Hello everyone and happy mid-week! So, when it's time to set the table for that perfect holiday dining experience do you deck the halls, or go minimal? I think I fall somewhere in between-keeping some things simple such as the flowers and centerpieces and then I squeeze as many twinkling candles in there as possible. Whichever way you decide to decorate your table, a personal touch is always a must and generally pops out whether you are trying or not. I like to do something new each year which thankfully doesn't involve buying all new. I take a few things from here and there and bring them together with gorgeous holiday greens and this year-plants. Buffet style or sit-down, a beautiful table for the holidays is a fairly simple and fun thing to do. Mix and match, pull a few twigs from your tree to adorn your tableware, add some lights and don't forget the candles (you can see I like candles-the more the merrier). Check out some of my inspiration pics below and remember that whatever you choose, this years holiday dining experience is sure to be one of kind-a personal experience that you share with your family and friends while noshing on delicious food and reveling in the holiday spirit!
Hello everyone and welcome to another beautiful Monday (maybe??). Today I have a special guest post by David Frederick an interior design writer for Thomas Lloyd, a traditional leather furniture company. I welcome David and everything he has to tell us about how to create that perfect traditional interior as well as how to garnish our traditional spaces for the holidays. I don't normally swing to far towards the traditional style here on my blog so I was happy to do something new and learn a thing or two about traditional decor. Thank you David! Enjoy all and have a wonderful day!!
creating a traditional style living room
With the holidays fast approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to write an article about creating a traditional style living room. For good measure, I have also included some of my favourite Christmas décor ideas.
Traditional interior design is held in high regard for its charming combination of casual and formal design aesthetics. One thing that homeowners and interior designers love about traditional décor is that the passage of time doesn’t detract from its appearance. The traditional style will not only make your home more welcoming to guests, but it will also help to create that genuine homely atmosphere that so many homeowners crave.
One of the key reasons why traditional décor is so popular is because of the way that it incorporates diversity. Unlike styles such as shabby chic or vintage, traditional décor has the ability to incorporate modern elements and boldly colored objects without looking odd. For instance, your favorite piece of art and a less traditional item of furniture can be combined if you want your living rooms theme to be diverse. By creating a combination such as this, you will make your prized item more prominent and prevent the traditional style from becoming too boring or homogeneous.
Mid-tones are the best color choice for traditional decor. Choosing mid tones will mean avoiding the bright and dark colors, both for floor coverings and walls. Lighter colors such as pale blue and crème will look the nicest on your walls and slightly darker colors will be better suited for the floors, this will create a nice balance. Also, make sure you don’t paint adjacent rooms in very different colors, this is a bad idea. Your color palette should progress gradually, shifting from the warm mid-tones to cooler mid-tone greens and blues in the back of your home.
focus on furniture
Traditional furniture items can be finished in any color tone; natural woods are a particularly common choice amongst homeowners and designers. Apart from using traditional wooden furniture as a centerpiece in your home, you can also use similar styles of wood molding around doors, baseboards and windows for increased design unity. Leather sofas are also popular amongst designers looking to create a traditional style. One piece of furniture that epitomizes the traditional design style is the Chesterfield. For some inspiration, take a look at Thomas Lloyd’s handmade Chesterfield Sofas.
When I suggest that you incorporate antiques, I don’t mean that you should go over the top with these. Accessories such as antique vases can be a great way to add character to a living room. Yard sales, thrift stores and antique stores are all great places to pick antiques up. When you have antiques, you have the luxury of creating a truly unique and rustic feel.
incorporate dramatic window treatments
Because traditional style living rooms were primarily used for the hosting of important guests, window treatments were designed to add a touch of dramatic charm to the room. To emulate this tradition and create a truly authentic look, choose curtains in heavy, rich fabrics or colours. If you have large windows in your living room, Floor to ceiling drapes are a surefire way to make a traditional design statement. For smaller windows, heavy looped valances can be used to achieve the same look.
traditional christmas decor
Now that you have your traditional style living room, it’s time to add a traditional touch of Christmas. The great thing about Christmas decorations is they give you a chance to express yourself whilst doing so with tons of excitement.
incorporate red flowers
I am a big believer in Christmas décor being red and would highly recommend incorporating some red flowers to bolster your living rooms Christmas charm. You don’t need a huge floral budget for this, just a few fresh red roses!
hang stockings on the fireplace
If you’re a traditionalist, you probably do this already. It’s a really nice way to add a touch of Christmas magic to your fireplace. And as we all know, Christmas is all about the magic.
