Handmade Holiday: The Modern Wreath

Deck the halls (and doors) with wreaths of grandeur this holiday season — and all year. There is no shortage of creative wreaths nowadays. From unusual stuff to unexpected contours, I really like the contemporary spins on this classic Christmas decoration. Here’s inspiration to your wreath-making, whether you want a rustic contemporary wreath made of fresh greens or an eye-catching wreath crafted together with the pages of a vintage book.

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Agnes Blum

Our grandparents may have crafted wreaths made of yarn back in the day. However, this yarn wreath feels present — the choice of black and white yarn adds a contemporary spin.

See more of this homeowner’s home and creations

The Happy Home Blog

Old pages from a vintage book are glued and attached to a ring to make this vintage paper wreath. This wreath could easily decorate a room year-round.

Living With Lindsay

Here’s another wreath utilizing vintage pages. The newspaper is clustered together in several layers for added drama.


Here’s one you do not see everyday: an ice wreath! I really like this thought. The pops of red cranberries and greens floating in the ice feels so festive.

Tip: Wreaths are not limited to holiday décor. A simple wreath similar to this could be an easy way to dress up an entryway for a winter wedding.

Between Naps on the Porch

There is a contemporary simplicity to this set of boxwood wreaths, simply adorned with a bell and brown decoration. The green wreaths are stunning against the black doors.

Tip: This, the wreath hangers are the same colour as the doorways, so they disappear against the black paint.

Lemons are the primary element of this wreath, which can be much more yellow than green. It is a fresh alternative to traditional evergreen wreaths.

TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design

This brown twiggy wreath includes a country modern fashion — and could definitely work as yearlong decoration.

Jeanette Lunde

Following is a wreath which you may keep up all year. A ring of pine cones makes for a simply contemporary twist on the timeless. The spare amount of pine cones adds to the rustic contemporary style of this wreath.

It’s hip to be square with those green wreaths. The shape is absolutely unexpected. I like how these square foot wreaths were hung over the window molding. It reminds me of eyeglasses hung over bookcases to break up the grid of shelves.

Stephanie Woody

This contemporary wreath looks like it is made from birdseed. It is a unique spin on the holiday decoration, but it fits right in with a mantel decked out in traditional greenery and silver mercury glass.

The Happy Home Blog

Two contemporary DIY wreaths: a wreath made of red tinsel along with a wreath made of rolled up book pages attached to a foam wreath. I like the balance of shiny new tinsel and vintage book pages.

Here’s just another DIY twist in the newspaper wreath idea. This wreath is made up of vintage pages of a publication. The grade of this paper wreath is dramatic — there are layers and layers of rolled pages glued together.

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Guest Picks: Loving Lacquer

If it comes to adding a punch of whimsical freshness to any room in the home, you can not beat lacquer. From the French term lacre, meaning”a kind of sealing wax,” lacquer is a phrase for a very clear or colored tough, durable finish that can vary from a subtle sheen to a high gloss. White, glowing and everything in between, lacquer adds a hint of glow to everything around it. — Kristy And Beth in My Design Chic

Nightright Orange Side Table – $938

Bring laquer into the bedroom with a table. We love the glass top with this one because it’s easy to wipe, making it ideal for maintaining a glass of water right at hand all night long.

Jonathan Adler

Lacquer Block Cocktail Table – $1,495

If it comes to decor, 1 statement bit can totally make the room. We’d use this coffee table between a set of tufted, white leather sofas for a fresh, contemporary feel.

Modern Wastebaskets – $48

The toilet isn’t a place to skimp on fabulous design. The glow of lacquer is ideal for the bath, and a punch of color makes it more enjoyable.

Jonathan Adler

Round Lacquer Waste Basket – $68

For a fantastic accessory at a room that requires white, we’d choose this waste basket. It would be ideal for adding a sleek touch to a posh workplace.

Jonathan Adler

Desmond Screen – $995

We’ve never needed a display before, but that lacquered one makes us wish we did. Our ultimate use of a display like this? Creating a separate dressing room at a gigantic closet!


Bungalow 5 Jacqui Table – $600

The enjoyable shape of the bungalow table makes it among our selections for an out-of-the-box coffee table. Accessorize it with a couple of gorgeous books for instant style.


Bungalow 5 Green Tray – $165

A brightly colored tray is the perfect method to add a punch of color to a room. We’d use this one in addition to a creature print ottoman.


Lacquer Jewelry Box, Turquoise – $135

Everybody wants a fashionable place to stash their paintings, but a plain wooden box can be dull. We’d add pizzazz to our dresser for this turquoise box.


Lacquered Boxes, Poppy Yellow – $90

Pretty accessories are superb, and if they include storage, all the better. These boxes are perfect for stashing office accessories or papers to keep a squeaky-clean desk.


