Archives for December 2014

NEW YEAR’S EVE ~ DECOR TO DRINKS

The year is almost over and it really has flown by. With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, like, tomorrow, here are a few decorating ideas for entertaining at home as well as some festive libations to try.

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Golden Years. Image via Polka Dot Bride.

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Midnight Kiss from celebrations.com. 1 oz. Amaretto, 1 oz. Chocolate liqueur, 4 oz. chilled Champagne, shaved chocolate for rimming.

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Another Midnight Kiss – 1 oz. Smirnoff Vodka, 1/4 oz. Blue Curacao, 1 tsp. lemon juice, Champagne, Rimming: gold sugar.

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Bottoms Up! New Year’s Eve Pink Champagne Cocktail.

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Mock-Champagne for New Year’s toast via ohsodelicioso.com

Low Calorie Cocktails

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Low-Calorie Mojito via Glamour.com

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Low-Calorie Sea Breeze Vodka-Cranberry & Grapefruit juice. Glamour.com

Party Decor All That Glitters

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Mask It

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Masks, Origami, illuminated poofs and over-the-top candelabras. Image via California Home & Design.

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CHEERS!

HERE’S TO 2014

MAY YOU HAVE A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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8 STEPS TO EASY ENTERTAINING ~ BUFFET STYLE

The holiday season is upon us in full gear, and, along with decorating, shopping and gift wrapping, we are also planning for holiday meals. It is definitely that time of year when celebrating and entertaining go hand in hand. This year, my husband’s godmother will be turning 90 on December 22nd and to honor her as well as show her how much we have appreciated her generosity and unconditional love, we are hosting a birthday dinner celebration in our home. I have ordered the floral centerpieces, the cake and made arrangements for tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware, glassware, etc., to be delivered, but I am doing all the cooking. I find buffet style entertaining, where guests serve themselves, a popular choice for any occasion. This style of entertaining allows you to mingle with guests and replenish serving containers as needed. It also allows you to serve a larger number of guests.

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1. Choose the Best Spot.

A buffet can be set up on a dining table or other large surface, such as a chest, kitchen counter, sideboard, library table or picnic table outside. Place the table where it is most convenient for serving, clearing and traffic flow. A minimum of 18 inches is required for guests to walk between pieces of furniture.

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2. Organize the Flow

Arrange plates, food and serving utensils on a buffet in a logical order so guests can serve themselves without backtracking. If the buffet space accommodates only the food, place plates, silverware, and napkins on a separate table nearby.

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3. Plan for Cocktails

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4. Plan a Workable Menu

Make sure the food on the menu is simple to serve and eat. For my dinner celebration, the guests will be seated at tables, but for guests who will be seated in chairs only with plates on their laps, they will appreciate food they can eat with a fork. When seating space is limited and guests will have to stand, a menu consisting of finger foods is the best option.

5. Dress it Up With Pretty Fabrics

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Fine table coverings, heirloom pieces, damask, linen, and sheer organdy toppers are used for formal occasions, but for casual or less formal events, look around your home for ideas. Try a quilt, fabrics that complement the dishes, burlap,  or crisp cotton sheets.

6. Stack It Up

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Add interest to a buffet by elevating several dishes to create levels. A cake pedestal or a shallow-footed bowl are perfect choices to hold food or other serving pieces. Less attractive items used for height may be hidden under drapes of fabric for the same effect. Take a trial run on setting your buffet, you won’t know if an arrangement will work until you try it. When you find your desired look, make a drawing of the shape of your buffet surface with all items needed as a reference. Set the table the day before your event.

7. Add Beauty With Centerpieces

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Centerpieces should contribute to the mood of the occasion rather than dominate the table; otherwise, with the many serving pieces, the table will be too crowded. Also, if you are using a centerpiece on the table, be sure it isn’t too large or too tall which may obstruct the view of each guest. One arrangement in the center is best for circular tables. Scatter several arrangements down the middle of a rectangular table. Of course, fresh flowers are always lovely. Other possibilities to consider are fruits, nuts, greenery, potted bedding plants, ferns and figurines.

