Monthly Archives: December 2011

Metallic Mantel with Greenery

Touches of metal instantly give any mantel a festive touch. Shauna West used a variety of simple silver pieces and filled in the spaces with fresh rosemary and evergreen clippings from her backyard to create her holiday display. Since the mantel is often the focal point of the room, Shauna suggests using items on your mantel that mean something to you, such as a vase or picture, to bring a personal touch to holiday tradition.


What type of shoes are you wearing for New Year’s Eve? =)

I haven’t mentioned this anywhere on the blog, but I think I have to confess – I LOVE shoes!

Here’s a great pair to show:

What will you wear tonight? 🙂

Birds: Recent Additions by John and Fish

I’m in love with photos by John & Fish, here are his latest ones:

You can browse through other John & Fish photos that I’ve posted here.

Obsessions over Pennies! (via Stefan Sagmeister)

I saw this awesome installation on pinterest the other night, and knew immediately that I had to share it with you all. Unfortunately, I can hardly find any information on it at all. It took an extensive google search, before I finally ended up at website with more images than the original and a bit more information.

You’ll never guess what that is made of! Give up? Pennies!! Or Euro-cent coins. Two hundred and fifty thousand to be exact. From what I can tell from this website, the piece was created in a square in Amsterdam by Stefan Sagmeister. Read the rest of this entry

Oversize Stockings Mantel

Alysha Cauffman wanted to blend warmth and sophistication when she put together her mantel. Fresh greenery from her yard, oversize elf-toe stockings, and classic silver votives made her mantel look both simple and chic. She created her mini wreath by wrapping garland around a foam wreath and attached the ornaments with hot-glue. At the center of it all? Her black-and-white wedding photo.

Shrimp Scampi with Linguine Recipe

Total Time: 50 mins
Servings: Serves 4 to 6
  • 1 pound  dry linguine
  • 4 tablespoons  unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2   shallots, finely diced
  • 2   garlic cloves, minced
  •   Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound  large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  •   Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Read the rest of this entry

Bright and Colorful Mantel

Playful and color-packed at Christmas — you bet! Mindy Black‘s main focus was to keep her mantel fun and light, which included incorporating felt stockings. She created the cranberry wreath by sticking short toothpicks into real cranberries, securing them with hot glue to a foam wreath.

Weeping Cedar Garland Mantel

Let your imagination soar when it comes to your holiday mantel. Heidi Parson received a lot of compliments on her colorful, leopard-lined stockings and weeping cedar garland. Heidi used oversize ornaments to convey strength and cohesion. A glass doorknob adds height and provides a place to hang a pretty wreath.

Watercolor paintings by Erika Somogyi

My latest discovery is Erika Somogyi. There isn’t much information about her but from what I can tell, her medium of choice is watercolor, with some colored pencils as well. There is something ethereal, yet also very earthly about it. Read the rest of this entry

Pistachio Russian Tea Cakes (via Of Ages and Madeleines)


1 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 c. flour
3/4 c. pistachios
Two pinches salt


If your pistachios are pre-salted, wash them off and dry
them. Finely to roughly chop them.

Mix the butter, sugar, and vanilla until incorporated in a large
bowl. Add in the pistachios, flour and salt (perhaps a bit more if your
pistachios were not pre-salted).

Shape the dough into balls roughly 1 inch across, placed 1″ apart on a
cookie sheet or baking stone. Bake in a 400 F oven for 10 to 14 minutes
– don’t let them brown. Remove from oven and cool for a few minutes.
Roll them in powdered sugar, being careful as they will still be quite
hot. After letting them cool entirely, coat them in sugar again.

via Of Ages and Madeleines.