Lacquered Trays, White And Orange Edge – $140

For storing mail, paperwork or other odds and ends that seem to get scattered about the house, a pair of vibrant lacquered trays is a must. We’d continue to keep these in the kitchenbecause that is where most of our crap tends to accumulate.

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Wangright Orange Lacquer Cocktail Table – $559

Glass top tables would be our choice for the ideal cocktail tables. Put out beverages and hors d’oeuvres without worrying about spills or bands — no coasters required!

Zinc Door

Tini Table II Z – $485

If a solid color just isn’t your style, this tiny table with upholstered top is just the thing. The animal print adds a touch of the unexpected. We enjoy this table for beside a bed.

Zinc Door

Newport Square Mirror – $1,155

If it comes to mirrors, getting stuck at a frameless rut can be simple. Get out of that rut with a pleasure colored lacquer frame. We’d use this one in a kid’s bathroom.

Zinc Door

Tropical White Mirror – $450

There’s nothing cleaner than white, but occasionally a plain white frame can get a little dull. Liven things up with a fabulous texture. We’d select this frame for a shore entrance hall positioned over a great console.

White Lacquer Trellis Mirror – $563

For a more sophisticated space, we love this trellis mirror. It’s simple to hang vertically or horizontally, making it work in a variety of spots.

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Studly White Lacquer Cabinet – $2,125

If you enjoy the look of lacquer but believe it’s a touch too glamorous, toughen it up using hardware. We believe this piece is ideal because it would work in a living area, bedroom or hallway.

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White Laquer Oriental 2-Drawer Chest – $1,495

We can see this patterned chest at a Palm Beach home. The three-dimensional detail adds interest, and we love the elegant feet.

haute + box

Allen TV Stand, White Lacquer – $1,100

When focusing on decor, the TV can be tricky. We’d display ours in design with this gorgeous TV stand.


A Pair Of French Red-lacquered Club Chairs

For luxury influence in a living space, a seat with a lacquered frame and cushioned seat is ideal. We love a statement color, particularly in a neutral area.

Zinc Door

Southport Coffee Table – $1,981

Turquoise is one of our favorite colors for instant beach house design. The pattern of the table is super chic. Paired with furniture that is neutral and a couple of turquoise bits, the look is fun and finished.

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Regional Modern: Stunning Innovations in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is home to some of the best modern and contemporary residential architecture in the USA, or even the world. This quality appears from a range of factors: the 72-and-sunny climate and so an embrace of outside living; the dramatic topography, notably the foothills that open to views of L.A.’s plains; a cosmopolitan urban landscape that invites single-family homes as far as apartments and vertical living; and naturally the money that pays for your homes, be it out of Hollywood or other regional industries.

Yet, such as Chicago, the residential climate can be influenced by historical modernists, notably Richard Neutra, R.M. Schindler, and Irving Gill. The last two characters are celebrated in Esther McCoy’s indispensable Five California Architects, which also includes Bernard Maybeck, and the Greene brothers.

Gill softly trailblazed simple unadorned forms before European modernists; R.M. Schindler articulated complex layering of surfaces and indoor and outdoor spaces; and Neutra utilized glass to open hillside homes to grand perspectives, putting L.A. itself on screen. More recently, Frank Gehry has left his mark on the city, affecting architects together with his sculptural designs.

This ideabook concentrates on L.A.’s homes removed from the Pacific Ocean, so another one will feature coastal homes. The inland residences that follow illustrate the several conditions that make L.A. a breeding ground for innovative architecture.

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Belzberg Architects

What better way to start an ideabook on Los Angeles structure than a house that doubles as a location for seeing movies.This second-floor projection doubles as a cover for a seat, putting the car on screen as well. Yet neither screen might not have the ability to compete with the panoramic view to the best, what Reyner Banham called the”Plains of Id” in his classic book, Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies.

Belzberg Architects

This residence by precisely the same architect indicates a similar opening of the house towards dramatic views. Yet here we see another strand of L.A.’s home structure: sculptural design influenced by another local architect, Frank Gehry. While he isn’t solely responsible for this particular facet of L.A.’s regional modernism, his unique mix of dynamic forms and affordable stuff was embraced by several younger architects.

Belzberg Architects

This house combines itself with the panoramic landscape and gifts a roofscape that formally responds to the same. Most striking are cantilevered portions that hit toward the Valley and create panoramic views through expansive glass facades.

Studio Pali Fekete architects [SPF:a]

In the road side, this big house is clearly delineated in three floors: a solid base built into the slope, a transparent middle, along with a wood-clad top floor with windows articulated for solitude and views. This front barely hints at what is happening on the opposite side of the house, which you’ll see next.

