Monthly Archives: December 2016

Give On The Go

August Morgan Cocktail Napkins & Glasses c/o, Matches

Christmas is just a few days away. Crazy right? If you’re like me and still have a few gifts left to get, then let me share with you this easy one for any hostess. I love putting together gifts that go together, sort of like a package. For this one I combined a set of cocktail napkins with stemless glasses, a set of matches and a mini bottle of bubbly. The hostess can you use this gift for a date night, girls night in or any excuse for a mini celebration.

August Morgan is my favorite brand for cocktail napkins as they are classic linen sets that are updated with cheeky sayings for the modern host or hostess. I have a collection of her designs and always gift them to my friends.

Christmas At The Palace

Needlepoint Pillows, Disco Drinks, Elephant Head

Christmas is my favorite time of year! I love the traditions, the joyfulness and all the pretty decorations. I thought I’d share a peek into my home for the holidays to show you how I usually decorate for the festivities.

Green and pink, not red is the holiday color of choice at my little palace. I know I won’t be able to decorate like this forever (ie. living without males) so for the past few years I’ve taken full advantage of this. Funny story… when Will and I were setting up the tree this year I finally had all the lights and ornaments on, finished vacuuming the needles and while I went downstairs to put the vacuum away I heard a loud thud. The tree had fallen over! In its tumble it broke half of the ornaments too… hence why it’s looking a little bare. I secretly think Will pushed it over to get rid of the pink ornaments 😉 hehe

Anyways… most of my decor I’ve DIYd in fact to make it my own. Take the blue and white, ginger jar inspired ornaments. Those I used a blue paint marker to draw on white glass ornaments. Or the gilded lions? Those are from the Target toy section, I spray painted them gold and then bought mini Santa hats and candy canes from the Dollar Store to accessorize them. They’re unique and fit my personal decorating taste.

How do you decorate for the holidays?

Decorating with Nature

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Placemats (c/o Emily McCarthy Shop)

Need some Christmas table setting inspiration? Look no further than the great outdoors! Seriously. The inspiration for me came when I saw these feather placemats from the Emily McCarthy Shop.  From there I obviously added more feathers, because YOLO. Next I remembered the pinecones I had collected from South Carolina, they’re seriously jumbo sized! I spray painted some and left the others their natural color. You could do the same with acorns in glass vases if you can’t find pinecones

When it came to place cards I went to my local antique mall (which randomly has a rock booth, who knew?) and bought the prettiest agates I could find in varies colors. I used wineglass markers to write the names as they can be wiped off simply with a moist rag and used again. For the antlers, since I only had one actual real antler I found faux antler candleholders at Homegoods and paired with stick looking candles to keep things authentic and rustic.

I finished the table with plaid napkins and plates with ducks that I scored months ago for $1, I knew they’d find their home eventually and boy was I right!

What do you think? How are you seating your table for the holidays?

Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

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Jacket, Shirt c/o Duffield Lane, Jeans, Boots, Hat

Growing up we had a “fake” tree. Well actually, we had a real one for a few years when I was little but whenever we replanted them they would die so we got a fake tree instead (to save the planet before it was cool). Last year was the first year in my adult life I got a real tree and to be honest the whole experience is a lot better. Instead of lugging a big fake one up from the basement, trying to put together the parts so they align just right, going to a tree farm, picking out and cutting down your tree just makes the perfect Christmas tradition!

This past weekend we went and got our tree, I searched the whole tree farm Goldie Locks style. This one’s too small, this one’s too dead, this one’s too thin but THIS one is just right! I think we found the perfect one if I do say so myself. So tell me, do you get a fake tree or a real one?

#PatriciasPartyPad Reveal

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Photography by Deb Putter

It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally here… ladies and gents, the reveal of #patriciaspartypad! Insert big sigh of relief as every free moment isn’t spent covered in sawdust and sweat. One lesson I learned from this? Decorating a room in 6 weeks, totally doable. Building a room from nothing in 6 week, not so doable. But we did it, it may have taken longer than 6 weeks but it was all worth it! Oh and one more lesson so you can learn from my mistakes… finish the roof before you decide to press pause to build an inside entertaining loft or else you’ll be putting buckets on the floor in the meantime. Will I ever learn?

To catch everyone up to speed, this is the space above my garage where over the spring we knocked down the original barn and built this barn/garage to take its place. The walls of the loft are the actual wood boards from the original barn! Cool, right?

I couldn’t have finished it period if it wasn’t for my parent’s handiwork (I owe them more hours than I can count!), my boyfriend’s help all along the way, my Aunt for giving me so much of her horse collection for decor and of course the amazing companies I worked with during the process.

Product List:

Lighting: c/o Bellacor (1, 2, 3)

Rug: c/o Karastan

Side Table: c/o Taylor Burke Home via Aubusson Home

Custom Napkins & Cups: c/o Sequins & Lipstick

Pillows: Cotton & Quill

Sofa: West Elm

Needlepoint Pillow: Furbish Studio

Coffee Table: Joss & Main

Bar Cart: Target

Wine Rack: Pottery Barn (old but similar)

Stripe Candles: Ana Candles

Stick Candles: Stick Candles

Stirrup Candle Holders: White Horse Fabric (similar)

Champion Dish: Waiting On Martha

Matches: Skeem Shop

Wine Glasses, Ice Bucket, Wall Decor and Chairs: Antiques, Thrifted and Borrowed

Table & Bench: DIY by Dad