8. Go For Mood

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The type of lighting you choose can help establish the mood and atmosphere. A dimmer switch that lowers overhead lighting is a necessity in a dining room.  Remember to use candles only after dusk and do not put candles on the table unless they will be lit. Make sure all candles are lit before guests arrive. Tapered candles are usually used for a dressier table, while votive candles will work for any style table. Also choose votive holders to help carry out a theme.

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INSPIRED ENTERTAINING

DESIGNED TO ENJOY

HAPPY CELEBRATIONS

Images Via My Pinterest

 

 

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HOT HOMES ~ 12 BEDROOM LAGUNA BEACH ESTATE

The “Mariona”~~~~~

A sprawling, oceanfront Laguna Beach estate overlooking a private cove, was built nearly 100 years ago. This fabulous estate, perched on a cliff of prime real estate, was sold in 2012 for $12.75 million to investors from Denmark. They restored and enhanced it, adding modern, high-tech touches. Now……it’s on the market…….again……and?????, the asking price is a mere $30,000,000.00!!!!! This Mediterranean Revival-style compound has quite a storied past. It was built by Frank Augustus Miller, developer of the historic Mission Inn in Riverside, California. This Laguna house was a wedding gift to his second wife, “Marion”. For many years, the secluded estate was known as Villa Rockledge. It sits on a 1/2-acre of lush gardens and winding pathways. At the back of the property, a staircase descends to a 120-foot-long sandy beach with crashing waves. Modern amenities, such as Wi-Fi have been added which certainly contrasts with its 1918 beginnings. Neither power tools or electricity was used. The entire compound, except for an upper guest villa, was built by hand.

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Well, there you have it, I hope you enjoyed the tour.

What do you think?? Could you imagine yourself here??

I think I could be quite happy here, I, of course, would change a few things….

Let’s talk window treatments for starters…..

And……I’m imagining some other changes, like {fill in the blank}, and {fill in the blank}, and {fill in the blank}

ISN’T IS FUN TO DREAM??

VISIONS TO INSPIRE, DESIGN TO ENRICH.

YOURS TRULY,

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CHRISTMAS IN A CALIFORNIA HOME ~~ EAST COAST MEETS WEST COAST

Photography: Michael Garland

Architect: Douglas Burdge, Burdge & Associate Architects. buaia.com

Interior Designer: Emily Sullivan, Emily Sullivan Design.

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The designer, her husband and children live in this new house in Pacific Palisades that is very reminiscent of their East Coast roots. She grew up in Washington D.C. and her husband grew up in Chicago. Their memories of Christmas were always dusted in snow. As designer, Emily Sullivan likes to point out, “it’s very much a challenge to make it feel like Christmas when it’s sunny and warm in California.” Nevertheless, they have certainly done a lovely job…East Coast meets West Coast….enjoy!

GRAND FOYER

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GORGEOUS GREEN DINING ROOM

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Stunning handpainted de Gournay tea paper wallcovering.

DECORATIVE MANTEL

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FESTIVE TABLE SETTING

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Pottery Barn chargers and Bernardaud’s “Constance” porcelain plates. Beautiful!!

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Dining Details.

THE DINING ROOM BAY

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The perfect, intimate spot for morning coffee.

CREAMY, DREAMY LIVING ROOM

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“KID-FRIENDLY” FAMILY ROOM

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Gorgeous architectural details, framed intaglios hung in a grid pattern, cowhide chairs, chinoiserie stools….dreamy, for sure.

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THE KITCHEN

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Lovely details, Greek key nailhead trim on the bar stools, patinated, overhead stove vent, and stunning, large scaled orb pendants.

THE GATHERING TABLE

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VISIONS TO INSPIRE, DESIGN TO ENRICH

 

 

 

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