Studio Pali Fekete architects [SPF:a]

Wonderful panoramic views of this urban plain would be the result of the architect’s plan. Here we are in the middle, transparent floor, where butt-glazed glass onto the left along with a sliding glass wall to the right supply indoor and outdoor enjoyment of this L.A. experience.

Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

1 architect clearly inspired by R.M. Schindler is Steven Ehrlich, whose carefully written volumes, surfaces, and openings also have influenced many younger architects. This massive house looks smaller by stepping away from the road and articulating the different floors. It’s modern yet tasteful.

Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

At the rear the house is more spacious, orienting itself towards a pool, a standard element in several L.A. homes.

Additionally by Ehrlich, however far removed stylistically than the previous house, is this Corten-steel clad corner house in Venice, near the ocean yet urban because of its immediate context. Bright orange sails shade the house (and pool between the fence and home ) and soften the rust of their steel walls.

Balancing the solidity of this Corten steel and the parallel CMU wall beside the neighboring house are big glass doors at the end of this plan. They lead to a large open living room on the floor that opens to yards on both sides.

Kanner Architects – CLOSED

Like Ehrlich, another powerful architect is that the late Stephen Kanner, that made a varied collection of residential jobs around LA.. This house is austere and closed-off at front. But in back…

Kanner Architects – CLOSED

… an L-shaped plan embraces a large terrace. A great deal of glass allow interior views toward this distance as well as the hills and ravine beyond.

Kanner Architects – CLOSED

Additionally by Kanner, but rather different, is that this office/guesthouse adjacent to a larger residence. The sculptural house responds gracefully to the topography by following its ups and downs.

Kanner Architects – CLOSED

The landscape also closely follows the slopes. Here the steps look like they had been carved out of the stone. The framed view in the wall at the center of this photograph is a nice touch.

David Churchill – Architectural Photographer

This house is located in Sullivan Canyon close ranch-style homes from the 1920s-’50s. Architect Susan Minter broke the house to separate volumes clad in different ways, in effect breaking the scale down of the house. In the front the house is, unsurprisingly, quite closed off.

David Churchill – Architectural Photographer

Yet at the rear, the house at Sullivan Canyon opens itself up to a little yard generated through the L-shaped plan.

Robert Granoff

I am not sure what’s more intriguing in this house, the interlocking volumes (four or three, depending on how one counts them) or the grass paving for your driveway. The first attempts to break down the scale of this three-story house, although the latter allows water to drain into the ground as opposed to into the road and sewer. Back in L.A., where water is scarce and getting more and more of a problem every day, tactics such as these are modest but significant.

Dean Nota Architect

This house on a corner lot articulates a fairly straightforward box with different materials (timber, CMU, metal) along with a cantilever over the driveway. The past, with its wraparound clerestory window and awning window under it, looks like a face looking over the road.


This previous house provides a segue to another ideabook with coastal L.A. homes. Located in Manhattan Beachthis three-story speculative house opens itself on the second and third floors toward the Pacific Ocean. Nonetheless, the design is very urban, reacting to its immediate context through its massing and materials.

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Bask in the Glow of a Copper Fireplace

When you consider aluminum, a humble penny often springs to mind. But copper en masse — shiny and metallic or using a warm patina — is anything but modest.

Copper fireplace surrounds, by way of example, control attention as strong surfaces, yet fit in to any style of decor due to their natural, earthy characteristics. Copper’s malleable qualities allow it to be cut into panels, hammered, wrapped or riveted — the possibilities are nearly endless. In any chosen form, its beauty is flawless and timeless.

Four Corners Construction, L.P.

Against a creamy white canvas, the patina of the copper fireplace becomes a gorgeous architectural focus within this contemporary home.


As well as this hearty wood dining table, the warm metallic hue of this aluminum fireplace heats a cozy dining room. Its reflective quality also adds touch of polish without being too dainty.

Dunlap Design Group

Copper plates include a subtle graphic quality to this darkened living room. Its brick coating pattern harmonizes nicely with different shapes found from the built-in bookcases and striped accent seats.

Feldman Architecture, Inc..

Rusted iron takes on a copper look and provides industrial chic to a contemporary area. The elemental mixture of concrete, wood and metal is a feast for both the tactile and visual sensations.

LDa Architecture & Interiors

The penny-shine of the fireplace surround is just as eye catching as the wonderful exterior view. Its warm hue helps fortify the area’s cozy atmosphere.

Cynthia Prizant – Prizant Design

In case a copper fireplace surround is not an option for you, this wavy metal wall artwork provides a similar impact.

Grandin Road

Outdoor Copper Fire Pit – $299.99

Take your want for flame outdoors with a lava pit pit. This mobile beauty allows you set the mood wherever you choose.

