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White Christmas Style

There’s something magical about a white Christmas. Maybe it’s because I live in SoCal and the odds of having one are… well, zero. But, this year, I have been lusting after holiday decor that is primarily white. By that I’m not referring to the flocked trees we Californians are coerced into purchasing by opportunist lumberjacks at the local tree lot. Fun fact: flocked trees aren’t sold in other states because citizens of the snow need not see it in their living room all holiday season! So yes, for all you non-Californians, we are officially nuttier than fruitcake with our faux snow! I mean seriously, what the flock?

White goes with everything, obviously, which makes it an easy color choice. Christmas is always so traditionally red and green that for me, it’s a bit ho-hum and not enough ho-ho-ho. So in the spirit of white christmas style, here are some of my favorite living spaces from around the web that enliven the season in a new and inspiring way.

Cottage chic…
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The whites are fresh, chic and dreamy, and the vintage vibe makes this room one cozy retreat. Simple yet elegant without being fussy.

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Here is a similar white christmas dining scape that has rustic cottage style. This space has a very organic feel, using natural textures to bring the outside in while adding a subtle dose of metallic sparkle.

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And this kitchen is slightly more elegant, yet still rustic and organic with that cozy cottage vibe with the beamed ceilings and natural cabinetry.

Parisian penthouse…

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If your style is a bit more romantic and antique chic, then this tablescape is sure to delight! I love that they used ivy as garland and really let the grandeur of the space speak for itself. Beautiful!

Modern farmhouse…

Farmhouse Christmas style

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Venturing into a completely different look is this modern farmhouse Christmas. It’s still mostly white with traditional brick fireplace, yet those pops of red make it look clean yet rich. The pillows feel a bit Scandianvian in design, and I love the large pom pom fringe. And ohhh, those white paper trees on the mantel, soooo purdy!

And speaking of Scandinavian, well, it wouldn’t be a white Christmas without these lovely contributions…

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I don’t think I’ve made a paper chain since I was a kid, but what a welcome way to bring on the Christmas count down!Scandinavian-Christmas-Decorating-Ideas-01-1-Kindesign

I love the use of sheepskin as chair covers here.  It adds coziness to the otherwise minimalist vibe that is oh-so Nordic.

Modern Minimalist

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Dreamy dangling white prisms, aka, modern snowflakes!
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Boho-ho anyone?

Scandinavian Bohemian White Christmas

With a slightly more bohemian flair, this room adds a healthy dose of free spirited color against the white walls and flooring.

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I love this twig tree! It nearly looks like driftwood, which would be a great addition to a coastal christmas home. This one is still bohemian with almost a modern cabin flair. Which brings me to….

Modern Cabin…

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Now this is an A-frame I could live in while soaking up all that winter white.

And finally, some transitional takes on Christmas for you, chock full of mid century influences… my fave!

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How about these gold prism ornaments made out of pipe cleaners? Get the clever and easy DIY tutorial for them, here.

I’m loving the white, black and gold glam Emily Henderson recently posted for TargetStyle. And that magical touch of teal really livens up the space. Just enough glitz and glow and still feels like coming home for christmas.

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….And may all your Christmases be white….

xo,

Emily

 

Cravings: A Fab 4th

You know I have a love me a good party and 4th of July is one of my faves because it’s summertime and comes dressed in oh-so preppy red, white and blue. Since I love to find inspired items that aren’t always traditional holiday looks, I thought I’d round up some stylish finds for the 4th that have more pizzaz than a firework!

Pinterest is oftentimes my jumping off point because there is always so much eye candy to choose from. I made A Fab 4th board featuring all my faves, but since I couldn’t possibly feature it all, here is a glimpse of some swoon worthy selections. For more info and inspiration, please visit my Pinterest page.

