Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Table

Have you recovered from your turkey coma? Somehow I managed to drag myself out of bed at 4:30 this morning to have the "Black Friday" shopping experience for the first time..... it was fun but I'm not sure if it's going to become a tradition... we'll see. It was surprising how many people can get themselves out of bed to shop so early after gorging themselves with food the day before!! The mall was busier than I've seen it on a week night at 5am!
Anyways, I hope everyone had a nice time with friends and family yesterday. Did you do anything special for your Thanksgiving table? I blogged about doing a theme with pears for my table (which is actually my moms table this year) here.  I was all set to go with the miniature pears on the plates for name cards when somebody (who I will not name) decided to make my mini pears their snack and I didn't have enough left to use for the amount of guests! However, I did have a backup...... and it turned out just as nice. Here's some pictures I took yesterday of what actually ended up working.

We went for an "Americana" look. It was a little country and red white and blue!

I cut the tags out of decorative paper and then hot glued them to the stems of the mini apples.

Here I am with my turkey which I cooked at my house and then brought over to my moms. Monday I'll post about the way I prepared and cooked it! I have a secret for making it juicy and for cooking in way less time!

I'd love to hear about your Thanksgiving! What did you do to make it special?
christina marie

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving theme

Like many of you, I've been thinking about what I'd like to do with my table setting for Thanksgiving this year. I love parties and entertaining and I'll take any excuse to make placecard holders, party favors, and of course decorate! As I started collecting images and looking around for inspiration I noticed a theme start to develop. In the pictures I was collecting I noticed there were lots of pears! So, I went with it and this year I'm doing a pear theme for Thanksgiving.

A theme always helps any get together feel thought out and special. So, here are some ideas I'm considering for my dining room decor and Thanksgiving table this year.

 Pear Place Cards
A simple leaf shaped tag tied to the pear stem.

To make this placecard holder simply place letter stickers with the persons initials or name on the pear, spray paint, and remove stickers.

Love this miniature pear with name tag!

Using a ribbon adds another bit of interest.

 Dining Room Decor

Love this simple paintng of a pear. This would be pretty leaning against the wall on a buffet table.

Pretty botanical print of a pear and leaves. This would be great framed for the wall!

Love the colors taken from this image of pears. These would make gorgeous dining room colors. These colors could be used in a way that could be either soothing and soft or dramatic and glamorous.

What are your ideas and plans for your Thanksgiving table this year?

 All pictures via Pinterest

Monday, November 14, 2011

Fashion Fav: Plaid

I've always been a fan of plaid. Whether in fashion or in interior design plaid is a classic and works so well for both.  If you're in need of something new to add to your living room or your closet then consider plaid a good never goes out of style.

Plaid coat & scarf with herringbone hat. So good together.

Love this vintage Ralph look

Such a classic style room.

I would wear this.

Looks good with sheep too :)

Masculine style room done in plaid

Looks good on the boys too!

So pretty

I'll take a wedding redo for these dresses!

Love this table setting.

Plaid on plaid. Love the monogram necklace too!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Bedroom Design - Interior Design, Lexington, MA

I've been working on a teenage girl's bedroom design for about a month or so. We're making fast progress on this project and are hoping to have the room completed by Thanksgiving time. Here's a look at the design board which gives an idea for the style direction we're going in with the space.....

I had this client look through inspiration photos from design websites and select the images she felt drawn to. After looking at all the photos she chose, it became clear that she wanted a soft color pallete and a feminine look but with the added twist of ethnic and nature inspired accents. We went with soft lavenders, metallic wallpaper, white & cream furniture, and some brown and rubbed bronze finishes to ground the room. We also have a beautiful sari inspired golden metallic sheer for the window drapery. Overall, it all works really well together and makes for a unique look that in the end will really reflect her personality! Early next week I'll have some progress pictures to share of the room. I hope you enjoy the weekend!

Friday, November 4, 2011

In Progress: Mirror Installation - Interior Design, Woburn, MA

I'm so excited about the way the living room is coming together that I shared with you in my previous post. I just had to share one more progress shot before the final reveal. I designed and had custom mirrors built specifically for this living room. The installation took place Thurday night and finished up this morning and the result is fantastic! The mirrors are really large but not intrusive and they really help brighten the room, open up the space, and make the room seem larger. My client really had to trust me on this decision and she was  a little nervous about how they would look in the room but I'm happy to report that she loves them and is so glad she took the risk!

Again, here's the "Before" shot.

And here's the "In Progress" shot after the mirrors and new rug have been installed.

Such a huge difference, right? And we haven't even installed the rest of the furnishings, and pillows yet!
Among other additions to the room, we'll be changing the pillows on the sofa and you'll really see how pillows can do so much to add color and personality to a room.
We were also able to put down the rug which I had custom made to fit the exact dimensions of the room. The rug is a sisal backed wool pile rug and helps give the room a really fresh, open and relaxed feel.

Stay tuned for the finished space!

christina marie

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