Nine Festive Finds

It’s officially time to decorate for the Christmas season! Rounding up a few fun finds to make your home festive this month.

  1. A pretty ice bucket with brass details.
  2. A new take on the traditional wreath- I love this dried pinecone wreath for a more neutral look.
  3. Cozy paid cashmere throw that doesn’t scream Christmas.
  4. Green tartan throw pillow (give me all the tartan and plaid this time of year!)
  5. Decorate with vintage style brass bells.
  6. Bring out beautiful copper pots to sit on your stove even when not in use.
  7. Fun mugs for cozy drinks by the fire.
  8. The best smelling candle for the season!
  9. I just checked out with this woven tree basket. This one is also darling!

Gift Picks for Her

A few gift ideas for your mom, best friend, sister, mother-in-law, or even yourself! I certainly have a few of these on my list this year…

  1. My favorite cheese board! I use this board every time I make a large cheese platter and it’s even cute on my counter or bar top when not in use.
  2. Can never go wrong with a Jenni Kayne everyday sweater.
  3. A beautiful linen throw.
  4. If you follow me, you know my love of rattan. This Rattan book has been on my wishlist… just might be gifting it to myself this year.
  5. I love the vintage style of this blue and white jar.
  6. I’ve been on the hunt for a new tote for a while and finally found this one that I added to my list.
  7. A Staub dutch oven– the perfect gift for a new homeowner or your friend that loves to cook.
  8. A darling pitcher that helps make drinking water fun!
  9. I love the simplicity of this jacket. A perfect casual throw on for chilly days.

Gifts for The Guys

I always have a hard time shopping for men. Anyone else?! Rounding up a few ideas that will hopefully work for some of the men you are gifting this year…

  1. A masculine leather weekender and toiletry kit
  2. A comfortable pair of joggers for working from home
  3. Yeti Cooler for your outdoor adventures
  4. I love a fun belt- this hand stitched one and this needlepoint one make a fun gift
  5. Some sleek whiskey glasses
  6. A sous vide for the cook in your life, perfect for elevating all these dinners at home
  7. You can never go wrong with a classic cashmere sweater
  8. Everyone needs a new pair of comfortable shoes and APLs are a favorite around here. All of these are on sale today!
  9. A classic Barbour jacket that he will have for years to come.

Gifts Ideas for the Little Ones

Let the gift guides begin! I have lots of fun gift ideas for kiddos, so I thought I’d share a few here. First up and most important for the season…

  1. Christmas pjs! This is my favorite gift to give. Who doesn’t love Christmas pjs? It puts you in the spirit all month long and what is cuter than your kiddos matching in cozy jammies? I love Petite Plume for their classic style. Lake Pajamas is also a favorite for the whole family, and Roller Rabbit has a darling pattern this year.
  2. Time to stock up on swimwear for next season! Minnow is currently 20% off and is one of my go-to brands.
  3. Toy kitchens are one of the best gifts for toddlers. This one is neutral and will look cute in any play room!
  4. I love a personalized tea set for any little lady in your life. Also, this company on Etsy makes such fun personalized gifts!
  5. The cutest first bike! I love these Banwood bikes for little boys and girls. Such a fun gift– you can even add a few little things in the basket.
  6. This darling rattan strolley is so cute to hold dolls. Plus it looks darling in a nursery!
  7. This darling rattan rocker is another sweet gift for a baby girl.
  8. This scooter is a great go-to gift for all young kids!
  9. I love this fun lounger for a play room.

Happy shopping and happy holidays to you and yours. xo

Lemon Maple Bourbon

Bourbon with lemon juice is one of my favorite cocktails. It’s not at all sweet and very easy to make which is right up my alley! If I ever want it a little sweeter, maple syrup is the perfect addition. During this autumn and holiday season, it’s fun to add candied orange or lemon with herbs and spices. Since I prefer simple cocktails, I lightly use these additions in the form of stirrers and garnish.

You can play around with these proportions depending on your tastes preferences.

3 oz. bourbon
1.5 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. maple syrup (I prefer a little less)
ice
garnish: orange or lemon slice, rosemary, cinnamon stick

Cheers!

Big Boy Room

I have been working on this big boy room for H for quite some time now. It all started when I found these antique twin beds– I knew right away that I had to have them! I decided to paint them red, which is a little bold for me but I LOVE how they turned out. (Thank you mom for the push!) The room is slowly coming together which is fine by me since I want the room to feel and be collected. I kept his dresser and a few accessories from his nursery, like this beautiful painted bear from a friend, the anchor hook, and all of his favorite stuffed animals. I love that we were able to transition these pieces into his new room (that was my intent when I started his nursery!)

If you know me, you know I love a monogram. I think this monogrammed sham makes the whole room! I need to order one more for the other twin bed. I also have my eye on some brass sconces like these to add above each bed.

The gingham sheets are from Serena & Lily and the plaid quilt is L.L.Bean. I love having tons of baskets and bins around for extra blankets, toys, books, stuffed animals… list goes on.

I love this room so far! It feels really homey to me and I can’t wait to watch our little guy enjoy it. You can shop the links below to get the look!

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Currently on my Coffee Table…

I’ve been on a kick getting new coffee table books lately. I love flipping through them at night whenever I have the chance to sit down and relax. I also really love them for home inspiration, so whenever I’m working on a project I always like to open them up for ideas. I currently have about 12 stacked on my living room table– not only do I love the books themselves, but I love the look of them all stacked up.

I also recently ordered these new coasters because I wanted some sturdy ones and I love them so much I went back to order a second set. I don’t have a tray on this table, but I recently purchased this beautiful one for another table. I love to use trays to group all of your things.

Having a plant or fresh flowers, and some candles to light in the evening also make such a noticeable difference.

Hope you enjoy freshening up your table! xo

Drying Limelight Hydrangea

I am a major hydrangea lover and limelight hydrangea are my absolute favorite variety. They hold up well in the sun and can withstand our very hot summers here in California (I’m zone 9). They also change into the most beautiful colors that are neutral enough to win my approval for our landscaping.

Another big plus with hydrangeas is that they dry beautifully for you to use inside for decor (the fall colors would be beautiful on your Thanksgiving table!) They are extremely easy to dry– the biggest piece of advice is to get Mother Nature do the work. These blooms will dry perfectly right on the bush in early autumn. Make sure they are no longer fresh white blooms and that they have a paper-like feel before cutting off.

I cut mine from the plant in September, removed all of their leaves, and put them in vases around my home. If you make sure to wait long enough to cut, these will continue drying beautifully right in your home.

I love the look of these blooms placed in a large vintage dough bowl. I found a few fun ones for you here!

Living Room Desk Nook

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect table for the corner of my living room so that I could set up a little nook to do some work at. I finally stumbled upon this beautiful antique table and I knew right away it was exactly what I wanted. Don’t be afraid to add a desk in places other than an “office”. I think it’s so charming to add to a corner of your living room, behind a couch, or in your bedroom or guest room. Also, no need to use a desk! Any table will work– as long as you love it, anything goes.

I added some texture with a rattan chair from Mainly Baskets and a rattan mirror from Serena & Lily. I also have this simple brass lamp on my list and plan on swapping out the white shade for a fun pattern. When creating your space, don’t forget some fun baskets or trays for loose paper, a pretty pen holder (you can use a cup, too!), and a nice vase for fresh flowers. Also, a cute pillow can make a big difference. I’ve mentioned before Etsy is a quick and easy source for designer fabrics- you can shop some of my favorites here.


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