Christmas 2014 Window Displays

NYC in December is beautiful!  Earlier this week I drove into the city to see the holiday window displays.  Oh,  what fun we had.  I felt like a kid in the Big Apple taking it all in, the Rockefeller Christmas tree, Bergdorf Goodman, Harry Winston, FAO Schwartz.   I love New York at Christmas!

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“Early this year, the creative departments at Bergdorf Goodman selected a one-word holiday theme for 2014: Inspired. We found this particular word itself to be inspiring. It was all we needed to launch a set of windows celebrating the arts—after all, isn’t art the product of inspiration?

 

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 We decided to base each window on a major art form, drawing equally from the fine arts, performing arts and applied arts. For our main windows, we settled on literature, architecture, theater, painting, music, dance, sculpture and film.

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…..eight-lesson course in art appreciation.”  David Hoey

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 Diamonds are a girl’s best friends.  Harry Winston

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FAO Schwartz

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Hope you get to visit NYC in December.  For more on Bergdorf Goodman’s windows read here.   All pictures are my own. Have a great weekend.

 ivy
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Old Spirits and Traditions

This time of year is about  family and traditions.  We will be hosting get-togethers for family and friends this holiday season. Growing up my mom made a holiday sangria for all to enjoy.   Keeping with tradition, I will be sharing my signature sangria recipe served in a vintage punch bowl.    The table will be set in festive red and white to set the mood for a memorable meal.

punch bowl Celebrate the season with this holiday’s favorite color, red. Get the look with these vintage pieces from Chairish and luxurious table linens by Kim Seybert.

For the centerpiece, a large bouquet of red carnations (my mom’s favorite flower)  are mixed with red roses to add texture.

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Grocery store flowers are affordable and just as beautiful.

Baccarat Crystal Onde Wine Glasses - Set of 6

Baccarat Crystal Onde Wine Glasses from Chairish for good cheer.  Start a collection that will be treasured and enjoyed by future generations.

Kim Seybert’s collection “celebrates the finer things and appreciates the joys of togetherness.”

  Sangria

Make this sangria up to 2 days ahead.  Combine all of the ingredients in a large pitcher. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours. Serve in tall glasses over ice.

  1. 1 bottle (750 ml) dry red wine
  2. 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  3. 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  4. 1/3 cup dry white wine
  5. 1/4 cup gin
  6. 1/4 cup light rum
  7. 1/4 cup Cointreau or Triple Sec
  8. 1/4 cup brandy
  9. 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  10. 2 cups assorted fruit sliced in bite size pieces: apples, oranges and grapes

Do you have a tradition you want to share? Send me a link.

ivy

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Holiday Gift Guide For Her

The holiday gift guide for her is here. Some items are under $50 and other gifts are higher in price, but all are a few of my favorite things.  A little luxury, Tom Ford clutch, pretty feminine accessories to awaken the senses, and classic pieces to stay warm.

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Green Crystal Double Drop EarringsRay Ban , Chanel, Tom Ford Clutch, Tory Burch Gloves , Beats, YSL Lipstick, Faux Fur, Makeup bag

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Philip Colleck, Ltd: Harry Heissman Christmas Stand Collection

I MET PHILIP COLLECK ON ROUTE TO THE AVENUE ANTIQUES, ART AND DESIGN SHOW, LAST YEAR.   HE HAS BEAUTIUL ANTIQUES AT HIS SHOP.  I AM HAPPY TO SHARE THAT JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON, PHILIP COLLECK IS PROUD TO ANNOUCE THE EXHIBITION AND SALE OF HARRY HEISSMANN COLLECTION OF LATE 19TH & EARLY 20TH CENTURY DECORATED CAST IRON CHRISTMAS TREE STANDS.

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OVER 150 EXAMPLES WILL BE ON DISPLAY FOR SALE FROM THURSDAY DECEMBER 11TH, 11:00 AM TO 4:00 PM AND CONTINUING MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AT THOSE TIMES UNTIL THE SALE ENDS ON DECEMBER 23RD.

