Hallways are often not given the design attention they deserve.
 
They’re areas that we quickly pass through to get from point A to point B, and yet this space can be a place to stop and take notice.
 
Hallways offer design opportunities using lighting, artwork, sculptural pieces,mirrors, and furniture (when space allows) to reward you with even more pleasure from your home.
 
Decorating a hallway adds life to the space. Along with color and detail you’ll add personality to the area as well; it goes from “nothing” to “something.”
 
HALLWAY TIPS FOR DESIGN SUCCESS:
 
  .  Average hallways using American standards are generally 36 inches wide which is needed for comfort and accessibility.
 
  .  When hanging artwork and photos, place at eye level which is about 62 inched from the floor to the middle of the piece.
 
  .  Ceiling light fixtures should clear 84 inches.
 
  .  Lighting is important in a hallway, lest whatever you are displaying become obscured in shadows.
 
  .  In a narrow hallway, hang smaller pieces as larger ones require more space to fully see and appreciate.
 
  .  Use the the hallway for a pop of color, but because this area connects spaces, there should be a visual tie between the hallway into the connected spaces beyond.  .  
 
  .  Consider the hallway ceiling. Ideas here could be a different paint color, stencils, or wallpaper.
 
  .  If you need or want a furniture piece in a narrow hallway, look for a skinny console table to give you some surface space. Just be sure to have enough space for easy walk-through room. If in doubt, don’t.
 
HALLWAY DESIGN IDEAS:
 
Scandinavian Hall by Dash & Albert Australia
With the light-colored walls, your eye is immediately drawn to the floor runner and the artwork. There’s enough room to add the chair and small table which completes this simple vignette.
 
Transitional Hall by Allison Lind Interiors
Using a black and white wallpaper pattern and same color picture frames, this red chair pops and visually draws you into the space.
 
Eclectic Hall by Morgante Wilson Architects
This is the same concept as photo 2, except a dark paint color is used making the white chair pop. Notice, too, that the adjoining room on the right is using the same darker shade which visually connects the two spaces.
 
Eclectic Hall by Kim Pearson Pty Ltd
In this white space, the stunning architectural archway and the artwork serve as a punctuation point making you want to walk towards the end of this hallway.
 
Transitional Hall by Chipper Hatter Architectural Photographer
A study in Zen, and beautiful in its simplicity. Uses black and white along with small hits of red and green color.
 
Contemporary Hall by Mafi Australia
Again—simple and clean-looking design. The furniture is perfectly scaled to this hallway. The beauty of the archway and quiet artwork effortlessly draw you in.
 
Contemporary Hall by Vivendi - Luxury Home Builders
You immediately learn something about this homeowner through the display of surfboards and the art at the end of the hallway. This area of your home can be a great place to share your interests.
 
Transitional Hall by Bibby + Brady
Black framed photos add interest, but what really moves you down the hallway is the wallpaper and simple furniture leading into the next room.
 
Transitional Entry by Bibby + Brady
There are many points of interest in this hallway, but especially noteworthy are how the pink in the artwork and the flowers connect with the window treatment in the next room. Also notice the unusual light fixture and the choice of ceiling color. So much of good design is in the fine details.
Modern Hall by Accoya Wood
A hallway so rich in architectural detail only needs the simple mirror as the focal point.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
 
Photos via HOUZZ
Two pairs of feet in socks in front of a roaring fire
What you say?
 
What the heck is Hygge and how do I even say the word?
 
Think of pronouncing it as Hoo-Gah or Hue-Gah.
 
It’s a Danish word and translated as “cozy.” However, the philosophy is common throughout Scandinavia. 
 
I remember coming home from school on cold, winter afternoons to my Swedish grandparent’s farmhouse. Entering through the back porch, I was immediately assailed with the aroma of freshly-baked sugar cookies, brewing coffee, and feeling the immediate warmth of the old wood stove.
 
I realize now that I was experiencing a Hygge moment, although it wasn’t a word my Grandma used—it just was.
 
SO WHAT IS HYGGE?
 
It’s creating special moments that allow you to slow down and take the time to really savor friends and loved ones.
 
Mother with two young children by Christmas tree
 
It’s taking time out from worrying about money, acquiring more things, the state of world affairs, or anxiety about the future.
 
It’s about having simple experiences that make you feel joyful, grateful, and simply glad to be alive.
 
It’s a state of well-being, balance, and moderation in all things. Think of Hygge as an internal state and it’s the small things that make you feel it.
 