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Kids' Baths

If there’s one spot in your house that virtually begs for decorating pleasure, it is a kids’ toilet. The options are many and tantalizing: exuberant tile, bright linens, quirky fixtures and candy-colored art. Trouble is, finally the little ones grow up — and you don’t wish to invest a lost of money in a room that will be forever stuck in the toddler years.

Your strategyKeep the bones of the room easy and clean, then overlay them with vibrant accents and tot-friendly colors. Have a look at these 8 amazing kids’ baths for inspiration.

Susan Diana Harris Interior Design

Between the brightly patterned rug, the vibrant tile along with the cool mirror series art, this bathroom broadcasts fun. But get started stripping back the lively layers, and you’re left with a slick space that gets a little advantage from the vivid palette along with the strong geometry.

The lesson: Developing a base that has staying power does not always mean that you need to go neutral.

Tara Seawright Interior Design

Pretty and refreshing, this cottage-style bathroom feels just as appropriate for a young lady as for a little girl. One easy, young touch — the floral shower curtain — completely changes the feel of the room. Even though it would not be out of place in a grownup’s toilet, it could easily be traded for a more restrained pattern or tailored style.

Dick Clark + Associates

Round mirrors and rugs arranged polka-dot style riff on the circular form of the penny tiles that dress every surface of this space.

Little ones would love its playfulness, however if you swapped out the vibrant accents for stylish, minimalist accessories, then it would morph from sweet to sophisticated super fast.

Feinmann, Inc..

Sure, you can find cute frogs on the shower curtain, but it is the sky-blue wall hue that really gives this bathroom kid appeal.

Nothing beats paint for sheer effort-to-impact ratio, which makes it a perfect solution for a space that needs to transition together with the years.

This space could easily go dusty gray, green, khaki, or a different mature color as the children age out and up.

ZeroEnergy Design

At first glance, this setup couldn’t look simpler. But the tile remedy here is no easy feat: The homeowners were able to bring a grid of pastel colors that stops just short of feeling childish.

The look works great for children, but with a few artful improvements, the vinyl walls could give an almost pointillist look.


Evidence in the ability of accessories: A couple brightly manicured towels, a unique towel basket, a stuffed rabbit, and this ultra-minimalist bathroom suddenly feels ideal for little ones. Now picture it with a slick vase in place of the basket, crisp white linens and a bit of contemporary art propped at the close of the bathtub: a dramatic makeover with next to no sweat equity.

Studio Z Architecture

Picture this bathroom with easy brushed-nickel or pewter cupboard knobs instead of the chunky blue ones. It grows up immediately, right? Not only can something as little as hardware transform the look of a room, small touches like this are a great method of bringing whimsy into a kids’ bathroom because they are really easy to reverse down the street.

Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

What tween would not be over this sizzling area? Hot shade, a shot of layout and also a hint of glamour make for an irresistible combo. The soaked fuchsia feels much more adult than the paler pinks of girlhood.

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Here Is How to Outfit Your Own Dressing Table

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, however I feel that a dressing table is next in line. An organized,”well-dressed” dressing table may turn into a place where you spend quality time preparing for your day, primping for your night out on the town, and simmer for your day. Here are a few excellent examples on how to organize your dressing table and make it work for you.

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Melanie Coddington

For a little dressing table, pick a mirror which you can mount on the wall over, and buy a small table lamp. This may leave you plenty of room to put out your things.

Jarlath Mellett

While searching for a stand-alone dressing table, look for one which has big drawers. These can come in handy especially if you have a large collection of jewelry and makeup. You can place the things away and have enough table top space for a freestanding mirror and lighting.

Mahoney Architects and Interiors

If you’re constructing a customized vanity with cabinetry, then make sure your sitting room reaches desk height, which can be typically 30-40 inches. Bigger vanities offer opportunities for artful screen, so make the most of this space. Organize your essentials in pretty ceramic and glass vases.

Keep things clean and simple by arranging your hair and jewelry accessories on a little tray. Your things will be easy to find when you’re in a hurry.

Luck Stone Center

If you have a large closet, consider incorporating an island to the space. You will be able to customize the size, tabletop material and the amount of drawers. This sort of structure will give you plenty of storage space for accessories and bigger clothing items.

California Closets Twin Cities

You could be able to carve out space for a dressing table in your closet. Overhead cabinets are also a great alternative for keeping your accessories.

A jewelry or lingerie chest is a great piece to accompany a dressing table that’s maxed out on space. This chest will even offer several compartments for additional storage without taking up much room.

Robin Roy, California Closets

Drawers that house velvet-lined trays are a very nice way to maintain your little jewelry items organized and in good condition. You can even buy trays individually. Just make sure you measure your drawer size (especially the elevation ) before you venture out to the shop. You do not want to come back home with a tray which doesn’t fit.

