Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Three Pinecone Winter Wreaths

As you probably guessed by now, I love pinecones. 
Here are three more winter wreaths to inspire you. 
I love the brown satin and velvet bows!

Until next time...

Merry Christmas!

Dear Readers,

I hope you all have the happiest and merriest of Christmases!

Talk to you in the New Year!
Until next time...

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Feliz Navidad!

One of the wonderful aspects about living in different locations is being exposed to new traditions, people, and experiences.  While living and traveling in the West for a number of years, I became enamored with the architecture and culture of Taos, Santa Fe, and the Rocky Mountains. In this post, I'd like to share some Southwestern spirit with you.  

It must be Christmas if the paths are lined with luminarias.

Thick wooden doors and adobe...quintessential Santa Fe...

...as are bright blue doors and adobe courtyard walls.

Ristras (chili pepper wreaths) are as much 
a part of the Southwest as is spicy food. 

To create Southwest themed holiday decorations, 
start with traditional Southwest colors: turquoise and silver. 

Go with decorations that look like jewelry.

Mix in pinecones, greens and silver bling.

Add in some turquoise pinecones,
if you're lucky enough to find them.

Or if silver and turquoise are to sedate for you, 
go for the all-out festive color theme.

Mix in bright lights.

Add a ton of wrapped gifts and let the festivities begin!

Feliz Navidad!

Until next time...

Christmas Socks

Christmas stockings come in all shapes, sizes, and colors these days. 
For those that sew, the possibilities seem endless! 
(Notice that little play on words?)

Let's have a look! 

These red velvet numbers are oh, so jolly!

I love polka dots and these crocheted stockings are very festive, indeed!

Looks like Pippy Longstocking and Dr. Seuss were here!

Minimalist, yet cheery.

A touch of Scandinavia.

Very Shabby Chic!





In the end it doesn't matter what your stocking looks
like as long as it's not stuffed with coal!

Until next time...

Oh, Christmas Tree

The center piece of most holiday decorating is the Christmas tree. As in interior design, holiday design has been trending toward using natural elements (pine cones, dried fruit, grapevines, etc.) to add color, spirit and scent. Let's have a look...

Forgo the battle of the lights and opt for this simple pinecone tree.

Or, keep decorating to a minimum with just the basics.

Go for the gold with
 shimmery decorations and gift boxes.

Full speed ahead with ribbon and clusters of decorations.

No lights needed, just a band of natural elements circling the tree.

Little houses and faux snow nestled into the branches...love it!

Pinecones and white decorations, simplistic beauty.

Imperfection makes for a perfect tree.

Sheer elegance.. a lights only tree.

Let it snow with an all white tree.

Pile on the natural elements.
So, which tree will be yours?

Until next time...

Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year

Every year forecasters in color industries predict what is known as "the color of the year." Pantone, a global authority on color for interior design, fashion, and beauty, has just announced it's trendsetting color for 2014...

Say hello to  Radiant Orchid...
A combination of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones.

Look for this shade to start popping up in fabrics, paint, clothing and makeup.
Here's a little inspiration to get you thinking about this color palette...

The calming shade makes for a dreamy boudoir.

An enchanting fabric for stunning window treatments.

A kaleidoscope of color. Perfect for a statement fabric in any room.

A chair with purple pizzazz!

This traditional windowpane fab gets an updated pop of fuchsia.

A creamy backdrop makes for a great balance to this hue.

So, there you have it, Pantone's Color of the Year
Love it or hate it. What say you?

Until next time!

Monday, December 9, 2013

All Dressed Up for Christmas

My dear friend, Jennie, of 20 plus years, emailed me concerning my latest post and my declaration about "who needs flashy gift paper when they can use craft paper instead!?" 

Well apparently, I should rethink that thought as my friend's gifts to me were to be delivered in what other than... flashy gift paper! So this post is for friendship's sake!

Let us embrace traditional wrap! 

Starting with this smart green velvet ribbon and sweet polka dot paper.

Next up, how can it be Christmas without green satin bows?! 
(Note the nice craft paper gift at the bottom of the pic!)

And let us not forget red velvet ribbon and toile paper, plus a cute little stripe. 
(Let's just agree to ignore the plastic red ribbon.)

Love this map paper and green bow for traveler friends.

Well, it may not be flashy, but it sure is pretty!

Clever is as clever does! Perfect for your architect and interior design friends.
And a smart way to recycle old blueprints!

I had to sneak this craft paper one in. Simple, yet so cheery!

So there you have it! More gift wrapping ideas
to inspire even the traditionalists among us!
Until next time...