It’s a very felt-y Christmas this year. I used the leftover hot pink felt I had from my jewelry box project and whipped up a skirt for my tree; then I cut out bright green reindeer to prance around the border. If I can pat myself on the back for a moment, several hours of meticulously cutting out santa’s favorite woodland creature was well worth it, look how cute it turned out:

More crafts later,I still have to share my felt garland project!

I have a few fun Christmas craft posts to share this week, but indulge me for a moment while I share some of my favorite ornament shots from this weekend… it’s going to be a very merry and bright Christmas at my house:

When it comes to entertaining, most of my dishes and glassware are white and clear, then I can have fun with accessories and linens to switch up the theme. I think that gold is the new neutral and is also a perfect backdrop for lots of color combinations too. Plus a touch of sparkly metallic makes them extra festive.

Of course Kate Spade is right on trend, with their champagne saucers and gold place settings (on sale on Gilt!). And I love the cross-hatch pattern on Vera Wang’s serving bowls (also on sale!). Plus, a little elf told me that those striped and polka-dot glasses may be under my tree on Christmas morning… I can’t wait!

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I finally got to set foot into the Madewell store during my trip to New York last week after lusting online for months now. I didn’t get to take any pictures because the place was mobbed, but did manage to see a few of the pieces I was coveting.

What caught my eye? Cozy capes, rocker jewelry, and school-girl backpacks. The mustard and white polka-dot scarf was a must-have, and I’m happy to say it was smart investment… I haven’t taken it off since it became mine!

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This snakeskin table has made the rounds online for quite some time now… and I’ve always had a soft spot for it. The faux snakeskin texture just looks so luxurious.

There’s a very similar table on One Kings Lane today that caught my eye — I wish I had somewhere to put it … but for now, I’ll encourage you to go look around you home and find a place for it there. Please invite me to come visit it?

I’m having quite a time readjusting to the real world after a very nice long Thanksgiving break of sleeping late, seeing family and friends, and doing a lot (I mean a lot) of eating. The turkey carb coma has lifted just enough that I can recap my adventures at home for you.

Starting with Holiday windows in New York… relish in the Kate Spade goodness at Lord and Taylor; doesn’t it make you want to throw glitter up in the air and place a bulk order for vintage christmas light bulbs? (Ok, maybe it’s just me.)

Speaking of Kate Spade, I wandered around the Broome Street store for the better part of an hour with my sister and girlfriend and finally got to try on some of their new scent Twirl. It smells as good as it looks and I got some to take home with me…  I can’t stop sniffing my wrists, which probably looks alarming to those around me — but it’s worth it.

Other city stops included TopShop, Madewell, M&J Trim, Mood Fabrics, and a delicious lunch at The Grey Dog. I admired their nautical decor outside — I think it might have been what drew us in for a bite. And I snapped some pictures of the bright red lights next door.

I dove head first into mashed potatoes and stuffing and did not come up for air for hours… but somehow forgot to take any pictures of our actual Thanksgiving dinner. The only proof it occurred is in the stack of clothing that no longer fits me from all of the eating.

I did manage to get one or two pictures from a get together with friends on Friday night, and have to share one of the bar set up. I’m quite jealous of the vintage ice bucket my mom scooped up at a tag sale — isn’t it tre-Mad Men? And I bought a bottle of Prairie vodka based entirely on the label design, quite the eye catcher:

So, there you have it. Shopping and vodka, just as the holidays should be. How did you celebrate?

I spent the day shopping at the outlets on Saturday and have come to the conclusion there is no avoiding the sparkles and sequins in every store right now for the holidays.

I came home sequin-less from my shopping excursion, but go to work DIYing a few sparkly pieces at home; I think it’s fair to say that sequins and glue guns go together like PB&J:

It’s sad that took me almost a week after I finished painting in my bedroom to get enough natural light to take a good picture of the results! But the rain clouds finally parted and now I can share with you how my weekend project turned out:

Painting the wall behind my bed was so gratifying. $14 worth of paint, one Saturday of work, and it totally transformed the room. I love the color; it’s called Poppyseed, and looks just like it sounds… a near black hue with hints of navy blue.

Here is what the room looked like before, major blah:

And for fun… one more stellar “after”:

Checking one project off the list of course means I’m just thinking about I want to do next… lamp upgrades, a new duvet, and perhaps some art above the bed? I’m never finished!

 

This room has all of my essentials: a quirky gallery wall, a well-stocked bar, mixed and matched vintage chairs, wood floors, and a dash of lucite for some glamour.

I also love the chandelier — it has me thinking about adding some sort of fancier lighting to my apartment. I may not be able to do electrical work in my rental, but perhaps a non-working version could be hung up for a dash of adornment? Add that to the to-do list!

I had a delicious brunch with my girlfriends to cap off a relaxing fall weekend.

This was a bowl of baked heaven:

Brunch was topped off with some thrifting at the SOWA market:

Lots of Mad-Men-esque glassware, I’m kicking myself for not scooping these up:

And ton’s of retro-chic:

This one was a winner:

Also, no trick-or-treaters showed up tonight, which means I have a lot of candy to eat this week… I better go get started.