winterthur Wonderland

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

winterthur-yuletide

This time last year we had the pleasure of visiting Winterthur during Yuletide, which the H. F. du Ponts celebrated in their home during the first half of the 20th century.  As we strolled through the house, we marveled at the decorations and the beautiful trees, many inspired by the estate’s gardens.  One gorgeous tree was made of dried flowers gathered on the property throughout the spring and summer…

Diane and The Dried Flower Tree

Diane and the Dried Flower Tree

Dried and True

Dried and True

while another honored the earliest blossoming bulbs of spring with daffodils, crocus and snowdrops.

Delightful Daffodil and Snowdrop Tree

Delightful Daffodil and Snowdrop Tree

One of our favorite trees was bedecked with a bounty of beautiful butterflies.

Butterfly Beauty

Butterfly Beauty

Can We Say "Bedazzled"?

Can We Say "Bedazzled"?

Even the enormous conservatory was home to a tall spruce trimmed in the traditional way with lights and colorful Christmas balls, a mass of red poinsettias at its base like a lush living tree skirt.

Festive and Fun

Festive and Fun

We’ve visited many historic homes during the holiday season but none seemed to capture the festive fun and sparkle as well as Winterthur.  So while we’re still trying to come up with a theme for our holiday decor, we hope these trees might inspire you to turn your homes into winter wonderlands, too!

Photos from Winterthur