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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Stars & Stripes… All Year Long!

The summer days of the red, white, and blue are here!  And we are celebrating this great color palette with some fresh home decorating ideas!  Rather the “once a year, 4th of July” accessories, we’ve concentrated more on showing you ways to bring this color scheme into your house all year round.

Stars and stripes can appear on a lot more than the American flag (although we are so proud of the the stars and stripes that are there!)  Draperies, bedding, chairs, mirrors, consoles, lighting, tables… you name it, we’ve found it!  Celebrate the Fourth of July with some red, white, and blue year round!!

 

I love these West Elm drapes.  Perfect for a beach house or a sun porch, don’t you think?

West Elm

West Elm

 

These separates can be used together to celebrate our nation’s birthday, or each by itself anytime of the year!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

Here’s a more subtle approach to the stars and stripes, and subtle is just perfect!  And Matouk is one of my favorites for super soft, top quality linens!

Matouk

Matouk

 

Matouk

Matouk

 

Here are some “stars” that will keep shining long past July in mirrors, furniture, and lighting!

Bunny Williams Home

Bunny Williams Home

Kathy Kuo Home

Kathy Kuo Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hooker Furniture

Hooker Furniture

 

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

Sometimes a great rug really perks up a space.  This is a different take on a traditional striped dhurrie.

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

Who said only one fabric can be used on a chair!  Here are some great chairs that bust that myth!

Kathy Kuo Home

Kathy Kuo Home

 

Cococozy

Cococozy

 

Of course, we had to add some great tableware for your July activities, but in keeping with our theme, these can be used all year.   Star table pieces look great for the holidays as well.

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

So, whether it is July or December, use your red, white, and blue, stars and stripes, all year long!

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Top 10 Wedding Registry Must-Haves

With the weddings of my 2 children, Justin and Jillian, this year I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at bridal registries.  For the newly engaged, a registry is a giant wish list of all the things they would love to have to create their special home.  I’ve often thought about what I’d put on my registry if I were to do it again in 2015!  Here are my Top 10 Wedding Registry necessities!

1.  Casual Dinnerware: In white

Let’s face it, there’s a reason restaurants use white dishes – it makes the food stand out so much better.  If you don’t want something plain, try a design like this one from Sur La Table!

Vintage Lace Collection, Sur La Table

Vintage Lace Collection, Sur La Table

 

2.  Fine China

It’s no secret that I’m a pushover for anything blue…but this set is both simple and elegant!

Herend Chinese Bouquet Dinnerware, Garland Blue, Bloomingdale's

Herend Chinese Bouquet Dinnerware, Garland Blue, Bloomingdale’s

 

3.  Non-stick Cookware: Ones that will really last!

Forget the discount stores on this one and get some that will last.  My favorite go-to skillet is my HUGE Calphalon non-stick with a glass cover.  The bigger the better, especially for an Italian mother that likes to cook!

Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 12-pc. Cookware Set

Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 12-pc. Cookware Set

 

4.  Bakeware: Le Creuset

I make a shredded beef that has to cook for hours.  I put it in my Le Creuset and don’t have to touch it until it’s done.  Yes, they are a little pricey, but worth every penny.

Le Creuset

Le Creuset

 

5.  Table Linens: For everyday, and special occasions

I have drawers of beautiful table linens in my buffet.  The only problem is I don’t use them!  The thought of having to starch and press them after each use really limits how often they come out of the drawer.  If I were to do it again, I’d pick an elegant placemat or runner that simply needs to wiped down at the end of the night!

Chilewich

Chilewich

 

6.  Towels: The fluffiest ones you can find!

This is a wish list, my friends, so put the softest, fluffiest towels you can find.  They will last you for years!!

Matouk

Matouk

 

7.  Bedding: Don’t skimp on the thread count!

This is another one of those things that you should go for quality.  There’s nothing better than slipping into beautiful, fine Egyptian cotton sheets.  Shopping for bedding requires you to use your sense of touch first!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

8.  Tea Set:  You can never go wrong with vintage!

Who doesn’t love being served tea in a real teacup?  Yes, mugs are great, but tea seems just a little tastier and teatime that much more special when drunk from a vintage teacup.  Try consignment stores for this one!  They are loaded with a treasure trove of vintage pieces!

Royal Albert "Old Country Roses" 3-Piece Tea Set, Macy's

Royal Albert “Old Country Roses” 3-Piece Tea Set, Macy’s

 

9.  Stand-Up Mixer- KitchenAid

KitchenAid

KitchenAid

One of the most important items in my kitchen is my mixer.  Whether or not the bride-to-be (or groom-to-be!) is a chef now, chances are they will be!

 

10.  Food Processor- Cuisinart

Here’s an appliance that will just make life a little easier!  Shred a bag of carrots for that carrot cake by hand or just push a button and have them done in minutes!

 

Cuisinart® Custom 14-Cup Food Processor, Bed Bath & Beyond

Cuisinart® Custom 14-Cup Food Processor, Bed Bath & Beyond

 

So there you have it my Top 10 Wedding Registry items – now it’s time to do some shopping!

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