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Worthy Links: 10.12.14

Worthy Links: The Camel Coat Obsession and more... • @SavvyHome

I can’t believe we’re less than a week away from Christmas! I’m flying off to sunny Florida for Christmas this year, so I’m frantically working around the clock as I’m getting ready to close up shop for 10 full days #ultimateluxury —  I’ve had to be extremely disciplined to cross off everything off my to-do list and I’ve found that sliding every task into a very specific (and tight) time slot has actually increased my productivity by A LOT. Have you ever tried it? I pack my calendar full of 30 minute to 2 hour tasks to accomplish during the day and I don’t step away form my desk until everything is crossed off… I also use Toggl to keep track of tasks. Works like a charm.

In fact it actually works so well that I can actually take two full days off this weekend to go on a mini ski trip! I have to admit I wasn’t ready for skiing quite yet (to me it’s like accepting that winter is really here.. I’d rather fly off to the beach thank you very much) — but I also wasn’t ready to say no to a weekend getaway to the snow. Can you blame me?

WORTHY SALES

This is probably the only sale you need to know about: up to 65% off off hundreds of products during Serena & Lily’s Private Sale! It ends at midnight! They’re practically giving away some of my all time favorites including this throw, this buoy pendant, this jute rug, these nesting tables, these chairs, this wall sconce and much much more. Don’t miss it!

WORTHY LINKS

In case you missed it: this week I made my list to Santa, rounded up my favorite holiday decorating trends and gave a few last-minute tips on making your guests feel at home during the holidays.

For last minute Christmas shopping ideas, check out my gift guide for men, women, children and host/ess!

I wrote a guide to Paris for my friend Vanessa. You’ll need it if you’re visiting the city of lights soon!

I want to make all of these: 10 gorgeous and ridiculously easy winter appetizers.

These leopard sunglasses might be just what I need for Miami.

The best garlands we’ve ever seen (I’m loving #2 and #5)!

Curating art at home by lifestyling expert Maria Brito.

Everything you need to know about visiting Toronto.

The best & only Christmas post you need to read.

A fun DIY to upgrade your generic florist vases.

This is water (watch the video to the end).

Host a game night this holiday season!

Mayhem, the 4 year-old designer.

#DrunkInLove emoji slippers.

The camel coat obsession.

Il bel far niente.

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Last Minute Tricks to Make Guests feel at Home

Guest Bedroom Essentials to Make them Feel at Home • @SavvyHome

“Being a good host is all about those few, important details that let guests know you’re happy they’re there and want them to be comfortable” —Nate Berkus

The holiday season is upon us and overnight guests are only a few days away. Here are a few guest bedroom essentials to make them feel extra welcome in their cozy quarters this year. Get ready to fluff up and turn down your guest bedroom in preparation for the holidays.

The essentials

Put yourself in your guests’ shoes and try to anticipate their needs. Always have a luggage rack or bench in the room to make unpacking more pleasant. Replace lightbulbs in the bedside lamps, clear out the bedside tables and empty drawers in the nightstands and dressers. Make sure there are enough hangers in the wardrobe. Install a mirror (ideally full-length) so they can quickly fix themselves before coming down for breakfast. Most importantly, leave a spare key on a pretty key ring so they can come and go as they please. Get the technicalities out of the way by leaving a one-sheet ‘manual’ with useful information such as WiFi passwords and alarm codes.

The linens

Crisp quality bedding and fresh towels is key. Ironing the sheets ahead and spritzing them with lavender spray right before is a surefire way to know they’ll feel ultra-special. Always keep extra blankets handy in case your guests are feeling extra chilly. If your guests are staying for more than a few days, bathrobes and slippers are a nice touch.

The extras

Anticipate what they might have forgotten (toothbrushes, bath products, etc) and prepare a guest welcome pack arranged nicely in a tray. Add a few goodies like chocolate, magazines, a box of tissues, a notepad+pen or a guidebook if your guests aren’t familiar with your city. Include a water carafe with glasses in case your guests get thirsty at night. Before they arrive, arrange a simple bouquet of fresh flowers on the nightstand, light up a scented candle and play a loungy playlist on the Bluetooth speaker/alarm clock to make them instantly feel at home.

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Gab Loves: Holiday Cheer

Gab Loves: Holiday Cheer • @SavvyHome

Santa baby, slip these cheerful items under the tree for me… Just a few items filled with Holiday cheer that I wish I had over the Holidays: a bright red manicure, an infinity faux fur scarf to keep warm, the ultimate Christmas shoe (am I right?!) and a pretty new watch for the festivities… And after the big day, simple comfortable shirts, cozy espadrilles, a cookbook to dig into and a mongolian lamb stool because they’re just so chic. Side note: is anyone else utterly obsessed with everything Clare Vivier these days? I can’t get enough.

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My Top 5 Holiday Decorating Trends this Year

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Beyond the tree, there are a million ways to bring the Christmas spirit in your home. Here are a few ridiculously easy ideas that caught my eye this year.

My Top 5 Holiday Decorating Trends this Year • Pine Garlands on  @SavvyHome

GARLANDS GALORE

Decorate with garlands of the magnolia, fir or olive branch variety. Hang them over the doorway, around the mantle or use them as a table runner. You can even hang them on your chandelier. If you’re feeling crafty, here’s a beautiful tabletop garland made out of mistletoe and Meyer lemons you can easily DIY at home.

My Top 5 Holiday Decorating Trends this Year • Fresh Greenery on  @SavvyHome

THINK SIMPLE AND FRESH

Few things make me cringe more than artificial pine greenery. Instead of reusing the same dusty greens year after year, invest in lost cost bulb flowers—like amaryllis—that will last throughout the season and hang a single mistletoe branch with a red ribbon. It’s simple, cost-effective and much prettier.

My Top 5 Holiday Decorating Trends this Year • Sheepskin Throws on  @SavvyHome

KEEP WARM

Scatter sheepskin throws everywhere. Throw them around the fireplace or on the back of dining room chairs. They’ll make them much more comfortable for long Holiday parties and make your guests feel instantly at ease.

My Top 5 Holiday Decorating Trends this Year • Wreaths Everywhere on  @SavvyHome

WREATHS EVERYWHERE

Same as garlands, add wreaths everywhere. Keep them plain: pine, magnolia, myrtle bay olive or boxwood—their round shape are visually interesting enough. Add them to the front door and hang them on your windows with a colorful bow. You can even create a wreath arrangement or make mini rosemary wreaths to decorate your place settings.

My Top 5 Holiday Decorating Trends this Year • Pillar Candles on  @SavvyHome

LIGHT IT UP

Light up pillar candles in the fireplace in lieu of a real fire and line up votives along the staircase for a magical effect. And for ambiance, light a Frasier Fir scented candle (or substitute with their diffuser for a lasting Christmas tree smell).

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