19 December 2013

Design Inspiration: My house at Christmas

All photos by tiffany jones interiors

I have had several readers email me and ask how I decorate for Christmas at my house.  Here you go…In my world, simple rules….  

All my best to you and yours for a magical Holiday season.


15 December 2013

The Love of Entertaining: Last Minute Holiday Hostess Gift Guide


LAFCO Pastille Soaps



from Aerin Lauder's new home collection

In need of a last minute hostess gift this holiday season?  These are 5 of my favorites!

And when you really need something special, in my book…. there is no better gift than the beautiful Bacarrat crystal butterfly.  It is something I love to give and receive and comes in a fabulous color selection... perfect any hostess.

14 December 2013

Design Inspiration: The Collection, Part 2

2013 Grand Baroque Christmas Cross

my own Christmas tree

In September,  I did a post on organizing a collection of like items as a way of styling and creating a bigger design impact. Well - here comes Part 2 and it relates to decorating for the Holidays.  

This time of year, many people have special collections that become part of their decorating.  I have seen Santa Clauses, nutcrackers, Christmas villages and ornaments…. I have a collection of  Wallace Sterling Grande Baroque Christmas Crosses.  I mentioned in my earlier post that through the process of collecting, you are better able to tell the story about why these items are so special and this post is making that case exactly.  

In 1996, Wallace Silversmiths made their first ever Grande Baroque Cross.  In November of 1996, my husband and I were married and Grande Baroque was our sterling pattern.  We graciously received one as a gift and at the time did not realize it would become a collection.  We now have all 18.

As you can see above, they look beautiful on the Christmas Tree but it does not allow me to showcase the collection aspect.  Through the years I have looked for more creative ways of arranging smaller groupings. (18 pieces is a lot of pieces to "collect" in one place!)

For the past few years I have made a display in one of the kitchen windows.  I really like it.  It is simple but I think makes a nice statement.  

(FAB blue & white jar from THE PINK PAGODA!)

Do you have a special collection for the holidays?


09 December 2013



In the design world, whether it is Interior Design or Fashion or anywhere in between on the design spectrum where the use of color is a dominant element, the announcement of  PANTONE'S COLOR OF THE YEAR is always anxiously awaited.  It becomes the key trendsetter for everything from handbags...to fabrics...to paint… and so on.  

While I always find it exciting to hear the new color, I was especially thrilled with this year's selection as RADIANT ORCHID is one of my FAVORITE COLORS!!!   It has been the color of my dining room walls for the past 3 years and I do find it truly radiant.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® describes the color in this way:
“An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”
 “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”


On my walls, I have used MANUEL CANOVAS' pattern called PALI. I agree completely that it inspires confidence and emanates great joy.  It is the happiest color I have ever used in any of my projects and because it is at my own house, I get to enjoy it every single day.  Truly a mood changer. ( and much to my dismay is no longer produced in this color!)

I invite you to bring a little RADIANT ORCHID into your life somewhere in 2014. A flower, a small accessory, your office painted this fabulous new color.  I promise… you will be completely charmed by it!



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