No Time To Waste

November 9, 2017

With Christmas near upon us there is no time like now to get those Amaryllis potted up if you plan on incorporating them into your holiday decorating. If you enjoy giving them as gifts, presenting them now will ensure the receiver will be enjoying them during rather than after the holidays. The clock is ticking.

These selections from Terrain include classic white as well as more modern chartreuse  and exotic varieties.








Silver and Gold

December 8, 2015

Good. You’ve been diligent about collecting white tissue, newsprint and recycled kraft bags to re-purpose as gift wrap. And, still following my simplequietmodern lead, you’ve been tying those packages up with jute cord or sisal twine. Let’s up the ante this holiday season with a bit of shimmer for those gifts that might just need a special touch. Loose weave ribbons of natural cotton and metallic threads are the perfect complement. Designed by Angela Ligouri for Studio Carta, these ribbons are available in fourteen styles that I’ve edited down to my three favorites…the natural with gold, natural with silver and the gravel with gold.








Ribbon photos courstesy of Other photos: gp



They Just Make Good Scents

November 8, 2013

 A cracking fire, a fresh-cut tree or a festive blend of citrus and spices…all aromas we remember from season to season and crave as the holidays grow closer. You can help things along early as I do and burn one of these a few minutes in the morning and again for a few when returning at the end of the day…starting now. The Fireside Candle from Bath and Body Works is a favorite…warm and smoky without smelling like the living room is in flames or the Heath Ceramics Red Suede candle cup scented with evergreens. Their fragrances will not only relax you but quietly kick-start your Christmas spirit. 



candle cup photo: Heath