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Bon Weekend


Bonjour mes amis!  I hope you had a lovely week.  I'm wrapping up my final project for the semester and ready to begin the holiday season in full swing beginning this afternoon.
Do you have a fun weekend planned?  We have plans with friends to see Christmas displays and lights, a romantic dinner for two, and time for repose...

Holiday Cocktail

1 part chilled chardonnay
2 parts chilled cran-apple juice
1 part chilled sparkling water
Apple slice and mint sprig for garnish

Mix wine, juice, and water in a pitcher or punch bowl. Pour over ice and garnish with apple slice and a sprig of fresh mint 
Tip: freeze some of the Noel Spritzer in a mold to use for the ice in your punch bowl).
Wishing you a beautiful December weekend!
Photo here, recipe here

Design Inspiration: Scandinavian Christmas Charm


This charming 1920's Scandinavian home with its dark red exterior has the appearance of Christmas all year.  On the inside, one is greeted with an enchanted winter wonderland of Christmas past in traditional Scandinavian style, the homeowner's native.  The decor includes tin hearts, a magnificent gingerbread house with glittering white frosting and splendid windows, evergreen trees and candlelight.

A warm white-on-white palette with hits of natural greenery.

A charming gingerbread house stays on display all through the winter.

The green on white theme complements the natural pine floors.

The antique corner cupboard was inherited from the homeowner’s grandfather.

For a romantic touch, a moss-covered wreath lit with faux candles hangs over the coffee table.

A beautiful nativity scene is nestled between two wooden bell towers.

A hand-made Christmas ornament fashioned from an antique tart tin adorns the Christmas tree.

A tiered candelabra on a table is decked with traditional Scandinavian tin hearts, angels and coloured candles.

An antique French armoire with touches of beautiful decorations from Sweden.

I love the trailing houseplants growing up and over the window, creating a garland effect.

Outdoors, a layered exterior vignette is arranged with candlelit outdoor lanterns, evergreens and ornaments strung on bare branches, all on a backdrop of freshly fallen snow.



Holiday Soirées: Glamorous Hair


Chic and glamorous hair for those elegant holiday soirées and romantic dinners for two.  Always fond of timeless hairstyles, especially fond of the chignon du cou,” meaning nape of the neck and referring to a large, smooth twist, roll, or knot of hair, worn at the nape of the neck while neatly pulled together, messy, styled centrally or to one side... especially would love if accompanied with jewels. Reminding me of Grace Kelly, polished Parisian ladies, and pretty ballerinas.

Partial Up do

Glamour Waves

Fancy Ponytail

Rope Braid Up do

Rose Chignon



Delightful Indulgences: Favorite Christmas Recipes


Have you started your holiday baking?  I haven't yet.  I have a final this evening and a big project due on Friday {I may be a little scarce this week}.  After that, my schedule will free up quite a bit until Christmas.  I'm looking forward to baking some of my family's favorites and trying a few new recipes.  When my kids were little, I spent a lot of time with them in the kitchen, especially during the holidays.  Below are a couple of our favorites, plus new ones we will be baking this year.

1 || 2 || 3 || 4 || 5 ||

xoxo, B

Design Inspiration: Traditional Meets Modern Glamour


Hello, I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We're in the holiday spirit and had fun enjoying Christmas events around town.  I love the sense of community and everyone coming together to celebrate, especially this time of year.  The weather was a bit cold but it didn't stop us

I'm in love with living room design... Black, white, and gold is my favorite color palette - classic and elegant.  If you've been reading the blog for awhile, you will know this is the style I tend to lean towards most -  the perfect balance between traditional and modern, with a touch of glamour.  However, it's not to say that I don't love all design styles, I do.  I'm especially drawn to the gilded mirror in the photo.  Incorporating elements such as the mirror and bust add interest, which is essential in any design.  Antique French mirrors are one of my favorite pieces in any room, and a room always looks more inviting with a beautiful bouquet.  I created an "inspiration look" below featuring some of my picks to recreate this design.

Get the look:
Traditional Meets Modern Glamour

1, also love this one || Love this faux one 2 || 3, also love this || 4, this one also || 5, this one and this one || 6, and this one

xoxo, B

Inspiration photo via here

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