Tuesday, December 6, 2016

~holiday home tour for ALE~

Thank you to everyone who came out to tour the 5 homes supporting the Assistance League of the Eastside on Friday. I hope you aren't sick of me talking about it, but I just wanted to share a few more photos. Photos were not allowed on the tour and I have people emailing me for some, and since I was allowed to take the, I thought I'd share.
These are all from our home we decorated, which was house number 2 on the stop.

The entryway:
There was this huge gorgeous floral arrangement in the entry. It was made the day before the show, but unfortunately the lilies combined with stagnant water had everyone asking if the homeowners owned cats..... yikes, you win some, you lose some.
Nonetheless, it was beautiful.

In such a grand space, you need a large tree. This one is about 11 feet. 
Decorated simply in white lights with touches of silver and gold and even a little barnwood ornaments. The garland continued up to the second story mezzanine. 

 You are probably sick of seeing the dining room {look a few posts back}
but we had so much fun designing it. A lot of people were curious about the wrapping paper of all things.
It is all from The Container Store and Paper Source.
The bottom package has a strip of my Schumacher wallpaper going down the center.

I liked this shot of our sideboard
{even though I took it with my phone}
just because of the way the accidental glass placement happened under that painting!

Moving along and heading to the kitchen/breakfast room, you pass this darling hand made pallet tree.
A reader asked me for this shot, so here you go!
I took this picture before beautiful glassy baby candle holders were added and that hurricane candle holder was swapped out with a more rustic one.

The breakfast room was tweaked a bit after I took these photos, so if you went on the tour you'll see the changes that were made.
A lot of creams and whites were used here and it looked very bright and fresh.

 In the end, this deer was swapped out for a big standing Santa Claus in a white cloak.

I love the jeweled champagne flutes.

 The wine bar off the kitchen was topped with fun little champagne accents and gorgeous linens from Crown Linens.

 Those are all the photos I got as we were so busy decorating ourselves!
This was by far my favorite home on the tour, but I might be a little biased.
House number 5 was a close second. 
Anyone who went, comment with your favorite house!

Oh, and because I am such a rebel, I did sneak 2 photos of house number 5.
There was 2 things that really caught my eye.
These noir chairs in the entry, as well as those pillows, {anyone have info on the pillows?}
 and this Thibaut wallpaper in their laundry room!

 Have a happy Monday!

Monday, December 5, 2016

~the artful homestead tour~

I just recently found Hollie on Instagram under the name @artfulhomestead.
Her home has a great story.
{via home bunch}

“We own the HGTV Dream Home 2012 and no we didn’t win it! The winner opted to take the money and we bought it. I call it the home that HGTV started because right after we moved in I went to work on the addition. 
Why, you may ask? Because I wanted a home where my 5 children and their families could come to bond and be together as a family.  It is located right outside of Park City in a little town called Midway Village.  Our town is so small we don’t even have a stop light, but that’s what makes it special. 
I immediately got started by designing the addition, looking for a contractor and finding products. The family kitchen was built with a 20’ table and 20’ island.  I wanted all 31 of us to be able to sit and eat together.  The table accommodates 22 and the island 10.  We also needed to sleep everyone so 3 more guest suites and two bunk rooms were added to the plans.  The other room I wanted was a studio for designing and quilting.  I wanted it to be attached to the home but not accessible from the home so I added it to the other side of the garage and designed it like a ‘pied a terre’ in Paris.  It has a kitchenette, 4 piece bathroom and the sofa has a pull out bed.  
When the building started it wasn’t long before I realized I needed to be on the job site daily. I became the contractor, designer and site manager.  Luckily I had the main house to stay in and I would go home to Southern California on the weekends where my husband was still working.  The addition was finished in June of 2014 and it has become our forever home.
A little bit about me… I always lived in big cities. I grew up in Philadelphia.  My husband is Canadian and we have lived in Chicago, Denver, Calgary, and Southern California.  We raised 5 children and have 19 grandchildren.  My husband retired in the fall of 2015 and we live here full time although I think I have at least one more remodel in me because we would like to have a 2nd home back In California to escape the cold of Utah. I always need to be learning new things and look for opportunities to be creative so I’m sure there is much in the horizon to still explore and become.”
A portion of the exterior that I find so dreamy:

Would you like to take a look at the inside decorated for the season?
You are in for a treat!

Don't forget to follow Hollie on Instagram to see more!

~how I pack up and store all my Christmas items~

Saturday, December 3, 2016

~Christmas kitchen & peppermint bark recipe~

So much baking happens in our kitchen this time of year.
We love baking Christmas cookies, decorating gingerbread houses, and for us adults, sipping on holiday cocktails.

I wanted to show you how I decorate my kitchen for the holidays. I keep it pretty simple since we do bake and cook in there a lot. 
I really just used greenery from trees outside in our yard and decorated with baked goods.
I did break out my grandparents wine glasses and beer steins.
I also finished off my place settings with my beloved Sasha Nicholas plates.

Barstools can be found here.
The wreath is fresh and from the grocery store.
Two pendants over the island are from here.
Demijohn can be found here.