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Here’s to a Happy 4th of July! We truly have so much to be thankful for, including the freedom to plan parties that celebrate life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!

xo,

Emily

Haute Links

Get ’em while they’re still sizzlin’! Here is a round up of this week’s Haute Links, a mix of my favorite things cooked up on the internet…

1) This stylish little dude needs a play date with Quinny, and by play date I mean a wardrobe intervention. I already know how this showdown will go down…. “Oh yeah tough guy?? I’ll see your rainbow sunnies from Cabo and raise you a pair of Junior Ray Ban’s“….((gulp)) fold! Kudos to mama for keeping his clothes so fresh and oxyclean… ours are usually ankle dipped in mud, carefully adorned with grains of flattened rice, accompanied by a collection of “priceless” rocks in the pockets with the occasional half a crayon. I’m cool with it. Pocket rocks are how we roll!

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2) In other mom related news, there’s this humor piece on what’s typically swirling through a mom’s brain at any given time. Ridiculously on point, here’s a snippet…

“I wish I could be more like my sister-in-law. She’s so organized. My house looks like an outlet mall threw up in here and then lay down and made vomit angels in the vomit. Today is definitely a mopping day. Last night I think I saw a dust bunny roll across the family room like a tumbleweed in those old Western films. But first I have to go to the store and get some vinegar. I should throw out all of the harsh cleaners. Those chemicals are probably hurting the baby. It’ll be my fault if there’s ever something wrong with him. Me and my stupid love of Fresh Scent. What is Fresh Scent anyway? Wouldn’t Fresh Scent technically be odorless? It’s just that Fresh Scent makes me feel accomplished. Like I did something. They should call it “Progress Scent” or “I Tried Scent.”‘

3) DIY Father’s Day gifts for the dad who loves all things golf, bacon, fire and Dirty Harry, all wrapped up in a flank steak.

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Or perhaps he’s a man of simple tastes that can only be quenched by whisky and wood

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Ok, digressing from Dad…..

4) At long last, a tile company that knows how to creatively market their product lines! I definitely plan on ordering something from the Kiss My Big Fat Glass collection from Alyse Edwards for my client’s master bath. Deliberating between H8 2 C U Go Butt Luv 2 Watch U Leave and Smack that Glass. Yep, these are no joke and they are actually quite bootyful!

 

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5) And finally 10 Problems Only the Interior Design Obsessed Understand. I share these afflictions as well as everything contained in #2.

Happy reading and happy weekend!

xo,
Emily

Designing Holiday Traditions – Part 1

Since becoming a mother, it finally occurred to me that there has been a subliminal passing of the holiday tradition torch. By that, I mean that I never really claimed it. All I did was give birth and now I’m in charge of creating family traditions! Who me? Yikes, that’s a tall order! But it made me realize that much like designing a home, designing a lifestyle for your family that is rooted in tradition both old and new is just as central to who you are as your living space.

Now that the holidays are here, I’ve been giving some thought to creating or passing down long lasting traditions for my own family and what I’d like to do to create meaning, togetherness and fun. In the spirit of giving thanks, my amazing client actually inspired me for her holiday table. She has gathered beautiful autumn leaves from her property for her centerpiece, and from them she hung little chalkboard discs. All of her guests can pay tribute and write down what they are thankful for.  Lovely idea!

She used these wonderful chalkboard discs from Etsy store, thesittingtree

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And don’t forget to place a few Bistro Chalk Markers on the table for guests to write on the tag!

More holiday traditions and ideas coming up next week, post turkey coma. Stay tuned!

‘Tis the Season…

…for joy, hope, love, and all things holiday! Here are some of my favorite chicest holiday finds…

Icy quartz crystal ornaments from Vivaterra


Sparkly snowflakes from Graham & GreenLove, love, love Jonathan Adlers cheeky ornaments and menorahs

This modern, sparkly wreath by David Stark for West Elm

Fun appetizer plates with a mid-century feel from Crate and Barrel

An eco-friendly, fun take on a traditional wreath from Vivaterra

Beautiful holiday letterpress from Hello Lucky

And Snow & Graham
And my favorite company, Elum