Candles in a sauna
 
 INGREDIENTS FOR A “HYGGE” HOME
 
.  Candles (unscented)
 
.  Firelight
 
.  Sheepskin or faux fur rugs placed on chairs or sofas
 
.  Delicious, tantalizing baked goods—cinnamon rolls, sugar cookies
 
.  Favorite beverages—coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot-mulled wine
 
.  Soft, textured fabrics—affordable cashmere, velvet, fleece
 
.  Cozy throws to curl up in
 
.  Thick, fluffy socks or slippers
 
.  A hot bath, followed with a warm, plush and fluffy towels
 
.  Good books
 
.  Sharing time with friends and loved ones
 
.  Enjoying alone time with yourself
 
.  Turning off tech devices
 
 
 
Hyggeting, when you get to the root of it, is how you want to feel in your home—not just in winter, but all year long.
 

You’ve had many, many Hygge moments and not paid much attention to their importance at the time. Perhaps, if we all think of the concept mindfully; if we stay aware and keep it front of mind, we really can live happier at home.
 
Helen Russell, who authored “The Year of Living Danishly,” said it best: “Hygge is the complete absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming” with “a focus on togetherness and prioritizing the people in your life.”
 
Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
 
Images courtesy BBC
Picture a 3-legged stool, then imagine it’s missing 1 leg. The stool becomes unbalanced and cannot securely stand.
 
Now give a name to each leg—Feel, Function, and Flow. These 3 “F” words are what is required in order for a home to be the happy and fulfilling place it’s meant to be.
 
You know your home needs to be esthetically pleasing and proper function goes without saying.
 
However, if you are constantly nursing bruises from bumping into a coffee table or furniture edges, you’re painfully reminded of that 3rd. leg—flow—or lack thereof.
 
When you have good flow in a space, you can easily move about and have a comfortable feeling. Without it, you’re not relaxed; it discourages productivity; and doesn’t support the activities you wish to do in that room.
 
The reasons for poor flow are usually having too much furniture, or furniture that is larger than the space allows for.
 
Ask yourself 3 questions if you think you have this design dilemma:
  • Can you freely move around the room?
  • Can you easily move through all the passages to the space?
  • Can you use all the room has to offer with ease?
Answering no to any of these questions means the function and feel of a room will be comprised as well.
 
Following are suggestions that can eliminate this and give you a “stool” that is fully supported—each working in sync with the other 2.
 
Take a look.
 
 

DINING ROOM

 
Allow 36 inches between dining chairs and the wall so guests can easily move chairs in and out. Provide approximately 48 inches between the table and entrance to the room so movement isn’t impeded.
 
Contemporary Dining Room by Elevation
Plan 24 inches between chairs so guests aren’t bumping elbows every time they move.
 
BEDROOM
 
Contemporary Bedroom by Erika Bierman Photography
Leave 30-36 inches of room on each side of the bed so you’re not bumping into furniture in the dark. Make sure walk space is open going into the bathroom or hallway for the same reason.
Contemporary Bedroom by Alma-nac
If your bedroom is small and narrow, consider placing a shelf behind the head of the bed.
 
Caveat: If you live in earthquake country as I do, make sure any items on the shelf are secured.
 
LIVING ROOM
 
Contemporary Living Room by Cheryl Ketner Interiors
If your living room is tight, a round coffee table can improve flow.
 
                                    Or
 
Contemporary Living Room by Folio Design London
Another choice is an irregular-shaped one which also offers no sharp edges.
 
Contemporary Family Room by Décor Aid
Choose smaller pieces of furniture like these chairs and stools. You can seat more people and still have the proper scale and avoid a cramped-looking room.
 
BATHROOMS
 
Modern Bathroom by Affecting Spaces
My favorite trick in a small bathroom is to replace a swing door with a pocket door if there’s room inside of the wall. If you can’t add a pocket door, consider a barn-style door.
 
Contemporary Bathroom by Ira Frazin Architect
The same idea applies to the shower door. Install a sliding glass shower door to replace a swing-open door.
 
KITCHEN
 
Contemporary Kitchen by Roundhouse
I know most of us love kitchen islands, but make sure you have 42 inches between the island and the counter for easy movement.
 
Contemporary Kitchen by Mackenzie Pronk Architects
Same idea if you have a dining table and seating at an island. Both sets of  chairs/stools should be able to slide back without hitting each other.
 
