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


Black and White Decor — Plus Color

black and white decor, plus a bright yellow sofa by Colin Radcliffe - Elle Decor via Atticmag

Black and white decor is so basic. But look what happens when one color is added to the mix.

Personalizing black and white decor can be challenging and some find it cold. That’s because, by definition, it’s neutral and color free. To my eye, that keeps things edgy and always somewhat modern even when iconic ebonized pieces date from the mid-20th century. Perhaps that’s also why I was struck by the way essentially black and white decor was handled in the London townhouse of top UK designer Colin Radcliffe, who is known for luxe furnishings and a detailed eye that appeals to a deep pocketed client base.… 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


Unconventional Fireplace Mantels

Examples of unconventional fireplace mantels include this small hybrid Victorian painted maple mantel used for display - dominomag via atticmag

Whatever their age or origin, fireplace mantels are as individual as the styles that inspired them.

This is a tale of two highly unconventional fireplace mantels — one created with a special intent and  one antique used in a special way. One mantel is modern. One could not be more traditional. And yet each has unique characteristics that makes it memorable and noteworthy. As we approach Christmas, and mantels become a focus for holiday decorations, a closer look at this house feature seems natural.

Eccentric or boho (bohemian) is how I’d describe the style of a carved and painted Victorian Montreal antiques store find [top].… Continue Reading