Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bar Carts {Love them!}

I’m not big drinker, but for some reason I’m developing a small obsession for bar carts. Perhaps it’s the time of year, don’t know, but either way I’m coveting well-dressed bar carts. Seems so adult – like to have one, no? Whatever the case, nothing says party - ready than a fully loaded bar cart.

I want one.

bar carts the glitter guide 2

bar carts house of turqouise 2

bar carts atlanta homes magazine

bar carts rue magazine

bar cart collage

bar carts the glitter guide

bar carts coco kelley

This last photo is my favourite. I prefer bar carts without the BIG wheel. For more bar cart inspiration, visit my board on pinterest.

Photo Credits; the glitter guide, house of turquoise, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Rue Magazine, Armonia Decor, Lonny Magazine, cocco kelley

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays 2011

Merry Christmas!! I hope you have a fabulous day with many special moments.
All my best for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday Decorating {Our Home}

With only one day left until Christmas, I finally had an chance to take a few photos around our home. Thank goodness for help from my stylist friends. Together, we created a Holiday theme of silver, gold and red that is both cheerful and collected. We shopped the house for vintage items,  and with a touch of old/new and fresh winter greenery, I’m pleased with our Holiday decor for 2011.

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I mentioned before that the Christmas Tree in our living room is an artificial Balsam Fir, courtesy of Balsam Hill Christmas Tree Co.. I love it sans ornaments. Pretty, no?

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Living Room Collage

Our family room has a more fun and cheerful vibe since that’s where we spend most of our time. We do a real Balsam Fir Christmas Tree every year, but this year we opted for a Fraser Fir from a near by farm. Both boys helped dress the Christmas Tree this year… it was fun!

Christmas Tree

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Family Room Collage

One night, the boys and I were looking for favourite ornaments, Blair snapped this photo of us. A favourite of mine now of course.

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There’s also festive touches in the dining room and each of the bedrooms, but you’ve seen the gist of it here. Have you finished decorating for the Holidays? Or should I say, are you ready for the Holidays? Thankfully, we are. With the exception of picking up our fresh turkey tomorrow, we have a pretty relaxing Christmas eve planned. Christmas day we’re hosting family, and this year we’re about 20 people. I’m looking forward to good times in the coming days with family and friends… how about you? Happy one day left -

Celebrating Hanukkah

My girlfriend Odelya shares a little with us on Hanukkah, which started a few nights ago.

Hello Desire to Decorate readers! I’m so happy to be sharing a little about Hanukkah with you.

Hanukkah is actually, one of the least religious holidays of my religion. It's grown into being more known amongst non-Jewish because of its close proximity to Christmas.  Hanukkah actually never was about gift giving, just the Hanukkah gelt (chocolate money) and lots of good food to eat.  Over the century, we began ‘competing’ with Christmas so it evolved into gift giving… but only to children.

Known as The Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Olive oil was needed for the menorah (type of candelabrum) in the Temple, which was required to burn throughout the night every night. The story goes that there was only enough oil to burn for one day, yet it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of oil for the menorah. An eight day festival was declared to commemorate this miracle.

hannukah-menorah style at home

There is a custom of eating foods fried or baked in olive oil to commemorate the miracle of a small flask of oil keeping the flame in the Temple alight for eight days. Traditional foods include potato pancakes, known as latkes and jam-filled doughnuts, called sufganiyot. Other Hanukkah traditions are Hanukkah gelt (chocolate money) and the dreidle game.  Dreidles are four-sided spinning tops that children play with and each side is imprinted with a Hebrew letter.

Hannukah Collage

Here’s some inspirations for some easy to prepare decorations for this holiday… keeping it simple with silver, blue and white accessories.

hannukah-window style at home

hannukah-dreidle style at home

Chanukah Tablescape Joy of Kosher

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Hanukkah-plates

Celebrating Chrismukkah? Photos from the December issue of Style at Home was great inspiration -

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For Hanukkah and crafts ideas for Kids go here or lovely DIY table setting go here.

It was so much fun pulling this post together, thanks Wendy!

Photo Credits; collage photos from flickr & Canadian House and Home; other photos; Joy of Kosher, Style at Home and Better Homes & Gardens

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday Decorating {Living Rooms}

This year we have two Christmas Trees. The fabulous folks at Balsam Hill, gave us a gorgeous faux Balsam Fir Christmas tree which sits in the front window in our Living Room. We’ve left it sans ornaments and it’s glorious. Our Living Room is decorated a little more traditionally, with touches of green, gold and mercury glass throughout, while our Family Room is more playful with red, gold and silver. Photos of my home to come, but in the meantime, enjoy these classic Living Rooms dressed for the Holidays.

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living room style at home

living room mochatini

living room traditional home

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Pretty, no? We don’t often use our Living Room, but since we jazzed it up for the Holidays we’ve found ourselves spending more time in the room. My son Liam, calls it the' ‘talking room”.

Photo sources; Traditional Home, Colleen McGill Design Group via Style at Home and Mochatini

Monday, December 19, 2011

Decorating Your Home with Flowers

Decorating your home with flowers has many advantages. Due to the wide variety of faux and live flowers available, homeowners can easily add vivid color and sensual textures to any part of the home. Flowers are also easy to change out, which makes it easier to change the décor to match the season or special occasion. Flowers are inexpensive, yet can make a home seem luxurious, alive, and highly fashionable.