HOME OFFICE
 
Contemporary Home Office by Blackbox design studios
If you’ve carved out space in a nook to use as a home office, allow 42 inches of room to slide your chair in and out from the desk. Otherwise, you may feel like you can’t breathe.
 
HALLWAY
 
Contemporary Living Room by Andrea Hubbell Photography
All hallways and walk-through areas need to be clear of obstructions for obvious reasons.
Contemporary Dining Room by Hall Smith Office_Architecture
When your entire home has good flow, everything becomes easier in ways big and small. Take the time to create a space plan. You’ll love your home so much more and it’ll fit you like a soft kidskin glove.
 
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to you yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
 
Photos via HOUZZ
Every year a new list emerges telling us what’s trending in interior design and decorating.
 
In fact, I should say lists plural. Google “design trends 2017” and you’ll find many references.
 
The idea is to look at them and ask yourself 2 questions:
 
.  If I added this idea to my home, would it make it function better?
.  If I buy or incorporate this in my home, would it make my heart sing more because of it?
 
The whole idea of trends is to present new ideas in design or discover new technology that really can make your life better.
 
In the following photos you’ll see some ideas that aren’t new at all—they’re just rediscovered and shown in a newer fresher way.
 
And that’s the beauty of it; you decide what’s “on trend.” If it works for you in form and function, you have the trendiest home on the block!
 
Take a look and see what you think and feel.
 
 SATIN BRASS
A softer, quieter feel than bright and shiny brass. Works well with all colors and most design styles.
 
Our lives seem to revolve around technology and our homes will continue to find new ways to incorporate their features into our design. From charging stations to voice-activated assistants as shown in this photo. On the table is Amazon’s Alexa which acts as a voice-activated interface for many smart home devices.
 
 
 
A DIFFERENT VANITY SOLUTION

If you don’t wish to choose the typical vanity, consider using a cabinet, console, or chest of drawers for a different purpose. Almost anything that can hold a sink and plumbing will work. A great way to have a one-of-a- kind piece.

 
KITCHEN STORAGE WALLS

Housing much of a kitchen’s necessities in one built-in area, frees up space elsewhere and keeps everything close at hand.

 
DESIGNATED LAUNDRY ROOM

If you have the space, splurging on a laundry room might be something that makes your life easier. Everything needed is in one room and can be beautiful and functional at the same time.

 

BRINGING THE OUTDOORS IN SHOWERS
Contemporary Bathroom by Milestone Homes
Everyone enjoys and benefits experiencing nature. If you have the budget, what a joy to feel like you’re showering outdoors when you’re inside. It could be a feast for the senses!
 
STORAGE NICHES
Room of the Day: A Pattern-Happy Powder Room With a Secret

A great idea, especially if you’re remodeling, is to add storage spaces between wall studs. They’re a great space saver.

 
BLACK STEEL AND GLASS DOORS
Transitional Entry by Stuart Pliner Design

If you have a dark entry, this could be the answer for letting in much needed light. Also being seen for shower doors in place of frameless glass. Black steel window frames are also becoming popular.

 
 
CONTRASTING KITCHEN ISLANDS
Traditional Kitchen by Smith & Smith Kitchens

White kitchens remain the popular choice for this space. To keep them from looking too sterile, painting the island a darker color helps bring contrast and balance.

 
WAINSCOTING IN BATHROOMS
Traditional Bathroom by Hatfield Builders & Remodelers

Painted wood panels is a wonderful way of adding interest to a bathroom. You can also use tile.

 
BEDSIDE PENDANT LIGHTS
Scandinavian Bedroom by Shanade McAllister-Fisher

Especially helpful in a small bedroom, pendant lights free up bedside tables. Plus, there are so many beautiful choices available in all price points, that they can make a dramatic design statement.

 
BEDROOM PAINT COLORS
Traditional Bedroom by Amy Werfel Interiors

Paint choices in bedrooms usually lean toward soft, soothing hues. Consider, however, choosing darker shades to create a more intimate and romantic atmosphere.

 
ALL WHITE KITCHENS
Farmhouse Kitchen by The Working Kitchen, Ltd.

To keep an all white kitchen from appearing stark, add wood elements to provide warmth.

 
HEXAGONAL TILE BACKSPLASHES
Contemporary Kitchen by Trevor Brown Architect

Subway tile is an ever popular choice for backsplashes. However, if you’re looking for something different and still classic, consider the hexagon shape.

