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Not to be confused with the German-bred feather Christmas trees — the sparsely branched grandfather of artificial X-mas trees — these soft feather trees are much more rustic and luxurious, made up of layered feathers, typically over a cone base. Perfect for a chic log cabin-esque holiday tablescape, I've rounded up some of my earthy-toned faves for those of you who don't have the time to tackle your own DIY version. I'm drooling over the Downy Mini Tree ($18) and Pheasant Feather Trees ($20-$26) with their rich color variances, but the Roost White Feather Trees ($22-$38) have also caught my eye. Shop the rest by clicking on the images above.
Whether you call them twinkle, fairy, or good ol' fashioned Christmas, a string of lights gives a room that festive, holiday glow with a flick of the switch or the push of a button. From dressing up a tablescape to putting together a DIY project, I've rounded up five no-fuss ways to adorn your home this holiday season with those bright little bulbs. Shine on!
While perusing shelter mags with festively decorated rooms, my fave standout piece this season hasn't been the Christmas tree, but the glitzy throw pillow. The shiny embellished accent perfectly reflects the tree lights and glowing fireplace and can go from Xmas festivities to New Year's and beyond. I'm partial to the solid gold and silver ones — like UO's Sequin Swirl Pillow ($32) — since they can easily be adapted for the postholiday seasons, while still packing a glam punch. The striped and dotted ones are fab, too! See my picks below. Source
When I saw Making it Lovely's pink Christmas tree last year, I couldn't believe how un-kitschy the full-sized faux tree looked. I have a small silver tree I like to dress up with multicolored baubles to spruce up my office desk space every holiday season, but I'll admit I've never been brave enough to go as dramatic as this. When done right, like in Nicole Balch's chic pink/neutral living room, I find the look appealing. What do you think of technicolored trees?
It's officially sweater weather, and that means bundling up in lots of chunky cable knits and cozy cashmere. But it doesn't have to stop with cardis and crewnecks, take a cue from your cold-weather wardrobe and soften up your home with some of these sweater-inspired pieces in toasty muted hues. I'm smitten with Ferm Living's Tall Knitted Vase ($52) and CB2's Knitted Pouf ($80), but really they all warm my heart. Click on the images above to do some homey sweater shopping.
One of my past roommates' most treasured pieces of furniture was her large rocking chair. She would rock in it while watching TV, and we'd give her a hard time about it being "grandmotherly." But with the variety of styles available, like this teak Scandinavian-style one I spotted in Lotta Jansdotter's Brooklyn studio on ShelterPop or the Eames RAR Rocker, the moving chairs can be a stylish and comfortable seating option. And there's just something about a rocking chair draped in a cozy blanket or piled with pillows that makes it fireside-perfect for the cooler seasons. Whether or not you have a front porch to rock on, does your home's living room or other seating space include a rocking chair?
After taking a hiatus, textile designer Yuko Uemura has reopened her PataPri Etsy shop. I'm a big fan of her whimsical tablecloths, towels, and bedding, so I'm glad she's back in time for holiday shopping season! First up on the site are her hand-printed Imabari towels, made from 100 percent cotton and suitable for the bathroom or the kitchen. Next on the horizon are baby blankets and bedding. While I have many favorite patterns, I'm particularly smitten with the circular maru print on these small towels ($30 for set of three). From hedgehogs to raindrops, see my other picks below!
When I was at the flea market last weekend, I noticed there were a lot of people selling furniture reupholstered in recycled grain, flour, and coffee sacks, which I had seen before (and adored) on a smaller scale on pillows and storage totes.
I love the rustic look of a well-worn coffee or grain sack, especially when juxtaposed with a classically-shaped chair, and I'm all about finding new uses for old materials. Whether you're up for a big DIY challenge or you call in reinforcements, next time you're looking to repurpose your favorite chaise or sofa, consider upcycling muslin, linen, cotton, or a jute sack as an attractive option that's easy on the eyes and the world. Have you reupholstered any furniture with recycled materials?
Before you fly south for the Winter, consider adorning your home spaces with some warm, earthy feather motifs this Fall. More subtle than peacock-themed pieces, rustic feather designs keep the in-between season mellow by alluding to the past presence of chirpy birds. See my flighty faves in my feather-inspired Etsy Finds.
I went to the Alameda Flea Market last weekend with hopes of finding an affordable, large-scale piece of art for my living room. Amidst pricey vintage bus signs, European advertisement posters, maps, and scientific drawings, this industrial-looking piece caught my eye.
From a distance I thought it had a metallic sheen, but once up close I realized it was sheer. After chatting with the sellers I found out that it is a massive silk screen used for screenprinting (the pattern is reminiscent of this DIY project, no?), and it was only $45!
Discarded materials from the screenprinting process like test prints can make for unlikely, one-of-a-kind artwork perfect for its imperfections. Complete with heavy-duty hardware, bits of masking tape, and paint drops, it's a much-needed party-crasher in my white and cream living room.
To see how it compares in size to the love seat it will hang above, keep reading.
This weekend I saw The Social Network, and besides the fact that the Harvard on-campus housing put my college dorm to shame, I couldn't help but notice that the fireplace was overlooked in favor of a tiny television. In a small living space, especially one with heating, other uses may trump the fireplace's original purpose. Whether or not your fireplace works, do you utilize that space for something other than keeping your toes toasty?