Pop, Sparkle, and Fizz into the New Year!

Are you hosting a New Year’s Eve party tomorrow night?  Need a few more decor ideas to really take your party to the next level?  We’ve got you covered!  We’ve pulled some of our favorite New Year’s Eve party ideas, and we’re sure you can pull them together ASAP.  

Cotton-candy on your cocktail?  Polaroid shots hanging from balloons?  Just a little inspiration to get your party planning kickstarted!  

Oriental Trading

 

 

Oh Happy Day

 

 

Etsy

 

 

 

 

Lauren Conrad

 

 

 

 

Balloon Time

 

 

Happy New Year to you and yours!  We’d love to see your party pictures, or hear your favorite ideas.

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Holiday Gift Guide: FOR THE BOHO BABE

With Jillian out in California, we see so much of this laid-back, boho design.  Come to think of it, I could easily see most of these items finding their way into her house!

 

It doesn’t get much more laid-back than a tropical tapestry like this one.  I love the way they’ve styled it here with these calm, neutral tones.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

A pouf this cozy is worthy of any boho room (especially one as cute as this one)!

Surya

Surya

 

Do they have a great little outdoor sitting area like this one?  An outdoor rug is the perfect gift!

Surya

Surya

 

Jillian LOVES the hand-woven products from Langdon Ltd., and she put together her four favorite throw pillows for all those boho babes out there who like to mix and match!

Langdon Ltd

Langdon Ltd

 

Who couldn’t use a little extra storage around?  One as gorgeous as this one from Kouboo is perfect for those extra pillows and throws.

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

Can you believe this is actually a coaster?  So beautiful, it doubles as decor!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

Terrariums are so fun, and such a great way to decorate with a little extra life.  Succulents and stones are such great gifts for those plant-lovers!

West Elm

West Elm

 

Serving platters are always a go-to for holiday gifts.  These two are perfect for your boho babe!

Juliska, Bloomingdales

Juliska, Available at Bloomingdales

 

 

World Market

World Market

 

Who doesn’t just love a good cup of coffee?  What a neat way to get that perfectly dripped coffee!

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

Which funky find do you like best?

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Holiday Gift Guide: FOR THE FITNESS FANS

Calling all fitness fans!  Surely you’ve got at least one friend or family member to shop for who you can always find at the gym or out on a bike ride… in our family, we’ve got a few!  Whatever sport they may prefer, we’re sure you can find something great for them this year on our gift guide.

 

We first saw these Surya bicycle pillows at the Las Vegas Market and thought they were just too cute.  Pick a color, any color!

Surya

Surya

 

Company C is known for their vibrant colors, and these pillows are just so fun!

Company C

Company C

 

For the calm vibe of a yogi’s home, we love this simple throw pillow from Bloomingdales.

Alexandra Ferguson via Bloomingdales

Alexandra Ferguson via Bloomingdales

 

Got a biker at home?  Everett LOVES to ride, and I think he would love these two as gifts.  A wine bottle rack made of old bicycle chains, and a recycled wheel for hanging photos?  Too cute!

Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages

 

 

Mercury Row via Wayfair

Mercury Row via Wayfair

 

Whatever sport they’re into, healthy meals are at the top of the list for any fitness fanatic.  Make it even easier for them to take a fresh salad and soup to work with this double-sided Thermos.  Keep one side cold, and the other hot!

The Container Store

The Container Store

 

Are they early risers like our family?  Everett loves to get his workouts done in the morning, while Jillian prefers to do hers in the afternoon.  Either way, perfect for that morning cup of joe or an evening cup of tea to keep those fit friends moving!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have any winter sport lovers on your list?  Maybe some cozy ski sheets or a fun wooden snowboard coat hanger- they would be just perfect for a cozy cabin!

Eddie Bauer available at Target

Eddie Bauer available at Target

 

 

Black Forest Decor

Black Forest Decor

 

 

Who’s the fitness fanatic on your list?  Which gift do you think they’d like best this year?

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: LUXE EDITION

We all have that one friend or family member that really enjoys the “finer things in life”, and they can be so hard to shop for!  What do you get the person who has everything?  Maybe you’re looking for a nice gift for your husband or wife, your children, or the newlyweds who could use something beautiful for their new home.  Here’s our gift guide for those more luxurious items you may be shopping for this holiday season.

 

You really can never go wrong with bartop accessories, especially ones as fun as these.  Jonathan Adler always knows how to add a little funk to every item!

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

We love handcrafted Arte Italica products, and this pitcher is no exception.  It’s festive, yet understated, and would go with so many different styles of decor!

Arte Italica

Arte Italica

 

What a beautiful cake stand by Michael Aram.  This would make any dessert a real showstopper!