 

Of course, along with the what’s trending lists, there has to be the what’s out lists. Pay no attention. The only thing that counts in your home is being surrounded by all that you love and that which nurtures your best life.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
 
Photos via HOUZZ
Mediterranean Kitchen by M. Elle Design
Helping a client decide on the right kitchen countertop is right up there there in importance when designing or remodeling a kitchen.
 
There are so many choices and factors that decide what will be best.
 
Things like budget, personal preference, cooking and cleaning style are all questions that need to be answered before making the final decision.
 
JENNIFER OTT, San Francisco interior designer, designed a quiz for Houzz that can help you answer these questions for yourself.
 
Its fun and quick so take a coffee or tea break and see what you discover.
 
I have to say when I took it, the answer was spot-on—quartz!
 
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
You may have beautiful leftover remnants of fabrics neatly folded in a closet or drawer that you rediscover while doing some early spring cleaning.
 
Or, you may have found a high-end piece of fabric that caught your eye and decided it was so gorgeous you knew somehow, someday, you’d find use for it. That, too, was carefully folded with tissue and stored away.
 
And then there are fabrics you discovered while traveling that represent a culture, an heirloom, or historical artifact and held special meaning for you.
 
Consider using these pieces to create art that can give you pleasure everyday. And all you need to add is the frame.
 
Take a look at these examples:
Contemporary Bedroom by Cristi Holcombe Interiors, LLC

In this photo, leftover fabric from the bed pillows have been placed in the center of 6 Indian-inspired woodcuts. A very clever way of tying the bed pillows to the over-the-bed art and using the extra material.

 

Here, leftover drapery fabric was framed and placed over the bed. The pillows and throw fabric are different and they complement each other beautifully.

 
Eclectic Bedroom by Geoff Chick & Associates
This exquisite piece of fabric has been used as the headboard. The material has been layered over batting and stapled tightly into place. The colors are echoed in the bed pillows for a unified look.
 

In this photo, the fabric is used as wall panels and mounted within picture molding.

 
Traditional Home Office by Pine Street Carpenters & The Kitchen Studio
This museum piece of special fabric has been artfully framed in a room that seems designed especially to complement it. The fabric has become a focal point.
 
Contemporary Living Room by Studio Marcelo Brito

The framed fabrics in this photo, along with the tribal art placed below, tell a collective, cultural story of gathered objects from far away travels.

 
What about you?
 
Do you have any tucked away fabrics that you could use as framed art?
 
Far better to see and enjoy them everyday, rather than hidden and forgotten.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
 
Photos via HOUZZ
Lakeside LivingEvery year at this time, after putting away holiday decorations, I get this urge to de-clutter my home.
 
I think it’s because it is a brand new year and I want my home environment to be as clean and unfettered as the pages so far are on the calendar.
 
I hadn’t given thought to the why it feels so good after de-cluttering until reading a blog bu Shifrah Combiths. It makes perfect sense and with this new understanding, it will make it easier to stay de-cluttered even after the pages of my calendar start filling up.
 
Here are Shifrah’s 4 feel good reasons to de-clutter and 1 more of my own recommendations.:
 

Physical space and mental space go hand-in-hand. Clutter is visual noise, and the disarray creeps into our mental faculties as well (for some of us more than others). So it stands to reason that clearing out our physical spaces, making room for air and light and growth, would be mirrored in our psyches as well. Just think how much better you work when your desk is cleaned off — now extend that to your life.

Separating from the past can heal us. We hang onto so many things because of the memories tied to them. When we de-clutter, we have the opportunity to interact not only with our physical possessions, but with the memories and feelings they trigger. This can be negative but cathartic, as when we let go of things we’ve held onto out of fear of letting go or of not being in control. The act of getting rid of these things can be painful but is nevertheless triumphant, inspiring a feeling of this has no hold on me!! as things are discarded. I think watching this interplay between our things and our personal histories is what had me hooked on Hoarders for a time.

Making decisions makes us strong. When we make a decision about something, even something as small as whether to keep those curtain rods, we do gain some control, and the feeling is addicting and self-perpetuating. If you can donate years’ upon years’ worth of children’s clothes, for instance, you’re not only making room mentally and physically. You’re also empowered to tackle that next thing that’s been hanging over you or crowding your consciousness: exercising, asking your boss for a raise, copying your pictures off your phone, whatever.

You have less stuff to deal with. This is the most obvious reward of getting rid of stuff, and most definitely not the smallest. Each thing that goes out your door is one less thing you have to find a place for, organize again and again, or clean. That, my friends, is freedom and boy does it feel good!

