Month: November 2010

While looking for images through my files for my earlier post I remembered this house that was designed by the glamorous Miles Redd. This house was featured in last year’s December issue of Elle Decor and I love that its holiday decor is grand and festive yet easy to execute.

 

All images from Elle Decor. If you didn’t get to see this home you can read about it here.

 

 

 

 

 

As I mentioned before we’re having a tree-less Christmas this year so I’m searching high and low for inspiration of little vignettes that can be easily created around the house. I’m sure many people choose to do this when they have little children running around the house. I hope these images get you inspired to have a beautiful Christmas even when not having a Christmas tree. Enjoy

Images from my file, Country Living, Southern Living and Home Companion.

Kelly Wearstler’s tabletop is impeccably beautiful and a great option now that we’re approaching Christmas. This collection will make a drop dead fabulous Christmas table, but at more than $100 a piece it is mostly out of reach. But, I was glad to came across this new china by Crate and Barrel that creates a similar dazzling effect. I think I found an alternative tabletop for my Christmas table.

 

I believe that the planning of a space cannot only rely on practicality while ignoring style, nor can it be vise versa. Comfort and beauty should harmoniously coexist. Like William Morris once said “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” I am truly convinced that our surroundings influence our beings and if we put in our homes only what we love based on comfort and functionality beauty will reveal itself. After all, having a warm, comfortably functional and beautiful home to come back to at the end of a long and hectic day, is what we all covet. Don’t take me wrong, if I could afford a Claude Lalanne chair I’ll maybe purchase one but I’ll first make sure I have enough space to enjoy it more like a displayed chic piece of furniture rather than an everyday-use one. These spaces below are chic without sacrificing comfort.


Vogue Living


This room designed by Miles Redd has lots of pillows for the owners and guests to rest their back and upholstered furniture to provide comfort as well, the lacquered walls and orange coffee table bring in that chic factor. 

Robert Couturier used a very comfortable couch and a very chic cocktail table as contrast in Frederic Fekkai and wife’s living room. 

I just feel like cuddling in Michael Smith‘s yellow couch.
Living room designed by Ames Ignham

After spending a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and giving thanks for all the great things in our lives, we enjoyed a delicious meal and the good company and snacking around every time we go into the kitchen. Sometimes the simple fact of being in good company is the greatest reason to be grateful. I want to thank you personally for being my amazing readers and for being with me all this long. I thought that these two spaces evoke an atmosphere like the one expected on a Thanksgiving weekend. Amazing how two different spaces from two separate homes can share the same ambiance all due to the amount and position of natural light coming in. I like how these two spaces show the importance of natural light and how it can create the appropriate atmosphere, two main elements to consider when selecting materials and color to decorate a home. Usually warm colors rather than pastels work better in these types of rooms with strong afternoon sunlight.

I hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving.

 

I set up a very inexpensive table setting with a quick trip to Target and my local supermarket.