Thursday, December 30, 2010

Living Room - Time for a Refresh

Granted the room needs to be painted (BM Manchester tan) before this can happen...but our living room is long overdue for a little refresh. The conservative Restoration hardware striped pillows I once loved are a little too serious...but I'm not ready to go for a full fun factor in this room just yet (maybe once baby arrives)!

So, my plan is this:

- Add some coral/orange, taupe and brown accents to the room
- Add some pattern (Ikat, Trellis, Medallions)!

1. Adalusia Rug from West Elm

2. Ikat Linen Curtains from West Elm

3. Chocolate Trellis Pillow from Nenavon

4. Orange Ikat Pillow from milkandcookiesCanada

5. Orange Thai Silk Pillow from bestillshop

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Holiday eCard - Going Paperless

I'm the first to admit that getting a bunch of Holiday cards in the mail is fun...but for us we've done eCards two years in a row. Not that cards are super expensive - but we just find the waste of paper to be a little much sometimes. And, the best part about Ecards is that they are free! We're also able to send the card to many more people this way (our email list of close friends and family is 107...that's more than most people can afford to send paper cards to).

I love Pingg for their lovely range of templates and customization capabilities.

Here's the card we sent this year...with Ollie by our tree wearing his festive little doggie sweater. Really, he likes being dressed up I swear!

Christmas at Home

Christmas dinner was at our house this year, which for us was the largest dinner party we've had since we moved into our home. We've had friends over in small groups, but this was our very first time filling our 8 person dining table.

The colors we used for our place settings were inspired from those already existing in the room (red, gold and ivory), since our living/dining area combined this was the easiest way to prevent things from looking chaotic. The look was simple:

- Hurricane vases with white candles and small ornament filler
- Red place mats and napkins from Pottery Barn
- Gold Ruffled Chargers from Crate and Barrel
- Fresh Flowers (these came from my company party...I got to take home the centerpiece which saved me some serious dough)

The result was classic and not too fussy looking. We decided to go without table linens and let the natural wood shine through with the other red and gold touches.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Holiday Sale Smitten

I found some amazing holiday items on sale today that are so beautiful...and of course the price is right. Stocking up for next year is the name of the game.

Holiday Card Holder - Pottery Barn $36.00

Star Fish & Sand Dollar Ornaments - Wisteria $13.05

Burlap Sack Advent Calendar - Pottery Barn   $74.00

Dove Doormat - Wisteria $17.00

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Zebra Touches for Christmas

I was so bummed when I found out the Coastal Christmas stockings and tree skirts were out of stock at Wisteria. Darn...I waited too long! So, I opted for zebra print instead. After some hunting around, here's what I came up with.

West Elm Zebra Tree Shirt (from a previous season) - on ebay

Burlap stockings with zebra cuff (special commission from ThePineConeTeaCup)

Owl Obsessed

I'm a owl fanatic right now...I just can't get enough. Here are a few I've had my eye on and would buy for myself if it wasn't the holiday season. If I discover that I have any closet owl addicts on my shopping list...they will be gifted with one of these adorable figurines for sure.
Ceramic Owls from West Elm $9.00-$16.00

Set of 3 Owl's from At West End $35.00