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Monthly Archives: October 2010

  • Lights, camera, action and a quiet twinkle. (for the holidays or any day.)


    Last year I filmed a web commercial for Target focusing on creating a festive table. I used simple every day items from target and layered in some vintage pieces too. It was fun and stress free to pull it together.


    Layering interesting textures and fabrics makes for an interesting background to build upon. I commonly find unfinished or discarded needle points and always love to find a purpose to exhibit the labor of love.


    I'm not too good at labour intensive art and craft projects. But I do like to make things that are unique. I found some stationary and sticky letters and made some place setting cards.



    Layering affordable dinnerware, cutlery and linens is so much more satisfying and user friendly than "special occasion" pieces. And then adding little special details, makes it all priceless.


    While pastels is where I naturally go for my palette, sometimes seasons and events have a different plan. I can embrace colors outside of my comfort zone, so long as I can still blend in elements that stay true to my aesthetics. Adding a floppy silk bow keeps the bolder colors in the world of softness.


    Every little detail plays a role of equal importance. I was so happy with the affordability but still lavish end result.


    In my design studio we are busily making decorations that will find their way into the stores over the next few weeks. Once again, we are using some vintage trinkets and some affordable bits and bobs.


    I so love my drawers and boxes of treasures and trinkets. Whether for a special occasion or "just because," I can make any day feel like Christmas. and that's pretty special.


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