There’s something so striking about neutrals in the Winter. You know I love wearing my white denim and my cream coat, but they also signal the sign of Spring to come I think. Ever since moving to New York I feel like I am more drawn to dark colors (black always seem to work, doesn’t it?) but right now I’ve got my eye on pretty pieces in ivory, taupe & beige.
I’ve gotten far more into interior design since moving into my “new” place this past April. While it was a bit of a nightmare melding the collections of 3 grown women into one pad, it really came together. It’s not 100% done (is a home really ever considered done?!) but today I’m sharing a peek into my living room. Amazon asked if I’d style some of the year’s bestselling coffee table books (off their list of the best 2014 books) in my own living room and I jumped at the chance. Not only am I a huge Amazon shopper (about half of my gifts this year were ordered through them) but I also adore coffee table books.
Now the trick in our living room is that we don’t technically have a coffee table but rather these beautiful gilded nesting tables we scored on Joss & Main back in the Spring. They double as our coffee table, side tables and places to eat on occasion. Rather genius when dealing with tight quarters, if you ask me. It also makes for fun changing up the styling. (See great options for styles similar to ours below)!
I placed the three Amazon books I was sent (they are all fashion related, but of course- see titles below) as a base and from there topped it with a candle from Jonathan Adler (I’m slightly obsessed with candles.) To add height to the set up, nothing short of a dozen white roses would do. To give them added appeal, I laid river stones in the bottom of the vase and nearby included gilded agate coasters (also love these more affordable ones) since we always have people over with drinks floating about.
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Hope you enjoyed taking a look inside my home & many thanks to Amazon for this fun little project!
Disclosure: This post is not sponsored by Amazon (I’m truly a huge fan- who isn’t really?) however they did send me the three books I styled here.
It goes without saying that the holidays are magical. I so enjoy my time seeing New York City all dressed up and oh so festive and this year is actually the longest I’ve spent in the city before heading to see my family. It’s been so nice to not feel rushed in getting everything I wanted to do, done! As we celebrate Christmas Eve today I thought I’d share some of my favorite Christmastime traditions with you – both within New York City and with my loved ones.
In New York City:
- The Rockefeller Tree: I saw the tree 4 times this year! Morning, afternoon & night and it just doesn’t get old. While the crowds can be rough, I put some Christmas music on my iPhone and I make everyone else disappear and just enjoy the wonderment your heart feels when seeing all the spirit come to life.
- The Palace Hotel: I adore seeing the (stunning) tree and decorations at the Palace Hotel. It’s so beautiful and feels so old school New York.
- Drinks at the St. Regis: The bar at the St. Regis is one of my favorites and if you can nab the seats near the fireplace just outside of the bar- even better. Have an old fashioned and enjoy the beautiful music and good company.
- Rolf’s German Bar & Restaurant: I am obsessed with this place (I go ever year and I’ve been half a dozen times already since November). It’s like drinking inside a Christmas tree! Everywhere you look are decorations – ornaments, garlands, lights – it’s a sight that bring pure joy and there’s nothing like sipping mulled wine or spiked eggnog under this glow. It’s nothing short of sheer magic.
- Christmas Tree “Shops”: I adore that the Christmas trees in New York City are sold on the street corners. Lights strung above and cute little things like this, they are just so charming.
- Saks Fifth Avenue: I made a tradition several years ago to pop into Saks during the holidays and pick up the season’s Diptyque special edition candles. The mini candles smell just amazing and I get to soak in the gorgeous decorations at the same time.
- West Village Restaurants: There’s nothing like being cozy on a late night in one of your favorite restaurants when it is all decorated. Buvette (sit at the bar & get the mulled wine!) and Spasso are two of my favorites year round, but especially at this time of year.
- Fifth Avenue Decorations: Another “brave the crowd ordeal” scenario but worth seeing the beautiful windows and stores all packaged up like beautiful presents.
- City Bakery’s Hot Chocolate: They are famous for their hot chocolate for a reason! Get the $2 homemade marshmallow on top – its worth it, trust. See what I mean.
With My Family:
- Baking: I never bake as much as I would like to given my tight kitchen scenario in NYC but I love baking with my family at our home in Colorado. Favorite traditions include Christmas cookies, flourless chocolate cake and loads of other recipes that my waistline must forget about
- The “Funny Parts” of Home Alone: Years and years ago our family started watching the “funny parts” of Home Alone 1 and 2 on Christmas Eve. You fast forward the beginning and go straight to Kevin dealing, head-on, with Harry & Marv and while we know all the words, it doesn’t diminish the laughter we share every Christmas together.
- Christmas Morning Breakfast: My dad does such an amazing spread of a breakfast on Christmas morning. Once gifts have been opened we begin on breakfast and it has the works – orange juice, hot chocolate (with lots of whipped cream!), scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and my favorite part? THESE. They are game changers and what we all talk about leading up to this breakfast extravaganza.
- Signature Cocktails: My sister a few years back started sourcing a signature cocktail for us to share on Christmas Eve as dinner is cooking and after we’ve been to mass. She does research and always comes up with something so festive. Now we enjoy them in front of the fire in our Colorado living room.
- Skiing: My siblings and I hit the slopes in Beaver Creek and Vail and I hope to never get sick of this sport. I love the time we get to spend together and the warm chocolate chip cookies in the afternoon and hot chocolate first thing in the morning that Beaver Creek Resort serves up!
Wishing you a wonderful holiday with your family & friends and may we all remember the many blessings we have! xo
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