We spent the evening trimming our tree last night, although it didn’t take too much time with the decorations I chose to use this year. Since we were going on vacation and didn’t have too much time with the tree, I didn’t want to go to in great depths with it. I chose to have a simple, rustic type theme this year with no tree ornaments, and just a few minimal, but festive, touches to bring it all together.
My main switch-up this year was to use big colorful bauble lights on the tree instead of my usually white lights with glittery accents. I used a plaid blanket to wrap the bulb of our tree and keep things looking like a rustic woodsy cabin. Very simple accessories like a snow studded wooden star and brass stocking hangers rounded out the simplicity of the look.
I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving for Hawaii without preparing my holiday decorations. Now don’t get me wrong, I did not have time to get everything set up, but I did buy the tree and any new decorations and brought others out of storage so that as soon as I touch down in one week, I can hit the ground running.
I always put together a little decor scheme to help me narrow my focus for the holidays. This year, since I’ll be traveling, I wanted to keep the decor simple, but still very festive. While I don’t usually decorate with red (or wear red, it’s a personal thing), this year I can get a lot of ‘bang for my buck’ by adding in the bright, merry hue without having to overhaul the house.
My tree is going to *gasp* have no ornaments. None. My plan is to wrap the bulb in a plaid blanket and put lights on it. It’s going to be a very we-just-brought-this-tree-in-from-the-forest look. The rest of the decorations will follow the same esthetic – warm, simple, and merry.
It all started with these little red village candle holders from Target and spun off from there. Since I felt like the look could easily turn very ‘country’, I kept the rest of the decorations very very minimal and somewhat masculine (hence the no tree ornaments).
It’s not very conventional of me, I usually lean toward the silver and gold sparkle, but I really was trying to get outside my usual this year and try something fun and new. What do you think?
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I’ve had this idea lingering in my head for a while. Now, don’t make fun of me, but I actually got the idea from the movie, Taken. Have you guys seen it? I actually really like the movie, but anyway, there was a scene where the main character goes to the home of a former co-worker and the thing I remember most from the scene is that there were heavy, velvet drapes across the inside of the door. I thought it was just so luxe looking that it stuck with me. Plus, this would really help with the draftiness of winter.
So I’ve been sitting on this idea and scouring through sites that have tons of curtain styles, textures, and fabrics. I think for my purposes they have to be solid – no patterns in my future, and maybe a raw silk or velvet with a bit of a break and puddle.
But please weigh in – do you like this look? Does it distract from the beauty of a foyer? I’m all about keeping things simple and not fussy, so what do you think? Fussy? or Fabulous?
I have a process that I use for fall decorating that helps transition easily from holiday to holiday without completely tearing one down and setting another one up. There are certain beautiful elements which are really relevant for more than one holiday, and luckily, they overlap right in the middle.
Pumpkins are perfect for both Halloween and Thanksgiving, red berries (and cranberries at that) work really well for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Using these things to your advantage, means that you won’t be spending you weekends hauling plastic tubs full of holiday decor up and down the stairs, and you’ll spend more time enjoying your handiwork.
I am not really a knick-knack type person. I don’t do Santa figurines, or turkey towels for the guest bathroom, so like to keep things simple and register the change in seasons with new colors, textures and pattern. It works well for me and I think it can work for you two! Here is how I break it down. Continue Reading…
Guys… it’s here. The day I’ve been waiting for since early this year. We’ve finally launched our home + decor product line, Grandiflora. The Grandiflora Exclusive pieces are all designed by me, produced in factories both near and far, and are, really, the essence of both my and Matt’s work and creative experience in life.
A little more info about us… Matt’s background is a combined exposure to programming and web development, inventory management, and logistics. He’s calculated, logical, and so so smart. I always talk about how he’s 10x smarter than me. He’s ten steps ahead and basically a genius.
Oppositely, I am a little more fluid. I don’t necessarily know what my next move is, but I’ll figure it out. The key word I’d use to describe myself is ‘resourceful’. I’ll make something of anything I have on hand. I share projects that I create when in a time of need. Materials are always easy to access and simple.
It’s these characteristics from our lives that Matt and I have meshed together to formulate our business. We’ve worked so hard, had many long nights, weekends, months, preparing for this day. We believe in the power of the brand, the life’s experiences that have led us here, and we are proud to stand behind it.
It wasn’t only our hard work, however, that has led to this day. Our graphic designer, Erika Brechtel, stunned me with her immediate understanding of the brand. She is a phenomenal asset to the world of brand styling and I value her insight and ability to read clients. She’s just so good. Just as amazing, Allie Lehman has been absolutely invaluable to this brand. Her photos grace the pages of the site, the lookbook, and this post. She immediately captured my vision for a natural, comfortable, luxe, and warm brand image. I remember looking through her lens and knowing she was going to be absolutely necessary for the brand.
I hope you’ll take some time to scour the site. We’ve built in many cool features (check out the look book), and know you’ll enjoy the experience.
So, guys, I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is, I finally tallied the results of your votes for which fabric I should use on the pair of cane chairs I found along the side of the road. The image above is clearly a give-a-way that the winner was the black and silver tribal pattern.
The bad news is, in person, the fabric is totally blue cast. I thought that the ground color was white (or cream) in the online photo, but it’s a very muddy powdery silver-blue. Still, in the photo I took above, it’s hard to see it, but it’s there…. lurking beneath the darker grey and black pattern. Don’t fret, however… I have a plan. Continue Reading…
I’ve been on the edge of my seat awaiting a glimpse of the Grandiflora photo shoot I had last week with the amazing Allie Lehman of The Wonder Jam. We had so much fun and it was interesting for me to be on this side of a product shoot. I pre-planned shots I wanted and Allie has such a good eye, that she made magic of the products.
Here are just a few small sneak peeks to get you through until the official site launch on November 11th! In the meantime, if you haven’t already, sign up for our mailing list to receive updates on the launch, insider-only specials, and new item updates!
You can see that even Perry got in on the action. She LOVED Allie and literally wouldn’t leave her side. I may be just a tinch jealous, but who wouldn’t love Allie?
So, it’s only a matter of a couple of weeks now until everything goes live and is available for purchase! Someone pinch me!
This time of year always brings unexpected pop-up parties and dinners – and it’s easy to be prepared! A few added touches can easily switch any regular dinner (regardless of what’s on the menu) into a party you’ll be happy to host.
Repeating any one accent automatically creates a great flow and holds the entire dinner together. When I shop, I always shop for similar type serving pieces (all brass metallic, wood, or white) so that, regardless of what I pull out of my cabinets, it all goes together.
Tips on shelf styling are one of the things that I get the most questions about. In so many styling guides, I use books stacked horizontally to give shelves some variation (like in the above photo). Mixing up the look of books lined up regularly and books used in other ways is a great way to start, but if your collection of coffee table books isn’t extensive, here is a great solution!
Using a plate display stand, just prop up one of your favorite books (facing outward) to show off the gorgeous cover and take up lots of negative space with just one book. The best part about this strategy is that it’s so easy to inject color by doing this. Look at the pop of green I get from facing out my Scandinavian Design book.
This is one of my favorite little tips for you on this Monday!
Hi, I'm Erin!
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