 
1 More recommendation:
 
UNFINISHED PROJECTS. If you’ve started a project , yet with all good intentions it remains unfinished, set a finish date or get rid of it. Otherwise you’ll feel guilty and dis-ease every time you look at it. Perhaps you lost interest or found a better idea. Either way, toss it!
 
What do you think? Let me know in the comments.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
 
I chose them first because Pantone is the industry standard and their color choice of the year will show up in many other industries like fashion, cosmetics, cars, and home accessories.
 
However, all of the other major paint companies also offer their color choices of the year as well.
 
Yes, this is marketing, and no, it doesn’t mean you repaint your home every year with an “in” color.
 
Rather, think of looking at trending colors with the possibility of seeing new ideas for color you may not have ever thought of using.
 
Let’s take a look:
 
Jennifer Ott (http://jenottdesign.com), San Francisco based color specialist put together a graphic showing some major paint companies’ color choices for 2017.
 
Then see how they’ve been used in various rooms.
 
by Jennifer Ott Design
 
“Shadow”—Benjamin Moore
“Violet Verbena”—PRG Paints
PPG Paints
“Byzantine Blue”—Glidden
Glidden
“Cloudy”—Olympic
Olympic
“Kettleman”—Kelly Moore
Kelly-Moore
“Poised Taupe”—Sherwin-Williams
Sherwin-Williams
“Honey Glow”—Dunn-Edwards
Dunn-Edwards
Final Thoughts About Color:
 
  • If you find any of these trending colors of interest, it becomes much easier to find furnishings and decorative accessories that co-ordinate with the favorite hue because it is trending.
  • Colors hold psychological reasons as to why we hate, love, or even feel neutral about a specific hue. It’s not necessary to know why; it is important to know how it makes you feel.
  • You always want to choose colors that make you smile and feel alive. It’s an important part of creating a happy home.
  • Incorporating a trending color doesn’t mean painting it on all four walls. It might mean just using it on a ceiling or bringing it in with accessories that represent the hue.
  • In the final analysis, you are your own trendsetter. You decide what’s “in.” If the colors you choose make you feel good, then they’re the perfect choice in your home.
What do you think? Do any of these 2017 colors create an emotional feeling—good, bad, indifferent? Let me know in the comments.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
 
Photos via HOUZZ
Are you feeling the need for “refreshment, rejuvenation, and reassurance” in 2017?
 
According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the PANTONE COLOR INSTITUTE, their color pick for the new year ahead may help you do just that.
 
After the tumultuous, complex, and political environment of 2016, perhaps we all could use some “Greenery” in our own home.
 
This bright, energetic, and fresh shade of green reminds you immediately of the new baby leaves that burst forth in the spring.
 
“Greenery” is not the flat, dark, and dull avacado green that many of us lived with in the 70’s. It’s a happy hue that makes you think of hope and a new start; just like spring when the days become longer, brighter and the dark days of winter become a memory.
 
In Feng Shui, the meaning of green is calming, balancing, healing, relaxing, and tranquil. These are exactly the feelings we want to experience in our home. So perhaps, it’s easier “being green” than we think. After all, green is a color that nature has blessed us with and, as nature does, connects us to ourselves and one another.
 
Take a look at how these interiors have used “Greenery:”
 
 
Used here in a kitchen/breakfast area. I would advise being very sure you love and can live with this color before using it in a tile which can’t be replaced as easily as a coat of paint or a pillow.
 
 
A very complimentary color with the warm-hued wood tones used in this kitchen.
Really pretty when used with a fresh, clean, white and a touch added in the bed pillows. It’s also interesting when the color is placed on the ceiling instead of the walls.
 
Again, paired in this bathroom with lots of white.
 
Consider using in small ways such as done in these window coverings, the orchid on the table, and the decorative object on the fireplace mantle.
 
 
“Greenery” is a color that complements all of the natural shades of nature.
 
Paint brands that are similar to Pantone’s “Greenery.”
 
So what do you think? Is 2017’s color of the year one you could embrace in either small or more daring ways in your home? Let me know in the comments section.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
 
Photos via HOUZZ
MINDFUL INTERIOR DESIGN:
 
This week I’m sharing a guest post by Sharon Parks, a party planner at Love Lucia’s Parties located in England.
 
It’s close to Christmas with the days hurrying by. Sharon shares some wonderful tips and food for thought that will be of help to you in planning your own holiday festivities.
 
