Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Little Peek


It has been a busy Fall this year with many client projects and getting together with friends and family. The Holiday Season has been full of fun, especially when I get to see projects reaching their completion! I just wanted to say to my wonderful clients how much I appreciate working with you all. I am so very lucky to have the opportunity to work on such varied and wonderful projects. But more importantly, you have all made it a complete pleasure. Thank you.

After the Holidays, I will be getting the final touches in place so several projects can be photographed. I look forward to sharing them all with you!

Happiest of Holidays to You All!


Monday, December 10, 2012

Shining Things Up


Every Year it seems I switch things up a little. I tend to move things around the house quite often in search of the perfect combination of bits, but I am never quite satisfied. So I make do and live with an idea or ideas for awhile. The Holidays allow for even more experimentation. Colors change from year to year.......... I have done the traditional green and red with greenery, apples, pomegranates and holly sprays. I have gone with citrus and greenery many times in the past, using lemons, oranges and limes. I love using Pomanders, oranges decorated with whole cloves.  I cannot get enough of the spicy smell this time of year. The common factor every year, though, is that I always use things I already have collected over the years. I rarely buy anything new except for the fresh stuff: garland, wreaths and, of course, the tree!

This year, we decided to get a smaller tree....so I have an enormous amount of left over ornaments. I thought it would be fun to use them atop my collection of mercury glass vases and candlestick holders. Last year I had an illuminated musical manuscript above the fireplace. The year before that was a seascape flea market find, but I have left the Andy Warhol silk screen in place this year and used vintage ornaments in pink, orange, green and gold. We have given Christmas Cacti to my mother for Christmas for many years and she has saved them all. When she came to live with us, she brought them along, and the pink one is in full bloom right now......such a lucky coincidence!


Even now, I have the urge to change things around a bit more. Perhaps some green candle instead of the white.....some wrapped presents instead of the basket of pine cones....always a work in progress. I will let you know if I change it up again!

Til then, I wish you all 

very warm wishes for a 
Happy Holiday Season!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Happiest Season of All


It is a happy season......and you know what makes me happiest of all? Finding the perfect place to buy gifts that are just right for pretty much everyone on my list....and even better, I can shop while sitting on my couch, while enjoying a nice fire in the fireplace, hot cider in hand. Online is the way to go.

 My criteria is pretty strict: 1)  I would personally want the gift for myself, but know that it is perfect for "fill in the blank". 2) It is from a place I can count on for great quality, service and really beautifully unique ideas. 3) I can make it even more personal with a bit of "customizing". 4) The value exceeds the price! (and the prices fit all sorts of occasions). 5) They provide really nice gift wrapping....after all, opening a beautifully wrapped present is a big part of the whole experience, isn't it?

So.....meet Mark and  Graham



Mark and Graham is the latest venture from Williams-Sonoma and it is all about wonderful gifts that take the monogram to a whole new level. I never let the holidays go by without a visit to Williams-Sonoma for cooking inspiration....and I have to admit, I do love the apple cider! So it is especially nice to know that there is a place where I can find gifts for everyone, from Grandma to nieces, Uncles to hostess gifts, that will be truly appreciated and most importantly....used!
Gifts include little things like monogrammed soaps, perfect for the hostess that deserves a special something....guest towels that are so very pretty.....


Bedside water carafes....love these!


fun pillows....

 cozy throws....


and luxury towels.... (those are for us!).....

 leather trays....so perfect for pretty much anyone!.....

Get those gamers off of their devices and onto a backgammon board....so much more personal!.....


There is so much more, glassware, jewelry, scarves, vases, picture frames....you will just have to visit their website yourself. I have more shopping to do.....

But before I go....one last thing and it will be a wrap....ahem. Mark and Graham has excellent wrapping paper, boxes and tags if you like to do all the wrapping yourself.....

 A whole new way of looking at "tagging"....what once was old is new again...or something? Love these very simple tags!.......
And there is always a wine bottle that needs a wrap, right? these are perfect!.....


While I do love to wrap gifts, sometimes it is very nice to know that you can count on a beautiful wrap job with just the click of a button....and off it goes across the country with what took very little effort.....but lots of thought, which is really what counts!


My season is now officially a little bit happier.

Thanks Mark and Graham!