Gift Guides 2014: For Him

It’s that time of year again!  One of my favorite things to do besides red carpet reviews are gift guides!!!  In another life I always wanted to be a magazine editor and I have to say, so far this year the gift guides I’ve seen in magazines have been kind of disappointing.  Either totally not realistic or fantastically blah.  I hope that mine will land somewhere in the middle- attainable, real gifts that you really could give.

So here are my picks for HIM!

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The Holiday Kitchen: Must Haves from Sur La Table & Nespresso

We are approaching a VERY busy time in most kitchens- even if you aren’t hosting a holiday gathering, my guess is you still are doing a good bit of cooking and baking.  I love all the nesting that goes on this time of year- from the decorating to cookie making, and so to kick off the season I partnered with Sur La Table to gather up some of my must have items and got pretty crafty with a Christmas cookie project (I’m still wiping up icing)….
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Have Yourself A Simple Little Holiday.

Andrew has been playing Christmas music on repeat for the last few weeks (as you may recall, I am married to the real Buddy the Elf) while I’ve been ranting about how early all the holiday decor has been put out (before Halloween I saw stuff out! WHAT!?) But now that we have snow in our forecast and Thanksgiving is looming I realize that it IS that time of year. I do love holiday time, it’s the only part of winter I can tolerate snow and cold temperatures.  I’ve had such a crazy fall that I’m hoping to have a SUPER low key holiday this year. Simple, cozy and streamlined.  So here’s some inspiration I am loving:
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An Inspired Thanksgiving Table

I ordered the new Markham Roberts book last week and finally got some time to flip through it yesterday.  It’s a fascinating study on traditional decorating with an edge- full of bold color and mixed patterns.  One image, of the author/designer’s own upstate home, totally inspired me palette wise. Chartreuse and beige, baby!  I thought why not make an unexpected Thanksgiving table out of it? No one said you have to use orange and red and turkeys on T-day!  I wanted to incorporate gold, wood, color and some old school patterns together with modern touches to craft something really fun but formal enough for a family celebration.

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