Are you planning some winter travel? It might be time to start browsing around for some travel must-haves to add to your Christmas wishlists. I know I am! A beautiful resort-worthy dress from Calypso would make my day. Some packable Hunters in Navy for a rainy city or rainforest trip would come in handy at home and away. I already got the glimmer shorts from Madewell as a gift from me to me. Wow. I am so very thoughtful!
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving holiday! Here is a shot of the dining table Michael took right before our company arrived for dinner. We were a happy crew of 16 and there was plenty of eating and thanks giving.
I gifted each of our guests with a small notebook with a quote about gratitude tucked inside. We each shared our quotes along with what we were thankful for. It was a fun twist on our usual tradition!
I set the table very similarly to my practice setting, and added menus with each person’s name at the bottom as place cards.
Now on to the rest of the holiday festivities as we finish out the year! Shopping anyone? I definitely over did it this Black Friday. Returns may be in order. How about you?!
As an interior designer based in North Jersey, I design my fair share of center hall colonials. You walk into the foyer and there is a living room to one side and a dining room to the other. For a change of pace, last week I completed a project that features an adjacent living room and dining room layout in Upper Montclair. I was also just hired to design a house with a similar layout in Chatham that I’m very excited to begin work on. It’s a great challenge to pull together two rooms that are distinct, but very open to one another.
When you walk into this Montclair interior you have the living room as the first room to draw the eye in from the foyer. The eye-catching carpet is reminiscent of camouflage and pebbles. The small sectional invites guests to relax right away.
We added plenty of lighting since this room will get a lot of nighttime use, and a lot of cozy pillows and warm accents to keep things a little on the casual side since this house is home to three children under the age of five!
Once you take a few steps into the living room, the dining room beckons. The two rooms work together but also declare their own identity as separate spaces. One of my favorite things are the two sets of roman shades in different fabrics, but matching in color.
The presence of a rustic fireplace in the dining area brings so much character. The easy flow, and the casual, yet well-dressed, decor of these two spaces together make such a fine place to spend an evening among friends. All in time for the holiday season!
Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that seems to get the short shrift wardrobe-wise. Many of us are with our nearest and dearest and so we choose our homiest and perhaps homeliest attire. The focus is on the great food and the simple pleasure of being together–as it should be. This year, though, this fabulous digital print floral skirt from Max Mara has me inspired to up the ante. Should I wear it a bit dressed up like above?
Or dressed down, like here? This mix of something special but still super comfy is probably going to be the direction I lean this year, since I am hosting and want to be quick on my feet and unfussy. I’ll let you know how I actually wear the skirt for Turkey Day. How about you? What do you wear for Thanksgiving dinner?
I hope all of you had a wonderful week! On our end everyone here caught a bug, including our assistant designer Lauren right before she left for vacation. The kids were off from school most of this week too, which always makes things crazy. Anyhow, we are ready for the weekend! But not before I share the table setting I am working on for Thanksgiving this year.
As I mentioned in my last post, this lovely little setting was inspired by the November Sky images I have been collecting. When you are outside this weekend, take a look at the sky and the flash of yellow leaves, darker bark, and faded leaf colors.
The dishes I used here are ones I purchased at an estate sale hosted by the former owners of our new house. I mixed and matched two of the sets for the perfect warm on cool effect. I’ll be tweaking this table design a little between now and Thanksgiving, including working on some place cards and finding some new glassware to go with it. But even in its rough state I think it is pretty. What do you think?!
Photos and styling by Uma Stewart.