Bags a French Accent

All grain sack isn’t created equal. There’s linen and burlap, classic and vintage-made-yesterday. You will find tasteful stripes and loud farm-friendly images. And, of course, there is overuse and the ideal touch.

Personally, I like the stuff. But my love isn’t unconditional. I prefer a grain sack accent (it is French, incidentally) to a country-cute, French-cottage-theme room. I like to see it in unexpected places, with unforeseen companions: a contemporary seat, perhaps, or a Craftsman home. Yes, even the white-on-white cottage look is beautiful, but too much of a good thing is, well, you know.

Here are 14 distinct ways to utilize grain sack judiciously to bring a wee French accent. It is the difference between throwing on a stylish necklace and dressing up like Marie Antoinette.

Dreamy Whites

A beautiful white-on-white bedroom with layers of of grain sack pillows and throws. Distinctly cottage but not too cutsie.

Dreamy Whites

Another white-on-white beauty with just some grain sack for color.

Economy Interiors

Upholstery

An easy chair upholstered in burlap grain sack adds a kind of elegant rustic look for this bedroom. This particular seat from Wisteria is discontinued, but it is possible to peruse Etsy for comparable finds or attempt a very simple DIY project with a staple gun and a few upholstery-weight grain sack.

Phoebe Howard

Look! More grain sack upholstery at a non-French-cottage setting. It can be done. Just look at how good it seems in this neutral, modern room.

Pottery Barn

Gramercy Wingback Chair – $699

This neutral grain sack wingback chair could survive nearly anywhere — from the beach to the French countryside to a funky Manhattan attic.

Charles Phillips Antiques and Architecturals

Hemp grain sacks made into pillows in Provence

Pillows

Pillows are the ideal means to get just a tiny grain sack love in your life. This wonderful big pile of classic allure is powerful inviting.

Christie Thomas

More grain sack pillows, this time along with a lake-cabin type of thing. Very eclectic casual.

Etsy

Grainsack Basket Black Stripe Vintage Design by jennilyons81 – $39.99

Little Touches

A storage bin. It could hold potatoes, papers, blankets, knitting, toys. And it may look good doing this.

Michelle Hinckley

A burlap grain sack bulletin board. A very simple DIY project.

Kelley & Company Home

Only some grain sack goes a long way. These lampshades do not dictate the design of this room, but everyone seems to get along well.

Classic Grainsack Lampshade by lampshadelady on Etsy – $135

A custom made linen grain bag lampshade out of Etsy.

A dressing table ruffle curtain. It would look great under a kitchen sink too.

Kasey Buick

Living room curtains. You can discover similar types on Etsy or purchase lace by the yard and also have them made.

A table runner classic.

More:
Guide to French Country Style

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Layout Calendar: March 2–22

Whether architecture, film or books are something, this roundup of upcoming events throughout the country has something to you. Continue reading for our 5 top picks.

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FILM FESTIVAL — March 1–11, 2012
Cinequest Film Festival
Unfinished Spaces, directed by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray
Showings: March 2, 1:45 p.m.; March 7, 6:30 p.m.; March 10, 4:15 p.m.
Camera 12, 201 S. Second St., San Jose, CA

As part of the Cinequest Film Festival, watch a documentary film telling the story of three visionary architects revealing a different kind of Cuban revolution. Back in 1961, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara commissioned three visionary architects, Roberto Gottardi, Ricardo Porro and Vittorio Garatti, to design an advanced artwork school campus on the grounds of a Havana golf program. Construction started for the National Art Schools, but as Castro’s political motives altered, the project was brought to a halt, and dancers, musicians, and musicians were forced to master in half-completed classrooms. The architectural miracle was neglected and almost forgotten in the aftermath of Castro’s revolution. Four years later, the exiled architects were invited by Castro to complete their unrealized architectural dreams, and Unfinished Spaces records their passionate journey.
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TOUR — March 18, 2012, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Millard Sheets: A Legacy of Art and Architecture
Pomona, Claremont, CA