This is the dining room which is around the corner.
I just got this bird print and LOVE it!

Standing at the kitchen door and looking the opposite direction into the dining room and the stairway leading to our mudroom/basement.
I made the art, and the instructions can be found here.
Preserved boxwood garland on stair railing can be purchased here.

I love a bit of glitz for the holidays so I added these glasses alongside my vintage ones from my grandparents.

I filled a vintage French jar with greens from the yard and placed it by the sink for a little bit of color.
I don't usually do a lot of red, but love it in little bits.

Another thing I am obsessed with this year is these little battery operated wiry rice lights, I literally put them everywhere! They are whimsical and dainty and elegant all at the same time!
You can find them here.
Turn all the lights off and leave these on, it's magical.

This $10 wreath is maybe one of my favorite things, it smells amazing.
And it dresses up the laundry room door nicely.

I mixed in our vintage Santa mugs with our everyday ones.
You can find replicas of the vintage mugs here.
The kids love having hot cocoa in them.

I also like to create a little dessert bar when we have company during the holidays, or when the kids have friends over.
Fun cookies, donuts, peppermint bark {recipe to follow}
spice cake, you name it!

 And a few healthier options too.....

For the adults I like to set up a little champagne/bar tray.
I simply took a vintage silver tray and added a few sprigs of cedar.
More vintage glasses, a few bar accessories, vintage ornaments, a pine scented candle, and more lights.
Cocktail shaker can be found here.

And more oranges for color.

I even like to use gifts as part of the decor!

And now, how about my favorite peppermint bark recipe?
You can find it right here and it always impress' and tastes incredible.

Now, how about some more holiday kitchens? 
Visit them all below!

christmaskitchen4   French Country Cottage christmaskitchen1 Ella Claire | Craftberry Bush | Love Grows Wild | Rooms For Rent christmaskitchen3 Jennifer Rizzo | Shades of Blue Interiors | Kindred Vintage | My Sweet Savannah

Thursday, December 1, 2016

~how to decorate a dining room for the holidays~

Like I mentioned in yesterdays post, my friend Monica and I were asked to help with one of the homes in the Holiday House Walk which is tomorrow in Woodinville Washington.

Here is what the dining room looked like upon arrival.

We decided to use almost all her pieces. The homeowners had great furniture.
We new we wanted to take the formality down a notch, so we opted to bring in a mix match of new linen chairs and tufted linen  bench on one side of the table. 

We decided to leave the artwork and play off it's moodiness by creating a swanky bar area on top of the credenza.

One obstacle we had, was how to decorate with Christmas colors when there was a purple wall.
The homeowners rug also had a lot of blue and pink in it.
We decided to use a lot of silver and grey to play off the purple and "neutralize" it.

Crown linens provided gorgeous ruffled table runners and napkins for us to use. We chose a dark grey for both and I am so glad we did.
The ruffle added a bit of playfulness to the  formal room.

We packed the table with seating for 8.
{missing one chair in this photo but it's coming!}
You can refer to yesterdays post on the table details.
The linen chairs and tablecloths and napkins really add to the relaxed feel we were going for.
I have a slight obsession with linen.

The bar area. This piece is a family heirloom of the homeowners so to protect it we added another dark grey linen runner from Crown Linens.
Monica brought in a cool glass jar which she filled with a sprig of fresh magnolia, curly willow, and antlers. 
A tray with a shaker and a couple of glasses, as well as some linen cocktail napkins finish off the center. We did add a candle and a zinc pot filled with paper whites from Whole Foods.
I added a wooden bowl which we filled with tangerines and limes and a few ornaments.
And speaking of ornaments, a glass dome on a pedestal holds gorgeous vintage ones.
We finished it off with a few sprigs of fresh greenery.

If you have any broken ornaments or extra hooks, simple push them into fresh fruit for a fun "live" take on ornaments.

The hutch is still not complete as we are bringing in macaroons and donuts and such to fill it up for the show to create a dessert bar.
But, we did add plenty of pedestals, new and vintage, as well as some of the homeowners silver pieces that we tucked fresh greenery into.
My fresh preserved boxwood wreath from Birch Lane got tied on with thick grey ribbon.
We also added more oranges to tie in that color from one side of the room to the next.

And a few other fun details are this chair we brought in from Haley's Cottage to fill up this empty corner. We wrapped packages in greys to go with our color scheme and topped it with a cute gift tag and a sprig of pepper berries.
All the greenery and plants we used in this room are real, no faux here!

And to add interest to the window and looking in from the outside of the house, we added this vintage wash tub, also from Haley's Cottage and filled it with potted trees and paper whites, more greenery, and more curly willow.
Since I took this picture, Monica added white twinkle lights.

Each bread plate got one of Monica's orange ornaments and a cute little tag.

And because before and after shots are always fun......

Lots of layering and lots of texture helped to create this beautiful dining room.
And check out that giant beautiful bouquet in the entry!
Wow! I cannot take credit for that, but it is stunning!
If you go on this tour Friday and see me, be sure to say hi!
There will be a great raffle, at this house {#2} and Santa will be at one of the homes, as well as cookies and coffee.
Tickets can be purchased here.

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