autumn inspiration

October 23, 2011 § 1 Comment

“Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. What man can stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?”

Hal Borland

[fall photography by CarlChristensen via Etsy]


a haute halloween

October 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

Next to Christmas, I think I’d have to say Halloween is my second favorite holiday.

Growing up I’d watch the annual Martha Stewart Halloween Special on repeat; Martha schooled me in the ways of everything halloween decor. It was eerie and mysterious- but undeniably chic. So forget the tacky and gory… and please keep the black and orange to a minimum… this is the year to have one haute halloween

vintage inspired Halloween decor from anders ruff design

windows take on a dramatic effect by using black paper curtains that mimic gothic architecture

the black crows of this centerpiece add a spooky touch and is ideal for an entry table

LOVE this super eerie (and fun) photo wall mural! This one in particular used to be available at Pottery Barn but they unforunately discontinued it. However pretty much any Kinkos or signage store can blow up an image of your choice to create your very own wall mural. Perhaps the image below?

the modern day atelier does not own the rights to this picture;credit info unknown

paper silhouette of a werewolf/man

another fabulous use of paper cut-outs! love all the bats

here I go with the garland again.. love this festive halloween version

who would have thought skeletons could be so chic? since we can’t all pay the $100 million for Damien Hirst’s bejeweled skull… Martha helps us create a version that is equally sparkly yet affordable

Perfect for the Halloween dinner party; why eat drink and be merry when you can eat drink and be scary? 

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all that glitters

October 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

if you’re used to thinking of garland as a mere holiday decoration, think again

I recently came across this picture from Emily Schuman’s house tour on Apartment Therapy. I instantly fell in love with the chic garland that sparkled above her desk. 

My life was temporarily put on hold; I was not going to sleep until I came across the artisan responsible for my new infatuation. Luckily I found CONFETTISYSTEM– the gurus behind this garland and all things tissue paper related. CONFETTISYSTEM was the vision of artists Nicholas Anderson and Julie Ho who found friendship in their shared love for celebration and craft-making. CONFETTISYSTEM takes simple materials such as tissue paper, cardboard, and silk, and transforms them into interactive objects that spark both nostalgia and light-hearted fun. I can’t get over how beautiful these installations are! 

Here are some of my favorites:

 CONFETTISYSTEM garland, “pinatas”, and jewelry are available for purchase via big cartel.

[all pictures via confettisystem]

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