Combine the Los Angeles Conservancy and its Modern Committee since they take you on a one-time-only docent-led tour exploring the architecture and art of Millard Sheets. You will visit the next six sites: the prior Millard Sheets design and mosaic studioin Claremont (photograph); Garrison Theatre, Scripps College, where Sheets directed the artwork section for 19 years; Pomona First Federal, now the American Museum of Ceramic Art; Pomona First Federal, now U.S. Bank; Pomona Mall,the first pedestrian mall in America west of the Mississippi; andHome Savings Tower, currently Chase Bank.

From 5:00 to 6:15 p.m., participate in a panel discussion with artists Betty Davenport Ford and John Svenson, mosaicist Brian Worley, architect Rufus Turner and Millard’s daughter, Carolyn Sheets Owen-Towle. Read more information here.

Sheets was a nationally famous and extremely influential artist with the California School of painting who helped found the Otis Art Institute. Though he was never a licensed architect, Sheets’ work endures today, marking the Southern California architectural landscape. This tour is part of Pacific Standard Time, a collaboration of ethnic associations.

Price: $30 general public, $25 L.A. Conservancy members, $15 students, $10 kids 12 and younger. Purchase tickets here.

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DISCUSSION — March 8, 2012, 7 p.m.
Of the book Project Japan: Metabolism Talks
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum
Fifth Ave. at 42nd St., New York, NY

Hear from architect Rem Koolhaas, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and New York Public Library Director of Public Programs Paul Holdengraber since they discuss Koolhaas and Obrist’s brand new book, Project Japan. Part oral history and part instruction, the book captures Japan’s radical postwar manner of nation building, researching the comradery among architects that are unthinkable among today’s competitive professionals.

Some of those topics Koolhaas, Obrist and Holdengraber will cover include the way the activist state mobilized its best abilities and meticulously planned the future of its cities, the way the press adopted the architect as a serious agent of social influence (think anti-“starchitect”), and also the way the areas of architecture, art, sociology and engineering collaborated to generate something fresh.

Price: $25 general admission, $15 Friends of the New York Public Library. Purchase tickets here.

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LECTURE — March 9, 2012, 1–2 p.m.
Depending on the book Landscaping for Privacy, by Marty Wingate
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd., Linnaeus Room, Glencoe, IL

Combine backyard and travel author Marty Wingate as she discusses her Most Recent book, Landscaping for Privacy, at the Chicago Botanic Garden. She’ll discuss how to design a calm retreat even in the urban environment. She’ll share practical tips on plant choices, hedges, purchasing displays and methods for creating the most visually satisfying use of distance. The lecture will be accompanied by a book signing.

Price: $10

CONFERENCE — March 19–22, 2012
2012 Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) annual conference
Hyatt Regency Baltimore, 300 Light St., Baltimore, MD

With the theme “Celebrating Our Past, Shaping our Future,” this seminar celebrates the Interior Design Educators Council’s 50th year since the top organization for interior design educators. The seminar comprises programming and keynotes that reflect on past achievements and look to the future of the profession, and provides an engaging forum for interior design educators at each level. Keynotes will be by Jo Heinz, interior designer and managing principle of Staffelbach; and Rosalyn Cama, president and principal interior designer of CAMA.

More 2012 design events: Feb. 6–March 2, 2012, Feb. 17–March 9, 2012

What is in your calendar? Let us know in the Remarks.

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5 Top Design Occasions: Nov. 11-Dec 2

Get motivated to make a vacation tabletop with backyard locates in Australia, or go enjoy the beauty of everyday things at the Eames exhibit in Los Angeles. If you’re in London, explore the British Art Deco architecture of the past or listen to some discussion about the changing urban landscape in Africa. If you’re looking for ways to be motivated, or simply enjoy getting out amid other style lovers, here’s our listing of events from all over the world.

