Dec
26

you’re invited to: New Year’s Eve

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While I sort of think New Year’s is an overrated holiday, there’s something exciting about getting together with people simply to celebrate. I much prefer smaller get togethers during the holidays to anything huge, so my idea of the perfect imaginary New Year’s Eve party would be rather simple. A dozen friends, good music, and lots of candlelight to set the mood. Throw in a good selection of cocktails and a buffet full of appetizers and a few sweets and we’re set. Party starts at 7pm!

 

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Citrus Wreath // Frosted Deco Mercury Hurricanes // Metallic Party Hats // Geo Glow Lantern //
Roasted Spiced Orange Potpourri // DIY Star Pinatas // DIY Disco Ball Headband // Starlight Cracker //
Porcelain Lanterna

 

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Blood Orange Pomosa // Butterscotch Bourbon Eggnog // Cranberry Sage Cocktail // Hot Cider Nog //
Jingle Juice // Pomegranate Poinsettia //  Red Wine Hot Chocolate // Rose, Raspberry & Mint Fizz //
Rosemary Clementine Prosecco Cocktail

 

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Arctic Birch Ice Bucket // Astra Glassware // Bayberry Tapered Candles // Border Stitch Napkin Set //
Gold Brushstroke Oval Platter // Horta Champagne Glass // Ice Sculpture DOF Glass //
Porcelain Gray Plates // Glinted Confetti Cocktail Napkns

 

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Baked Sweet Potato Nuggets // Butternut Squash and Goat’s Cheese Pasties //
Easy Parmesan Mushrooms // Hot Crab Dip // Mini Chicken + Waffles // Pomegranate Salsa //
Puff Pastry Shrimp Beer Cheese Sweet Chili Bites // Simple Salty Sweet Potato Skin Chips //
Sweet Clove + Bacon Kettle Corn

 

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Berry Christmas Pavlova // Orange Zest Chocolate Covered Pretzels // Vegan White Chocolate Bark

Dec
24

A Very Merry Christmas

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Photo: Decade Diary

I hope that all of you who are celebrating Christmas tomorrow have a beautiful day full of time spent with friends and family, more food than you can imagine, and thoughtful gestures. It’s the little things that count most, today and every day. Merry Christmas!

Dec
19

Happy Weekend

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01/ Processed Views creates crazy colorful landscapes using junk food.
02/ stunningly beautiful photographs of the mass migration of animals.
03/ The big guy in red, aka Santa, got a makeover from the designers at Joint London.
04/ Strap on a Circlet Bracelet and turn your arm into a touchscreen device!
05/ People of the Twenty-First Century highlights covertly captured street style over 20 years.
06/ The Fairy Post Office is hidden inside a tree in an Orinda, California park.
07/ Marija Puipaite shapes stools using her own legs.
08/ How chic is this carrara marble Ovo speaker?
09/ Honey, I’m Home is such a smart, symbolic concept for a key holder.
10/ The Twelve Beards of Christmas is pretty magical.

This week on Design Crush:
I’m daydreaming about escaping for a holiday getaway to one of these Cabins.
Good news – you’re invited to Christmas Brunch!
Lovely, ethereal collage work by Beth Hoeckel.
I created a fast and fun holiday candy buffet for holiday visitors!
The last of our four part holiday card coverage.
Gorgeous dhurrie rugs from OYYO (and a great lookbook, too).
Twelve more 2015 calendars to get you thinking about the new year.
Geometric wood art by Alex Morrison.
The tastiest breakfast comfort food – cinnamon rolls 10 ways.
Download these 22 holiday printables!

Design Crush elsewhere:
Make your winter home merry and bright with yellow decor.

Dec
19

22 (Free!) Holiday Printables

Oh Happy Day-Design Crush

Printable Faux Bow Gift Boxes by Oh Happy Day

Printable Holiday Postcard by Paper & Stitch

Printable Holiday Gifting Templates by Design*Sponge

Printable Holiday Treat Labels by The Proper Pinwheel

 

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Printable Holiday Gift Tags by Almost Makes Perfect

Printable Holiday Gift Tags by Poppytalk

Printable Holiday Gift Tags by Julep

Gemstone Gift Tags by Love vs. Design

 

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Holiday Gift Tags by The Proper Pinwheel

Printable From Santa Gift Tags by DIY Candy

Printable Holiday Tags by Creative Index

Printable Christmas Tags from Tomfo

 

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Hand-Lettered Christmas Tags by Persia Lou

Printable Gift Tags by A Pair & a Spare

Holiday Gift Tags Printables by Blabla Kids

Printable Woodland Gift Tags by Design*Sponge

Printable Illustrated Holiday Gift Tags by Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

Style Me Pretty Living-Design Crush

Watercolor Gift Tags by Style Me Pretty Living

Holiday Gift Tags by Maiko Nagao

Printable Bottle Tag by ManMadeDIY

Printable Christmas Gift Tags by Visual Heart

Printable Holiday Tags by Petit Pippin

Dec
16

Holiday Cards – Part 4

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Shiny New Year by The Good Twin Co. // Bright Year by Parrott Design Studio //
Stuff It by Farewell Paperie // Jingle All the Way by Steel Petal Press

 

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Season’s Greetings by Skipping Fox // Happiness & Love by The Yellow Note //
Color Swatch Tree by Fierce Mally // A Cozy Cup by Fierce Mally

 

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Peace Pie & Coffee by Moglea // Merry Little Christmas by Thimblepress // Ho Ho Ho by Big Jon //
Trees on 67th Street by Mr. Boddington’s Studio

Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3

Dec
15

you’re invited to: Christmas Brunch

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A few years ago my family switched to having a Christmas Day brunch in place of dinner. While I miss the big dinner with all of the trimmings, this seems to suit us all just fine. It’s always at my Grandma’s house, but if it were at mine it might go a little something like this. Lots of brights and metallics and an air of fun about it all. Lots of carbs to pick at while each person opens their gifts. And of course dessert and some alcohol to lighten the mood. Wanna come over? (Imaginary Christmas 2013, Imaginary Holiday Appetizer Party)

 

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Adorn Wooden Ornaments // Christmas Scent // Decorative Sisal Trees // DIY Fancy Paper Chain //
Flaneur’s Pocket Geometric Wooden Ornaments // DIY Paint Chip Wreath // DIY Paper Pinecones //
Tinsel Tree Wall Decoration // DIY Paper Mistletoe Kissing Ball

 

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Fig and Black Pepper Lattes // Nutella Hot Chocolate // Pear Nectar & Thyme Mimosas

 

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Herbed Cocktail Meatballs with Honey Mustard Sauce // Miso Deviled Eggs //
Rosemary Spiced Mixed Nuts

 

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Blomster // Branch & Twig Cocktail Picks // Cloched Greenery // Confetti Platter //
DIY Dip-Dyed Placecards // French Wine Glass // Glittered Cocktail Stirrers //
Pearl Place Hi-Ball Set // Red Birds Plate

 

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Earl Grey Orange and Medjool Date Scones // Easy Breakfast Roll Ups //
Easy Fluffy Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls // Eggnog Steel Cut Oatmeal // Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes //
King’s Hawaiian Waffles with Pumpkin Syrup // Maple Molasses Muffins //
Sweet Potato Pomegranate Salad // Vanilla Maple Baked Stuffed Apple Parfaits

 

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Apple Cake // Carrot Gingerbread Cake with Cardamom Frosting and Ginger Fries //
Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake

Dec
11

20 Holiday DIYs

How in the world is it already December 11th?! This month is flying by at the speed of light, and to be quite honest I’m lucky my tree is up and a few fresh wreaths are on the windows. I’m dreadfully behind on my holiday shopping and haven’t had time to so much as think about creating any seasonal DIYs. Which is why it’s nice to have creative friends and an RSS feed full of projects to bookmark with the hopes of adding hours to each day next December.

 

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All photos copyright of their respective sites unless otherwise noted.

Dec
10

Holiday Cards – Part 3

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Happy Holidays by Our Heiday // Holiday Hats by Erin Wallace // Happiest Holidays by Moglea // In Good Spirits by Swiss Cottage Designs // Merry Christmas by Printerette Press

 

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Flourish Holiday Card Set by Four Wet Feet // Coppy Merry & Happy by Moglea // Love and Peace by Ink Meets Paper // Jolly Holidays by The Social Type // Warm Holiday Wishes by Our Heiday

Part 1 // Part 2

Dec
10

25 Cookie Swap Recipes

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My Grandma turned 90 this year and has finally agreed to relinquish cookie making duties to me this Christmas. (She’ll still be making her famous-among-hundreds nut rolls, however.) I’ve done a few cookie swaps over the years, and I have to admit they make the cookie task much more interesting. I love trying other peoples’ tried and true family recipes, and I love the variety that comes with a good ‘ol fashioned swap. Do you have a go-to?

 

mandarin orange tea cookies

 

Mandarin orange Tea Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Mint Slice Cookies

Frosted Spiced Persimmon Cookies with Cranberries and Walnuts

Nutella and Hazelnut Palmiers

 

Frosted Eggnog Cookies

 

Frosted Eggnog Cookies

Orange Ricotta Cookies

Peppermint Butter Cookies

Whipped Shortbread with Molasses Glaze

Brown Sugar Cookies

 

peppermint pattie cookies

 

Peppermint Pattie Cookies

Rum and Eggnog Cookies

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies with Vanilla Salt

Cherry Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

 

Cranberry Marzipan Cookies

 

Cherry Marzipan Cookies

Gingerbread Donut Cookies

Chai Cookies

French Toast Sugar Cookies

Flourless Hot Cocoa Cookies

 

PUMPKIN PIE COOKIES

Pumpkin Pie Cookies

Citrus Sugar Cookies

Brownie Cookies Dipped in Chocolate and Pretzels

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Allsorts Sugar Cookies

Dec
08

20 Favorite Ornaments

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I’m not feeling very in the holiday spirit this year, but I’m hoping the tree I’ll be putting up soon will kick in like some sort of Christmas upper and get me there fast. I’ve upgraded from a 6-foot tall tree to a 9-foot since my ceilings in this new place are higher. The curved staircase has this perfect little nook that seems tailor-made for a tree (I’ll be sure and Instagram a photo or ten once it’s decked out). I’ve picked up a few new ornaments to make sure I have enough, and I’m wishing these shiny things below were on that list.

 

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Agate Slice Ornament // Gold Balloon Letter Ornament // Geo Drop Ornament //
DIY Ombre Ornaments // Painted Ball Ornaments

 

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Mid-Century Paper Ornaments // VINTERMYS Ornaments // Magic Wishbone Ornament //
Marbled Glass Ornament // Raw Crystal Snowflake Ornament

 

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DIY Wooden Christmas Ornaments // Ceramic Feather Ornaments //
DIY Modern Colorblock Ornaments // Woody Wagon House Ornament // Glass Honeycomb Ornament

 

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Gold-Flecked Feather Ornament // Painted Mirror Ornament Set //
Geological Geode Ornament // Brass Christmas Ornaments // Set of 4 Himmeli Ornaments