I always think of maybe rosemary or cinnamon for the holidays, but this season I have been drawn to lavender. The soft pale violet color can be woven into the classic Christmas color palette colors whether it be red or greens. (I would choose to put lavender with either reds or greens, but probably not red and green together.) Lavender garnishes for cocktails, cakes, or in wreaths and tucked in garland can add a fragrant touch to your holiday entertaining and decorating. I found this lavender vanilla cocktail rim sugar from the Etsy shop, dellcovespices. It’s $3.95 for 2.5 … Read more
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One of the best things about working in the design industry is meeting such creative people, like Nevena Christi of Rocketbuster Boots. Nevena and I worked at Nicole Miller together for a short time and Nevena certainly made an impression on me. I remember one of my first days on the job, Nevena had decorated Nicole’s office for her birthday with about 100 potato chip bags hanging from the ceiling and the design team would just reach up and grab a bag as they worked into the wee hours on a new collection. Margaritas sent in from Virgil’s and … Read more
I still can’t get over how amazing these felt animals are, handmade by Johana Molina, a 25 year old artist living in Chile. Her shop FeltingDreams on etsy.com has small collectable felt animals that range from about $40-$100. For the holidays these would make sweet additions to the tops of wrapped presents, or make your own magical holiday town display complete with traveling mice. But just on their own I love them. She started sewing at the age of 7 and in 2010 she discovered fiber art and started creating wire skeletons that she could cover in wool felt. … Read more
This week’s color palette of reds and neutrals is beautiful for a wedding. There are so many red flowers to choose from and foliage and berries to weave into bouquets and centerpieces. We pulled inspiration for you to get you started. And don’t forget wedding magazines and books are sometimes the best place to start to get ideas for your fall parties or holiday celebration decor. We love the books by Tara Guerard, Michael George, Matthew Robbins and Martha Stewart. Bouquet Image above via Taylored Events. Take cues from this floral combination for a gorgeous holiday centerpiece. These flowers in … Read more
I love this photograph from inspiringtheeveryday.com. This blog has so many great seasonal recipes. And although these stone fruit tarts might be more of a summer recipe, take a peek at the fall and winter recipes like butternut squash, celeriac, parsnip and apple soup. With the weather getting colder and the holidays right around the corner this color palette seems so inviting and warm. As we do every Monday we’ve selected Benjamin Moore Paints to coincide with our inspiration photo.
One way to make your cocktail hour unique, whether entertaining at home or at a large celebration like a wedding, is to offer a signature cocktail. It might seem overwhelming to choose from thousands of recipes but using a simple syrup or shrub can really elevate the flavor and make a memorable cocktail. Simple syrup companies have been a trend in the specialty food industry for several years now. Companies like Maine’s Royal Rose and California’s Sonoma Syrup Company offer wide varieties of flavors and many creative cocktail recipes on their sites. They use organic ingredients like fruits, … Read more
Concord Grape Smash anyone? You’ll find the recipe below and on Food52.com. We are loving this site that has contests 52 weeks out of the year for winning recipes from “inventive home cooks” throughout the country. They also compiled the winning recipes into books. Currently there are two volumes available on Amazon.com. Wouldn’t these books make great gifts for the cook on your holiday list this year? We think so!
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Amy Gardella’s Seaport Flowers company can create an arrangement big or small, for a wedding or for your home. Daily imports from Holland, South Africa and New Zealand allow Amy and her team to create arrangements with the most unique flowers available. Amy works with marrying texture and color with both Asian and European influences. For over 16 years Amy has been creating exceptional events and now this fall she will expand to offer interior design services. Pictured above, Amy used magnolia leaves, cymbidium orchids, peony coral sunset and mahogany (from New Zealand), as well as … Read more
Instead of using cut flowers as a centerpiece it’s always fun to use seasonal flowers and foliage and plant in a bowl or antique vessel which should last 2-3 weeks at least when kept in a cool environment. (Placing them on an outside table when not in use is best.) There are so many pretty, deep colors this time of year. The cabbages and lettuces are particularly beautiful. Above we pulled red lettuce, blue pansies and pink oxalis (otherwise known to some as false shamrocks or pink sorrels) in keeping with this week’s color palette. Ornamental peppers are also abundant … Read more