Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Around Here

( a simple wreath at our front door )

I love the Christmas season with all it's frills and flare... wreaths, lights, garland, and more covering every nook and cranny everywhere you go. It's hard not to marvel at the sparkling splendor. But when it comes to decorating my own home for the holidays, I tend to keep it pretty low key. A less is more approach, I suppose... or maybe that's just me being OCD. I've never been a fan of clutter and, over the years, I've been drawn more and more to minimalist design. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I love the starkness and simplicity. Our Christmas tree reflects that inspiration... a classic cypress pine draped only in white twinkle lights. 

( my Grandmother's vintage red cape doubling as a touch of holiday decor )

( our Chicago snow globe providing all the white we need this Christmas )

( oh, Christmas tree - our simple cypress pine with just a splash of twinkle )

( cypress garland along our patio railing )

While you may find our choice of holiday decor quit boring, you certainly wouldn't say the same for our neighbor's. They've gone all out in the way of outdoor lighting and installations. We stumbled upon their courtyard while on an evening stroll last weekend and, as I shared here, I was certain we'd walked into Candyland. It's spectacular, and now my favorite place to stretch my legs at night. 

( our neighbor's impressive outdoor installations )

( more of our neighbor's courtyard full of dancing lights )

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Coffee Table Faves

As you may recall from (this) post, we've been in the process of repairing and replacing a sad amount of belongings that were damaged in our move. Nearly three months later, I'm happy to report that we're almost done! Only a few more repairs to go, but the last of our replacement furniture arrived last weekend... our coffee table (pictured above). We purchased the same table from CB2 several years back and loved it. So when our original table arrived in a rubble of cracked cement, I was pretty bummed - to say the least. Thankfully, CB2 still makes the same table and we were able to do a direct replacement. Inspired by it's arrival, I've pulled together our favorite coffee table accessories... pieces you'll nearly always see on the top of ours.   

Coffee Table Faves
1) Double Six Dominoes Set of 28 with Wood Case, $12.98 (available here)
2) Andy Warhol Screen Tests Coffee Table Book, $42.47 (available here)
3) Tanner Goods Coaster Set, $25 (available here)
4) West Elm Acrylic Tray, $44 (available here)
5) Vogue: The Editor's Eye Coffee Table Book, $55 (available here)
6) CB2 Element Coffee Table, $399 (available here)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Breathtaking Bookstore

While inspiration hunting on the interwebs, I stumbled upon these images of a breathtaking bookstore in Maastricht, Netherlands. The store resides within a 13th century Dominican church, now converted into a remarkable space that weds old with new. The grand structure, ornate ceilings, and leaded glass windows have been beautifully preserved and complimented by rows and rows of contemporary book-filled shelves... oh yes, and a modern cafe too. I would love to get lost in the impressive walls of this shop, spending hours sipping coffees and perusing the books. I can't think of a grander way to find a new read. 

( images via )

Friday, December 12, 2014

Guided Gifting: Part 2

How's the holiday shopping going? While I've been busy sharing various gifting ideas with all of you (see here, here, here, here, here, and here), I've barely made a dent in my own shopping list. Thankfully our families are keeping gifting pretty low-key this year, so my list is rather short. Regardless, Christmas Eve is just 12 days away (counting today, of course) and I'm already starting to feel like it's crunch time. I know there's certainly still time for any last minute shopping, but it's time to get a move on. To keep you (ok, me!) on track and tackling those shopping lists, I've pulled together more of our favorites guided gifting picks. This time we're sharing our picks for home and tech. 

Gift Ideas for Home
1) Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge, $14.95 (available here)
2) Restoration Hardware Luxe Faux Fur Throw, $79 on sale! (available here)
3) The Art Museum by Phaindon Press, $72.50 (available here)
4) Primula 6-Cup Tempo Coffee Press, $10.99 (available here)
5) Food52 Brass Lift Coasters, $68 (available here)

Gift Ideas for Tech
1) Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens, $79.99 for iPhone 6/6 Plus (here) and $69.99 for iPhone 5/5S (here)
2) Food52 Hand-Painted Wooden Flash Drive, $36 (available here)
3) Eastern Collective Lightning USB Cable, $25.95 (available here)
4) Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air, $74.99 (available here)
5) Fujifilm Instax Instant Smartphone Printer, $199 (available here)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Happy Birthday, Grandma!

I hope you'll join me today in wishing a very special lady a very Happy Birthday... 

My Grandmother... exquisitely stylish, sharp-as-a-whip, eternally beautiful, and incredibly loving. She never ceases to amaze me or put a smile on my face. Mastering the internet at (an age I won't mention), she's always one of the the first to "Like" my Facebook posts and is quite possibly my most loyal His & Hers follower. And as a retired hairdresser and natural with all things style-related, I like to think that I at least inherited my love for fashion and hair from her. There's certainly no closet I love to borrow from more.

( with my handsome Grandfather at the Copacabana Lounge in NYC )

I love you, Grandma! 
Happy Birthday!