Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year... 2012!

Wishing you a safe, healthy and happy new year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Goodbye 2011 ... Hello 2012!

I hope all of you had a fantastic holiday and that the new year brings nothing but fulfillment, happiness and gratefulness. I am celebrating with friends tonight to say goodbye to 2011 and then again tomorrow night to say hello to 2012.  As I shut down 2011, I want to thank all of you for following my creative journey this year. I am incredibly grateful for the love and blessings that I have received this year and for living what I love. So I raise my glass of bubbly and toast you and look forward to hearing more from you in 2012! Happy New Year friends!

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Holiday: Merry Tablescapes

As you prepare to gather around the table with friends and family this Christmas, here are a few tips on creating tablescapes that will put smiles on your guests faces this holiday season. Whether it is a buffet table, or sit down or even a dessert table, pull together some unconventional items that you already own for a bit of a surprise.

  1. Gather up all of your cake stands to display your cookies, brownies and all other holiday treats for a festive presentation
  2. Use apothecary jars that you normally use for soaps, bath salts or shells and put candy in them for a special touch
  3. Add holiday decorations like ornaments, candles and wreaths that you have used throughout the house and repeat them on the table for continuity. 
  4. In this candy cane themed dessert table, I leveraged the red and white of the candy cane and repeated it throughout. Then added purple and pink for a unique color blend.
  5. Add anything you have in mercury glass, silver or mirror to the table for extra sparkle against the candlelight
  6. For the buffet table, I used a vintage silver cake stand to give some height to the arrangement. It is also great to mix new and old things together. I also folded a white tablecloth I already owned into a runner so that I didn't have to purchase a runner.
  7. Rather than just placing buffet plates on the table, display them on a tray first or use a wall mirror as a tray.
  8. Find any clear glass vases or containers and fill them with glittery ornaments to add color to the table.
  9. Pull branches of holly and winterberry from outdoors along with pinecones for adding natural elements. I added outdoor white urns for an unusual look. You could also add succulents if you don't have time to pick up fresh flowers or greenery.
  10. If you are in a pinch for time, grab every candle stick you own and create a simple row of candles all in the same color down the center of the table. Sometimes keeping it simple is just as glamourous.

Hope these tabletop tips and photos from my article in Toujours Magazine help you with your last minute holiday preparations! Wishing you good health and happiness this holiday season :).


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Scene: Haus Interior LA Opening

Emily Ruddo, owner Nina Freudenberger and Meghan Beierle-O'Brien
After an all day photo shoot for Toujours Magazine issue 3, Meghan Beierle-O'Brien and I rushed over to friend Nina Freudenberger's new Los Angeles Haus Interior store opening party. Some of you may recognize the decor hot spot name from Nina's flagship NYC location on Elizabeth Street. The new LA store has a soothing yet hip color palette of shades of navy, gray, white and brown. I was very impressed with Nina's well edited accessories organized creatively throughout the store. With its dark gray walls and rugs hung like wallpaper, you will feel inspired yet calmed all at once.

Tones of blues and grays with a creative way to display rugs by hanging them like wallpaper.

Clean lined furniture with the must have Pendleton wool throw and carrying case for romantic picnics or tailgates.
So many interesting architectural objects in the store
These old school lightbulbs with large filaments are definitely unique.
Specialty drink for the evening created by Lulu Powers.

More floor to ceiling rug displays.
Needing to find a home for these beauties
These cotton throws in gray and creme are at an excellent price at $195 
Same throw comes in Navy too. I am loving the stripe one. Feels like a huge cotton cozy sweater.

More Navy, white and brown rugs and adorable antler hooks for only $45! Larger one is only $95.

More amazing throws 

Have any of you been to Nina's store in NYC? What do you think of the style?

8211 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Scene: Maison de Luxe Outdoor

If you are in a cold and dreary winter location today, hopefully these pictures of the outdoor grounds at the Maison de Luxe showhouse at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, California might warm you up a bit. It was so peaceful and quiet last Friday afternoon that I could have stayed for hours in the garden. Enjoy!

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