EXHIBIT — Nov. 11-26
Puttin’ on the Glitz: The Golden Years of Art Deco Architecture in Britain
Gallery 2, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Research Art Deco design at its summit at an ongoing exhibition at RIBA. Vintage photos from the RIBA British Architectural Library Photographs Collection showcase how Art Deco was often applied to transient construction types such as restaurants and shops, showing how omnipresent a style it had been.

This exhibition seeks to redress the balance by displaying not only Art Deco classics such as Odeon cinemas but also lesser known buildings such as Conchita Supervia’s apartment in Lowndes Square, London, and a fish-and-chip shop in Sunderland. Also check out the complementary exhibition, Art Deco Triumphant.

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EXHIBIT — Nov. 11-Jan. 16, 2012
Eames Designs: The Guest Host Relationship
Architecture and Design Museum (A+D)
6032 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, LA

Charles and Ray Eames motivated us to appreciate the world by respecting “the uncommon beauty of common things.” The latest exhibit at L.A.’s A+D uses Eames’ words to concentrate on their appreciation of the worth of humble objects and tools that are useful.

For a Portion of Pacific Standard Time, at Saturday, Nov. 12, join in to get a “Swiss on Rye Brown Bag Lunch and Chat” with Deborah Sussman of Sussman/Prejza, who worked with Charles and Ray Eames.

TALK — Nov. 22
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Cities of Tomorrow — African Metropolis, by David Adjaye
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

Attend a discussion and book signing by Tanzanian-born David Adjaye, an accomplished architect who has built many highly acclaimed buildings in the UK, USA, Russia and the Middle East. Engage in a discussion about Africa’s metropolitan architecture and changing urban experience.

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WORKSHOP — Nov. 27
Organic Christmas Workshop with Sibella Court
Glenmore House
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Camden NSW 2570 Australia

The holidays may always be celebrated with winter weather for those people in the Northern Hemisphere, but also for our Australian friends, it’s summertime! Discover how to decorate your Christmas tabletop with fresh garden picks from Sibella Court and Mickey Robertson of this Glenmore House. Within this all-day workshop, including lunch and tea, select amongst the Glenmore backyard leafy greens, flowers, branches and much more, then learn how to translate them into table-setting ideas which can be used yearlong.

For additional information, email [email protected] $200 per person for the entire day workshop, such as morning tea & lunch.

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WORKSHOP — Nov. 25-27
10 a.m. to 4 orgasmic
Hands-on Heritage Crafts
Van Cortlandt Manor
Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Step back in time to patriot-family living and revel in the art of the handmade. Learn how to create your own candles, then sew a medicine bag and fill it with dried botanicals, operate the blacksmith’s bellows, and participate in spinning, weaving, coopering, tinsmithing, hewing timber, quilting, open-hearth cooking, butter churning, cheese-making, and much more. Visitors of all ages are invited to get involved in the free event celebrating historical crafts and tasks.

LECTURE — Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m.

Mastermind at Textile: An Evening with Dai Fujiwara
Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY

Dai Fujiwara, former Creative Director of Miyake Design Studio shares his experience in the design home and talks about potential projects. Fujiwara was known especially for his A-Poc (A Piece of Cloth) line at Issey Miyake. His fresh architectural venture Sun House, featured in Fiber Futures, uses cloth in roofing. Moderated by Cara McCarty from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Tickets: $16/$12 Japan Society members, seniors & students

More 2011 design occasions: Nov. 4-25, Oct. 28-Nov. 18

What’s on your calendar this month? Let us know about your favorite forthcoming layout events below!

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Inspired by Fall: Reds, Oranges and Browns in Home

There’s hardly a prettier fall sight in relation to the changing of the leaves, leading to a landscape suddenly filled with all sorts of reds, oranges and browns. Why not infuse your inside? Not only can they warm up your home while the outside temperatures dip, however these colours will also provide an upgraded character, each in their own unique way. If you are trying to make a few changes around your home, consider tweaks at a fall color strategy. Look at these shots to determine how others have done so.

