Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

In a recent post about my visit to the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams signature store in Portland, I admired a mirror over a sofa as much as the sofa itself. A great mirror is such a statement piece in a room whether above a sofa, over a  console in an entry, or a beautiful floor mirror leaning against the wall.

There are some really great mirrors for people to buy no matter how large or small your budget may be. In a recent project, I used the Tanisha mirror by Uttermost for a client's entry. It looks beautiful and the finish is even more beautiful in person than in the picture.

Uttermost has a nice selection of mirrors to choose from- truly something for every one's taste. One of the more traditional and very curvy mirrors that I like is the Cleopatra U mirror. I love the antiquing and green glaze.

This Uttermost Montone floor mirror caught my eye while looking through their website. It has a nice, substantial frame with some interesting detailing. This is a mirror that would work well with many different furniture styles. I could see it with classic furniture, globally inspired decor, and even contemporary furnishings.

If you are looking for a coastal look or just want to add natural materials and texture to your room, Currey & Company's Windward mirror would be a good choice. Currey & Co. also makes a rectangular version called the Beachhead that would be beautiful as a vanity mirror in a coastal inspired bathroom.

Arteriors makes a fabulous Landon convex mirror set I would love to own. It is so stylish and interesting the way the pieces fit together.

Starburst mirrors have become a classic and so many manufacturers make a version or two. I adore the Arteriors' retro Galaxy Star mirror which is such a beauty and would lighten and brighten any space.

For a pine mirror that is anything but plain, take a look at this BoBo Pine Mirror. This unfinished mirror comes in a square version as shown below or as a larger floor mirror.

For those who are not feeling the economic pinch, I must suggest the Venus Mirror by Made Goods. This beautiful flower mirror with shell petals is a total statement piece done in a very feminine and organic way.

Also by Made Goods, this Grotta Mirror is baroque inspired sea shells put together in some faboulously ornate patterns. So over the top, but then again if money were no object I would want one just because I appreciate the craftsmanship that went into making this beauty.

There is so much out there to love and these are only a few of many. Whose mirrors do you love and want in your home?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thanksgiving Tablescapes

It won't be too long before we are gathering with our families and friends to enjoy what will probably be the first of many fabulous holiday meals between Thanksgiving and New Years' Eve. We usually go out to eat for Thanksgiving since I am not much of a cook and this way instead of being stressed, we can just focus on enjoying each others company. My grandmother and mother were and are fabulous cooks (that gene didn't carry down to me) and I have many fond memories growing up with great home cooked Thanksgiving meals and a lot of football watching. I truly admire a well set table and consider it an art. Here are a few ways to make your Thanksgiving table a feast for the eyes.

Country Living has a beautiful slide show on Thanksgiving table settings. I've picked a few of my favorites to highlight. I love the colors on this tablescape, just so warm and inviting.


I love the getting the kids involved with the table decor. These ideas are fun for the whole family.

With a big group of family and friends, a buffet is definitely the way to go. This buffet display is so inviting. Candles add so much to the mood of the evening.

 So much of a buffet is in the way the food is presented. Who wouldn't love a dessert buffet dressed up like this? The potted flowers and pumpkins and gourds add so much to the harvest theme.
Sweet Something Design created a tablescape I just adore. I love every thing about it and I can see the place setting as being something easily put together by the average and even challenged entertainer with some visual cues. This talented blogger bought her dishes at Wal-mart years ago and did a fabulous cornucopia centerpiece. She even shows how she used the same dishes to create another Thanksgiving display. You can create a beautiful table on a budget with creativity, imagination, and some guidance. 
Paper & Cake Printable Partyware offers entertainers some free downloads to make their job easier. Choose Modern Folk or An Elegant Table, either one is beautiful.
If you don't believe me about tablescaping being an art, then just check out the blog, Between Naps on the Porch. Susan, who writes this beautiful blog, has perfected the art of tablescapes. If every you need inspiration, you can find it from her or one of her many followers who like to participate in her special weekly hosted blog parties known as Tablescape Thursday. Susan has not done her 2010 Thanksgiving tablescape yet, but here is link to her 2009 BNOTP Thanksgiving tablescape

These are some amazing tablescapes, aren't they? My mother is an amazing hostess and a whiz with centerpieces, but even the best hostesses can use some inspiration every now and again. When I am in doubt and looking for inspiration in interior design I often turn to magazines or the internet for a spark of creativity. The inspiration is there for setting a beautiful table too. Just look for it! 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Christmas Decorating- Start Planning Now!