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New Year's Resolutions for Your Kitchen, Part II

Kitchens are typically the costliest and most challenging rooms in the house to remodel. They touch on each of your home’s mechanical systems, which involves hiring multiple accredited tradesmen or becoming a very knowledgeable do-it-yourselfer. They may also have an important impact on your home’s resale value. You want to maximize both your return on investment and pleasure of this space when you choose a new kitchen project.

More: New Years Resolutions For The Kitchen, Part I

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Kitchen Planning Resolution No. 1: Provide good ventilation

You may not wish to see your kitchen’s port hood. You may not wish to listen to it. But, make sure you have the right power for your cooking equipment and vent outdoors if at all possible.

Poor ventilation issues your house, furniture, family and pets to excess grease, odors, steam and other unpleasant cooking byproducts.

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS

Kitchen Planning Resolution No. 2: Do not sacrifice function for type

This kitchen did not just deliver the style the client wanted, it gave this particular homeowner, who likes to entertain, a strategically zoned, highly functional space to cook, serve and collect.

This kitchen has a cooking zone, a food storage zone along with a prep cleanup zone. Everything she wants for those tasks is within easy reach, saving steps when she is preparing to entertain guests in your home.

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS

Kitchen Planning Resolution No. 3: Do not contract island Stress

Many kitchens, such as the one in this holiday home I designed, are simply too small for islands. If you do not have enough room to walk or function around one, then do not try to cram one in! A peninsula or rolling cart will function better for your space.

If you do have room for an island, do not outsized it to the stage it cuts off circulation between your work zones.

Also, remember to plan any island seats you desire for its non-working facet, with enough room behind for someone to walk by.

Witt Construction

Kitchen Planning Resolution No. 4: Do not dismiss lighting needs

An under-lit kitchen does not work nicely. It needs natural, general and task lighting to operate and look its best. Do not relegate lighting into an afterthought. Plan it.

Kitchen Planning Resolution No. 5: Enhance space

I will stop whining this year about the size of my kitchen and make the most of unused space, such as bare ceiling and walls, to increase its storage potential.

Bud Dietrich, AIA

Kitchen Planning Resolution No. 6: Pay attention to electric needs

Small appliances as well as the sockets they require are details of modern life. If you want your kitchen to perform at peak ability, you need to plan on your electricity needs. Your island and backsplash need sockets, but you do not necessarily wish to see them breaking up a beautiful tile design or cabinetry panel. Plan ahead.

John Lewis

Pull-Out Recycler Bin – GBP 69.95

Kitchen Planning Resolution No. 7: Start recycling

You know that recycling isn’t difficult to do nowadays, and you wish to hand your kids a better planet someday, but maybe you just have not gotten around to it yet.

Pull-out dual cans are a simple alternative, one I design into every kitchen. The recycling may tucks behind the garbage can, and that means you’re not taking up any more functional space, I guarantee! Both cans take standard-sized trash bags, but that I put a reusable grocery bag in my recycle bin, helping reduce waste even more.


Kidde Multi Purpose Fire Extinguisher – $19.99

Kitchen Planning Resolution No. 8: Be prepared for emergencies

No one ever thinks it’ll happen to them. Unfortunately, house fires happen all of the time, and many start in the kitchen. A small purchase that may sit in the rear of a nearby cupboard and a couple minutes of undersanding how to use it could save your house.

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Decorate With Winter Berries

Legendary interior decorator Billy Baldwin once said that every room should have a little red in it. This is especially true during the holiday season. A fantastic way to bring this celebratory color is by incorporating winter berries in your decor. It’s a natural, natural choice that allows one to bring the outside in. Plus it seems utterly seasonal, without an ounce of vacation cheesiness.

If you are blessed, putting berries round your home entails going outside and doing some pruning out of your own garden. But if you live in an urban location, never fear: local flower shops always bring in live branches of tomatoes at this time of year. Obviously, live berries look (and feel) best, but fake berry branches are surprisingly successful as well.

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Zuniga Interiors

Here three black vases hold sparsely clumped berry branches to get a minimal look. The live branches nicely complement the contemporary aesthetic of these black vessels. And there is something about berries and a lit fire that just appear to go together.

Red berries steal the series against the green boxwood and magnolia leaves with this Christmas mantel. The silver and white containers offer a wonderful contrast, which makes the red berries a dramatic announcement.

Michelle Edwards

This exterior tablescape is grounded by a bright red tartan tablecloth; the crimson berries mimic that coloration nicely. The candles rest atop little sections of logs, so the organic berries feel almost as though they’re growing out of mini trees.

