Archive for November, 2012

November 30th, 2012 No Comments

shopping for wreaths under $100

If you want to make your own wreath, wrapping boxes and affixing them to a wreath form is a beautiful idea to keep within a specific color palette or buy three of the same wreath and hang with ribbon vertically on your door. Below are our shopping pick’s for wreaths that would look beautiful with a blue, silver or white bow (or just the way they are!). Clockwise: Woodland Winter Wreath, $44.95 and Beachcomber’s Wreath, $59, both from L.L.Bean. Outdoor Ornament Pine Wreath Gold/Silver, $39 and Live Succulent Wreath, $99, both from Pottery Barn. Preserved Boxwood … Read more

November 29th, 2012 No Comments

Interiors: small is the new big- creating small nooks & a movie’s charming english cottage

My husband has been saying this since we bought a tiny house by the ocean, “small is the new big”. Frankly it’s a joke between us because we can’t afford a larger house in our area. It’s wonderful to have a big home but large spaces aren’t always so comforting are they? There’s something to be said for small reading nooks, intimate dining rooms and petit gardens.  A friend of mine that has an enormous house says that his two daughters love it when they go on vacation and the whole family is in one hotel room. The girls feel … Read more

November 28th, 2012 No Comments

weddings & celebrations: cupcakes as favors

Whether you are planning a large wedding or a small holiday party, cupcakes and mini cupcakes are always a welcome sweet! They can be decorated so many different ways. Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes book has 175 ideas for decorating cupcakes, like these monogram cupcakes above (visit for cupcake cutters and supplies and for cupcake stands). But you can always visit your favorite local bakery and ask what kind of cupcake designs they offer for weddings or holidays. They usually have a portfolio of designs they can do, or have done for clients, that aren’t always made on a daily … Read more

November 27th, 2012 No Comments

tabletop: incorporate felt for a wintery feel

This table setting starts with basic elements that most everyone has- a white tablecloth, silverware, clear glass tumblers, white plates… but add in blue felt placemats and white felt favor wrappers with blue ribbon and they make it feel more like a welcoming winter table setting. Combine with our Feathered Dessert Plate from Jars and this is a perfect holiday setting in our blue, silver and white color palette. All tabletop products are available from our shop and for the holidays are 20% off with free shipping! Use code Holiday12 and the percentage … Read more

November 26th, 2012 No Comments

this week’s color palette: blues, silver & white

A few weeks ago I wrote about the color palette of my beach house- which is all blues and whites. So needless to say decorating for Christmas in blues, silver and white is a favorite color palette of mine. Whether you have a real tree or a faux tree this palette is soothing and wintery and can go country or city chic. I have a faux white Christmas tree that I love to decorate in blue and silver, but we also get a real tree too every year and decorate that in our heirloom wooden and traditional ornaments.  I’ve been … Read more

November 25th, 2012 No Comments

SALE! 20% off plus Free Shipping starting today!

We’re going beyond Cyber Monday! Starting today everything in our entire store is 20% off with FREE SHIPPING!  And knowing how busy everyone is we are making this sale available until December 18th, 2012, so you can come back and shop again and again. USE CODE “Holiday12” when checking out. Don’t hesitate to e-mail us with any questions. Happy Holidays!  

November 23rd, 2012 No Comments

Bright Holiday! jewel tones for gifts or home

Whether you are searching for bright jewel tones to wear or for your home, Ralph Lauren has some bright ideas for your holiday shopping. The Canvas Ricky Tote, $995 for her or the Suede O Ring Belt,$295 for him are great gift ideas. Want to brighten a bedroom or paint a focus wall a jewel tone this winter? Try Ralph Lauren Paints. Below are a few suggestions from his Lifestyle Colors Collections.

November 22nd, 2012 No Comments

from our family to your family…

We’ll return with more of this week’s color palette ‘jewel’ tones on Friday. If you missed our Wedding Wednesday it was Lynn’s wedding anniversary yesterday and she posted photos of her wedding in New York City (scroll down to see yesterday’s post). And our new addition to our on-going HOLIDAY SALE are the FELT BIRD ORNAMENTS, only $5 each. Like us on Facebook for all the latest sales and updates!

November 21st, 2012 4 Comments

Lynn’s wedding anniversary (& some photos!)

Today is my wedding anniversary. I thought I’d share with you our wedding photos that appeared in Martha Stewart Weddings and were photographed by Holger Thoss (so many years ago!). Our wedding was in NYC at Christ Church on 60th and Park Avenue at 12:35pm (because it’s good luck to have the second hand on the ‘up-swing’). After the ceremony, together with our guests we were led by  bagpipes up Park Avenue four blocks to the Hotel Plaza Athenee for an afternoon cocktail party with a live jazz band. It was a very small wedding, about 70 people. … Read more

November 20th, 2012 No Comments

hors d’oeuvres- serve them up in style

Last minute guests? Treat yourself to some stylish servers, bowls & spoons for your dips, veggies and cocktail munchies this holiday season.  I love to use our felt placemats on the table instead of a tray to add color and  place my servers and bowls on these (they also work great as trivets if you are serving something hot). Then I fill our stainless steel hors d’oeuvres bowl with veggies or nuts and I usually fill some individual matte and shiny bowls with dips, peanuts, dried fruit etc. so there is plenty to snack on with cocktails. To … Read more