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Think accent pieces. Accessories are easy to add to an present layout and have the ability to alter the entire look and feel of a room. Red pieces feel fresh, bold and frequently timeless. Inspired by neutrals, crimson feels relaxed nevertheless exciting — and certainly fall.

Maraya Interior Design

Orange accents are bright and lively, and will feel equally retro and modern. The addition of orange kitchen tables provides this modern kitchen a playful feel.

Designs for Living

Considering swapping out your own bedding? Go orange! The mix of an orange headboard, accent pillows and bed-skirt with impartial bedding will bring in that fall aura without going overboard.

Baysix Design

If swapping your bedding isn’t in your game program, emphasize a new fall scheme by pulling the reds, oranges or browns from your present look and buying a few accents in those colours. These red pillows and bedside table are an ideal complement to this bedding.

Susan Diana Harris Interior Design

Brown is a complementary accent to almost every color, and functions as a neutral. To get an easy upgrade that you can easily do yourself, try painting your cabinets brown and choosing a glowing shade for your trim.

Nick Mehl Architecture

Behold, the accent wall. They’re an easy and inexpensive way to give new life to a room. This brownish wall is straight from a fall landscape and provides a neutral equilibrium to the surrounding colors of green.

Grisell Navas

Or, consider red if you have already obtained several neutrals in the area.

Webber + Studio, Architects

This orange accent wall adds unexpected color while also identifying the dining room from the living room in this spacious floor plan.

Goforth Gill Architects

Another notion: the accent area. If you have a separate sitting room inside your bedroom, upgrade it with a coat of red paint. Cuddle up with a novel and enjoy the fall view from your fall-themed reading nook.

The same functions for sunrooms or alternative nook spaces. This orange is fresh and upbeat in this sun-lit room.

Alexander Johnson Photography

Or go out. If you’re prepared for a huge shift, this is a good time to paint the entire area in a new fall color. This profound brown sets a backdrop that allows the mild furniture to spend the forefront.

David Churchill – Architectural Photographer

If you are considering a kitchen renovation, don’t be afraid of a plan that involves daring, fall-like color. Balancing the red cabinetry with blond hardwood floors and white countertops mixes a modern vibe with timeless complements.

Mark English Architects, AIA

Try orange for a modern kitchen that indulges in a taste of retro.

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To avoid a brown-heavy kitchen out of feeling obsolete, be sure to choose an overall modern design that mixes in mild accents and modern hardware. Otherwise, you run the danger of it feeling straight from the’70s.

If you can not stand the idea of choosing only red, orange or brown, then make an ode to fall by mixing all three. Be extra daring by painting the ceiling crimson. This photo proves that it works and looks incredible.

More: How to Decorate With Red
How to Find the Ideal Brown
How to Find the Ideal Yellow
How to Choose the Ideal Purple
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Weekend Decorating: Playing Blankets, Throws, and Quilts

This weekend I challenge you to find alternate uses for the blankets, quilts and throws. Oftentimes we take for granted their own colours, textures and intricate patterns and focus more on their function — particularly during the winter. As you may not need them for heat in the upcoming months, they can definitely serve an alternate function as room decoration.

This ideabook provides a jump-start to finding new ways to decorate with blankets, throws and quilts. A few of the tips from the images below may be recognizable to the others you, eye opening and new. After all, our Houzz readers are a creative bunch. Have a look and see.

Michelle Hinckley

Results that are amazing can be yielded by getting creative with cries. This white wing seat trimmed in black piping is stunning on its own, but when paired with a double dose of cries draped across the back and threaded through the seat cushion, the piece sings a livelier tune.

Economy Interiors

Wrapping your headboard in a throw permits you to introduce a new decor theme. Here, the toss leans toward a bohemian feel. However, if the homeowners are feeling a, they can replace the throw with a toile one.

Mark English Architects, AIA

This resembles a version of the above technique. Tossing what almost resembles a matching blanket over a ceiling-height headboard not only adds a sense of grandeur into the bedroom but also serves as a plush backdrop within this cocoon of cozy.

