Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Home Inspiration

Last week I went to a holiday lady's luncheon and was so inspired by how gorgeously decorated this home was for Christmas.
Right away, the porch greeted the guests with a winter chalet mood, complete with "snow."

Inside, there wasn't a single surface that didn't have some kind of greenery or Christmas decoration.
It's also the kind of Christmas decor that I love--natural! 
Nothing fake here, all the plants and flowers were real.

I was able to snap a few shots with my camera before all the guests arrived.

I asked the hostess how long it took her to decorate her home.
A whole week!

It made me want to go home and lavish my City flat with greenery, flowers and candles.

I especially loved her mantel.  

Aren't those stocking holders so cool with candles glowing behind?

I have to admit, I was so inspired that I did go home and create a holiday mantel.
Then I got a little tree to sit atop the piano and even put a little greenery around the ugly chandelier.
I promise to share!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I Lost My Christmas Muse

 I knew this would happen!  After we sold our house, I didn't look back.
Until now.
Christmas changed all that as I'm feeling quite nostalgic for my Christmas home these days.

I've been perusing my iPhoto library, reminiscing about days of Christmas past.
All the table settings...



 ...the hutch that I loved to decorate each year.

The living room mantel.

Our house was the ultimate Christmas house, and each year, I tried to out do myself. 
It's like the house waited all year for the halls to be decked out.
It was my muse...

...and now it's gone.

With everything Christmas packed up and in storage, decorating will be kept to a minimum this year.
A little table top Charlie Brown tree.
Perhaps some greenery here and there.
I'm hoping a trip to the nursery will cure my nostalgia!


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Friday, December 5, 2014

Festive Christmas Plates For The Table


I love Christmas plates and have several patterns to use for various years, keeping my family guessing, "which one this year?"
Most of us are familiar with this Christmas Tree pattern from Spode.  Introduced in 1938, it has become the world's most recognizable and best loved Christmas china.  Some of us even inherited these plates from our parents and grandparents.

Although I don't have the classic Spode plate above, I have this version called Christmas Tree Grove, also by Spode.  Same tree in the middle, but the rim is what I'm in love with.  

Christmas Tree Garland by Spode.  Same tree, different rim.

Christmas Tree 70th anniversary plate by Spode.  What a beauty!

Let's take a look at some more holiday themed dinnerware.
I've gathered quite a few of my favorites to show you:

Christmas Story by Mikasa

Christmas in the Park by China

Christmas Toile by 222 Fifth

Holiday Celebrations by Christopher Radko for Target
I've set a few Christmas tables with this pattern!

Victorian Christmas by Johnson Brothers

Old Britain Castles by Johnson Brothers
One of my favorites!  I also have this pattern.

Accent salad plate in the Old Britain Castles pattern.



The Friendly Village, Christmas accent salad plates by Johnson Brothers

Cardinal Christmas by Royal Norfolk

Holly Ribbon by Royal Worcester

Grenediers  by Bernardaud

Holiday Garden by Martha Stewart

O'Tannenbaum by Oneida

Holiday by Lenox, another classic.

Season's Greetings by Lenox

Holiday Tartan by Lenox

Tartan Christmas by Signature

McLean Tartan by Ralph Lauren

Country Plaid by Fitz and Floyd

Tartan plaid plate by Pacific Rim.

Classic Tidings by Target
Of course, I had to have these!

I have found that besides Ebay, Replacements, Ltd. is the best source for vintage and out of production patterns.  Believe it or not, Amazon has quite a few patterns available too.

I actually like to mix and match my holiday china for a layered table.  Both of the patterns from Target mix very well, and we all know that Tartan goes with everything, including transferware! 

Do you set the table with holiday themed dishes, and if so, what is your pattern?

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Leather And Gold

While I may not be a fashionista, I do love fun, interesting jewelry.  
When you get to be a woman of a certain age, not all clothes fit or are age appropriate, but jewelry always fits.  That and shoes!  But I digress...

I love our studded leather wrap bracelets!  So much that I have one in every color.
Sometimes, I wear all three!  
Just for today, they are marked down to $120.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

I Love A Buffalo Check!

 I've always loved buffalo checks.  They are timeless and tend to go with everything!

 At Les Méchantes, our home decor is kind of my "baby," especially since I'm NOT a fashionista!
I'm particularly proud of our buffalo check items.  Talk about cozy!
The throws are made in Minnesota...

...and our flannel pillows are made in Berkeley, California!  All USA made, which is what LM is all about!

I love the exposed brass zipper on these pillows.
Coincidently, the black and white pillows go with the black and white throw fabulously!

It's Small Business Saturday, so we are offering all our buffalo check pillows and throws at a 25% discount, for today only.
Let's get cozy, here.


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Friday, November 28, 2014

The Les Méchantes Flash Sale

Les Méchantes is having a flash sale.
Today, select outerwear is on sale, just in time for winter.
Log on to LesMéchantes.com to shop!
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Monday, November 24, 2014

A Simple, Elegant and Rustic Table

When I first started blogging five years ago, I couldn't wait to create tablescapes using all my dish patterns to share with my readers.
I noticed over the years though, that my taste has changed and I'm now drawn to a more simple, yet elegant and rustic table.

Since we were in the wine country last weekend for a photoshoot of our newest home decor products, I jumped at a chance to create my first tablescape of 2014 using the Les Mechantes red and white ticking stripe linens.

The extra wide ticking stripe runners are perfect for laying across the table instead of lengthwise for an unexpected look.  A twig placemat adds rustic appeal, while the white ironstone dishes keep the table simple and clean.

Clipped olive branches from the garden add a touch of greenery and lay nicely on the matching napkins.

I love the stitching detail on these napkins!

Vintage French ruby red glasses add that touch of elegance and counter the rustic placemats.

You're probably thinking, what about Thanksgiving? 
I know, I jumped right to Christmas for my inspiration using these linens.  
Besides, all my Thanksgiving plates are in storage! 

The table linens also come in a black and white ticking stripe, which I can't wait to use, as well as denim.  Lots of mix and match opportunities!

Wishing you a wonderful week and Thanksgiving.
Let the holidays begin!

Sources:
Ticking stripe linens - Les Mechantes
Vintage French glasses - Les Mechantes
White ironstone plates - Pottery Barn
Stainless flatware - Pottery Barn
Twig placemats and antlers are from my own collection

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