Well... 48 hours in Florida and I already broke my promise of posting everyday. I guess I needed to rest a little more than anticipated. Either that or I just had more work to catch up on than I thought. It seems as though I haven't stopped.
Even though Christmas is right around the corner, I’m taking a break from holiday related topics. That being said, some of these tips may still serve useful for the holidays as I’m talking about a home’s first impressions on Damask & Dentelle: the entrance hall.
Tip #1: Repetition is a decorator’s best kept secret and that rings even truer in a long and narrow space. Whether you’re repeting sconces down the hallway, setting up a gallery wall or displaying a china collection, repetition always works wonders.
Ladies and gents, I'm off to warmer pastures for the holidays! Our family celebrated an early Christmas on Sunday and most of us are now off to various sunny destinations. I'll be spending the next twelve days between Palm Beach and Miami enjoying the beach, playing golf and tennis, and just generally taking a much much deserved break. You shouldn't notice that I'm gone too much as I've prepared a few posts in advance.
I'm a huge fan of Sam's southern charm. Her gorgeous blog The Peak of Tres Chic is chock full of great interior design, travel and fashion tips and inspiration. Any girl who chooses shagreen wallpaper for bedroom walls and drinks spiked eggnog at Christmas is A-Ok in my books. This lovely Texan lady is incredibly entrepreneurial, witty and well traveled (she studied in Madrid and at Oxford in England)! She also has a gorgeous Australian boyfriend which says: lady's got taste. I'm very honored to have her on the blog today.
I'm skipping out on Worthy Links this week guys because there's just a little too much on my plate before I leave for Florida early next week. That being said, I'm leaving you with a gorgeous workroom designed by Edie, and a few little bits:
I'm loving this quote. We all need to let our hair down once in a while.
Yeesh. Are you sick of hearing me talk about entertaining yet? Despite the fact that I have been talking about it a lot, the truth is it still needs discussing. Why? Because many people still get panicked by it (especially this time of year) but most importantly, because it's a heck of a lot of fun when it's done well.
One of the most efficient ways of figuring out whether your home is ready for your guests is to take the Five Senses Test. All five senses should be fulfilled when entering a home and there are a few easy ways to make sure they are. Wondering what I mean? Here's a hint:
Feel: This basically means make sure your guests are comfortable. Do you know for a fact that your super stylish dining room chairs are torturous to sit on? Add some throw pillows. Not enough seats in the living room for every guest? Floor cushions will do the trick. Light up that fireplace if you have one, and make sure the temperature is nice and comfortable for your lady guests in their pretty dresses. No one likes to get cold.
I met Sarah in New York last spring and immediately fell in love with her stylish yet down to earth personality. At the time, Sarah and I were both moving back to our respective hometowns to pursue some further studies, she at the New York School of Interior Design. I absolutely adore Sarah's blog Chevrons & Stripes because she has an extraordinary eye for understated New York chic (with a dash of Hamptons charm). Her participation in The Joy of Giving comes at a great time as we're in the middle of Hanukkah, which makes this the perfect day for a Jewish perspective on this festive season!
Today I'm chucking a sickie (as the Australians would say) while I battle the mother of all colds while studying for not one, but three exams. How's that for a happy holiday?
Good news is you can still read me over on Meg Biram's blog where I'm (conveniently) sharing tips on how to layer your bedding for a more lively and comfortable look. I only wish I had time to follow my own advice before getting sick!
Julie of the blog Julip Made is a fantastic girl and well rounded person that I'm glad to call a friend in real life. She and I clicked from the very beginning. Maybe it's that we were born only a few days apart, maybe it's her undying love for my hometown of Montreal (and our bagels), all I know is that it took one bloody caesar on a rainy New York day to know that we would get along famously. Julie has a great eye, she's super creative and she can cook or mix a cocktail like nobody's business, which is why I'm thrilled to have her on the blog today!
I'm coming down with a cold this week. On top of the fact that I've got three exams next week and that I'm overextended in every possible direction, can I just say I cannot wait for the holidays to officially arrive? Speaking of the holidays, I'm spending them in Florida this year and it's safe to say I'm in a Palm Beach state of mind. Can you blame me?
I'm spending today with my mom decorating the family house for Christmas. This year, every one's decided to jet away in faraway places for Christmas so we're celebrating a week early - which really makes it seem like Christmas is right around the corner. So now is the perfect time to discuss a few holiday decorating tips with you on Damask & Dentelle.
Tip #1: Wreaths in windows: I think this is so chic. Simply hang wreaths in the windows for an elegant look, outside and in. And it’s a great alternative if you don’t have the time, space or money for a whole tree.
And since we're on the subject of decking the halls, OpenSky has generously offered to giveaway a $50 gift card to shop their ABC Carpet & Home sale! Tons of great holiday decorating scores to be found in this sale!
To participate, follow the instruction after the jump. The giveaway ends on Friday 12.14 at 12am. Good luck!
Jessica is the author behind the gorgeous interiors blog The Aestate. I just adore her bold aesthetic and witty sense of humour. Not only does she have a great eye for interiors, she's also an über-talented watercolorist with a great Etsy shop. Can I spell Christmas presents? Now let's see what we should find under her Christmas tree this year.
Jamie is the creative genius behind Furbish Studio and the blog iSuwannee. I just adore her quirky colorful aesthetic and personality. Not only does Jamie own one of the coolest interior design shops in North America, she's also an incredibly talented designer, and she's always sharing her latest favorites books, movies and music, which makes her blog the ultimate place for inspiration of any kind. It's definitely a favorite of mine.