Getting Started

December 7, 2017

Like it or not, it’s the holidays. Get out that pen and pad and start that list. Committing to paper will organize and simplify the tasks of shopping, decorating, cooking and entertaining, while every slash through an item accomplished will bring you that much closer to a Merry Christmas. Start with your personal traditions, add or subtract as you go, and keep your eyes and ears open for new inspiration and simple solutions. Three weeks to go…better get started.

From the top:

You can’t beat free. The last of my yard clean- up yielded perfect white pine cones to fill up a bowl or  adorn a wrapped package. An added bonus…several birds nests to add to the mix.

Quince. A pot of Quince Paste simmering on the stove while decorating the house…a little holiday multi tasking. https://simplequietmodern.com/2012/12/14/small-plates/

An edited selection of vintage tree ornaments sets the color story. Have I mentioned I’m still into pink? The addition of more pink…flowers, wrapping or even the blush of a champagne cocktail can only help with an additional rosy glow.

If they were put away neatly you wouldn’t have a tangled mess. That said, a few lights are in order.

The addition of loose woven cotton metallic ribbon, also in pink, or maybe a simple spattered spritz of rose gold paint will elevate the simplequietmodern wrapping of newsprint or kraft paper. Ribbon photo: https://www.shopangelaliguori.com/products/metallic-loose-weave-wood-spool

A few more ideas can be found here: https://simplequietmodern.com/2014/12/09/low-cost-no-cost/

photos (except where noted): gp

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Ribbon photos courstesy of http://www.shopangelaliguori.com/collections/frontpage/products/new-metallic-loose-weave-ribbon Other photos: gp

 

 

Paper or…

November 15, 2015

You know I can work a classic Kraft paper shopping bag six ways till Sunday. But, this waxed canvas market bag takes simplequietmodern to a new level. Easy care cotton canvas hand coated with organic beeswax. Perfect for carrying all the quince, apples and persimmons you’ll be cooking up during the holidays and leaving the brown bags you’ve been recycling available for the wrapping of gifts come December.

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Top photo:https://food52.com/shop/products/718-waxed-canvas-market-bag

others: gp

Now that it’s Fall…

October 5, 2014

what’s inspiring you?

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The scale of this burlap weave gives some indication of how tiny this found nest actually is. What  might you discover on a walk around your yard or neighborhood?  And, if you have an idea as to what small bird called this home, let me know.

The local  farm stands are loaded with the seasons bounty. Skip the crowds at the cider mill and pick up an armload of beets, take ’em home and roast ’em up  or turn them into a soup for the week ahead.

A chill in the air calls for wool…maybe a cap…maybe in hand dyed Autumn reds.

Starting to collect and recycle packaging materials now will save you from picking up a few tacky rolls of gift wrap closer to the holidays. I’m thinking this expanded kraft paper is going to be the perfect addition to my classic crisp white tissue. It’s looking pretty modern to me.

This Lingham stone always seems to move to a more visible location in the Fall so that I can better enjoy it’s unique natural colorations. A quick spin and edit of your interior accessories will have everything looking new as you start to spend more time inside.

Coffee Break rose, left to dry to a new kind of beautiful, will continue to add interest throughout the Fall, into Thanksgiving…possibly even Christmas. Start by enjoying then drying them now and they’ll be ready to put into service again when the time comes.

 

all photos: gp