Saturday, December 21, 2013

Mostly Merry Christmas House Tour

Welcome to my version of the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes!

Here's where we started two weeks ago upon move-in.

And here's that same corner decorated for the holidays. 

On the opposite side of the living room is the Christmas tree.

Hung with colorful ornaments, many that have sentimental value.

On the couch, some tartan to snuggle under while watching It's A Wonderful Life, Elf, and Prep & Landing.

On the walls, some decorations.

The ice skates are too small for Bela and were waiting to be given away in an old box. Then I thought it might be more fun to use some red ribbon I had to display them.

Some Christmas reading.

Decorating the other spaces.

That big stereo has been rocking the Christmas music. Every version of "Last Christmas" has to be my favorite. 

I bought lots of poinsettias to support Bela's school. I don't particularly remember to water them, though...

I love the smells of Christmas! Our tree is real and the scent of pine is heavenly!

Poinsettia and pocket door for our powder room just inside the front door. 

Here's a view from the front door looking through to the back door. Do you hang wreaths inside the house? I do. (Ignore the sagging drape; we accidentally broke some of the clips on the traverse rod. Oops!)

I would love to have you all over for a cup of Starbucks and a plate of cookies, but this will have to do. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! More updates to come!

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Design Inspiration

 "Life in the 21st century means taking the best of history 
and making it work for you." Miles Redd

I may have mentioned here that our new house is mid-century modern. From the pictures you can see that the former owners really embraced that look. It wasn't retro to them, though, it was just home for fifty years.

Our new house: from the real estate listing
Going into my design plan, I knew that trying to re-create that look just wouldn't work. For sure, there were elements that I wanted to preserve. But incorporating our things and our way of life meant something different. 

What I did want was to capture the whole gamut of 20th century design: from Hollywood Regency to Palm Beach to the brassy '80s. I wanted our version of mid-century modern to be more Alfred Hitchcock than Mad Men. And I wanted it to feel worldly, with references to other places.

One Kings Lane
I love the way neutrals are done in this room. Yet, with lots of pops of color. The credenza has some bamboo; it looks like grass cloth on the walls; and of course the peacock chair

Old Brand New Blog
I'm totally crazy-obsessed with rugs. Plushy, tribal patterned red & blue rugs. Rugs that may have been carried on the back of a camel.


This kitchen looks like something from somewhere else. I love the contrast of the sleek cabinetry with the rough-hewn counter stools. The veins in the backsplash. The perfectly compact triangle of fridge-stove-sink. And, the wood paneling and art to the left in the background.


Most of our house is painted white like these walls, and the first level has the Danish blonde wood floors. But I really like this image because of the interesting plate wall display and the well-stocked bar cart with fat lamp.

Hepburn Interiors
Luckily enough, mid-century modern is popular so finding a sputnik chandelier should be easier than deciding where I want to put one.

Somewhere I hope to add a splash of citron and a bold geometric pattern like on this chair. And isn't the art to die for?? If only I knew where the image came from.

We are mostly unpacked. My plan is to recycle the cardboard boxes on the day after Christmas (Boxing Day, get it?!) and have ALL boxes out of our house by the time we make the first mortgage payment on February 1st. It's good to have goals.

The sounds of the season are definitely on repeat in our new house. And, I swear it has snowed every single day since we moved in. Great, now that we are a stone's throw from everywhere we need to go! 

Today I'm wearing an outfit inspired by the one below. I'll try to remember to Instagram it. I like that "winter white" can extend my wardrobe through the entire year and a bubble necklace can fancy up a 90s flannel.

Style Within Reach
Anyhoo, come back tomorrow! I hope to have some photos of our house up for the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes linky party!  

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

We've Moved!

Well, hello there. 

We've moved into our new house. Finally!!

The Daily Mail
It was quite the celebration. 

In reality, though, our new house is far enough from the action that I had no inkling of the riot (or whatever you want to call it) until I saw the newspaper. But our team is going to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1988 and that is VERY exciting!

There are tons of fluffy white snowflakes outside my window, Christmas carols on my radio, snowpants & boots waiting for me to walk(!!) to pick up kids from school, and Hershey's candy cane kisses in my belly. Life is good. For us. For now.

I really liked this post by Emily from Jones Design Company today about when life is not good. When the holidays magnify heartache instead of joy

And the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes has begun. Today is day 2 and the lovely Lisa of Shine Your Light has thoughtful tips on how to enjoy the season as well as decorate your home.

What's it like where you are today?


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