Monthly Style Brief
The current trend in decorating today—the “less is more” aesthetic— fits right in with our busy life schedules and helps us to really take advantage of, and truly enjoy, the time we spend with family and friends. Every season brings the opportunity to add new elements to our surroundings and allows you to discover or refocus your creative spirit. How about taking a new look at what we already have? We can throw new ideas into a mix of family or personal treasures. Embrace the outdoors by adding natural elements with rustic textures like pine cones or a spray of evergreen to your traditional dinnerware or serving pieces. Adding snow white candles flickering in crystal bowls or in distressed candleholders lends warmth that says “welcome to our home.”
Whether your style is plaids and flannel or crystal and sparkle, you can make your decorating distinctive by using old favorites with a whimsical twist that can surprise and delight. Use a lantern without the usual candle—fill it with natural accents as shown or open the door to accommodate an arrangement of your favorite seasonal flower or foliage. Or mound your favorite treats (homemade or not) inside it until they spill out the open door and into your tablescape.
Do you have a treasured collection? Here at The French Quarter we love Eiffel Towers and have gathered them in a sleigh for a striking presentation. Instead of Eiffel Towers, use your collection—maybe teacups and saucers with baked or purchased goodies spilling from them. You could do something similar with beautiful serving pieces, new or vintage. You could also open a couple bottles of wine, add some stems and create a little bar. Whatever you decide to highlight, make your home memorable by making it unique to you!