I love getting my home decor catalogs in the mail. This time of year, they are just magical to look at. I tend to resent the commercialization of the season and how the big corporations try to stretch the Christmas season longer and longer each year. Yet, the beauty of the season is still breath taking. It has been a long time since I have decorated my home for Christmas. I converted to Judaism 22 years ago, but I still love holiday decor and all the beautiful displays in these catalogs.

I adore this Coastal Christmas vignette from Wisteria. The nautical theme on the stockings and tree skirt are so wonderful as is the seaside garland.

I love burlap. I know that it is so over done. I know you see it everywhere. However, I still love the natural, textural qualities of this material in home decor. Burlap is perfect for a fringed Christmas tree skirt as shown in this Ballard Designs photo.

When it comes to trimming the tree, Ballard Designs also has Silver Button Garland that is fabulous. It comes in a capiz button version too.

I'm also lovin' the Holiday Patchwork Pillows from Ballard Designs. They are perfect for spreading the festivities to your chairs, sofas, and bedrooms.
Many have mantels that look bare if not dressed for the holidays. At Grandin Road I found this wonderful Martha Stewart Beaded LED Garland. By the way, Costco has battery operated real wax LED candles in a four pack for $19.99 now. I picked up a couple packs myself and need to go back for a few more. These are wonderful for holiday decorating and so much safer than real candles in so many social situations, especially around young children and pets.   
Also fun for your mantle are these snowflake candle holders from Crate and Barrel. Choose either the larger hurricane or the smaller candle holder singular or in pairs. 
Also great for the holidays and long after the new year rolls around are these Mercury Glass Pillar Holders from Pottery Barn. These create the look of instant antiques and would mix well with a variety of real antique candle holders if you are lucky enough to find them at antique stores and flea markets. Mix them with some garland (real or faux) and it will be wonderful.

While we are talking about mantles, I just love, love, love clear hurricanes for their versatility. It seems as if every home decor store carries some variation of them. They work beautifully with or without candles in every season. If you find some fabulous glass Christmas ornaments on sale, stock up. They look so festive in hurricanes on your mantle or even as a centerpiece for your holiday meal. I love this picture of holiday hurricanes.
If you like a traditional centerpiece and are on a budget like everyone else this year, think Costco. Here are two Costco holiday centerpiece options, one fresh greenery and the other artificial, that can be delivered directly to your home in time for the holidays.
I love crafts, but don't have as much time for them as I would like these days. For those who have the time, check out this lovely Lighted Pinecone Arrangement craft found on Martha Stewart Living. I think it would be great to make for Thanksgiving and would work all through Christmas.
Most of us don't have the grand staircase of Martha Stewart's Turkey Hill Estate, but I wanted to share how festive her stairs look draped in eucalyptus garland. Many homes would look lovely with this kind of staircase treatment. See how she did it. 

For those of us with more modest entries, a little garland around the mirror might just do the trick. Martha shows us how to do elegant on a smaller scale.
This Bay Leaf and Pomegranate Garland makes a beautiful entry.

On the Crate and Barrel website I found an interesting decoration I would like to share. I haven't been able to find it used in a picture, but it has some interesting decorating possibilities. This 36" Antiqued Silver Branch I think could look beautiful with some crystal icicle ornaments. Pretty single color ornaments would also be attractive. How would you use this or have you found any pictures from Crate and Barrel that I may not be aware of showing how they have used this in holiday decor?

Holiday dinnerware can add so much to the table. I found some pretty glam dinnerware for the holidays and beyond at Z Gallerie. Check out the Madera Dinnerware with a faux bois pattern. You can buy a complete set or upgrade your existing dinnerware by purchasing Madera chargers. Perfection! Now if only they didn't need to be hand washed.
Hanukkah is a much harder holiday to decorate for, but I'll see what I can find for my Jewish friends. I hope you have enjoyed some of my Christmas decorating favorites this season. Please share some of yours!