It's time to start thinking all-things holiday, and that includes getting festive with decorating. I adore a pretty wreath, and greenery adds such a lively, pretty touch. I came across this very California olive and eucalyptus branch version from World Market, and like the wispy, naturally unruly quality of it. As a born and raised East Coaster, I like the Northern California vibe. I am sure the Eucalyptus smells wonderful, and its scent will set a relaxed tone for the season, that will hopefully remind you to breathe in and keep these busy times in perspective. As we head into this day of giving thanks, I wish you a terrific Thanksgiving, enjoying time spent with family and friends old and new. Step outside of your comfort zone by talking to people you don't often see, and find out what they have been up to lately. Your taking the time to look into their world can open up possibilities to inspire, motivate or help them in ways you never imagined. Connecting on a whole new level can yield amazing results. Try it, I think you'll like it.
This past October Kate Spade New York made a big debut, launching furniture at High Point Market. It was the talk of the town, as editors, buyers and interior designers made their way to E.J. Victor to marvel at the bright, fun and feminine collection launch. With a nod to mid century modern, the line appeared to fit both feminine and masculine settings. It seemed to be designed with the urban buyer in mind, and the pieces were all "right sized" for apartment living. Full of ebullient color, fanciful hardware and pretty details, this was a high moment at High Point. You can find the collection at select Kate Spade New York retailers, and online here. Go forth and pop a cork, these high spirited pieces will make you want to entertain at home.
Who wouldn't want to work at this festive desk everyday? Creative ideas would just flow.
Everyone fell in love with the Downing Desk with surface covered in playful hand painted irregular polka dots. It's a little bit mid century a little bit French deco.
The Georgia Chest with gold circular pulls and stretcher base sits next to the personality chair of the collection.
The Worthington Chair with cut corner back has a dark mahogany frame and kelly green upholstery. It is the perfect dining chair and would look great used in pairs around the dining room doorway.
This room setting showcases some of the Kravet prints that launch soon. With black white and a touch of color, the room is both masculine and femme.
Every rooms needs a little bit of black, right? When using solid upholstery, a printed rug and pillows are the place to add pop. This aqua sofa and black upholstery are punched up a notch with one of the new Jaipur rugs they debuted at market.
With a curved and tufted back the three cushion Drake Tufted Sofa was designed with classic British design in mind.
A jaunty white trim and lumbar pillow give the prepped-up Norwich Armchair eye-popping style
It's all in the mix, as streamlined pieces are placed next to curvy ones.
Tailored and linear, the Downing Sofa includes bolster pillows for added appeal. A track arm gives it a more masculine silhouette.
With a cut out area for a recessed bar, the Downing Coffee Table in cream lacquer is low and sexy.
A curved wood headboard has Regency style that pairs well with a little Victoriana chair and mid century bench, The Georgia.
The bright pink azalea Drake Slipper Chair is my favorite chair in the collection. It is just the right scale for a bedroom chair and the right amount of curves.
Peonies have always been the signature flower choice for the Kate Spade brand, so it is fitting that one appears on a nightstand in the bedroom shot above.
The Downing Mini Chest can serve as a nightstand or side table. It has this striking gold hardware that is also used on the desk, giving it a bit of jewelry-like detail.
When it comes to setting a beautiful table, designer Ashley Whittaker does it right. Pulling in the colors used in the room, she incorporates the color scheme in the flowers, china, stemware and placemats. When setting your table these holidays, use what you have and add in some fun elements. Think about mixing items that are at different heights, playing with scale and texture to create nice moments. Throw in something unexpected, like small decorative accessories, if they work with the color palette. And most importantly, have fun, and enjoy the meal. Ahead, a look at the colorful, layered, and beautifully detailed dining rooms created by Ashley Whittaker. As she told me recently, she is a "dining room girl," and you can see why. She creates transforming spaces to entertain in.
A candy apple red lacquer dining room paired with chocolate brown takes traditional to a youthful, invigorated place. She arranged Dahlias in high and low julep cups and placed them around the table.
This dining room has brown and gold, so purple is a nice accent color. And don't be afraid to mix metals, the gleam of shiny things will be picked up by the glow of the candles.
Purple Ranunculus, a favorite flower of mine, works with the beautiful china and purple stemware with touches of silver
If you are having a blue and white Thanksgiving, working with white flowers is always pretty, and try pulling in a third color for an interesting contrast.
As temperatures start to drop, cozy days inside become a seasonal rite of passage. Growing up, we always had a giant bowl of walnuts in the living room, which included its own kind of ritual with a nutcracker. The nut would either go flying across the room, or crack and make a huge mess. When I came across this copper squirrel nutcracker at Anthropologie, it gave me reason to get excited about this fall tradition again. The squirrel grasps the nut in its mouth and little paws, and then you push the tail down to crack the nut. Even if you are not cracking nuts by the fire all weekend long, this little guy makes a cute addition to the coffee table set up.