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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2017 by Ariana | 0 Comments

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Decorating The Exterior Of Your Home For The Holidays

November 21, 2017 by Melissa | 0 Comments

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation Lights

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I cannot help to think about Christmas.  It seems like Christmas lights are going up sooner and sooner each year.  In fact, not only have a few of my neighbors already hung their exterior lights, they are also turning them on every evening.  To be honest, hanging Christmas lights before Thanksgiving seems a bit too early to me (but I seem to be in the minority on this).

When it comes to holiday decor, I am a firm believer in the old adage, “less is more.”  We have one Christmas tree in our home and a few mantel decorations.  As I am looking around at the Christmas lights that have already sprung up, I have started thinking more about our exterior decor.  Since we do not plan to hire professionals, we can’t pick anything too extravagant or gravity-defying.  I have always loved the idea of hanging simple wreaths on the windows and front door, perhaps with lit topiaries on the porch.  So, I decided to hunt around a bit and see if anyone else has used the look I am imagining.

Holiday front door with wreaths and garland

Image courtesy of onekindesign.com

The image above is close to what I am picturing, minus the swooping and side-hanging garland and lanterns.  While this is a bit more extravagant than my ideal look, I do think it is very festive.

Holiday wreath against Black Front Door

While I likely would not choose a pink ribbon, I think the wreath above is very beautiful.  I’d love to have six of these to place over our front door and windows.

Christmas Wreaths Decorating Exterior Windows

Image courtesy of MyDesignChic.com

I love the wreaths on the front door and windows of the home above.   But, again, I could do without the swooping garland.

Christmas Wreaths on Windows and Front door

Image courtesy of DecorPad.com 

I found it!  The perfect Christmas exterior.  The wreaths are the right size and perfectly placed on the windows.  And, with just a couple of topiaries to accent the front door, nothing is too overdone.  Now, I just need to figure out how to get the wreaths attached to the windows without putting holes in the frames.  Details, details. . . .

Break it Down: Cozy Winter Bedroom

November 17, 2017 by Ariana | 0 Comments

Winter is coming.  Who wouldn’t want to cozy up and hibernate (or at least nap) in this bedroom?  We love the mix of textures, from the faux fur throw to the linen sheets, that help create this inviting cocoon.  The dark elements in the canopy bed, pendant light (one of our favorites) and nightstands provide just the right amount of contrast.

Here’s how to recreate this look in your home:

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Les Feuilles – Invigorating Your Decor With A Leaf Motif

November 16, 2017 by Melissa | 0 Comments

H&M Home Holiday Branch Tablecloth

I started thinking about leaf motifs after my recent trip to H&M Home.  H&M is featuring the beautiful tablecloth pictured above as part of its holiday collection.  There is something invigorating about bringing the outdoors inside.  Earlier this fall we explored doing it with indoor plants.  But, another (lower maintenance) option is to bring the outdoors inside using decor with a leaf motif.

There are many amazing choices when it comes to incorporating garden-themed decor into your space.   One choice is wallpaper. I find that Hygge & West has the best choices for botanical wallpaper.  A few of my favorites are pictured above.  I would use it to paper a feature wall or in a powder room.

Aja (Khaki) Wallpaper

Peonies (Yellow) Wallpaper

Nana (Pink) Wallpaper

 

If wallpaper feels too permanent, pillows are a great way to incorporate a new motif.  And, if you are not a fan of green, botanical fabrics come in a variety of colors.  The blue pillow above is a subtle way to incorporate the theme.

Banana Leaf Pillow

Indigo Floral Pillow

Lettuce Ware by Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch

Another impactful option is to incorporate the motif in your tableware.  The Lettuce Ware by Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch (above) is an amazing option.  The set is absolutely gorgeous.  It brings the leaf motif into every aspect of your meal, but it does so subtly because the white bone china does not scream “leaves.”  
Carlton Ware Leaf Dish, Chairish

If you still are not convinced that the leaf motif is for you, perhaps dip your toe in the water with a simple serving dish.  The Calrton Ware Leaf Dish above is beautiful, and it is about as low commitment as possible.  It adds a bit of a leaf motif, but would incorporate work well into many other decor styles.

While the onset of winter has prompted me to look for ways to bring the outdoors inside, the choices above are seasonless.  They would transition well from winter to spring, to summer and back to fall.  And, from high commitment to low commitment, there is something for everyone.

24 Hrs in Healdsburg

November 14, 2017 by Ariana | 0 Comments

One of the best things about living in the Bay Area is the ability to escape the city by driving a couple hours in almost any direction.  During the summer, we decided to take a quick, one-night trip while testing out a new dog-sitter.  Since it had been a few years since we last visited, we decided to head North to Healdsburg.  Our 24-hour trip was just enough time to feel like a getaway.

Stay

We stayed at the h2hotel, where everything is within walking distance.  This is like the hipper, younger sister to the adjacent Hotel Healdsburg.  A junior suite comfortably fit our foursome for the night and we also enjoyed the (included) breakfast buffet.  We hadn’t anticipated the nearly 100 degree heat, but luckily, were able to take refuge and a cool dip in their lovely pool.

Eat

Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie Bar

After dropping our bags in our room, we headed straight for the Noble Folk Pie & Ice Cream Bar.  It offers deliciously unique flavors using seasonal ingredients and was the perfect first stop for our quick trip, especially given the heat.  The pies were tempting, as well, so we’ll have to try them on our next trip when the weather is cooler.

Chalkboard Healdsburg

Dinner at Chalkboard was a must; the restaurant had been recommended to us by many friends.  It is also in the space of the former Cyrus Restaurant, where we celebrated an anniversary on our last trip (without the kids).  The more family-friendly Chalkboard offered delicious California cuisine in a more casual setting.  Both kids couldn’t resist the Cacio e Pepe, having fallen in love with this dish in Rome.

Oakville Grocer, Healdsburg

To tide us over between meals, we stopped at the Oakville Grocery for bread and cheese, our favorite snack when heading North.

eXPLORe

Shed Healdsburg

The Square is small enough to walk around in one day and we took our time exploring all the nooks and crannies.  One must-stop on my list was the Shed (above), which did not disappoint.  I could’ve spent half a day in this combination of eatery, shop and workshop (which is conveniently located next door to Chalkboard).  Other memorable stops included antique shops, Gathered, One World Fair Trade, Saint Dizier Home, and the Healdsburg Center for the Arts.

 

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