PRESENT PICK: FOR THE ART COLLECTOR

Sally King Benedict Calendar

Sally King Benedict Calendar

Sally King Benedict Calendar

An original piece by abstract artist, Sally King Benedict, might be cost prohibitive for the art collector on your list, but luckily I’ve found a gift that I think they’ll enjoy almost as much.

Sally’s 2015 Calendar features 12 paintings which tear off into 5.5 x 7 post cards that can be mailed (or framed!) at the end of the month. Bonus!

I’m still kicking myself for not picking up one of her sweet little faces when I had the opportunity, but this calendar will definitely tide me over until I can have the real thing.

PRESENT PICK: FOR THE DECORATOR

Absolutely Beautiful Things | The Pursuit of Style

Absolutely Beautiful Things: A Bright and Colourful Life on my bookshelf

For the past two years I’ve done gift guides based on personalities (see them all here) but as much as I love a good round-up, this year I’m feeling gift guided out–so many great guides have already been published, would I really be bringing something new to your inbox or just adding to the visual chaos? I wasn’t sure.

So, this year I’m shaking things up. I’ve edited down my picks to just one perfect present for every personality on your list. The crème de la crème. Because, let’s be honest: at this point, there’s no time left for indecision! We’ll kick things off with my perennial favorite (yes, I’m biased): The Decorator.

If I hadn’t already bought a copy for myself, Anna Spiro’s first book, Absolutely Beautiful Things: A Bright and Colourful Life, would be at the very top of my Christmas list. Her blog was the very first I ever read and I truly credit her for re-awakening my interest in interior design at a time when I was bored to tears attempting to follow a “serious” career path.

As one of my design idols, I’ve been secretly hoping Anna would author a book for years, and having read it from cover-to-cover I can say with authority that this color drenched tome did not disappoint! It’s available exclusively through Furbish Studio which will make it an even more covetable addition to any Decorator’s collection.

THANKSGIVING STYLE: BLUE & WHITE

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Ah, blue and white… has there ever been a more classic combination? I think not (although I’m admittedly biased, our wedding was blue & white!) These fantastic napkins in the prettiest shade of gray-blue were the jumping off point for today’s tablescape. Horn comes in a close second to my tortoise addiction so you know I’ll be buying these napkin rings.

I nixed formal china from our registry in a last minute freak out (too many patterns to choose from, was I picking the right one?!) but Hermes’ Chaine D’ancre is going on my short list when I finally get around to making a decision.

This bamboo serving set did stay on our registry, along with the corresponding flatware. I love that it can be dressed up or down and bamboo always seems to work with blue and white. Beautiful ribbed glassware and ginger jars filled with bunches of white blooms round out a timeless Thanksgiving table.

THANKSGIVING THROWBACK: EDDIE ROSS FOR LONNY

Eddie Ross | Lonny

Eddie Ross | Lonny

Eddie Ross | LonnyWhen it comes to setting a table, Eddie Ross is definitely part of the Master Class which is why I wanted to revisit one of my favorite Thanksgiving tablescapes featured in Lonny wayy back in 2010 (oh the good ol’ days when Michelle Adams was at the helm!)

One of the reasons I love Eddie’s tablescaping style is his uncanny ability to mix the old–often flea market finds and vintage treasureswith the new in a way that is always fresh, inspiring, and expertly layered.

I’m hardly DIY savvy, but this particular spread suggested a few tips that even I could imagine executing successfully, like giving vintage napkins new life with Tintex dye, or spray painting mini pumpkins and adding construction paper leaves to serve as place cards. Totally achievable, right? Famous last words…

Any plans for Thanksgiving DIYs this year, or something you’ve pulled off in the past you’re particularly proud of?
Do tell!

THANKSGIVING STYLE: FAUX BOIS & FRAZADA

Thanksgiving | The Pursuit of Style

Our first Thanksgiving tablescape is a thoroughly modern mix of color and pattern that I happen to adore. Classic Spode Woodland Turkey dinner plates are given a fresh look when paired with faux bois chargers and hot pink napkins (one of my favorite sources for inexpensive linens–can’t beat a set of 6 for under $10!).

A wood grain runner continues the faux bois theme, and brass talon candlesticks might be a little macabre given the main course, but paired with striped taper candles they add the perfect element of whimsy. Agate coasters would be beautiful topped with glass votives interspersed along the runner, or at each guests’ place setting.

If you really wanted to make the table a show-stopper I can’t imagine anything more festive than a Bolivian frazada pillow on each chair. Your guests would be so comfy I can almost guarantee there would be less leftovers the next day!