Wreaths are one of the first things that people think of when the words Christmas decorations are spoken. While it’s easy to go out and buy a wreath, why not make your own? A number of DIY tutorials can be found online which will take you through the process. For maximum impact, hang a wreath on your living room door.
be creative with candles
Candles play an integral part in traditional Christmas décor, so why not get creative with them? Decorate white slender candles with green and red ribbons. Tie them into a bow or just spiral them around the candle. As a finishing touch, attach a bell to the base of the candle.
buy a real tree
While artificial trees can be more practical and produce less mess, nothing beats the beauty and smell of a real tree. Remember, your Christmas tree is your unique expression of the holiday season. Pick a tree that you love and then decorate it lovingly. Baubles and lights will bring your tree to life and enhance its already magical charm.
Traditional decorating styles allow you to create a classic home that will be comfortable for all kinds of events, whether you’re having the family around for a get together, or celebrating your kid’s birthday. This style also works well with a variety of different colors and architecture allowing you to completely personalize the look of your home. To achieve this look, follow the tips above.
Just a little holiday cheer to get you through the weekend (and isn't this just cutest advent calendar you've ever seen-next year my friends)! Keep it wonderful and check back next week for a guest post and inspiring holiday table decor and if I can get it together in time, my home for the holidays!
Hello everyone! Sometimes I think the most wonderful holiday decor is found in our minds rather than in a shopping bag. We walk out and find the most beautiful tree there is, buy it, post it up and decorate it. Now to many this is tradition, but what if we don't have the space, or we can't afford that nice big tree, or we simply just want to do something different and start a new tradition-the untraditional tradition I will call it. I am always amazed at the different ways people go about trimming their trees whether they are real or not. There are so many clever ideas and imperfectly perfect ways of showing the holiday spirit that bring out personality and uniqueness of each individual. Take a look at these untraditional trees and let me know what you think! And I will add, I do have that perfect traditional tree sitting in my living room right now, but one year (not this year) I hope to partake in some of this cleverness for myself!
Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! The holiday party is starting over here at my house, we found the perfect tree yesterday and conquered the outside holiday lights (with only about 3-4 swear words this time which is pretty good). Today my thoughts are with the old and the new and what a warm and inviting feeling I get when I walk into a home that has that perfect mix. A worn leather sofa among a pile of crisp, patterned pillows or a DIY project that looks so good you would almost think it cost a fortune. These are of course all a part of what makes a house a home. Todays finds reflect a bit of that along with some holiday things that are on my mind right now like gift wrap and tabletop decor. Have a great day all, more to come later in the week!
A beautiful mix of patterns and worn goods.
If I could, I would dedicate a whole window to hanging planters-I love the added bonus of geometric shapes in the middle of this one!
A touch of gold at the holiday table this year? Sophisticated, warm and stylish, I love everything about this tabletop.
I don't usually go for "bright" decor, however this bedroom just really seems to welcome the brightness quite nicely.
A cluster of wooden bell lamps, need I say more??
There are so many wonderful gift wrapping ideas out there and I look forward to trying new ones each year. This gorgeous marbled paper with tiny sprigs of holiday is simple yet not short in the beauty department!
A simple shelf to hold and display your favorite goods.
Yes, the details matter-even in the bathroom!
Ooh La La everyone, to live in an old farmhouse and have this kitchen.....to dream, to dream. This is just a scrape of what is a very cool house and you can see more pics over at The Design Files. I hope you all are having a great week (decorating done?? hmmmm, me neither)!
Have a wonderful day!
