As the holiday season sets in and we all begin to rush around in pursuit of the perfect present, I am ever reminded that to be thankful is the greatest gift we can give. To live out one's life with an attitude of gratitude toward the people in our lives is to bestow upon our friends and family the affirmation that they matter. To be thankful each day for what God has given each of us, makes all of the difference. As we move forward into December I pray that we can all take each opportunity, large or small, to walk humbly and gratefully, blessing others with our words and deeds.

I'm never quite happy with my tree skirt. I must have 4 or 5 different ones. Somehow they all look like they're just not enough under my 9ft tree. This year I'm thinking about trying something a little different. I might  try using a chunky throw as a tree skirt. This one looks so gorgeous under this tree and it gives the bulk that I've been thinking I need. The Chenille Basketweave Throw from Pottery Barn looks like it would do the trick and after Christmas I'll have a beautiful throw to use! Bonus! Think about using a throw as a tree skirt this year!

This great throw is on sale now for only $49.99. I think the gray could be fabulous wrapped draped under a tree decorated in white and silver!

Holiday Bar Cart Fun From Chairish

As I'm prepping for the Holidays and all of the entertaining I'm going to be doing, the perfect bar cart will be an absolute must. As the hostess, I want my guests to have everything they need to craft the perfect cocktail right at their fingertips. As the designer, I also need it to look pretty. This gorgeous Mid Century Brass Bar Cart from Chairish would definitely help me accomplish both of those things! You can check out all of the bar cart offerings at Chairish right here! Pick out one for yourself!

I'm crazy about brass right now and I'm mixing it in on almost every design project I'm working on. It feels so old-school glamourous. 

Once I have the bar cart, of course I will need the perfect accouterments. Take a look at these bar cart toppers from Chairish that I've picked to make my rolling cocktail table oh-so-stylish. I'm a firm believer that using vintage items adds authenticity and glamour to any space. These gorgeous accessories will help me to create the perfect backdrop for a cocktail party that I'm planning for some of my clients and friends.
Now all I need is a little Frank Sinatra Christmas music playing in the background!

Holiday Bar Cart Fun

Glass drinkware

Gold bar cart

Bar tool


Gold ice bucket

Bottle stopper

Vintage corkscrew

White Ice bar tool

Beveled mirror

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

If you're like me, you're momma taught you to never arrive at an event empty-handed. Giving a thoughtful hostess gift is something I love to do. In this fast paced life I genuinely appreciate it when someone takes the time and goes to the effort of opening up their home to me. That's a gift in and of itself. So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I think this beautiful, elegant, gold embroidered napkin from Crate and Barrel is the perfect start to a heartfelt gift for your hostess. A set of four or six would be lovely, or perhaps a single napkin tied around the neck of a gorgeous bottle of wine. There are lots of possibilities and I love the sentiment and simplicity of this! The Thankful Napkin: $6.95 at Crate and Barrel.

I'm also loving this charming Giving Plate from Crate and Barrel. This would be beautiful piled up with homemade cookies, covered in plastic wrap and tied off with gold and black ribbon!

Either one will make your host or hostess feel loved and appreciated. Take this opportunity to give thanks to the people in your life that make a difference!


Mindy Laven

Just a simple mid-western girl with a love for making things lovely. I create inspired, personalized, interiors on a budget. It's a beautiful life! Let me help you decorate it.

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