Monday, December 30, 2013

Chasing Snow

Happy last Monday of 2013! Did you enjoy your holiday? Ours was lovely, lots of time with friends and family. But, typical of the Pacific Northwest, very grey, green and a little damp. The only white Christmas was in our dreams. So we'll be spending the remaining days of the year chasing snow!


Did you know that 2013 marked the 400th Anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre, designer of the gardens of Versailles? To celebrate, why don't we end the year with a walk through the snow-dusted  loveliness of the palace...









Happy New Year, everyone! I'll be off for a few days, making snow angels.

Wishing you a beautiful farewell to 2013 and a joyous start to 2014. Here's to great things ahead! XO


Monday, December 23, 2013

Enjoy To The World




Our Bhutan-inspired Christmas Card

Happy Monday before Christmas, everyone. I hope this holiday week finds you at peace, sharing joy and happiness with the ones you love most. After a year of ups and downs, and a lot of time away, we are thrilled to be relaxing at home and celebrating with the people we love most over the next few days.  

From our little corner of the world to yours, here's wishing you the warmest, the merriest and the happiest! 

Enjoy. XOXO




Friday, December 20, 2013

Merry And Bright

"A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, but softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small." - Eva K. Logue


And here we are, the last weekend before Christmas! With the Winter Solstice marking the longest, darkest night of the year, it's the prefect time to light a pretty candle and celebrate the lighter days ahead.

Until the sun shines stronger,  Hope Glassybabys and fir-scented votives in vintage bowls help keep things merry and bright at my house. 

What's your favorite Christmas candle? 

Happy weekend, everyone. Hope yours glows! XOXO


1/Diptique, Feu Des Bois, 2/Be the Light, American Bluebell Bliss; 3/Nest, Woodland Truffle; 4/Diptique, Pine Bark; 5/Glassbaby, Peace; 6/Aerin Lauder, Jacaranda Woods 7/Aerin Lauder, Pink Climbing Rose 8/Be the Light NY, Spanish Saffron Heat 9/Diptique, Orange Chai; 10/Acqua di Parma, Woods Berries; 11/Glassybaby, Tradition 12/Federic Malle, Joyeux Noel;13/Jonathan Adler, Champagne Pop, 14/Nest, Birchwood Pine;15/Cire Trudon, Melchior;16/Cire Trudon, Bethleem

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Homemade For The Holidays

My favorite part of the holidays is when things slow down just enough so that you can take the time to create the details that make the season special. Like a hand-painted tag that adds a little something more to a gift - something you just can't buy in a store.




Now that the presents are wrapped with a little homemade flourish, it's time to bake cookies, another handmade gift that spreads a little sweetness. I'll be home today with a pot of soup on the stove, some bubbles on ice, and the door open to friends who want to pop by for a little holiday cheer.

With just one week until Christmas, how are your holidays wrapping up?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Comfort and Joy

The weekend was a whirlwind of fun and festivities, not to mention cards to send, lists to check off and shopping to do. Not much time to pull together some inspiration to start the week with, I'm afraid. 






So instead I'll wish you joy this week and a little peace, too, as you take on all your holiday tasks.

Here's hoping that you see joy wherever you look! XO


Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas At Our House

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you've managed to deck your halls so you can relax a bit and enjoy them this weekend - or, if you're, like me, so that you can get to work on the Christmas cards and shopping! Here's a peek at hour house this year:



As usual, it's the little details that make me the happiest:





And while blue and white wins the color theme in the dining and living room, our family spaces are dominated by red.



So will you get to take a breath and enjoy a bit amidst all the fa la la this weekend? Hope yours is merry and bright!  XO

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday Traditions: A Very Merry Book Club

We all have our holiday traditions - from the type of tree we bring home to what kind cookies we leave for Santa on Christmas Eve. December flies by so fast - I think traditions serve as a way to stop time, if only for a moment, and help us recall the best of the season from the rest of the blur once it's all past. I recently read that new traditions are to be treasured as much as old ones, a sentiment that I just love.