If you want to add only a bit of seasonal décor for your space, appear! Here the branches have been brilliantly intertwined in the chandelier.

Little Red House

This is a more formal take on vacation décor. Branches loaded with berries could work all year, but feel especially seasonal using conventional reddish background, black lacquered mini candle colors, brass candlesticks, plus a gold-leaf mirror.

Kimball Starr Interior Design

If you don’t want to really go overboard with holiday decorations and you live in a contemporary space, adding a few berry branches for your mantel is a perfect compromise.


Who says you can not bring the holidays in your bedroom? Here’s a great example of how a bit or white and red, branches and glitz produces a bedroom appropriate while also being livable.

What is great about those berry branches is how wild they’re — you could tell they arrived out of a nearby bush or tree.

Peter Tow

The berry branches here will be the primary event here. The tall group of branches provides life and color to get an otherwise minimal space.

Forget lighting or blow-up Santas. Go sophisticated with your outdoor decorations by using evergreens, red berries and other wintertime plants.

Can you decorate with winter berries? Upload a photograph below!

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Cabinet Colors for Cabinets

White kitchens are a no-brainer, and stainless steel goes with everything. However, when you have appliancesas I do, cupboard color gets a little trickier. New appliances are not in the cards just yet, so as I get ready for a much-needed kitchen facelift, I’m on the search for hues that will blend in with my black appliances and freshen them up — without making the space feel like a dark hole.

David Nosella Interior Design

Appliances within an off-white kitchen? Yeah, I was skeptical too, but after seeing this photo I’m a convert. The dark countertops, backsplash, furniture, floors and colors all help ground the stove and refrigerator and integrate them easily into the space. Enjoy!

Turan Designs, Inc..

Dark wood cabinets and dark appliances are a tried-and-true combo, yet this approach feels refreshing. There is a nice symmetry: The use of black on the cooktop hood anchors the black ovens and refrigerator that scatter it.

Frederick + Frederick Architects

For some people (read: me), black appliances are an default option, not a first choice. However, for this industrial-meets-artsy space, I can’t envision any other color. White would look dull, stainless would contend with the ultra-cool corrugated metal cupboard inserts, and whatever brighter would complicate the area’s streamlined palette. Black functions here as a gorgeous balance.

What’s black, red and white all over? This fab bistro-style space, that manages to look diverse and cohesive at the same moment. Red moldings spark the neutral colors, and the soft grey cabinetry ties it all together. And just how much do I really like the fact that the black on your refrigerator comes from chalkboard paint?


I’m head over heels for blue in any shade, so I swooned when I got an eyeful of the little vignette. Since they don’t draw attention to themselves, black appliances would be just the thing to let the rich sapphire-hued cabinetry glow. The colorful backsplash tiles pull all of the kitchen colors together.

Chr DAUER Architects

I had never thought of shameful as a natural match with dusty green, but the two are perfect partners in this space. Even though these appliances have some stainless , I think all-dark would work as well. Black accents (countertops, glass rack, window casing) are key to pulling this off. And I love the way the hot wood accents and vivid art give the kitchen additional layers of thickness.

Divine Design+Build

While pale appliances usually seem jarring against dark cabinetry, the reverse is true here. Black appears slick and modish against light timber . The bright blues on the stools and pendant light hit a great middle ground that keeps the kitchen out of atmosphere stark.

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Gift Guide: 50 Flat or Foldable Finds

Hectic schedules as well as the cost of travel frequently make it impossible to be with all your family and friends during the holidays. Allow the ones you love know you are thinking of them by sending one of these easily mailable goods as a temporary replacement for your company. Every present within this guide folds or squishes flat to fit in a 9.5″x12.5″ $4.95 flat-rate smaller or envelope, so there’s no need to feel like Scrooge when deciding who makes your record this season.

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Air Vase – $28

Not merely are the bold and vibrant colours of the vase certain to impress any design fan, but how it ships level and is constructed entirely of paper will trim your vacation postal expenses.

Mailing size: Horizontal 7.9″ square


Bronze Stars – $22

For your friend with impeccable taste who’s impossible to buy for, think about this clean and ventilated home accessory a secure bet. No one can withstand unique designer decorations.

Mailing size: Thin bundle 4.5″ long

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Arbitax Cardcase Holder – GBP 22

Nothing gives the serious businessman instant street cred like pulling a sleek pink card case. This is the best present for someone who has to have a little more fun at work.

Mailing size: 3.9″ x 2.5″ x.5″


MyLife USB Ceramic Candles – $72

You may be struck by how beautiful these bracelets will seem draped on your loved one’s throat, but they’re also practical USB drives.

Mailing size: Level; shield with in an inch of bubble-wrap.