Michael Aram

Michael Aram

 

 

The holidays are the perfect time to cozy up to one of these comfy throws.  They’re all so gorgeous, we couldn’t pick just one!

Surya

Surya

 

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

We just couldn’t come up with a list of splurge-worthy gifts without having something on here from Christopher Guy.  These amazing candlesticks would be the absolute definition of luxury!

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you follow our blog, you probably already know what an incredible artist Connie Kolman is.  These trays are just so stunning, and would be the perfect (and such a unique) gift for anyone!

Kolman Artisan Glass

Kolman Artisan Glass

 

When we look for fine linens, Matouk and Sferra are our first stops.  It really doesn’t get much better than these two- so splurge on some quality hand towels or tabletop linens, and your luxe-lover will be glad you did!

Matouk

Matouk

 

 

Sferra

Sferra

 

 

What’s your favorite splurge-worthy gift this year?  Is there something you found and just love?

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: FOR THE ANIMAL LOVER

Whether they have pets of their own, or simply love animals in general, we’ve got something for every one on your list!  It can be hard to find creative gifts that won’t break the bank, so we’ve decided to do it for you.

In our family, we’ve got a German Shepherd named Rocco, a Pit mix named Millie, and two fluffy kitties, Jamie & Moe.  We think all of these holiday gifts would go great in their homes, and we hope you like them too!!

Rocco

Rocco

Millie

Millie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie

Jamie

Moe

Moe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who couldn’t use some fresh, new, kitchen towels?  And festive ones, at that!

West Elm

West Elm

 

These oven mitts are so cute that they deserve a place hung up on display, not just stuck in a drawer by the oven!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

If the cat lover on your list has the wall space, this clock is just adorable.  Perfect for a bedroom!!

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

We all have someone on our list who is a bird lover- and with this Kate Spade print, how could you go wrong?  We’ve even used this Kate Spade print as a wallcovering!

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

 

 

Admittedly, these woodland creatures are my favorites items on the list.  I saw these little cuties in the store and knew they had to come home with me.  How can you resist those faces!?

World Market

World Market

World Market

World Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festive, and perfect for the holiday table.  Your friends and family will go crazy over this partridge in a pear tree salt & pepper set!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

Any farm lovers on your list?  Target has the cutest little pig mat for their kitchen!

Target

Target

 

 

For all of those animal-loving yogies, this mat and S’well bottle are the perfect combo.  I have a S’well bottle for myself that keeps my water ice cold all throughout the hottest yoga classes, and my coffee hot all day at work!

S'well

S’well

KESS InHouse

KESS InHouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the dog fanatics out there, you simply can’t resist this bedding.  And maybe with a little bedside Bulldog lamp?  Now THIS is a bed Rocco would love!

The Company Store

The Company Store

 

 

Target

Target

 

 

 

What’s your favorite animal on our list this year?

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Holiday Gift Guide: FOR THE HOST

Every year, we put together lists of our favorite gift items for the season- and this year, we are SO excited with what we’ve found!

One of the first people you may find on your list are hostess gifts for those holiday parties that will surely begin before you know it.  We even like to keep a few in our closet, just in case you find yourself at a party last minute.  One thing you definitely don’t want to do is show up empty handed, and what host wouldn’t LOVE any of these gifts?!

 

These disco ball drink cups might just be my favorite item on the list.  What a fun, festive way to treat your guests- with their favorite holiday cocktail hidden inside!

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

Marble is classic, neutral, and sure to coordinate with any decor your host has.  Add a unique touch with an initial!

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

 

You’ve probably caught on by now how much we love Anthropologie’s funky finds, and this serving set is no exception.  We love how unique the handles are!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

Kouboo has come out with tons of beautiful new items, and these hand-woven rattan place mats are so gorgeous, we couldn’t decide which color we liked best!  Which one is your favorite?

Kouboo

Kouboo

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my favorite gifts to ever receive was a box full of my friends’ and family’s favorite recipes.  Whether you fill it with your own recipes, or leave the cards open for your host to fill, this is sure to be a huge hit for the host who loves to cook, or a great gift for a new couple!

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RawSpiceBar was generous enough to send us a pack of spices to test out, and when they arrived we were delighted to see that they were Oktoberfest themed- how fun (not to mention, absolutely delicious)!  This is such a fun, special way to gift your host with monthly spices and new recipes for them to try.  Pair your RawSpiceBar subscription with cute little spice jars like the ones below- it’s the gift that will keep on giving!

RawSpiceBar

RawSpiceBar

 

 

World Market

World Market

 

We’ve all been to parties where maybe we don’t know the host all that well, but would still like to bring something nice, other than your typical bottle of wine or flowers.  This sweet little porcelain tray from Jonathan Adler is the perfect gift, without breaking the bank.

