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Specialty home decorating ideas for holidays.

Independence Day Holiday

Fireclay tile in red, white and blue American independence colors - Fireclay via Atticmag

Taking the weekend off to celebrate the 4th of July.

With best wishes to all for freedom and independence around the world. And with thanks to California-made Fireclay Tile for providing a great Independence Day collage that celebrates the red, white and blue of the American flag.… Continue Reading


Happy Holidays

New Year's eve fireworks in the night sky

“Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me…”

The lyrics from a song we used to sing in my high school choir came into my mind as I sat down to write this holiday greeting card. They seem appropriate to this turbulent year in the world. So I wanted to put them in bold, right at the top of my final post of 2014.

This past year has gone by all too quickly. And while I’m seeing out Attic Mag’s sixth year, this is the first one when it’s been just me here talking about kitchens and home décor.  … Continue Reading


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