If we won the lottery today, we'd be on a plane to this home tomorrow. Located in Val D'Isere, France (aka: a picturesque town in the Alps), this chalet makes for the ideal holiday setting. Putting the $38,000 per week price tag aside, Chalet La Tene does not lend itself to just any stay. For starters, it has every amenity one could imagine: wine cave, steam room, hot tub, and a very necessary ski room. But what really caught our eye is the home's perfect balance of a cozy, cabin-like appeal and modern design aesthetic. Designed by Oliver Thornton Architects of Stockholm, every inch of this Scandinavian-inspired interior reflects contemporary comfort. Whether it be the minimalist finishes softened with textures like cowhides or the grand dining room graced with an open fireplace, this home has us favoring the cold.
If your sofa has seen better days, there might be life in it yet. We have three chic solutions that will whip it into stylish shape. The best part? Each of these looks can be achieved by creatively styling just one item, a throw blanket. Check out three layering ideas we're tempted to try this Winter!
Anna Burke, a designer for Kemble Interiors, covered the white cushions on her rattan sofa with a massive furry throw. Aside from adding tons of texture, we're sure it makes for extrasoft seating.
Oh Joy! blogger Joy Cho gave her white sofa a two-toned look by tucking a pretty indigo blue throw around the bottom cushions. To finish the look, she topped it off with a matching blue pillow and a tiny metallic one for an unexpected pop.
In this beach-inspired living room, a folded throw tucked into the center cushion acts as its own bold graphic. We love how it gives the sofa a stripe motif — very nautical!
If you're seeking holiday decor that will lend a personal touch for years to come, turn to Etsy. Unlike the products offered at major retailers, we found everything from vintage ornaments to handmade stockings to liven up your space. Whether you're looking for an eclectic piece or a unique gift, there's something on Etsy for you!
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While we're curious to see how 2014's version of The Real World San Francisco compares to the iconic 1994 season, one thing is for sure — the expectation for designing a fantasy living situation is much higher in this millennium. For January's 29th edition premiere (which involves a shocking new twist!), the show recruited production designer Katherine de Luca (best known for her work on Project Runway) to transform a 10,000-square-foot space that was originally built as a ballroom in 1910. Paying homage to San Francisco's rich history, the sprawling space packs in plenty of playful kitsch, like a Chinatown-themed confessional space. Still, it's the bold but clever design moments like the removable Flor carpet tiles and dynamic color combinations that really grab our attention. Click through for a virtual tour of 2014's San Francisco Real World pad!
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If you're a sucker for a natural green garland, you're not alone! Fresh, woodsy, and festive, it can almost suffice for a tree and is surprisingly versatile. While a natural garland can be purchased, it's easier to make than you may think.
Stephanie Schur, who owns the LA-based floral boutique Botany, happily agreed to share her garland-making secrets. Her chic, European-style shop is a favorite among A-list celebrities and high-profile fashion brands. Check out Stephanie's foolproof steps to creating a jaw-dropping garland!
Start by gathering your elements. Stephanie used pine, fir, eucalyptus, pepper berry, and viburnum berry.
Set aside the pine, seeded eucalyptus, and fir to use as your base.
Wrap strong wire around two to three pieces, and repeat. Keep reading for the rest of the steps!
How crucial is good food to the holiday season? Let us count the ways. The revered green bean casserole you bring to Mom's every year. The convenient stockpot meal you can count on after a long day at the mall. The emergency cheese-and-cracker stash you keep for last-minute visitors. And the cookies . . . oh, the cookies . . .
We're not joking when we say that even more important than your wish list for Santa is a well-thought-out grocery list, one that ensures your kitchen can rise to any occasion the season brings. Tell us which essentials you can't live without from Thanksgiving through New Year's — you could win $1,500 courtesy of Del Monte, so you can stock your pantry to the max!
Here's how it works:
- Create a board on Pinterest, and use #HolidayPantryEssentials in the description.
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- Submit your board URL on the entry page here, and you'll be entered for your chance to win!
And don't forget to click on the hashtag to check out your fellow entrants' pins. See how your pantry essentials stack up to others, discover new recipes, and find plenty of delicious inspiration to get through the season.
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It's time to rethink your holiday dinner party. Rather than opting for the traditional red and green decor, the entertaining essentials below are classic with a modern twist. And, while the overall setting is fit for the season, each piece is versatile enough to be styled beyond the holidays. Whether you're looking to host friends within the next few weeks or simply update your existing serverware, the products below will do the job!
- Garland ($14, originally $20): Instead of a table runner, try garland. While it's fitting for the season, this style can be reused for a nautical-themed dinner in the Summer.
- Napkins ($7): Because of their neutral color, linen napkins are a versatile purchase that can be used throughout the year.
- Cocktail Shaker ($15): What better way to serve up a holiday cocktail then with this gold shaker?
- Flatware ($5-$7): This flatware is fancy enough to be used during the holidays yet casual enough for daily dining.
- Cutting Board ($250): Go from the kitchen to your table in ease, serving up appetizers on this cutting board.
- Servers ($54): These utensils will modernize your spread and come in handy even after the holidays.
- Hurricanes ($27-$34, originally $39-$49): A tabletop must, hurricanes are great for displaying both candles and flowers.
- Serving Trays ($54-$135): These trays are a sleek addition that will allow your food to take center stage.
- Tablecloth ($18): Set your party's foundation using this tablecloth. It's so affordable, you won't get upset if there's a spill or two.
- Gift Tags ($3): Instead of using gift tags for gifts, wrap them around your napkins as place cards!
- Pinecones ($20): A holiday classic, use pinecones to fill a vase or stagger them around your table.
- Plate ($13): Layer these plates atop of your daily dishware during the holidays — the turtledoves perfect for the season.