Archive for December, 2012

December 21st, 2012

Red and White Christmas Decor

Red and White Christmas Decor

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Red and white Christmas decor is one of my favourite holiday palettes. The clean crisp lines and the division between the two shades is just lovely. Use red and white to decorate a table, shelf, centerpiece, wreath or mantle.


Red and White Christmas Decor with Candles

Marie Claire Idees 

White punctuated with a pop of red is sweet in the photo pictured above. I bet it looks just as good at night, and cozier.


Christmas Table Red and White

Midwest Living 

What’s better than a candy cane theme this time of year? Although I must admit I had to remove the candy canes from my Christmas tree this year due to some deft little fingers that couldn’t sneak enough candy from the tree!!


Red and White Christmas Mantle

Better Homes and Gardens

The balance and the symmetry of the photo above resonates with me. The pops of red and white and neutral oat tones makes for a rustic festive atmosphere.


Good Housekeeping 

Yum, and how pretty!


Red and White Christmas Decor

Home Klondike

I love the stillness of this photo. If I could take a walk into this room and avoid Christmas shopping, I’m pretty sure I would!


Red and White Christmas Table

Ish and Chi 

Love. This. Deep garnet red divinity! There are a zillion ways to incorporate red and white Christmas decor into your holiday design. I’m already thinking about next year. Starting fresh. Changing new. Time for new beginnings.


December 11th, 2012

Holiday Decorating with Branches

Branch Decor with Reindeer

Plush Palate


Rustic elegance is what comes to mind when branches and baubles come together! Whether you paint the branches or leave them natural, branches can be embellished to add to your holiday decorating scheme. Holiday decorating with branches can be tailored to any home.


Branch Decor White Room

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Ideas for Incorporating Branches this Holiday Season


  • Cluster painted branches into a hurricane vase in shades like turquoise, white or red
  • Hang a branch above your dining room table and decorate it with Christmas bulbs
  • Decorate a single branch with baubles and use it as a centerpiece or for a side table


Branch Decor Green Glass Bottles

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I love that this look is a perfect marriage between rustic wilderness and refined elegance. The holiday twist makes it work for a variety of spaces. Dress it up with ribbons, shiny ornaments and glittery glass or dress it down with twine and handmade ornaments.


Branch Decor Aqua Table

Country Living 

Well what doesn’t look better with a bright pop of teal. Can I please have dinner here??



I love how the pedestal is reaching up to the glass bulbs. So pretty. The varying sizes of the bulbs creates a perfect balance of visual interest. Have fun holiday decorating with branches.

December 3rd, 2012

4 Pretty Kitchens

Pretty Kitchen with Chandelier

Veronika’s Blushing via Decor Pad


Well, it is certainly no secret that I love pretty. Each of these kitchens has pretty factor, but with it’s own twist of elegance and character. For me, pretty is in the details, small and large, and can be achieved in any space be it masculine or feminine. These 4 pretty kitchens embrace their own style and include just enough pretty. See? Pretty is for everyone.


Pretty Kitchen with a Mint Palette

Cape Cod Collegiate


Elements to Increase Pretty Factor in your Kitchen:


Tufting– Tufting creates visual interest in the best way possible. In the kitchen a tufted bench, chairs or even a banquette will work.


Curvy Lines– Tables, chairs, decorative moldings and cabinetry help break up and soften the lines of definitive fixed elements and hard surfaces like stone counter tops.


Delicate Patterns– Swirly curly patterns like trellis, lattice, florals, geometrics, botanicals and damask will add visual appeal to your kitchen and give you a motif you can repeat in small doses to unify the space.


Pretty Kitchen Galley Style

 House Beautiful

Gloss and Shine– Objects that glisten pretty up even the darkest spaces. Look to lighting choices such as chandeliers, glass pendants, and drum chandeliers to bounce light around the room. Include accessories and dishware with elegant details and display some of them.


Colour Palette– Most colour palettes can be dressed pretty, however certain colour schemes welcome pretty readily. Of course white or white and silver would be at the top of my list, but work with whatever your colours are and personalize it to your taste. The result, (I’m sure) will be an eclectic pretty unlike any other space.


Pretty Kitchen with Elegant Backsplash


Textiles– Inject pattern and colour with the use of the textiles. A patterned carpet or set of curtains can set the tone for the room. You can also change them for a different look.


As you have seen in the 4 pretty kitchens pictured above, pretty things can be worked into your kitchen design in several easy ways and they really do make a difference in the overall look of the space.


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