Selecting the right flowers

When selecting the flowers, consider what purpose you want them to serve. Flowers can be used to attract or detract attention to a specific area. They can be used to create balance and symmetry or to create a contrast. Flowers can soften or accent harsh lines, angles and geometric shapes. They can also be used for calming or stimulating the human mind and body.

The décor style, type and location of the home, and amount of space available will be major determining factors in the selection. Children, pets, health concerns, color schemes and seasons will also be factors in determining which flower deliveries to use. However, it is mostly a matter of individual preferences. Some examples of matching flowers to style of décor, seasons and desired image projection are: • Contemporary style: A single calla lily, orchid, or bird of paradise bloom, along with smaller flowers placed in a simple, yet bold, vase. Little to no greenery has been used so that the focus remains on the individual blooms. • Country style: A basket or watering can filled with dahlias, daisies, or tulips, accompanied by sprays of roses, larkspur, or columbines. A small bucket or terra cotta pot could also be used. • Traditional style: An arrangement of focal flowers that have full petals. Chrysanthemums, lilies or roses, accented with baby’s breath or golden rod and a few stems of greenery are excellent choices, especially when loosely arranged in a glass or crystal vase. • Romantic style: A floral arrangement containing full soft blooms, closely-arranged in a Grecian urn, with draping greenery to accent it. Roses, gardenias, and peonies, as well as a crystal vase can be used for this type of arrangement.

For autumn: Floral arrangements that implement rusty-orange or golden hued flowers, accented with autumn leaves. Red-dyed sunflowers and chrysanthemums are good choices for autumn. • For spring: Floral arrangements that have soft and brightly-coloured flowers, such as daffodils or tulips. • For summer: Floral arrangements that have vibrant, brightly-coloured flowers, such as dahlias and sunflowers. • For winter: Red and white amaryllises floral arrangements that are accented with holly, ivy, or stems of pine.

For contemporary, sculptural look: Use a single long and spiky flower like bells of Ireland, delphinium, iris, gladiola, or liatrus. • For casual atmosphere: Use daisy-like and round flowers, such as dahlias, gerberas, hydrangeas, lilacs, and mums. • For formal atmosphere: Use flowers like calla lilies, orchids and roses. • For very informal atmosphere: Use arrangement of a variety of wildflowers, such as baby’s breath, cornflowers, phlox, poppies, Queen Anne’s lace, and yarrow. • For exotic atmosphere: Use exotic flowers such as anthurium, protea, and heliconia, accented with ferns. 

Faux vs. live flowers vs. dried flowers

People also usually have a hard time deciding which is better to use: artificial, live, or dried flowers. There are no set rules as to which type is better. All three have their pros and cons. These pros and cons are: • Faux (artificial): Pros- Are cheaply-priced, are long-lasting, are typically hypoallergenic, and are low maintenance. Cons- Are unscented so can’t set moods through aroma, have no natural color, and aren’t as memorable as fresh cut flowers are.

Live (real): Pros - Are affordable for most budgets, maintain their original scents, so can be used for setting moods through aroma, maintain their original vibrant colors, and are quite memorable. Cons - Can cause allergic reactions, certain types can be toxic to children and pets, require some maintenance, and eventually die and need to be replaced.

Dried: Pros - Are closer to natural flowers than faux flowers are, and well last several years if well-maintained. Cons - Tend to lose some of their scent, color, and natural beauty during the drying process and even more as time goes by.

It’s mostly a matter of personal preference. The desired color, size, texture and the way the flowers will be integrated into the home will be the basic determining factors. The more personal preference are used decorating your home with flowers, then the more unique the home becomes.

About the Author

Patricia Hall works part-time for a florist and flower delivery but loves to surround herself with flowers at any given point of time. Even in her free time she loves to involve herself with everything flora and fauna. 'To me there is nothing more beautiful and global as the language of flowers - it is the easiest to understand all around the world in the same way. That is one reason why I truly admire flowers for what they represent in some ways - unity of all mankind!'

Sunday, December 18, 2011

To Daddy… Love, Your Superheros

A couple weeks ago I ordered this print from Rosy Designs via etsy. The original version had a girl & boy however, after reaching out to Rosy and requesting a few small tweaks, it’s one of a kind and perfect. I love it! It will be from my two little superheros to our big superhero.

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Pop over to Rosy Designs for lots of Christmas ideas. Have you purchased anything from etsy for Christmas this year?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Decor via Meredith Heron

The very talented Meredith Heron of Meredith Heron Design opens up her home for the Holidays. I love seeing how others decorate their homes for the Holidays, but I’m especially intrigued when it’s the home of Meredith. Can you say bold and glamorous? Enjoy!

Meredith Heron Holiday Entryway

Mereith Heron Holiday Deck the Halls

Meredith Heron Holiday Living Room

Meredith Heron Holiday Dining

Meredith Heron Holiday Kitchen

Fabulous, no? To see more photos pop over to Meredith’s blog or visit HGTV.ca. To see her 2010 Holiday decor go here. Happy Holidays!

Photo Credits; Meredith Heron & HGTV.ca

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Decorating {Deck the Halls}

A festive front and cheerful entryway often leads to hallways that carry the spirit of the season throughout the entire house. Here’s a collection of Holiday hallways… enjoy!

virigina macdonald via style at home

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deck the halls at home arkansas

deck the halls H&H

deck the halls coastal living

deck the halls eddie-ross

deck the halls better homes and garden

deck the halls traditional home

Photo Credits; Style at Home, Virginia McDonald, At Home in Arkansas, Canadian House & Home, Coastal Living, Eddie Ross, Better Homes & Garden and Traditional Home

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