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

When all else fails, you can NEVER go wrong with festive cocktail napkins!  These ones can even be reused after the holidays…score!

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

What was your favorite hostess gift to give (or receive)?  We’d love to hear some more unique ideas!

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5 Creative Ways to Ring In the New Year

If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party this year, why not have a fun theme for you and your guests to celebrate with?  Whether you are going for a full party theme, or just fun ideas for decorations and treats, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite New Year’s Eve inspirations.  Here are some of my favorite ideas to ring in 2016!

 

Wild Masquerade

Masquerades are a classic for New Year’s, but we love this idea of an animal theme!  Have your guests come as their favorite animal, or have a centerpiece full with masks for them to choose from.  Either way, this is sure to be a fun celebration!

Design Toscano via Wayfair

Design Toscano via Wayfair

 

Meemo Party Accessories

Clivia Brandao featured via Meemo Party Accessories

 

PB Teen

PB Teen

 

 

Decades Dinner

Glam up your average decades party with a disco ball piñata to drop at midnight and some vintage party hats!

Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad

 

Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad

 

Studio DIY

Studio DIY

 

My Sister's Crazy!

My Sister’s Crazy!

 

 

Ball Drop Bash

Bring the ball drop to you with ball-inspired decor and treats!  A classic, but such a cute and easy DIY.

Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty

 

Honey & Fitz

Honey & Fitz

 

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

 

 

Starry Night

If you are just looking for some decorative accents, look no further!  Adding festive cocktail stirrers, toothpicks, and garland will line your home with stars and sparkles to twinkle all night long.

Confetti Pop

Confetti Pop

Confetti Pop

Confetti Pop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Everything Fabulous

 

Celebrations

Celebrations

 

 

A Sweet Celebration

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to indulge in some sweet treats before all of those New Year’s resolutions start!  Add sweet touches to your drinks and desserts for the full effect.

The French Confection Co

The French Confection Co

 

Laura's Little Party

Laura’s Little Party

 

Cooking Books

Cooking Books

 

Hostess With the Mostess

Hostess With the Mostess

 

What’s your favorite New Year’s Eve idea?  We wish you a very happy and healthy 2016!

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Green Thumb

Even though it’s been the warmest December on record, there’s not much growing in my garden…  Although the crocuses are a little confused and starting to pop through the ground.  Whether you live in New England or sunny California, we’ve gathered some great finds for the gardener on your gift list.

 

These planters are just cuteness overload.  I love them individually, but they really make a statement as a group.  Put a small plant in it and bring a little sunshine to your lucky recipient.

Wild Wanderer Planter- Anthropologie

Wild Wanderer Planter- Anthropologie

 

 

Ceramic Animal Planters- West Elm

Ceramic Animal Planters- West Elm

 

Our mild December has just been a gift after last year’s cold, snowy winter, but we know that those cold winds will be here soon enough.  Wouldn’t the birds in your yard love these little houses to keep them warm?  And who knows, maybe you’ll even have a family residing in there come Spring!

Air Balloon Birdhouse- Anthropologie

Air Balloon Birdhouse- Anthropologie

 

Do you have an herb gardener on your list?  Tie some fresh herbs around these and your gift will be that much more “green”!

Herb Garden Spoon Markers- CabinWoods on Etsy

Herb Garden Spoon Markers- CabinWoods on Etsy

 

Now here’s a blast from the past-  I grew up in the days of macrame everything!  Bring a little nostalgia to your gardener.  Perfect for those who have a patio.

Macrame Plant Hanger- Serenity Macrame on Etsy

Macrame Plant Hanger- Serenity Macrame on Etsy

 

I never seem to have enough vases, and I love ones in all sizes and shapes.  These whimsical designs by Kate Spade are a great twist on your ordinary clear vases.

Kate Spade Vase

Kate Spade Vase

 

I saw these mini vases on Etsy this summer and loved them so much we used them as favors for my daughter, Jillian’s bridal shower!

Small Vintage Bottles- Luna Bazaar

Small Vintage Bottles- Luna Bazaar

 

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Apartment dwellers?  Perfect!  These can hang anywhere and bring some green with them.

Hanging Bag Planters- West Elm

Hanging Bag Planters- West Elm

 

 

Handcrafted Botanical Wall Art- Artisan Moss

Handcrafted Botanical Wall Art- Artisan Moss

 

 

What is your favorite garden addition?  Would you gift any of these to the gardener on your list?

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Holiday Gifts We Would Splurge For!

