The holidays are filled with wonderful moments, including those that happen at home. Decorating for the holidays brings out a creative side and festive flair in everyone. It's a time to revisit cherished vintage ornaments, family heirlooms passed down from generation to generation, and start some new traditions. Whether you decide to go with red, white and green or unexpected colors, they all coordinate well with a touch of metallic. This ornamental wreath is so stunning with its brass figurines, flora and fauna. Designed by artist Julie Munafo just for Terrain, and inspired by Victorian era "Dresden Ornament" wreaths made in Germany from antique candy molds, it is an example of a way to add glimmer and gleam in an elegant way. Old world charm and holiday traditions go well together.
Whether you entertain on a regular basis or keep it in the family, I have uncovered some beautiful and unexpected gifts this season, for the hostess and party attendee. From a pretty planter filled with paperwhites to hand-painted glassware, I've selected an assortment of special gifts to give to show your appreciation for the kind gesture of being invited into someone's home. Cheers!
Lettuce ware! Make tea more enjoyable with beautiful presentation. I like the Dodie Thayer re-edition with Tory Burch of lettuce ware in fresh white (in mint condition cause it's new).
One can never own too many trays. Use them on an ottoman, as a makeshift bar, and to serve food. When they look as good as this wicker and cane Bedford Tray from Serena and Lily, it makes me want to have a few extra's as backup.
Sending paperwhites as a thank you is always a good idea. I adore the scent of paperwhites, and this set from Terrain ships with bulbs, soil and planter.
Drinks flow freely when you have a special cocktail on tap. Use this pineapple dispenser from Uncommon Goods to serve up the featured cocktail of the evening.
I am totally taken with the colorful fringe-edge linen cocktail napkins from Kimberly Schlegel Whitman's Halo Home. Available with embroidered monogram and motif, they add a colorful pop to coordinate with your china and flowers.
Freshen up the bar accessories with AERIN's gold Danton bottle opener and corkscrew set that looks like it was inspired by the clean lines of Carl Aubock.
Hand-painted whisper thin Lobmeyer glasses from Austria are the creme de la creme for entertaining beautifully.
Card carrying members of the Preppy Handbook set will rejoice when they see these cut-out acrylic monogram coasters from Mark and Graham, the go-to for monogrammed goods. I mean the blonde tortoise and gold mirror-- so chic!
Everything looks better by candlelight, and wicker adds a bit of natural texture that provides a casualness. Bahamas and Palm Beach-based designer Amanda Lindroth recently introduced a breezy collection of wicker, cane and woven accessories that are great for bringing the casual flair of island living to city and country alike. These pieces always looks gracious, never fussy.
Cheese. Nothing wrong with getting straight to the point with this chic marble with brass inlay cheese plate by West Elm.
Candy as the new amuse bouche? Yes, if Sugarfina has anything to do with it.
Want to really wow? Give the gift of flower arranging for up to ten friends with this over the top but useful gift at The New York Botanical Garden's Midtown Education Center, available through Bergdorf Goodman.
Happy Thanksgiving to you! Enjoy being with friends and family this Thanksgiving, and then its time to submerse yourself in the Christmas Spirit and the art of finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Here's a great place to start. For those that cherish their sleep, don't get enough of it or aspire to follow the wise words of Arianna Huffington and her Thrive global campaign to encourage more/better sleep, this collaboration will be a step in the right direction. Sleep in on luxe sheets and hit the snooze button, then slip into these cozy cashmere and wool ballet style slippers. Margaux, maker of my favorite flats has teamed up with Hill House Home, the bedding company that does pretty embroidery on high threat count sheets. Together, the brands combined efforts to offer a sumptuous little ode to comfort. Rest up and kick back in advance of the mayhem that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and perhaps even treat yourself to this kit. Indulge a little.
It's (almost) the most wonderful time of the year! I love doing gift guides, and to kick things off this year, let's get things started with the cozy list. Whether you are hibernating indoors or taking to the bustling city sidewalks this winter, these gifts have you covered. From luxurious goodies to approachable stocking stuffers, here are the presents to give and to get when comfort is top of mind.
I love a good pom pom hat. I am very particular about them, and prefer that they have a wide band at the bottom, but this wool blend version will do, because the stars make it so fun. Club Monaco makes it and it comes with matching gloves if you want to go all in.
Funnel neck is the way to go. If you want to feel like you walked out the door in your duvet, this Herno coast is the closest thing to actually doing that.
Because Alessandro Michele the creative director of Gucci is a genius and I'd like to own something zany from this season's standout home and ready to wear collections.
These super cool socks from Kule sum it up.
If you've seen me running around on the weekends, I am probably wearing these. I first wrote about the phenomenon of wool Allbirds sneakers in last year's gift guide (here) when they had only one sneaker style. Well, comfortable feet are now possible in more than lace ups, since they launched this new lounger style back in April. This brand is a direct to consumer darling, and you can visit their new New York concept store on Crosby Street to get the full brand experience, shop exclusive colors, and try them out on a life-sized hamster wheel.
And there are now Smallbirds for tiny tots. This may be one of the cutest things I've ever seen.
This throw wins. Chunky, chic and cozy. Done. Find it at Serena & Lily.
Why go out when you can stay in and wear these? Cozy super soft Pajamas from Lake come in candy cane stripes. The brand just debuted a collaboration with textile designer Rebecca Atwood, and those designs are great too.
Because sports injuries can be a real setback, a hot water bottle is a great thing to have on hand in the winter months. When it is as good looking as this version from Sleepy Jones, everybody wins.
Cocooning and hygge wouldn't be the same without a wonderful fragrance wafting though the air. This season, the luxe candle company, Diptyque has partnered with French graffiti artist Philippe Beaudelocque who has created the packaging with cosmic animals, his specialty, for a special collection of celestially inspired scents. The Dragon is shown here.
Embrace your inner maximalist or warm up someone who does with this patchwork Alexander McQueen cape of wool and silk with medieval patterns.
Have a jetsetter to buy for? Look no further than this cheeky cashmere travel set complete with blanket and eye mask from Barneys. Because planes are always freezing.
Staying in? A sheet mask or exfoliator are good for self care Saturday when it's freezing out. I like French Girl Lip Polish at Anthropologie.
In the winter, I switch from iced to hot tea, with mint being my preference. Tea has all these amazing polyphenols that I know are good for me, so I should drink more of it. The tea making experience should be a relaxing ritual involving the proper accoutrements to do the job right. This beautiful British copper tea kettle by Newey & Bloomer through Williams-Sonoma is a show stopper you will want to leave out on the stove, so a quick cuppa is always in reach.
Last year, this classic hiking boot from J. Crew sold out in no time flat. Don't let that happen again!! The fleece is warm and the price is appealing.
Dogs bring so much joy they make everyday feel like Christmas. If your pup needs a pretty new perch, this is it. Serena & Lily's rattan dog bed will look just as with your living room design scheme as it will in the kitchen.
With an internal rechargeable battery, this LED lantern is a true thing of beauty-- it will last a long time and is designed in minimalist perfection. Made in Denmark by Norm, where long, dark winters are standard, the modern design orb light emits a soft glow and is portable, making it great for indoor or outdoor use (it is not waterproof). Find it at Kaufmann Mercantile.