Craig Denis

Can not get enough of a duvet you bought on your last travel excursion? Display your work of art in a custom frame for year-round enjoyment.

Cozy Little House

For a less costly system of quilt display, hang it onto a drapery rod. There are infinite color palette options. Have fun and experiment with many mixes is that room — there’s no way you can go wrong with this quilt as a guide.

Zimina Inna

Store your blanket in plain sight. When not being used, this sweet comforter covers a sofa and concurrently becomes instant decoration at a quiet small nursery.

Rev up your antique furniture with a jolt of colour that is dramatic and pattern. A blanket complements the accent pillows and creates visual interest.

Choose a peachy cashmere throw for a subtle touch of colour and a bit of indulgence that is everyday. In this photo, the toss helps to soften the appearance of the wooden seat, but in everyday living it may be tossed across your shoulders or cover your lap for extra warmth throughout the thermostat wars.

More ideas for weekend decorating:
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Design Predicament: I Want Lake House Decor Notions!

After spending New Year’s on a lake in a mountain/lakehouse I wish I might have created myself, I I stumbled upon this Layout Predicament on our Concerns page: “Our lake home is 1-900 one-room schoolhouse having quite a lousy 1970s 3-bedroom improvement,” states Houzz member modryja. “We want to recapture its initial appeal (keeping the broad pine floors and rejuvenating the first post and beams for our chief room). My partner needed knotty pine walls, but has consented to a 4-garrison wainscot of Douglas – Fir rather. I do not understand what to do with the remainder of the wall, I am longing for a inviting, comfy feel. Thanks for some of your thoughts!”

Creating a lakehouse might be rough because it is likely to be all about the perspective. An excessive amount of decor can detract from your whole motive the lakehouse exists anyhow — the lake! Below are a few thoughts for creating lakehouse design function:

KellyBaron

First up, colour scheme. Take hints from exterior before going inside. Blue- slate grays and grays are my goto colors for lake charm.

Searl Lamaster Howe Architects

Wood board is quite a large layout component in regards to your lake house. Because layout is all about making points your own, I really like the concept of wood board installed on walls — mixing up it horizontally and vertically. Stick using a grey tone to maintain the light that is natural plentiful; large spots or super-dark can promptly make the space dimmer.

Additionally play with artwork to to create nautical touches indoors. In the picture over the hearth, a swimmer is depicted in this picture. That onetouch goes quite a distance.

KellyBaron

In her issue, modryja notes that her partner first option for the partitions was pine. It is undoubtedly the selection that is classic and is sure to not only be a fad. The yellowish tint could be restricting when putting colour choices together; I frequently urge painting the wood out white to get an appearance that is fresh.

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The few was also contemplating wainscot, but questioned what things to do with all the remaining wall. In the event you are installing 4-garrison of wainscot, I am a lover of juxtaposing it with a timeless, naturel-inspired background design. Toile could function nicely but I frequently enjoy more contemporary prints depicting horizons or waves; traditional geometrics perform will also in the event that you stick using the blue-grey family.

Girl Satisfies Lake

In regards to add-ons, a couple of bits can pack enough force to say, “Yeah, this certainly is a lake house” without over-doing it. It is about the edit.

Frederick + Frederick Architects

Old ones might have less proper floor plans which are choppy while lake properties have big, open excellent rooms. By being in keeping with with partitions you can perhaps work. In cases like this, exactly the same beadboard
in the kitchen continues in to other chambers. Itis an excellent approach to combine spaces that are distinct. This scheme could help modryja join the 1-900 area of of her lakehouse together with the 70 add-on.

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Polished boards on the ceiling highlight a perspective, whether a lake or woods and attract the eye upward.

SB Architects

By including industrial-elegant components with relevancy and nature, lakeside dash that serves an objective can be added by you. Additionally, never count outside rope from lake side decor. The feel adds a brand new layer that is visual.