We usually stick to useful, fun, and affordable gifts in our gift giving series, but sometimes you may just want a little something “unnecessary” or “indulgent” for your special someone.  Just because they may be a little pricier than our usual blog items doesn’t mean they’re less deserving of a spot on our list.  Here are some of my favorites!

 

Kolman Artisan Glass is one of my FAV artists.  Connie creates the most beautiful pieces of glass in just about every color you could think of.  Her work is usually custom projects, but this year she has created these beautiful trays with her signature art glass bases.  Totally functional, it is a piece of usable art for your lucky recipient!

Kolman Artisan Glass

Kolman Artisan Glass

 

I was in the Kravet Boston Showroom with a client and walked past the fabric used on this throw.  My client stopped in his tracks and couldn’t believe how soft and cozy it was.  Yes, there are faux fur throws everywhere this season, but trust me, this is the softest you’ll find!

Adrienne Faux Fur Throw-Kravet

Adrienne Faux Fur Throw-Kravet

 

Here’s the perfect blend of a set of glasses that are different, yet classic.  The weight and feel of these glasses makes anything you’re drinking taste even better!

Mixed Vintage Shot Glasses- Williams Sonoma

Mixed Vintage Shot Glasses- Williams Sonoma

 

Jonathan Adler always has some of my favorite unique takes on “ho-hum” items.  Perk up your bartender’s day with one of these sets for a stylish home bar.

Malachite Decanter- Jonathan Adler

Malachite Decanter- Jonathan Adler

 

I saw this bench in the Currey and Co. showroom in Atlanta and was taken aback by it’s uniqueness.  Pictures don’t do it justice, as it is a piece of art for your yard.  Maybe a splurge for that gardener on your list?

 

Beacon Faux Bois Bench- Currey and Company

Beacon Faux Bois Bench- Currey and Company

 

Who doesn’t need a cozy spa robe? Personalize it and you’ve created a very special gift.  And Matouk is (always) as cozy as it gets!

Matouk robes

Matouk robes

 

A simple set of crisp, white, embroidered sheets is a great gift idea for that new homeowner.  They have enough housewares, so treat them to a good night’s sleep!

Embroidered Sheet Set- Serena & Lily

Embroidered Sheet Set- Serena & Lily

 

What gifts would you splurge for?

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Holiday Gifts for the Beach Lover

This is probably my favorite gift guide of the series!  We just love the beach, and I’m always looking for new additions to our house on Cape Cod, so here are some of my favorite picks for a coastal home!  The beach lover on your list is sure to adore any of these gifts.

 

 

We always love anything from Kouboo, and this tray is the perfect touch for breakfast in bed, or to put out on display!  It comes in this gorgeous whitewash, or a honey brown, depending on your style and decor.

La Jolla Round Serving Tray- Kouboo

La Jolla Round Serving Tray- Kouboo

 

 

Butter dishes can be so boring, but this whale is just the cutest!  Not only is it functional and practical, but it adds some fun pizazz to your dinner table.

Ceramic Whale Butter Dish- Jonathan Adler

Ceramic Whale Butter Dish- Jonathan Adler

 

 

What’s a coastal home without a mermaid??

Utopia Mermaid- Jonathan Adler

Utopia Mermaid- Jonathan Adler

 

 

I love pillows, and I especially love to mix them up.  It’s an inexpensive way to shake things up.

Coral Outdoor Pillow Cover- Serena & Lily

Coral Outdoor Pillow Cover- Serena & Lily

 

Cabana Poms Lumbar Pillow- Pier 1 Imports

Cabana Poms Lumbar Pillow- Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Yes, candles are everywhere, but that’s because we all love them!  This is a great take on a candelabra.

Anchor Candleholder- Wisteria

Anchor Candleholder- Wisteria

 

 

Where there’s a beach, there’s sand.  Trust me, your host will be so appreciative that you helped them keep it outdoors.

Dirt at Bay Doormat- Wisteria

Dirt at Bay Doormat- Wisteria

 

 

At our Chatham house, we spend a lot of time eating outdoors, and our casual dining involves setting out food “buffet” style on my kitchen island.  It’s always nice to have extra serving pieces on hand.

Bamboo Cheese Board Serving Set- Pier 1 Imports

Bamboo Cheese Board Serving Set- Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Artesia Rattan Charger Plate- Crate & Barrel

Artesia Rattan Charger Plate- Crate & Barrel

 

 

Shells never get old.  I love groupings like these, and the mirrors are just perfect together.

Oyster Shell Wall Mirror-Curry & Company

Oyster Shell Wall Mirror-Currey & Company

 

 

Whether your gift recipient lives on Cape Cod, or just wants there home to feel like they’re by the water, they’re sure to love any of our featured gifts!

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