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Thread Lid (Antiprism) – EUR 9.50

Whether you send it alone or with a particular trinket to tuck inside, this foldable box and lid set is a wonderful storage option for people who believe that an item is only as good as its wrap.

Mailing size: Horizontal 8.7″ x 11.8″ sheet


Tattone Temporary Tattoo – $5

For 2012, I predict a Pantone colour which is going to be more on the natural side — your skin. Who would not wish to get designer tattoos in the email this holiday season, or any season at that?

Mailing size: Fits in a notice card


New Flowers – $13.96

Send flowers that are certain to survive over a few days. All these 32 unique floral papers can grace the dining table every day.

Mailing size: 11.4″ heap of 32 sheets rolls or folds up for transport


Juice Pack Reserve Portable iPhone Charger / Battery Pack – $34.95

Keep that special someone out of running from battery life on an iPhone or even iPod. Keep this miniature charger useful and constantly have that required extra juice.

Mailing size:1.5″ x 3″ x.5″

Yanko Design

Tea Diver – $20

Surprise your tea-snob friends with this Korean diver-inspired strainer. But by no means should you urge what tea to use with it.

Mailing size:5.8″ x 1.9″ x 1.9″

Mikro Mart

Mikro Man 12: Fix – GBP 7.50

Create your own miniature home-improvement vignette with no pain or frustration of the real thing. These incredibly intricate sculptures by Sam Buxton mail flat and unfold to become sculpture.

Mailing size:Horizontal 5.3″ x 3.3″ sheet


Crumpled City Maps – EUR 12

For your friend who thinks folding and rolling maps is for people with a lot of time on their hands, send a travel accessory which can easily be stuffed into a coat pocket. These well-designed travel channels may stand up to virtually any adventure.

Mailing size: 4.5″ x 6″ x 1″

The Foundry

Quantify — Produce Season – AUD 18

Your family and friends will never have to guess whether apples or zucchini are in season. With this easy and tasteful chart, make guides are clearly displayed by year and hemisphere.

Mailing size:Flat11.4″ x 5.1″


Nordic Light Candle Holder: 7-Arm – $99

The heavy Nordic influence of the candelabra means that it is more than just visually magnificent; it is also versatile and practical. Notice how the arms swivel to any place. Give this to someone who appreciates understated design.

Mailing size: 12″ x 8″ x 1.5″ collapsed


Plant Label Stakes – $14

This gives add function and ornamental flair to a raised bed or indoor planter.

Mailing size: Horizontal 11.8″ x 5.9″

Walker Shop

Leaf Stickie Notes: Ginkgo – $4

For someone who notices the beauty in nature’s creations, then share these brightly thoughtful ginkgo tacky notes which detail the veining of the leaves.

Mailing size: Flat7.9″ x 5.9″ pad

Hard Graft

Adhere to the slogan of the company,”you lose what you don’t hold,” and give this folding phone wallet. Your friend can use it to keep his phone, cash, keys and more at hand.

Mailing size: Slightly Larger than an iPhone


Designer Emulation Kit – $29

Give the midcentury style enthusiast the present that they’ve always wanted — Castiglioni’s Arco floor lamp, Maurer’s Lucellino lamp, or Sapper’s Tizio lamp. With this pop-out kit, you are able to send all of three.

Mailing size: Horizontal 4.8″ x 6.8″ card


Tea Towels – $32

While I love the idea of tea towels, they tend to seem like they had been created solely to be used in a kitchen which counts doilies as its main design feature. Not this pair.

Mailing size: Folds to 7.5″ x 10″


LED Bicycle Light – $29

Help a friend safely combine the bicycle revolution with these fun and colorful bicycle lights. There are also many possibilites for integrating these little detachable lights into the house.

Mailing size: 1.3″ x.8″ x.5″


Small Leather Sectional Globe – AUD 33.95

This flat-packed, leather globe is anything but normal. Also available in metal and bamboo, give one or all three for an attractive and educational home accessory.

Mailing size: Horizontal 7.9″ x 11.8″ pack


600 Black Spots: A Pop-up Book for Kids of All Ages – $14.95

David Carter redefines the pop-up publication, repackaging it into a beautifully modern language that’s entertaining and appealing to kids and grownups alike.

Mailing size: 9.4″ x 9.4″ x 1.3″


Tangent Mobiles – $16

Interactive artwork is always fun to give and get. Send one or more of these concentric ring mobiles to bring some needed flair to any space, particularly when winter is in its dreariest.

Mailing size: Horizontal 10″ or 3″ diameter


Half-Spectacle Acetate Magnifying Glass – $85

Surprisingly relevant, this magnifying glass by Maison Martin Margiela will let everybody know how serious about design you are.

