I’ve had quite a break over Christmas and New Year but back now and kicking the year off with a project from one of my favourite designers… Mixing pattern, textures and materials are the key to Studio McGee’s designs, for example juxtaposing a leather sofa next to a linen sofa. A dark almost black buttoned […]
Another fabulous project from Studio Mcgee, contemporary meets traditional… What’s not to love about this space, a mix of contemporary pieces and traditional give it a modern look with a heritage nod. Textures are big with Studio McGee and if you look closely at the coffee table in image 5 you will see it has […]
Crib Creative If we want to make a personal good impression we will want to dress our best, this can also be said of the first impression one receives as they step inside our home… When someone visits our home for the first time, it gives them an impression of the person we are, it […]
Described as “Cape Cod meets West Indies”, another fabulous project by one of my favourite design companies. The exterior architecture of this new build leans towards Hamptons, however Black Band Design have also injected a tropical feel inspired by quote, the “vibrant waters of the Caribbean”. When planning a new build by oneself with no interior designer […]
1. Image via Mercer Interior The word, ‘boho’ may conjure up a riotous mix of colours and patterns, muddle these together in a messy but creative way and throw in some greenery and you may have the boho of the past. However, today boho can be far more chic, in fact…..’boho chic’. ‘Boho’ stems from the word […]
“Casual and sophisticated, modern and timeless, serene but colourful” is how the designer describes this relaxed, South Carolina home. The designers, Guest House Studio, have used varying shades of blue for this project, with paint, soft furnishing and artwork. Blue is ‘cool’ on the colour charts but can evoke a moody or calming affect when you […]
Peek inside a gorgeous cottage of blue and white with the addition of a few surprising colours. Designed by award winning interior designers and home builders, Cottage Company of Harbor Springs, this sweet home has the perfect balance of style for coast or country. Specialising in creating “beautiful, classic cottages where generations of families can […]
Breeze Giannasio is an interior designer to the stars and I literally have stars in my eyes when I see the transformations she makes to these Hollywood homes. I’ve been in love with the distinctive style of designer, Breeze Giannasio since I viewed a video of her transformation of Mila Kunis parents condo on Houzz. Breeze takes […]
I have been running late this week and missed Tuesday’s mix so I wanted to make up for it by finding some fun Christmas ideas. I don’t think that we have to stick by tradition all the time so I have been looking out for ideas that might be a little different, starting with this Pomegranate Christmas cake from Natashas Kitchen, hop over for the recipe. More recipes and Christmas inspiration after the jump…
I don’t really like to say this but Christmas is only 6 weeks away, every year I say “I will be more prepared for Christmas” but it’s usually a last minute rush. This year however, I want to be more organised and have everything sorted at least 2 weeks prior.
Christmas is most definitely a day where we share our home with family and friends, it is the gathering of people we love so dearly that make this day special but I do know that putting a little extra effort into the day can make it even more memorable. Not everyone has a grand staircase to decorate with trails of ivy, however, even the smallest of homes can look gorgeous. Creating a vignette on a tray that could be displayed on a coffee table, console or a kitchen island is a fabulous idea for a smaller home or a specific area of your home. Selecting the right tray and items for your Christmas vignette will be much easier if you decide on a theme such as; vintage, coastal, French, contemporary, rustic, whatever suits your home and personal style. I am sharing some images to help you on your way and don’t forget you don’t have to specifically use a wooden tray, vintage silver platters or any small tray will work. I guess this subject could be a post on it’s own so you may also want to read ‘The Stylists Favourite Tool for Creating Tabletop Vignettes’. In this post you will learn about trays, theme’s, key pieces, layering etc.
2. Above: A small vintage tray makes a great base for a simple mix of Christmas items with a Scandinavian feel. You could easily use a stencil to make a similar pattern on a candle using either silver or gold, non toxic, acrylic paint
3. Above: Again a simple circular tray becomes the base for a simple vignette with a modern star theme, from a creative blog called Songbird
4. Above: A large industrial style tray, forms the base for a bold display in a French style room setting. You don’t need to rush out and buy items, search your cupboards for items that will work such as vintage candlesticks and a bowl you could fill with mercury glass balls or rustic pine cones. You could use almost anything, depending on the look you are trying to achieve
5. Above: A simple but effective display of candles – Group together candles of different heights, they look so much prettier when lit
6. I love Centsational Girl’s blog, she always has such pretty ideas and this simple idea of filling a tray with Christmas baubles and placing some decorative vases is perfect. Why not make your own ornaments using glass glitter. Purchase a plastic reindeer from the $2 shop and cover it with PVA glue and dip into silver or gold, glass glitter. The German glass glitter that Miss Mustard Seed sells is fabulous and if you live in NZ you can buy glass glitter at Spotlight too. I do find however, that glass glitter needs a thicker coating of glue than ordinary glitter.
Above: A tray can also make a nice centrepiece when filled with foliage and candles, spotted at Brandi Sawyer
Above: Succulents will last for ages out of water so are perfect for Christmas styling, you can make your own glitter pine cones using silver glitter or glass glitter as mentioned above – Design spotted on Pinterest
Above: Print out some place names using you computer, then place a sprig of Rosemary or maybe a berry sprig through the corner, as seen on The Kitchn.com
And how about a naked Christmas cake – I have a great recipe for a Christmas fruit cake I featured on my blog when I first started it. You could simply frost with butter icing, maybe not traditional icing but nevertheless effective. Or you could use the recipe I used recently to make my chocolate naked wedding cake. All you need to decorate your cake when iced is some festive berries and flowers.
Above: Soft Gingerbread Cake with Cream – See how to make this gorgeous cake from a beautiful blog called, Call Me Cupcake. You could candy some cranberries using the method I used for crystallised rose petals.
Above: Sometimes less is best on a cake to make it look special – Recipe and instructions for this beautiful Spice Cake with Cardamom-Coffee Frosting – Recipe at the Vanilla Bean Blog
I hope you have enjoyed this Tuesday’s festive mix, next week I will be looking for some dinner table ideas to share. If you are looking for more Christmas Inspiration then you might want to explore a fabulous book I posted about last year, Christmas at Home by Stylist, Sandra Kaminski, there are pages and pages of decorating ideas that will make your home look special.