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The house is decorated for the most part.  I went with a more minimal approach this year instead of decking out the entire house.  I love what I call our vintage tree.  It’s actually a tinsel tree I got at BJ’s last year decorated with vintage glass ornaments my grandmother gave me and Pier 1 […]


Bruges Home is one of my favorite Philly home stores so if you are in the area why not do some shopping for a good cause.


a beautiful menorah on the start of Hannukah from Martha Stewart

gift giving :: gift wrapping

My DSIL (dear sister-in-law) asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year.  The only things I could think of were stylish pointy heels that I could walk to work in (they don’t exist!) and a mortgage payoff.  I certainly don’t need anything and the things I want aren’t necessarily things that I would add […]

advent calendars

One of my strongest Christmas tradition memories from growing up are the years when my brother and I were young and we counted down the days until Christmas on the felt advent calendar that hung on the yellow door to our cellar.  I tried to get my mom to dig it out of storage to […]

designs by Ilan … handmade and one of a kind jewelry

There is not much I can really write to add to Ilan’s work because the pieces speak for themselves.  And if you ever have the chance, you have to meet Ilan and see her jewelry in person.  They are stunning and one of a kind.  Ilan is offering a 20% discount off any purchase of […]

beyond red & green :: holiday color

Animal prints by West Elm Fuschia and black with metallic gold from Living Etc. Shades of green with white and clear glass from Living Etc. Earthy palette of browns, greens and antique gold from Cottage Living A muted palette with sparkly metallics from Blueprint and pink from Blueprint Royal blues with gold from Living Etc. […]


all the Veterans that have fought to make and keep this country a place of freedom. To my favorite Veteran, my dad, my hero. Vietnam, circa 1967

tree trimmings :: anthropologie

Don’t you love these sweet little girls? I could see hanging these around the house all year round. Swedish Snow TravelerOrnaments From Anthropologie

my favorite places to buy handmade

I made a wish list at the Vitamin D(esign) shop, but not for me though, for all of you.  You can find original art as well as other items that are not necessarily ‘handmade’, but not mass-produced. And don’t forget the Modish Holiday Gift Guide…"Shop indie this season!"

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