Mailing size: 2″ x 3″


Buckyballs – $34.95

Have a friend who always complains about being bored at work? Give him a pair of fun magnetic Buckyballs. This desk puzzle will inspire the many reluctant worker.

Mailing size: 2″ x 2″ x 5.2″

Hu2 Design

3 WindMills Light Switch Sticker – GBP 16.90

Send a friendly and subtle reminder that it is always wise to conserve energy.

Mailing size: Horizontal 12.5″ x 4.7″

Yanko Design

HUG Bowl – $118

Without resorting to some dingy wicker basket for your dining room table, keep all of your fruit corralled and in plain sight. This solid surface bowl hugs your fruit to keep it in position, and would make a fantastic present for any urge of form follows function.

Mailing size: 11.3″ x 9.5″ x.5″


Ready-to-Grow Collection – $57.73

Allow your urban-dwelling friends to join in on the vegetable-growing celebration by sending them these insta-grow, dehydrated vegetable packs.

Mailing size: 7.1″ x 7.1″ x 2.4″


Drip Ruff – EUR 9.20

Along with a delicious bottle of pinot noir, send a bundle of these tasteful paper-drip ruffs to safeguard the white linen tablecloth.

Mailing size: 5.5″ x 2.2″ x 1.2″ box


Doxie Go Mobile Document Scanner – $199

Scan, sync and send to the cloud over 600 pages of files in just 1 battery life. On the lookout for cable direction? Here’s your final solution.

Mailing size: 10.5″ x 1.7″ x 2.2″

Demelza Hill

Flat Pack Carrier

Know someone who’s never content with the status quo when it comes to home accessories? Send this laser-cut flat-packed basket and let that certain someone know that you are anything but predictable.

Mailing size: 15″ diameter, folds flat


Bierfilzl Wool Coasters – $18

A well-made coaster is essential to maintaining your furniture shielded, but surprisingly difficult to come by — and nobody makes beer accessories such as the Germans do. Send a friend a pair or 2 of these Bierfilzl wool coasters for some holiday cheers.

Mailing size: 4″ x 4″ x 1″


Spektral + Sto-Lang Paper Mobiles – $18

Seeking to brighten someone’s holidays? Send this colorful hanging mobile. It is one big party in a tiny bag.

Mailing size: 4″ x 4″ x.5″


Send holiday cheer along with a backyard in one festive little postcard. Your pals can exercise their green horn while stuck inside during winter.

Mailing size: 6.25″ x 4″ x .75″ closed


Wooden reindeer – $21.58

On the lookout for holiday decorations that don’t shout”Santa’s workshop burst in my living space”? Look no further than these attractively simple Nordic reindeer.

Mailing size: Level 3″ card


Modern Candle Holder – $25

Present a piece of home decor which relies on simplicity and purpose for its attractiveness.

Mailing size: Folds to11″ x 1.5″


Knitted Vase Cover TILLI with Screen Print – $30

As a devotee of this reused glass jar vase, I urge a little extra effort for your talented floral arrangements using a beautifully knitted cover.

Mailing size: 9.8″ long, squishes level

Mr. Lentz

Wooden Vase Necklace #310 – $32

Make sure that there is always a fresh floral arrangement on hand using a tiny necklace vase.

Mailing size: Small pendant sizes change


DIY Paper Puppet FOX – $8

Few things are as fantastic as receiving a paper fox shadow puppet in the email.

Mailing size: 4″ x 2.8″

Hidden Artwork

Blocks A4 – GBP 16.50

Sometimes it only takes a pencil and an eraser to create a workspace. Let the upcoming big idea to flourish by keeping this useful place within arm’s reach.

Mailing size: 2.8″ x 2.8″ x.5″

The Foundry

Pigs Can Fly Wondercard – AUD 7.25

Send someone a letter that’s a present in itself. Inspired by the thaumatrope toys of the 1820s, this optical illusion game is going to be inspirational and fun for all.

Mailing size: Level 4″ x 4″


Cork Birdhouse – GBP 29.50

By providing this collapsible cork birdhouse, you not only provide neighborhood birds a place to park, but also return a piece of nature back to its former habitat.

Mailing size: 11″ x.6″


Delfonics Roll Pen Case – $23

Help artistic friends keep writing and drawing provides mobile, organized and easily accessible with an appealing canvas roll case.

Mailing size: 10″ x 8″ case rolls up for transport


F1 Move sterile Set

Allow loved ones to arrange their own lives and their closets while off on vacation — visiting you, of course!

Mailing size: 12″ x 9″ pouch folds to 6″ x 4.5″ or smaller

Julius Shulman Film

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman – $26.99

Any fan of contemporary architecture should own this particular documentary on photographer Julius Shulman.

Mailing size: 5.3″ x 7.5″ x.6″


10″ iPad Sleeve – $44

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