Thursday, December 30, 2010

Looking Back on My Top 10 Trends of 2010

{Vintage Culture}

It's that time of year again when we start looking back to see what we've accomplished and if we have really followed through with our resolutions. And that's exactly what I'm going to do. Do you guys remember my Top 10 Trends list for 2010? Well, let's just see how well I adhered to it.

10. Outdoor Vacation Spaces - Hmmm, maybe I should've started with another trend...this one didn't get much love from me but that's cause I was busy doing other projects inside the house. This one won't be forgotten this year though, promise!

9. Home-y Offices - At first, we had a bit of a struggle with this one since we both disagreed on what the main function of the room should be, but in the end we decided that a full functioning home office was the way to go and we managed to get a great start on designing it.

8. Sleek Technology - My husband is a total Apple freak and I'm definitely becoming one slowly but surely. Which is why I just had to get the iPad before him!

7. Wallpaper - I swear, if there is only one thing I do for the house this year, it's going to be getting wallpaper up in at least one of our rooms! I'm thinking our bedroom will get a wallpapered wall (just a statement one) and then the powder room...

6. Fabrics in all Forms - Okay, so I had figured that out of any of the trends, this would've been the one that I would've gone all out crazy on. But sometimes a little goes a long way and in this case, these drapes added just the right amount of pattern needed in the kitchen.

5. Ethnic Prints & Objects - Argh, yet another trend that somehow slipped through the cracks.

4. Bright Colors - Hands down, the brightest and most colorful room in our house is the tv room on the first floor. After it's major transformation from having brown walls to a gorgeous blue, it's the kind of welcoming room I want people to walk into when they come over.

3. Lacquer it All - I must say that I am quite proud of myself for actually accomplishing this trend. Out of the ten, this was the one I most looked forward to in terms of the end result. And I have to say, it did not disappoint me at all. The vintage secretary desk that I found on Craigslist was the find of the year in terms of the transformation it made. This is hands down one of my favorite pieces in the house.


2. Recycled Decor - I may be cheating here, but I'd say this goes hand in hand with the secretary desk in #3. I do have another project in the works that is solely for this trend, but that won't happen for a little bit (gotta get the piggy bank to eat a bit more).


1. Getting the Eclectic Look - This, I believe, will always be a work-in-progress kind of thing, but I think looking back at all of our home improvements and the new pieces we've acquired/recycled, I think we're slowly but surely getting there.


Seven out of ten ain't too shabby, I'd say. You betcha bottom dollar I'll have it all covered by next year!

Here's to making New Year's resolutions and sticking to them the best we can. Have a fabulous Happy New Year everyone! And don't forget, drink lots of champagne.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Gettin' Back on Track for the New Year


I must apologize for being gone for so long. I'm clearly taking advantage of my time off from work by being uber lazy and just being the best couch potato I can be. Actually, it's more like recuperation time for me since the holiday festivities took it out of me. So I've just been relaxing and taking it easy these past few days.

I had a wonderful holiday with my family and am still getting back to somewhat of a routine. I'll get there eventually but until then I am more than happy to eat, drink, and sleep all day long. The gorgeous photo above is a little something to tide you guys over until I get back on track.

Anyone willing to install light fixtures like the ones above in my house??

{Photo Credit: Dianne Brown Ross Phelans Interiors}

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays! I hope you all get everything that you wished for and more this Christmas Day. We've got a lot of ground to cover today in terms of family so we opened our gifts last night and what a great night it was. And now we've got to hop to it to make it to our first stop of the day. But I wanted to leave you with this great image from Snippet & Ink, a fabulous blog that covers all things in the wedding world.

{Photo Credit: Snippet & Ink}

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Our Christmas


I hope you all are enjoying being with family and friends and not fighting through crowds today. I know I'm excited about seeing my family tonight and tomorrow! I'm especially excited about staying the night at my parents' house since I haven't done that since I moved out about 4 years ago. But I'm more excited for my dog, Emma, since she absolutely loves it when the whole family is together. She has the biggest grin on her face the whole time we're all together, so I'm anxious to see that tomorrow.

Anywho, I just wanted to share with you a few photos from our own Christmas decorations. We didn't go all out, but I think we did a fairly good job at getting into the Christmas spirit with what we did. And I ended up making that christmas wreath that I told you guys about in an earlier post and it was SO easy to do! Check out the photos below to see my handy work. I was also able to print out those Martha Stewart Printable gift tags (the very last one in the post) that I mentioned last week which you can view below too.

Happy Holidays Everyone!





The secretary was the perfect place to display all of the lovely Christmas cards we've received.


The Martha Stewart printable gift tags were so cute that I just had to print them out.




Christmas cookies for our sweet and thoughtful neighbors.

Steve did a great job decorating half of the cookies.


Christmas Tablescapes

Ribbons wrapped around white candles are genius!

