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Specialty home decorating ideas for holidays.

Modern Museum Gifts

modern museum gifts - Charles Eames wire base table - museum of modern art via atticmag

Modern museum gifts from the Museum of Modern Art store blend great design and utility with home decor.

It’s become a tradition for me to shop museum gift stores around the country to find great Christmas gift ideas. This is my third year and, because Christmas is fast approaching, I’ve kept the selection concise and from a single source: the Museum of Modern Art in New York. My very first job after graduating from college was at MOMA typing photograph labels in a basement office. But what a joy as I was privileged to know this great museum intimately in its off hours.… Continue Reading


Informal Christmas Flowers

Christmas flowers - two red cyclamen plants in an oval tin container - waitrose direct via atticmag

Natural and unstudied is the way to keep informal Christmas flowers festive.

Along with everything else that goes into decorating the house for Christmas, it’s nice to have some new ideas for informal Christmas flowers. What always interests me are flowers that are available, will hold for a while and don’t look very formal. I like to place them on the counter in the kitchen sometimes, on the console table in the front hall, or on the game table in our living room. These are spots where they can be seen and enjoyed throughout the day.

Red cyclamen [top] are an offbeat choice for Christmas but the color carries them.… Continue Reading


Frosty Holiday Accessories

frosty holiday accessories include silver bowls and white vases filled with white flowers - Veranda via Atticmag

Silver and white holiday accessories are classic, seasonal and make for elegant tables and vignettes.

Several color schemes are associated with the Christmas holidays, chief among them red and green. But I almost prefer glamorous frosty holidays with white and silver accessories —   colors associated with sterling and snow.

On a glass top buffet table [top], the look is simple but festive. The tall, melon-form white vase is stuffed with white spider orchids and two smaller vases also contain small scale flowers. The rule of threes is used for staging here. Three white vases of different heights and three silver bowls of different sizes.… Continue Reading


Easy Christmas Mantel Looks

Christmas mantel with silver and gold accessories - Crate and Barrel via Atticmag

Three Christmas mantel looks that are easy to recreate and personalize with affordable accessories.

There’s an old saying that applies to creating a gorgeous Christmas mantel: simple is not always easy. But sometimes it can be!  So many mantels I see and like are elaborate and extravagantly arranged by professional florists with many elements that can never be used again. So I was immediately captivated by three mantels created by professional stylists from Crate and Barrel. And this being Cyber Monday, today is the best day of the year to get great discounts and free shipping on anything ordered online!… Continue Reading


Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dishware - W.R. Midwinter antique English transferware turkey plate, ca 1890-1920 - Nancy's Daily Dish via Atticmag

We’re taking time off this week to give thanks for good health and other blessings this year.

And, of course, to eat the traditional turkey. Happy Thanksgiving holiday to all!

And what better image than this vibrant and wonderful W. R Midwinter vintage black polychrome hand painted English transferware turkey plate, ca. 1891-1920, which I just acquired from transferware specialist Nancy’s Daily Dish.


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Royal Copenhagen Christmas Seal Tables

2014 Royal Copenhagen Christmas Seal Tables - Lifestyle expert Anne Glad’s Angel Castle table set with Blue Fluted pattern - Royal Copenhagen via Atticmag

Join me for our seventh virtual yuletide tablescape tour. The theme for 2014 is Royal Copenhagen Christmas Seal tables.

The spirit of a children’s Christmas is the keynote for the annual display of lavishly decorated Royal Copenhagen Christmas Seal tables. And for the seventh year, Atticmag and I are pleased to join in this special celebration with a virtual tour of the event.

As in the past, a prominent group of Danes are chosen by the legendary porcelain brand to create holiday tables using RC’s iconic porcelain patterns at the porcelain maker’s flagship store in Copenhagen. For 2014, six artists, designers and personalities have shared their yuletide table visions, in partnership with the 110-year-old Danish Christmas Seal Foundation, a children’s welfare charity.… Continue Reading