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MOST OF THE COLLECTION IS ATTRACTIVELY PRICED AT $250 TO $975. PER STAND.

THE DETAILS ARE JUST FABULOUS.  THEY MAKE A LOVELY GIFT FOR THE COLLECTOR.  ANY TREE WILL BE ELEVATED TO A NEW DESIGN LEVEL WITH THESE BEAUTIES.   (I THINK I FOUND A FAVORITE.)  TAKE A LOOK AT THE HARRY HEISSMANN COLLECTION  AND ENJOY MORE BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUES AT PHILIP COLLECK, LTD.

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Time To Deck The Halls

The start of the week is bringing  old man winter with cold and ice.  There are two ways to think about it, plan a holiday getaway or enjoy the great indoors.  The holiday getaway may come later.  Today, I’m enjoying the holiday season indoors and taking a little time to deck the halls.

A natural wreath decorated with pinecones, cherries, lemons, limes and miniature apples.

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Pinecones and angel wings adorn the Christmas tree this year with a silver and gold theme.

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Last year, I found a box of miniature pears at the thrift store.  This year, I found the perfect little tree to display them.  They pair so nicely. (Ha, Ha)   Decking the halls wouldn’t be the same without Christmas tunes.  For a relaxing sound, I enjoy listening to the The New York Acoustic Christmas Project album.

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The ice is melting and I hear  birds singing in the backyard enjoying some winter berries, perhaps reminding me that there is beauty in everyday.

Thanks for stopping by.

ivy

 

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This Week’s Quote

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Christmas: Make An Entrance

Hunting for traditional Christmas décor for your entrance? These natural Christmas decorating ideas are festive and easy. Find more here.
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Traditional Home Magazine

Images: Courtesy of Traditional Home

Happy Decorating!

ivy

 

 

 

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Christmas Tree Decorating

There is nothing like seeing the family together for the holidays.  Hosting  Thanksgiving in the country was wonderful.  With snow falling, a warm fire, the turkey in the oven, and the family all home, I had so much to be thankful. Hard to believe December is here and the holidays are in full swing.

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We bought our Christmas tree early this year.  I’m getting excited to decorate for the holidays.  There are many possibilities for tree decorating.  Which style to choose? These are a few memorable Christmas trees post Pinterest.   Martha Stewart’s Noah’s Ark cookie tree is right on the top of the list.

The White House Christmas tree, photo courtesy of Two Seasons, is colorful and fun.

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Festive flair by Interior Designer Charlotte Comer, via Veranda Magazine Nov-Dec. 2005  Simply splendid, adorned in silver ornaments and lights.

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A fun tree for the kids. Source

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Designer Tobi Fairley is the master color mixer.

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Heavenly pinecone décor by  Carolyn Roehm .

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A sweet edible Christmas tree.  House Beautiful

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They are all gorgeous and different.  I’m off to take inventory of my Christmas ornaments to begin decorating our tree.  Thanks for stopping by.

ivy

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Pillow Love: This Week’s Quote

I loved you at your darkest.  Romans 5:8

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Thanksgiving Table

It is a winter wonderland at home. Snow is falling and it sure looks beautiful. Let’s face it, it is not the best timing as thousands of people are on the road trying to get home for Thanksgiving.  I’m wising you all safe travels.  There is so much to do here at home.  We are hosting Thanksgiving.  Our fridge is packed and later I’ll start preparing some of the dishes.  In the meantime, I’m gathering a few of my favorite things in preparation for setting the Thanksgiving Table.

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Ralph Lauren Wentworth Tortoise hostess set.

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Store bought spay roses, eucalyptus, feathers, white small pumpkins and cabbage stems make for a festive arrangement.

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Arranged flowers in my favorite blue and white vase.

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With so much to do, I’m keeping it simple with clear glass votive candles.  These little turkey place card holders are so cute.  They keep the table setting playful.

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For a little elegance, Kim Seybert napkins add a touch of orange and gold to the table décor.

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Next,  I’ll be gathering the china and stemware.  When the kids are all home, they’ll set the table and think it was effortless.

Wishing you all  safe travels and a Happy Thanksgiving!

ivy

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