Schwartz and Architecture

Tongue and groove board installed on a complete wall will help space inside a space. In case your lakehouse h-AS flooring-to-ceiling glass across the rear, this can be an excellent strategy to keep on the lines, utilizing them to point outside the eye back. Consider dove grey over neutrals that were more noticeable like creme or beige; it’s functions nicely with lake colours and calming.

Yaniv Schwartz – Photographer

Terraces are another marvelous place to play with shore feels. Fibrils or bamboo stalks of seagrass certainly are an effective solution in order to add protection from your sunlight while bringing a few of the outdoors indoors.

Do you have ideas for modryja’s lakehouse? See the initial question here.

Holiday Decorating, Oldschool Design

When the hell did it become common practice to get your home resemble the Vegas strip every December, although this may make me seem like a grumpy old guy? I love almost everything about christmas, but our society’s of turning our abodes in to Wonka gaudy fixation -inspired ginger bread homes is getting out of control.

I I would take the minority, but I believe decorating your home at Christmas – time is more in regards to the little, organic touches … and less about overpowering your neighbours with pure voltage and quantity. From small Charlie Brown trees to poinsettias and pinecones, these 10 photographs provide inspiration to get a Xmas appear that is a vintage.

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No mantel? No issue. These silver stockings seem rather fitting when matched from the hearth that is reddish. Hanging the decorative spheres to accompany the stockings is a fine subtle touch, but likely wouldn’t work in case your stockings have designs that are active. (And yes, the dog sleeping by the fireplace definitely helps this scene.)

Between Rests on the Veranda

These wreaths make a sudden powerful affirmation for just one reason that is astonishing: their want of ornamentation. Yes, they will have a sphere that is ornamental as well as one bow, but retaining the wreath without any decorations, tinsel or decorations enables the green to actually pop from the exterior door.

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Lights hung around the outside your house (or here, on the veranda) do not have to seem like a landing strip. Let an easy row of lights accentuate the style of your house as opposed to attempting to make it seem like it is snowing or a lit-up Santa has landed on on the top. Many instances, little touches make the greatest difference.

Timothy D-E Clue Set & Style

I simply fell in love in the classic silver tea established, although I initially used this picture together with the thought to wax poetically about utilizing poinsettias round christmas. The mixture of silver using the vibrant stripes of the canes is a mix which was meant for one still another.

misty

Three incredibly subtle touches warm up this space with vacation cheer: the fundamental wreath on the entranceway, the classic Santa (in what is apparently old college pajamas and night-cap) as well as the Charlie Brown tree with one sole decoration. These inform you it’s without screaming at you, Xmas.

misty

Not everybody has mantels, but lots of people love receiving household letters and getaway cards around this season. To hanging wire clipping the memorabilia also allows for flexibility for what area to place it in and lets you show many different email.

Restyled Residence

A lot of times we believe of vacation ornamentation as being abundant with greens, reds, silver and gold. But it is a fine example a motif that is also warm. The sequence of lights, the wall hooks encourage one to take a seat in the area and revel in it as well as the dull colour of the banner.

Sandra Howie

Red berries usually give garland as well as other mantel garnishes with a pleasant pop of colour. But by matching them with candles and pine cones, and enveloping berries having an easy string of lights, enables the berries to stand by themselves as the point that is mantel. It’s without being showy, appealing.

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Who mentioned wreaths were just meant for the exterior of windows? This chamber is much too refined to litter with over the top ornamentation, but hanging these wreaths that are tasteful in gives add-on to a suitable vacation.

Hydrangea Home

I adore the tasteful, conventional set up of the den. Three stockings on the best part of the mantel, the Christmas – tree with decorative balls and white lights, the reddish throw over the corner of the sofa, the white tree on the mantel, the small lit-up hamlet across the rear edge of the chamber… There’s a lot happening, but it operates on a degree that is comfy. And comfy that is being is a large part of the season’s magic.