One of my favorite traditions has to be our Holiday Book Club. Take nine chic girls, add a cocktail or two, start with a spirited gift swap, and merriment - not to mention a bit of healthy competition - is bound to ensue.


The rules? Give something you'd want to receive yourself. Stealing is encouraged.





After the wrapping paper and ribbon has settled, it's time for a feast, which is bound to be beautiful, especially with friends Dana and Pam co-hosting. On the menu this year? Kobe beef burgers with caramelized onions and brie. Yum! (Discussing the book selection - this time The Circle - is optional.)



Cheers, girls! Here's to next year.


What are your favorite holiday traditions?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Sweetness in Seattle: Dahlia at the Ticking

If you live in the Seattle area, you know that one of the sweetest spots to shop is Red Ticking, where Pam Robinson creates magical vignettes from the most wonderful finds.



And if you have a sweet tooth, you know that one of the best places to satisfy your cravings is the Dahlia Bakery. So how wonderful that this week these two sweet spots come together! I hope you will join me this Thursday, December 12, at 6pm when Tom Douglas (he of those amazing coconut cream pies) comes to Red Ticking to sign his Dahlia Bakery Cookbook. There will be sweet treats and bubbles and, of course, the Ticking is decked out for the season with all sorts of fantastic gifts for all, so you can finish your holiday shopping while you nosh (Pam is a genius for selecting the perfect gift at the perfect price).



If you are like me, you've got plenty of cookbooks already, but what I love about adding the Dahlia Bakery to my shelf is that it's packed not only with recipes for some of my favorite treats, but also instructions on how to make them come out flawlessly - something that comes in handy no matter what you are baking.


There's even tips for how to make and frost the best cupcakes ever, so that yours are just as good as the ones we line up for at the Dahlia Bakery. Dangerous information for some (Nordstrom PR team, you know who you are).



So if you are in the area on Thursday, I hope you will join me (and the Tom's Favorite Coconut Macaroons I'm baking). You can RSVP at pam@redticking.com

If not, you can find the deliciousness here. And some of Pam's favorite finds on 1st Dibs.

Here's wishing you a sweet week and a delicious season! XO

Friday, December 6, 2013

Gifted: For The Blue And White Lover

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." -Winston Churchill


Happy Friday, all! Can you believe how quickly the first week of December flew by? I don't know about you, but I need to start my holiday shopping. Who's on your list this year? Is there someone whose favorite color is blueandwhite? Who never met a ginger jar she didn't love? If so, here are a few pretty ideas to get your list started! Happy Shopping! XOXO

1/Harriet Damave Delftware Angel 2/Kimberly McDonald Rose Gold, Geode and Diamond Earrings, 3/Blow Away Vase, 4/Tory Burch Madura printed bikini, 5/Enchanted Home Antiqued Ginger Jar, 6/LK Bennet Shoes 7/Aerin Lauder Beauty at Home, 8/Valentino Floral Brocade Gown, 9/Valentino Dual Beaded Leather Clutch

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Very Paris Christmas

My girlfriend Liane landed in Paris today for her annual Christmas shopping extravaganza. Don't we wish we could smuggle ourselves along in her suitcase? I can't think of a place where I'd rather finish start my holiday shopping!






But I have some fun Paris news, myself. Maybe all your wonderful suggestions for how to spend 24 hours in Paris were just too tempting, because while Mr. H. made plans for a January boys' ski trip, I started doing some planning of my own. So while he's busy shushing down the Utah slopes next month, I'll be strolling along the Seine. Thanks to available airline miles and a nice winter discount on Paris Perfect apartments, turns out that Santa will be putting Paris in my Christmas stocking this year. I'm already counting the days! (50)

If you could find a ticket to any city under your tree on Christmas morning, where would you want go?

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