How lucky am I that I get off the hook from hosting Christmas dinner a second year in a row? Last year it was at Steve's mom's house and this year it's at my parents' house. That's not to say we won't be helping out, but it's just nice not to have the pressure of getting the house picture-perfect ready AND cooking a fabulous Christmas meal. Sorry Mom, I know it doesn't help that I just said that.

But I am actually kind of sad that I didn't have a good reason to create a tablescape. I mean, you don't have to have Christmas dinner to justify creating a tablescape, but when money is tight and your visions of a tablescape are bigger than your wallet, you tend to just not do it altogether. Which is what happened in my case.

For those of you who are lucky enough to set your table, I hope the images below will be somewhat inspiring if not helpful in getting your table ready. Oh, and check out last year's post on Christmas Tablescapes for more ideas!






I love it when gold is incorporated in a table setting.


Don't feel obligated to use red and green in your tablescape - other colors like fuchsia and pink are festive too!


Monique Lhuillier's table setting is just as dramatic and gorgeous as her wedding dress designs.


One of my favorite color combos - red and robin's egg blue.


Warm and inviting, the way it should be.




Perfect for a beach-y Christmas dinner.


As Rachel Zoe says, "I die."

{Photo Credit top to bottom: Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart,, Ideal Homes, House and Home, House and Home, House and Home, New House of Art, Monique Lhuillier, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Country Living, House to Home, Tara Dennis, and Fresh Home.}

Monday, December 20, 2010

Holiday Wish List: Stocking Stuffer Edition

Medium Cableknit Candle for $30.00

Slightly on the expensive side for a stocking stuffer, but have you ever seen a candle like this?

Christmas is just around the corner and if you've been good about planning and preparing, then you've got your stocking stuffers shopping done. I, on the other hand, have been quite naughty and haven't even begun to tackle my stocking stuffer shopping. Fortunately, I am on vacation as we speak (I had a ton of days to use before the end of the year) so I've got the time to do my stocking stuffer shopping. Stocking stuffers can be a bit tricky because you want them to actually fit in a stocking, but at the same time you want them to be thoughtful enough that you actually use them, not toss them aside.

I can guarantee the ones below aren't ones to toss aside, but rather to treasure and enjoy.

"The Little Pink Book Of Cocktails" by Madeline Teachett for $9.95

Tiny Daisy Chain Gilded Picture Frame for $9.95

I think small picture frames are absolutely darling.

Removable Chalkboard Wallies for $19.95

If we only had enough wall space for these chalkboard wallies, then I might not be so forgetful...

Glass Facet Ring Dish Jewelry Stand for $8.00

Get old school with safe keeping your rings.

Castle Key Bottle Opener for $12.00

The Art of the Handwritten Note: A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication for $11.76 (Online Price)

If there ever was a book made specifically for me, this would be it.

Mercury Glass Votive Holder - Set of 3 for $16.00

Tailor Scissors 6" for $20.95

A bit random, but I picked this up in NYC and it looks absolutely lovely on our blue secretary.

Owl Bank for $8.00

Need a chic place for all of your loose change?

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Friday, December 17, 2010

DIY Christmas Wreath - Thank You Eddie Ross!

I came across this DIY Christmas Wreath while searching for DIY Holiday projects and I have to say, this might be the prettiest (and simplest) one I've found. All it uses are leftover ball ornaments, a wire hanger, and a glue gun. You can't get much simpler than that! And it is of course created by Eddie Ross, the lifestyle guru. His company, Eddie Ross, Inc., specializes in interior design, event producing, and styling.

I absolutely love this project and will be trying to replicate it this weekend. The only problem is that we don't have any more ball ornaments, but I'm hoping that stores have them on sale so I can get some on the cheap! Let me know if you guys try this DIY project out. I'd love to see it!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hot Off the Press! DIY Gift Tags!

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So far, I've gotten most of my Christmas shopping done, with the exception of a few items to get. My husband, trying to be Eco-friendly, reused our Whole Foods paper bags as wrapping paper for the first few gifts he wrapped. Now, I am all for being Eco-friendly, but I told him we needed to add some color to the gifts so we got our butts to Michael's since all of their wrapping paper is on sale. Having picked up wrapping paper and bows last night, and finding some great options for gift tags, I'd say we're finally in good shape to get going with wrapping our gifts.

Some of these gift tags are free while others must be purchased. But, it's great cause once you've purchased them, they are sent to you digitally as soon as you pay (no waiting for it to get shipped!). I especially like Martha Stewart's Mitten and Stocking Gift Tags...

Bucklette Gift Tags

greenapplepaperie Holiday Gift Tags

Whisker Graphics gift tags

Up Up, The Blog

Technically a mailing label, but it was too cute to leave out.

Olive Manna Printable Gift Tags

love.obsess.inspire. gift tags

Hey Susy Gift Tags

Grand Revival Design Gift Tags

Frugal Life Project Printable Gift Tags

Mitten and Stocking Clip-Art Tags

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