Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I’ll Have A Blue Christmas

I’ve Got the Christmas Blues, and Turquoises, and Silvers… and even the White stuff I’ve been dreaming of! It is uncanny that on the very last day of autumn, snow flakes began to fall outside my window as if to welcome the Winter Solstice.

So this afternoon, when Winter officially arrived, all of the holiday decorations seemed to sparkle just a little more under the light of the full moon, and look a little happier… and in my home, a Blue Christmas is not a sad thing! Something magical happens when you combine the “Blues” with the reflection of the snow and some twinkling lights!

The influences for my Blue Christmas are a little bit retro modern, a little bit coastal, and a little bit whimsical.

Cocktail table set for a little Christmas Cheer

If a Blue Christmas Tree doesn’t look “retro” or “modern,” I don’t know what does! I can remember that as a little girl, my ultra hip parents would get a fresh tree, but they would never consider leaving it green… each year they chose a different paint color to have it sprayed, and some years even flocked in the corresponding hue. One year it was blue, the next white, the next turquoise, and another, silver. They of course also selected just the right shiny and frosted ornaments to create a dramatic but lively monochromatic masterpiece highlighted by the oversized lights and shimmery tinsel so chic in the day. If you love "Mad Men," you would have adored attending a holiday party at my parent’s house! My blue tree is a much smaller scale than in my childhood home, but still has its own mod vibe…

Blue Christmas tree

Other decorative elements of Christmas Blues, and Turquoises, and Silvers…

Jingle bells in a crystal bowl

Silver candle on lacquer tray

Mercury glass floral arrangement

Silvery mesh gift with ribbon and poinsettia

Silver floral arrangement with blue pine cones & turquoise ornaments

Holiday decor with a decidedly coastal flair…

Watery blue & turquoise sea glass wreath

Wreath with sea shells and silver net & ribbon

And a bit of Winter Whimsy…

Cute Christmas visitors in blue scarves and hats along with coastal elements

Adorable Christmas princess decked out in silvery tulle and pale blue feathers

Today is the Winter Solstice… we are the farthest from the sun… daylight is short, but happily will get longer as the season progresses. Temperatures are cold, but our interiors are warm and sparkle with holiday joviality. Cheers!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Fall That Almost Fell Through The Cracks

My initial enthusiasm for creating this blog was cut short by some technological challenges that I encountered somewhat early on. You see, my loyal computer, an IBM Thinkpad laptop, has been with me since 2002… quite a while in the electronic world. It has served me well, but unfortunately, the high tech applications and gizmo's that make a blog (especially relating to interior design) shine proved to be just too much for it. So, consequently, I had to step back a bit and assess my next move.

I have forged ahead into the present day and gotten a new laptop… a Sony Vaio. It’s very cool looking on the outside in Iridescent Blue, and it has all sorts of new features. But, of course, since I was used to the ole tried and true, I am now on a learning curve getting up to speed in using it... not only is the computer itself new, but everything on from the operating system to the individual programs barely resemble what I have used in the past. But it is indeed exciting to be back on-line.

The bad news if that I have just about completely missed Autumn! But the good news is that it is still technically here through December 20th, so I am not going to let it fall through the cracks! This is just to let you know that I am back. Next time, I will fill you in on a few things that have gone on throughout the Fall before I officially welcome Winter and the Holiday Season.