Take a look:

Top Tips To Creating A Fabulous Christmas Party

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, our attention has turned to Christmas. In fact, we saw back in October many homes already hanging out their Christmas lights – oh the despair!  As we are now in the full throw of organising Christmas events for our clients, we wanted to share some of our top tips to creating a fabulous Christmas party with you.

Party Design

christmas venue roomYou want to create a real ‘wow’ factor when your guests walk in, so have a look in mind and be consistent throughout the party. Naturally, to deliver impact, the venue plays a huge part on setting your scene. It’ll be a challenge to get the same effect from a Village Hall in comparison to a building with beautiful architecture that boasts high ceilings for instance. That’s not to say you couldn’t do it however, for the cost of props, lighting etc. you may find it more cost effective to book the more appropriate venue from the start.

Dramatic theming will transform a venue in an instance, consider not just aesthetics but also senses i.e. touch, smell, sound. We love a combination of scented candles, variety of fabrics, and soft lighting which creates a sense of welcoming and warmth at your party.

christmas crackerColours are extremely important to your design – Christmas is synonymous with rich jewel colours so your palate should have no more than three influencing colours, gold, deep red and teal work perfectly to create Christmas opulence.

Ensure you use your colour scheme consistently throughout the event, linens, invites, dinner settings, glassware etc. and don’t forget to introduce personal touches for your guests i.e. personalised luxury Christmas crackers, we love Celebration Crackers or perhaps a Christmas stocking hung on the back of each seat with your guests names embroidered we found lots to choose from on Etsy.

Fabulous Food

christmas dessertChristmas is certainly a time for indulgence and we love going all out. From the moment your guests arrive to when they leave you should think about how to really treat your guests. If you’re a Martha Stewart you’ll be confident with all the preparation and execution on the day however, we also want you to consider outsourcing this part of the party. On far too many occasions, we witness at first hand hosts stressed out trying to cope with every element of the catering and then not having enough time to get themselves ready for the party.

There are lots of different options, whether you have food prepped in advance by a retailer, book an outside caterer (do this well in advance as they are extremely popular around the holiday periods) or even have friends and family lend a helping hand.

Try something a bit different if you are hosting a dinner party – why not consider a beautiful tasting menu or have a wonderful mini dessert table at midnight.

Ultimate Cocktails

As much as it’s a tradition, Mulled Wine is a definite no, no. We love the excitement of cocktails and even better if you can create a beautifully lit bar area in your room. You can be really inventive with Christmas cocktails and winter warmers. Here are a few suggestions:

christmas-blog-cherry-cocktailRose Crumble: Four Roses bourbon, apple and cinnamon syrup with lemon and egg white.

The Nutcracker: 25ml Walnut infused Bushmills, 40ml Baileys Original Irish Cream, 60ml Hazelnut & Almond milk, 2 dashes of chocolate bitters and 12.5ml date syrup.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Martell VS, Cabernet Franc, lemon juice, Clementine Sherbert and underbug bitters.

Frozen Tart Cherrytini: Servings 4 – 12 frozen pitted tart cherries, 2 Meyer lemons (or regular lemons if you can’t find them), 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 1/2 cups tart cherry juice, chilled 1 1/2 cups vodka and 2 cups of ice cubes

Beautiful glassware is absolutely essential at your party, there is nothing more enticing than a tray of intricately cut crystal glasses or perhaps ostentatious gold rimmed champagne saucers.

Perfect Playlist

christmas-blog-disco-ballIt’s important to create the right atmosphere and music evokes every emotion to get everyone in the right mood. If you have chosen to host a traditional theme then nothing beats a choir of carol singers outside, holding lanterns.

If you are planning a large Christmas party then it’s essential to book a reputable DJ. Don’t give them carte blanche on the play list, work out what will work best for the various times of your party i.e. softer background music whilst dining then turning it up for dancing. Consider a mix of classical music along with some guaranteed dance floor fillers. These days it’s fairly standard to run everything from your android phone and even better if you can do it through Spotify.

Good lighting is super effective, check with your DJ what lighting they will be bringing as standard and make a feature of the dance floor. This can easily be created by carefully positioned lighting and furniture layout. We love large chandeliers and white lighting and if you can have a disco ball – all the better!!

Enjoy

For all the time, energy and expense you have invested in your Christmas party it is paramount that you enjoy yourself. Raise a glass to yourself and have a fun party!

Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
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