Friday, December 13, 2013

FRIDAYfinds! - My Top Five Holiday Gifts

During the holidays,
I like to think of memorable ways to say
"THANK YOU"
to my friends and family.

Since I'm in the design world,
my favorite gifts are those that bring "comfort and joy" to the home in some way.
They don't have to be expensive, 
but...
"They must be the best of their category."
So as a little cyber gift to my followers, I'm sharing my

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TOP FIVE HOLIDAY GIFTS 
FOR THE HOME
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1.  Rosemary Topiary
What IS it about this little miniature tree that is sooo captivating?
Maybe it's that you get two gifts at once...
a great accent in your kitchen or hallway, but also
a great cooking companion when only the freshest ingredients will do!
You can dress it up in a classic urn, or leave it more natural in burlap wrapping.

2.  Florentine Frames
There's nothing more elegant than Italian Florentine frames,
which are hand-crafted in wood and gold leaf.
Using a time-honored process that has been handed down for centuries, these frames
are gorgeous and destine to become heirlooms.
What better way to "capture the moment" of family, friends and pets!




3.  Cashmere Throw
I think about what I would love to receive and this is right up there at the top!
Beautiful to look at, thrown over a chair, but more importantly,
fabulous to snuggle in on a cold winter night!
(Hint:  Your best bet?  Go neutral)





4.  Design Books
I can't get enough of them!
Although my library is getting pretty full,
there's always room for just "one more". When I'm at Market,
I make it a point to meet the authors so I can get some insight into what inspired them.
My favorites this season?

Alexa Hampton's newest is classic Hampton style, but this time she gives us
a closer look at the details that make a room come to life.
(check out my recent interview with Alexa)
 http://blog.jwaddellinteriors.com/2013/11/my-interview-with-alexa-hampton.html

Jennifer Boles is well-known as the "Peak of Chic" blogger.
She is also the author of an important new book on the history of design in the 20th century.
Compiled as a design encyclopedia, it defines some of the most influential
decorating details from design legends like
Dorothy Draper (a personal favorite of mine), Billy Baldwin, and Sister Parish.

These two books would make great companions on a coffee table,
if you can put them down long enough, that is...





5.  Terres et Senteurs Room Diffusers
In my personal quest for the "Perfect Room Scent",
 I discovered this line several years ago.
I've been stocking them ever since!
Ordered directly from a small factory in Aiglun, France, I love the fact that they
 still make all their scents with natural essential oils and beetroot alcohol.
The result is an absolutely heady aroma that will fragrance a room for up to 3 months.


 Last minute shoppers, never fear...
the magic of design is here!


"EMBRACE THE JOYS OF GOOD DESIGN!"




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