Friday, November 30, 2012

What's Your Tree Style?

Happy Friday, all. Anything festive planned for the weekend? I'm so excited, we're getting our tree!

So here's another holiday decorating question for you: Do you decorate your tree with a specific theme or color-coordinated ornaments? Or do you go all eclectic, choosing decorations because you love them or they have sentimental value?

I do love the look of a theme or color-coordinated tree and tried to pull one together one year. Bought ornaments in Paris all with the same color theme. Kept the rest boxed up. By the next Christmas, everything was back on the tree in a very eclectic mix.

Years of collecting. Lots of vintage. Lots of love and memories. Like the lobster ornament I found at Merci in Paris and gave to my husband because "he's my lobster." (Friends reference!) 

Happy weekend, everyone - whether it's well-planned and coordinated or spontaneous and eclectic, I hope yours is lovely. XO

Photos: 1) Martha Stewart 2) Coastal Living, 3) Martha Stewart, 4) Canadian House and Home, 5) Martha Stewart, 6) Martha Stewart, 7) Coastal Living, 8) British Homes & Gardens, 9) Veranda 10) My photo

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Decking The Halls

Hi, all! How's the hall decking coming along? Admittedly, it's not looking a lot like Christmas yet at our house. This is about it so far:

But hopefully by the weekend we'll be fully festive. Looking back at Christmas past, things tend not to change much at our house from year to year. The white narcissus, the greens, the blue and white, and the vintage ornaments...  Pulling everything out of the boxes is like saying hello to old friends:

But maybe this year I should break with tradition and update things a bit! 

So tell me, do you tend to revisit the same decorations each holiday season or do you change things up from year to year?

Happy decorating! XO 

Monday, November 26, 2012

She Takes The Cake!

Happy Monday, all! How was your weekend? Did you enjoy every minute? While many of us were stuffing ourselves with turkey and pie, a dear friend also added birthday cake to her holiday feast...

Many of you know and love Pam Robinson from Red Ticking and I hope you'll join me in sending her some birthday love - she celebrated a big one over the weekend.

My illustrations for Pam 

It's only fitting that someone who brings beauty to so many lives gets more and more beautiful with each passing year!

Happy Birthday, dear Pam! Hope it was as sweet as you! XO

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

"Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and give thanks continuously." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Meet Lila. Lila is my family's Wire-haired Fox Terrier. My guess is that she's currently busy scheming about how she can get her paws on pie tomorrow (she stole one a couple years ago). In her own doggie way I'm sure she'll be thankful to see my brother and I when we come home for dinner -- she barks loudly whenever my mother talks to one of us on the phone or mentions our names. I'm thankful for Lila and every member of my family, that we get to be together tomorrow and share the day. And I'm thankful for pie, as long as Lila doesn't run off with it.

When I think about giving thanks for all the good things that come to me, I'm definitely grateful for all of you. Thanks for reading, for every email, every comment, the conversations and all of the wonderful connections. 

Wishing you and your families the happiest of Thanksgivings! XO

Monday, November 19, 2012

From My Palette: Blue and Orange Table Inspiration

The other day when I was planning a dinner party, the bright blue and orange from my palette followed me to the market...

Where I found the the most glorious parrot tulips. They seemed to spark with all the brightness of fall and begged to be paired with blue and white for our table.

I'm helping my Mother with the flowers for our Thanksgiving table, and hope that I can paint with a similar palette on Thursday.

What's inspiring your Thanksgiving table?

Feeling Enchanted

Hi all, happy Monday. How was your weekend? I want to start the week by sending a big thank you to the lovely Tina at The Enchanted Home. Many of you know and love Tina and have followed along as she built and decorated her dream house. Truly, it's spectacular.

And if that wasn't enough to keep her busy, not too long ago, Tina launched her own online store where she could share her treasures and finds with the rest of us.

Tina shares a love of all things blue and white and beautifully displays it in her home.

When she asked if I would create some illustrations for her business I was thrilled. I knew that together we'd come up with something beautiful, and that I would have a great time doing it. I was right on both counts. Through the process of sending a few emails and scanned sketches back and forth, we came up with two final designs - a hand-drawn and painted monogram and an illustration of Tina's front door.

And, of course, I loved every minute of painting them for her. Thanks so much, Tina, it has been such a pleasure working with you!

If you don't know The Enchanted Home, please go visit her lovely shop and delightful blog!

All photos from The Enchanted Home

Friday, November 16, 2012

Splitting Hairs: Would You Make A Drastic Change?

Happy Friday, everyone! What are you up to this weekend? For us, the holiday party season starts rolling, which means I have an appointment at my favorite style bar to get my usual pre-party blow out...which really isn't much different than my every day hair - long and straight, but with more volume when a pro does it.

I've been wearing my hair pretty much the same way most of my life (except an unfortunate Dorothy Hamill moment and some bad experiments with bangs). I've gone to the same colorist for about 15 years - and we've never changed the color once.

Which makes me wonder, am I in a rut?

Anne Hathaway graces the cover of the December Vogue with her pretty pixie:

A drastic departure from the romantic, princess-y locks we watched her grown up with:

Oscar PR Girl Erica Bearman tweeted a photo of her own dramatic transformation from brunette to blonde:


Admittedly, I've toyed with the idea of going blonder as I get older because I think it would be easier to cover the increasingly persistent grays. But I don't think I have the courage to go quite that far.

And speaking of gray, this week, showcased the transformation of 20-something jewelry designer Malu Byrne as she took chestnut that had just started to be threaded with silver to full-on gray:

So here's my question to you: Would you, did you, ever make such a drastic change to your own hair? Would you take your cut or color in a totally new direction? Do you change hairstyles almost as often as you change your clothes? Have you or will you let the gray take over?

Personally, I'm thinking no to all of the above. A rut? Lack of courage? Maybe. I'd like to think it's more knowing what works and sticking to it.

What do you think? I'm dying to hear! XO

All photos from and Oscar PR Girl 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Time Flies

Does it ever seem to you that time flies faster than the dried up leaves that swirl and skip and dance across the sidewalk whenever the wind blows? I can't believe that Thanksgiving is just over a week away.

It must have been just yesterday that I sat at our breakfast nook table and sketched our magnolia tree in girlish pink bloom.

Today that same view is quite different. No sign of pink. The last few leaves yellowed and barely hanging on. Summer days vanished like the rosy flounce of a dress the tree once wore.

But dotted on every branch, a grey bud with just the slightest hint of green. A promise of light and sun and spring. And those warmer days will be here before we know it.


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