Special Time with Family

This is perhaps the most appropriate time to stop and smell the roses and be in the moment and create those precious times with family to later reminisce.  This week I'm going to stay away from the computer,  just for a little bit and spend quality time with my loved ones with no interruption.  I'll see you soon!  Happy New Year!

images via Pinterest
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JOY TO THE WORLD

And to your family.  Dear friends and readers, I want to thank you for still being here with me.  Blogging is hard and takes a whole bunch out of your life but it's truly rewarding and inspirational.  Discovering things we didn't even know were possible, it's only a click away.  The best part of it has been the friends that I've being lucky enough to come across with, therefore Thank You and I truly wish you a healthy and wonderful Christmas!
top image via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle, second via Michael Graydon.
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Come to my Home for Christmas

I wanted to share with you a few images of my home for Christmas.  There is a party in every corner in this house and I can't help but share them with you. 
A part of our Master Bath.
And here is the mister.  We chose a medium size Christmas tree and put it on top of a table which I covered with an old remnant of fabric I had.   I wanted a tree that was classic but also funky at the same time; that's why you see properly installed Christmas lights but also you can see lights that are just thrown around the tree to give it a more fun, careless feel.  I love those big rounded light bulbs and the big snowflake ornaments.  To make it a bit more masculine for my guys, I added baseball-like ornaments. 
Love is all you need!
Top two images by Marco Ricca rest by me.
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What's your Christmas Dessert?

I grew up with the notion that Christmas would not be Christmas without Turrones (similar to nougats) lying around in the house as long as the Holiday goes on.  Up until last night the only Turron I would buy for our home was Turron De Alicante, Spain.  I swear to anyone I know that the best food in the world is found in the south of Valencia called Alicante.  Having paid a visit a few times and being mesmerized by the exquisiteness of its cuisine I assumed that so was the case with their Turron.  Alicante's was the best.  I had tried many others that have only confirmed that.  Until last night, when my hubby brought home something I wasn't expecting to incite me like that.  It goes by the name of Antica Torroneria Piemontese,  ALAS! What was that..?  I should probably say I prefer desserts that are not overly sweet, so this one was right up my ally!  Sweet enough to brig a smile to my face (and kept me yearning for more) and hard enough as to not threaten my teeth.  The one I tried is coated with a delicious green coating with cedar flavor.
I also tried their truffles and oh my! With an outer coat of powdered coffee that kind of spreads inside your mouth at first until you bite into an explosion of perfectly bitter/sweet chocolate, between the bites little pieces of nuts surprise you.  The whole unexpected experience made me search for this Antica Torroneria Piemontese thing for many minutes to not find a place where this stuff is sold here in the US.  Nothing... that sometimes it's better off not to come across things this good after all.
Below, a few lovely images of Dessert Tables.  Enjoy!
images via Lost Past Remembered, So Darling, A gray blog, Sparkling Events, Pinterest.
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A Very Hermes Christmas

Good Morning my dear friends.  What a fun weekend we had, we went to see the Nutcracker over the weekend, but this year we decided to go to see it at BAM in Brooklyn for a different take and we had a lot of fun!  Amazingly, Christmas eve is days away and since it only happens once a year, I figured let's go all the way with Christmas decor and inspirations.  I'm a very fashionable girl, nothing would make me happy than having a Christmas with a good dose of Hermes.  Enjoy!
images via Hermes, Pinterest, Tumblr, The Black Wintour.
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Michael Graydon Photography: Christmas through his lens

Remember this kitchen (first top) I posted last week?  It was photographed by Michael Graydon from Toronto, Canada.  I visited the website of this incredible photographer last week and found this home decorated for Christmas in a very elegant and restrained way.  The house has coziness in every room that it's very suitable for the season.  For those who like to keep the decor simple. Enjoy!
Everything in this room from the bookcases to the oushak rug and the pinecorn garland behind the TV make you want to come in, start watching movies and not leave. 
What can I say about the beam ceiling, I mean... It's just perfect.
This home, not content with having gorgeous beam ceilings in every room, seems to have a stunning fireplace in each.  I wonder if this room above is the casual dining room.  It would be great to come here the morning after Christmas and enjoy it with family and friends.  The fact that the kitchen is so closed makes the whole left over feast a lot easier.
Displaying flowers, paper white and amaryllis around the house is an excellent way to make a subtle reference to Christmas.  Especially in the guest room.
I adore this simple and wintery way to gift wrap.
all images from Michael Graydon.
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Food for Thought

You grow up the first day you have your first good laugh--at yourself.  last night's fortune cookie, really!
top image Southern Accents last Coco Kelley
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Chic Small Spaces

Taking a break from the Christmas decor, I wanted to post today about these chic small spaces and how much easier it is to make small compact spaces comfortable and chic, compared to big open spaces. Contrary to popular belief, over sized furniture in small spaces make them look bigger as long as you opt for rounded edges.  Covering the walls in fabric or natural texture wallpaper like sea grass or grass cloth makes the room feel swaddled.  Big art work or mirrors bring excitement and reflection to small spaces.  Sconces, sconces sconces, I love sconces small, big, shiny or matte, they bring functionality but also interest and add an extra layer of fun. 
chic small and cozy living room via belle vivir blog
The banquette enclosed between these two columns gives a cacoonish feeling to this space.  I love how they kept the furniture low.
chic small office via belle vivir blog
Again in this room, the walls are covered in seagrass wallpaper.  The desk that is kept light and skinny and the Bibendum chairs by Eileen Gray keep the space open.
chic small bedroom with canopy bed via belle vivir blog
The Guest room designed by Thomas O'Brien for Hearts Designer Visions this year was a very suitable small space with great scaled furniture.  Thin but tall canopy bed bring your eyes up letting you appreciate the beautiful fabric on the walls.


2nd by Antoine Bootz last via High End Weekly.
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Kitchen of the week: Kitchens decorated for Christmas

I think it is just appropriate for this "kitchen of the week" post to be about kitchens decorated for Christmas.  The first three images belong to Jill Sharp Brinson's home, Ballard Design's creative director.   It was featured in the November issue of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle.  The house was styled with the help of Suzanne Kasler and the result was quite amazing.   Do you see why I declared that my next kitchen needs to have a row of windows above the counter top?... Above is why. This is probably the only kitchen with brushes, sponges and cleaning artifacts displayed that look this good. Do they sell that stuff at Ballard?
I know this is a dining room but it could make a pretty amazing kitchen.
What spectacular windows, no?
I know this big Christmas tree in this kitchen may be a bit over board but it's also beautiful.
Many people, like myself, prefer to set small buffets around the house for guests to help themselves.  This would be a lovely serving station. 
Two undecorated wreath hanging from the windows is just too pretty.
Any simple detail, such as hanging garlands and ornaments off your kitchen window could bring the spirit of Christmas in.
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