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Handcrafted Holiday Gift Ideas 2013

holiday gift ideas - fabric covered journals by Kerry Cassill via Atticmag

A collection of holiday gift ideas to start the season.

Still shopping for that final gift, or need ideas to get started?  Here is a trio of handmade holiday gift ideas that would be well received. Beautiful Kerry Cassill fabrics cover the exterior and inside of these personal journals.  The heavy weight ivory colored paper is perfect for writing or drawing.  The online shop also carries bedding, curtains and clothing featuring these gorgeous fabric prints.

Gifts sets from Beehive Alchemy contain homemade soaps, scrubs and lotions, along with a glass votive, for pampering the body and soul. Oils are sourced from local or sustainable sources whenever possible, and they grow many of the botanicals used in their products. … Continue Reading


Union Jack Home Decor

Union Jack decor - Lion and Unicorn rampant with Union Jack motif in a pillow - Jan Constantine via Atticmag

Decorative items featuring Britain’s Union Jack flag motif are all the rage around the globe.

Earlier this week Canvas Color Kitchen featured a counter top to ceiling Union Jack flag motif, but not in the usual color scheme.  The original is red, white and blue, as shown inside the heart of this striking British memorabilia cushion from Jan Constantine. The cream linen pillow was designed for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee and features hand embroidered appliqué wool work.

Softer colors and floral fabrics are used in this limited edition Prairie pillow by Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture. I love the raw edges  and hope to snap one up when the perfect colors for my home come along.… Continue Reading


Handcrafted Holiday Gift Ideas

bookbook leather cover for ipad by twelve south

Last minute suggestions, each crafted by gifted artisans

If you’re still shopping for that someone special this holiday season, here are several suggestions for handmade gifts they’ll treasure.

Craig and Kari Bodmer left their city life and careers to start a cottage business where they would have “the opportunity to do beautiful work every day.”  Set on an idyllic 10-acre farm in Oregon’s wine country,  their small hand-weaving studio features a technology over 2,500 years old.  Craig does most of the designing and weaving of the luxurious Bodmer throws and blankets, while Kari takes care of the fabric after it leaves the loom. … Continue Reading


Black and Gold Accessories

black with gold accents tray table

Add black with a touch of gold decor for dramatic accent

I was never a strong believer of “every room should have a touch of black” before I had a touch of black in every room.  Black accessories draw attention, even in pastel rooms.  Throwing a touch of gold into the mix adds underlying drama.  This stag tray is hand painted with a contrasting gold border.  A handsome piece of artwork when not in use.

Dentil gold edging encircles a beveled mirror on this serving stand.  Too irresistible for only special occasions, it would make an elegant candle stand.

This oval tray table has an antique gold decorative border and soft touches on each leg. … Continue Reading


Metallic Decor

mercury glass table lamp by Arteriors Home

Metal finishes will stand the test of time on furniture and accessories

Crows have the right idea when it comes to shiny objects – they are alluring!  A few well-placed lustrous items enrich our nests.  Originally created as an alternative to the more expensive sterling silver, reproduction mercury glass recreates the well-worn look and can currently be found in table lamps, candle holders and decanters, to name a few.  Placing silver between two layers of glass creates the rich mirrored patina.  The Arteriors Home Pelham lamp has a beautiful ribbed glass base holding a honey mustard shade.  Both pieces are oval in shape and a charming addition to a room.… Continue Reading


Jewel Tone Throws

patterned jewel tone sofa blankets by company c

Luxurious throws in gem tones bring color to any sofa or chair

Cooler evening temperatures have me reaching for a cozy throw.  Thinking of the upcoming holidays, there’s always someone on my list that would enjoy an elegantly designed blanket.  Soft textures and contemporary patterns are combined creating lightweight throws.  Their jewel tones will add visual excitement, simply tossed on the sofa or across the end of a bed.  Add hot tea and a good book to complete your evening.

(Source: Company C)… Continue Reading