My favorite thing about Christmas is that it asks you to put yourself aside for the holiday. Ideally, with Christmas, the focus is on others. It’s now accepted science that doing for others has been proven to increase your Serotonin/Oxytocin levels (essentially feel good brain food) maybe that’s why we herald Christmas as the eternal apogee of holidays. When we are frantically out there trying to buy gifts, our thoughts are consistently trained on others. They recommend doing this kind of compassion work in certain forms a transcendental meditation. It re-calibrates your empathy tank and gives you a break from your exhausting self.  That’s my pollyanna theory about Christmas anyway.  And a vacation from your own cluttered mind? For me, I say book it!

Ok, here’s the thing and I’m going to stake my reputation on this claim.  If you have a person in your life that is interested in interiors or style I can promise you that they would prefer a more thoughtful, personal present rather than say, an Ipad. Maybe I’m just surrounding myself in my own personal echo chamber but the ladies in my life like antiques. They can be expensive…I know, but do keep in mind that you don’t have to buy an enfilade.  There are a myriad of choices that can work in even the Scrooge-iest budget.  Have you ever seen someone’s face light up when they open up a gift of cashmere socks? Me neither. I see closed lipped, polite smiles. Don’t mistake me, I’m sure they are happy for your efforts and maybe even mildly pleased about the socks but… it’s an impersonal gift. Please allow me to humbly point out what your other options are.

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pillowsWhile we’ve already devoted an entire blog entry to this paragon of pillows, B. Viz pillows are worth another mention. Rebecca Vizard and Fireside Antiques have a choice assortment of these inspirational pillows. Most prominently featured here at Fireside are her embroidery applique and stump work cushions. We can’t get enough. They instantly elevate anything they touch. Throw pillows are among the rarefied few accessories that can make or break a space; and with Rebecca’s treasures, you’re in the best hands in the business. Psst! We also have signed copies of her new book ‘Once Upon A Pillow’.

Clockwise from top left: Designer Annelle Primos, Designer Phoebe Howard, Designer Gerrie Bremermann, Designer Annelle Primos (Via Architectural Digest)

(Designer Charles Parmenter)

The process of interior design is incredibly varied. One day you are moving walls and ripping out sheet rock, and the next you are arranging a side table. Believe it or not, sometimes the latter can be more intimidating. A seemingly simple side table or bookcase can be transformed into your calling card; a vehicle to showcase your style. We like to feature an antique box or two, a set of books, and perhaps an urn. These images below give our imagination a range of possibilities!

Clockwise from top right: Via- Lee Stanton Antiques, Via- Niall Smith, Designer Shutze Interiors

decant4We don’t know if it’s the cocktail that’s back or just drinking in general, but people are in the mood to party and wanting all the accouterments for entertaining.  Things we’d include are a beautiful corkscrew, vintage glassware, and a decanter or two.  Below are some vignettes of home bars that ignited our own hosting fires.

(Via- And GeorgeDesigner Gracie Interiors)

(Private home featured in House Beautiful, Photo by Adam Jablonski for Rue Magazine, Via- Palo-Y- Pelota)

tools5If you want to craft a space that is truly one of a kind, reach no further than the beautiful utilitarian tools of yesteryear.  You decide what to do with them. You can use discarded 18th century wine kegs and wire it to serve as a lamp base! Or stick an olive branch or two inside the vessel and call it a day. The wine pickers also make gorgeous planters or vases.

 

(Clockwise from to left: Via- The highboy, Via- 1st Dibs, Fireside Antiques Pinterest, Via-Decor De Provence, Design by Greenhouse Studio)

If we don’t get to see you, we hope you have the happiest Christmas season! Thank you so much for your business, and we will see you in 2017!