BABY, ITS COLD OUTSIDE: GET COZY

by Marisa Marcantonio

Here are some uber last minute holiday gift ideas for yourself and your nearest and dearest. Some gifts you might never buy for yourself because you are so busy thinking about everyone else or you feel they are too decadent, so provide this list to a person that needs a nudge, and point them in the right direction. These goodies can help you get ready for the New Year, relax, recharge and get cozy.

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If you want to harness your inner style, turn to this new book from Monacelli Press A Life of Style by fashion and luxury lifestyle icon Rebecca Moses for her wise words about what style means and how you can access yours both through your look and how you live. Now is the time to rethink it all, especially if you want to turn over a new leaf in the new year.

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When the holidays are over, you may or may not be into talking about, eating and looking at food. After you have swapped recipes and finally gotten your Aunt to divulge her famous Chili recipe, you can write the secret ingredients down in Rifle Paper Co's Heirloom Recipe Card box. The old timey box is painted in with a floral design and looks as though it was passed down from generation to generation, but that can be our secret. This is a nice time - consuming project for when you feel like opting out of the after dinner walk with the entire family to get some time to yourself. Does this sound familiar?

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Illuminate a Canvas Back to Basics candle to start off the new year-- after all, isn't that what resolutions are all about -- a return to the basic, easy stress-free life you once had? Fig and Orange Blossom scents will fill the air with a serene aroma.

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Brew up a spot of tea and sympathy in Tiffany's bone china Sea Urchin Teapot. It is the perfect time out and a way to take a moment for yourself.

Few things are as cozy as crisply pressed cotton classic pajamas. Finally, they are being made in a wearable (not massively over sized) cut with beautiful accent colors. Lounge around well into January with luxe in a 140 thread count cotton poplin pajama top from Marigot. They are available with pretty contrast piping colors like lime, shown here, and get better with time.
Complete the set with Marigot cotton pants, and begin your collection of PJ's.

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A gift box like this will make your friends feel like they are staying in a 5 star hotel from Waterworks. The box includes a white hand towel and Apothecary Hand Cream, Liquid Hand Soap, Bar Hand Soap, Shower Gel and Room Spray. Give it as a party thank you or keep it for the cadre of relatives that will soon be descending on your home for the holidays. Waterworks is offering Stylebeat readers a special 20% discount for the holidays and you can use the code STYLEBEAT10 at checkout!

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Keep your toes warm with an adorable hot water bottle designed as only the British can. From Nina Campbell.

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If you must go outside, be ready for a flash snowball fight with these Kate Spade Snowball Mittens that read, "place snowball here" on the right glove.

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It has been so cold in New York it is hard not to look like Nanook of the North bundling up to go outside. But since ski slope chic has hit the city hard, you may need this fur funnel neck piece to keep your head and neck toasty from Glamourpuss. A little bit Alps a lot warm.

STEP INTO KATE SPADE'S BOUTIQUE INTERIORS

by Marisa Marcantonio

Fun! Fashion! The Fifties!
When Kate Spade began expanding into fashion, she created a boutique-within-a store at Bloomingdales. The design of the space is exactly like her retail environments-- highly edited and curated spaces blending the lifestyle brand with a whimsical vision. At Bloomingdale's in NYC, the retail experience is like stepping into her shop, with wallpapered dressing rooms, vintage furniture, great art and a 1950's mixed with vintage modern vibe. By cross merchandising leather goods, fashion and home, the look is complete.

Red, apple green and pale blue come together with mirrored stripes in the display racks. A vintage lamp, Mid Century modern table and carnations in a Lenox glass flower vase from her collection make the space uniquely KS.

The blown up rose paper adds watercolor blooms that look randomly strewn across a landscape. The pop of red in the roses plays nicely off the dresses.

The entrance to the dressing room has a feature wall filled with gallery style hung artwork, featuring small mirrors, photos of the brand's signature Peony flower, graphic fonts and animals.

The Rose design paper was made up for the retail stores.

A bold black and white stripe plays off the red bench in the dressing room.

Scalamandre's signature leaping zebra's have been a Spade favorite for years, even influencing her stationery designs.

Palm Leaves from British wallpaper trendsetters Cole and Sons add a tropical tempo.

THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING

by Marisa Marcantonio

Why not celebrate the first day of spring with some flowers? There are signs of Narcissus pushing through the dirt in New York City, so lets hope the cold goes away soon.
In the meantime, buy some fresh pink tulips to celebrate the coming of spring and the beautiful weather should follow...


Brunschwig and Fils is the go to fabric house for great florals. Monsoon Floral, this new cotton Indienne print, is sure to add some zing to a room. Purple and red is an under used color combination that together it is such a chic pairing.


Bright and cheery, each colorway is full of life. I love a bright print to liven things up.


Painted glass is a 50's throwback that could use a revival. I love these new glasses from Home,James! for serving bright tropical drinks, they are bursting with festive flair.


Get your flower power going with this Kate Spade daisy pin.

DECK YOUR HALLS

by Marisa Marcantonio

Finding great holiday decorations is not so easy. You want to enjoy them year after year, and find things that are not too ornate, cheap or weird looking. Below is a selection of items that will make the season pretty, festive and have just enough detail. Fa la la!

STOCKINGS:
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Handmade and folksy, these block printed stockings from John Robshaw are great for warm climates since they are less wintery.

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Hable Construction brought a smile to all when they started doing handmade felt stockings several years ago. Each year the designs get better, and it is hard not to buy them all.

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This elf with his rosy cheeks is irresistible.

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Jolly Santa has some beard.

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A snowman on skis is a perfect stocking for the athlete.

TREE SKIRTS:

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Embroidered edging on Arcadia Home's tree skirt is subtle and decorative without screaming Christmas. The skirts shown below are from Arcadia Home as well.

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A variety of snowflakes adorn the felt skirt shown above. Not too ornate with a simple border, this is a skirt you will be happy to put around the tree year after year.

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If you have little wonders gathered 'round your tree this season, they will certainly love this train skirt.

ORNAMENTS:
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If you want a folksy 60's touch, then these ornaments are for you, available from Kate Spade.

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Gilded tassels can hang from the tree or sit in a grouping down the center of the table from Cody Foster & Co.

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More adorableness from Hable, these ornaments are great to give and get. This googly moose eyed and ready for more egg nog.

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Mr. Gingerbread man makes many appearances this time of year--on the tree and as a cookie, he is always a cute addition.

WREATHS AND SWAGS:
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Red berries stand out this time of year. A good option is a faux wreath like this one from Smith and Hawken

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For the mod moment, this is great for a minimal apartment. From Kenneth Wingard.

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If you love French antiques and an aged patina, this wreath is great from Cody Foster & Co.

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The Magnolia Company out of Florida makes and ships the most elegant wreaths and swags around. This Magnolia leaf wreath is perfect when you just do not have the time to make one yourself. The Magnolia Company will do 24 hour shipping--what are you waiting for?

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Swag the banister and mantel away with a Plumosus Salal combination. Add some red ribbon and you have gorgeous! From The Garland Farm

FOR THE MANTEL:
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Set the room aglow with an aged mercury glass candlestick and shade combo from Two's Company. Shades create a soft glow and are good for parties when votives can easily to tip over.

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The best candles around are from Creative Candles. They are nicely packaged, come in a wide range of colors, and are available online. Buy en masse so you do not run out!