Ok everyone, Happy Monday and welcome to the month of December! Guess what I am doing right now?? Listening to Christmas music-my most favorite thing to do this time of the year and yes, I am somewhat of a Christmas music junkie and I feel ok admitting that (it took me awhile to admit it, but I am all out now). It's also time to warm things up around here and start to "winterize" the house along with my holiday decorating. Fuzzy sheepskins and blankets, natural tones of wood and white, candles and lanterns, sprigs of fir and holiday flowers, are among the things you will find embracing my furniture, tables and shelves this time of the year. And nothing beats lazing around on a plush floor cushion next to a freshly lit fire. So here's a little inspiration to get you started and hopes that your winter decorating keeps you wonderfully warmed up and cozy!
As promised, I'm bringing you some beautiful and inspiring table top ideas just in time for Thanksgiving. We all need to express ourselves in some way and many do that right in their own homes. As the holidays approach and we invite our families and friends inside to enjoy good company and tasty food, it never hurts to greet your guests with a wonderful surprise at the table (besides the food). From centerpieces to tableware, right down to the personal touches like name tags and garnish, a beautiful table top around the holidays is a personal touch that reflects your personality for all to see. Now don't get me wrong, a beautiful table does not mean over-the-top! A simple setting looks just as wonderful as a done up one as long it reflects who you are and makes you proud. So have fun this year and if you need some additional inspiration to finalize your thoughts, then scroll through and see what you can find! I am off to celebrate the holiday early this year and visit with friends before my feast-Happy Thanksgiving everyone, stay safe, stay warm and enjoy your surroundings wherever you may be!
Don't forget the kiddo table-what a cute idea!!
Hello everyone and happy Monday! Is that comfort of Fall and soon to be Winter settling in yet? I've always found that about this time of the year, when the cold starts to set in and I feel like going to bed at 5pm, I feel a deep desire to nest and decorate my surroundings with nature either made or found. With Thanksgiving on it's way shorty, the nesting has turned to preparing my home for visits and warmth and finding that perfect table setting that one: shows how creative I am (hehe) and two: that reflects my vision and spaces around me. I think this weeks finds are a perfect example of that warm and cozy feeling I am striving to create. Feathers are still a staple in my home for decorating and I never tire of using them in my holiday projects. Flowers to add color, branches for hanging and lightning and candles that create a feeling of relaxed escape among the chaos of the holidays ( and we can never deny the chaos, it always happens, no matter what!). I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and I will continue this feeling of warmth and coziness tomorrow when I bring you some gorgeous tables made up just right for the holidays!
Have a wonderful day!
This bedroom screams cozy and comfortable. Muted down colors, natural details, a no fuss relaxing space!
via: monday to sunday home
I'm thinking christmas decorations and decor right now and these feather ornaments are just perfect.
via: west elm
There is nothing more beautiful than simple brass candle holders on the table.
A gorgeous floral and feather centerpiece-perfect for that Thanksgiving table!
image via: pinterest.com
I'm already thinking ahead to holiday projects and a branch always fits in there somewhere. This one can be bought, however I'll bet if you took a walk outside you could find something that works!
via: one kings lane
I see one of these on every entrance to my home all winter long!
via: a fine farm house
About the only time I feel inspired to purchase new tableware and linens is during the holidays and West Elm always seems to have a little something I like!
tableware and placemats by West Elm
I'm a little ga ga over these pendant lamps at the moment, made from cork, wood and concrete, oh my!
coco lapine design
A simple table setting just in time for the holidays. Simple decor goes a long way don't you think?
via: inspire bohemia
Hello and happy Friday! I've been seeing so many wonderful things up on walls lately, maybe it's just a coincidence as I've been browsing Pinterest ALOT this week! I've also been doing some painting in my own home this week and all I can think about is the final look and what will go up on the walls once I finish. Here are some wonderful examples of what can be done to your walls once the paint is dry-or, if painting and wallpaper are your final look, well, I have some examples of those as well. Your walls are the perfect place to add in personality to your home, try something new or build up storage if needed. Take a look and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!