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Specialty home decorating ideas for holidays.

Fall Flower Pumpkins

fall flower pumpkins by Alix Astir, of Trellis Fine Florals - atticmag

A trio of brightly colored flower pumpkins make a vibrant centerpiece for fall holidays.

The holiday decorating season officially kicks off at the end of the month and this year a delightful photo of fall flower pumpkins crossed my desk.  The work of floral designer Alix Astir, of Trellis Fine Florals, in New York City, the photo [top] showed a trio of faux pumpkins made entirely of different colored mums. Chrysanthemums are on every doorstep this year and their bright hues accent the autumn leaves that have been falling for the past few weeks. I saw this as my chance to bring them indoors — especially since the designer was generous enough to send me a step-by-step tutorial for making them.… Continue Reading


Christmas Flowers

Christmas flowers in a cranberry glass vase - Eugenia Volosovo via Atticmag

Five simple arrangements of Christmas flowers (+ 2 tutorials) all use seasonal colors and blooms.

When friends came to visit this past weekend I needed fresh flowers for the dinner table. In a rush to get everything ready, I hastily grabbed some white and yellow hydrangeas from the flower section in the supermarket. What a fail! At this festive time of the year what I truly wanted was a Christmas flowers bouquet based on red, white and green to sing out the season in the dining room.

White flowers are like winter white clothes – so appealing and classic. And white hydrangea blooms punctuated with bright red berries [top] – so cool and unexpected – is an idea I love.… Continue Reading


Alabama Stone Cottage Christmas

Christmas decor - Allison's Christmas tree decorations - Atticmag

A look at my personal collection of new and cherished Christmas decor.

Since building our lakeside cottage I’ve made a conscious effort to bring a touch of the outdoors inside when decorating. Christmastime is no exception.  By chance, I recently ran across a holiday collection in Lowe’s featuring oversized champagne- color pinecone tree ornaments with a mercury glass look, perfect for our home in the woods.

Mr. Shops loves the way the six-inch tall pinecones “light up,” almost from within, highlighting the softly glittered edges.  Drop-shaped ornaments in champagne, gold, chocolate and copper hang along side laser-cut wood snowflakes.  The new ornaments are all shatterproof, ideal with our small herd of pets and young grandchildren.… Continue Reading


More Museum Store Christmas Gifts

museum store christmas gifts - Baah Humbug Sheep Ornament - Art Institute of Chicago via Atticmag

From stocking-stuffers to furniture, here are gifts I found to buy from seven more museum stores.

This season, I chose more than a dozen gifts form 8 different museums for my Museum Store Christmas Gifts post. But I found so many wonderful things, I decided to add another group. Here is another dozen or so museum store Christmas gifts I would love to give or receive. Happy holiday shopping to all!

The Art Institute of Chicago

Baah Humbug Sheep Ornament [top] Christmas tree ornaments tend to be serious but I fell for this tongue-in-cheek blown-glass sheep created by artist Linnea Riley.… Continue Reading


More Gift Ideas 2013

Christmas gift ideas -charging cables for cell phones by Eastern Collective via Atticmag

A few Christmas gift ideas that are perfect  stocking-stuffer  surprises.

Make Christmas morning memorable by selecting unique tiny treasures to slip into the stockings. Eastern Collective‘s charging and audio cables mix woven design with technology and textiles.  Colorful braided, patterned cables are available for Apple and Androids, e-readers and other electronics.

Whether answering calls or listening to music, the Scout Weekender headphones are perfect for daily use or traveling. They will become less tangled than regular headphones due to their design.

Adults and teenagers alike will appreciate USB Hubman‘s flexible arms and legs with a port at the end of each one and a tiny LED light “heart.”  It is also available in pink and lime green.… Continue Reading


Museum Store Christmas Gifts

museum store Christmas gifts - Cloisonne Ornaments - Smithsonian Museum via Atticmag

Join me for Part One of my museum store Christmas gifts holiday buying guide.

Two years ago I did a virtual cross-country tour of ten museum shops to find home décor gifts for my first-ever Museum Store Christmas post. This year it’s become  a two-part spree with three times as many gifts to consider! I’ve always loved museum stores and, years ago, applied for a job at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York at the start of their gift-shop program. That went to someone else but my passion for museum store Christmas gifts continued because so many of the items are inspired by their collections or specially curated for the holidays.… Continue Reading