Wednesday, December 7, 2016

~blue & orange color crush~

I am having a serious love affair with the combination of blue and orange.
I do realize these colors aren't for everyone, but in muted, or saturated hues, it can be very elegant.
I have compiled a few of my favorite blue and orange items below!

The color of this bench is more of a tangerine. The nail heads take the look up a notch, and the price point is great.

This wallpaper is to die for:

Of course a little blue and white piece never hurt anyone.

I love, love, love this rug:

The bright color in these pillows.......

would be great paired with these:

And finally, I think one of these lamps on a little round side table would be beautiful in a living or family room.


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
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