Holiday Gift Guide Galore

Ahhh holiday time! It’s here and in full force. There are so many amazing ideas, products and goodies to buy for family and friends, where to begin? Thankfully many of our favorite sites, brands and blogs and curated gift guides. These guides are jampacked with gifts for everyone you need.

One of the guides I enjoyed most is the new to & from magazine. Instead of picking their fave ideas, they asked over 40 bloggers to chip in and share their selections. (including me, check out page 48). There are so many categories covered here, including design lovers who simply are hard to buy for (hello, 10 “unnecessary decor objects”). If you are still looking for some good ideas, click here to check out over 100 pages of ideas. Happy (shopping) holiday!

Why Don’t You…?

… go diagonal?

After spotting this image on Decoratrix, I knew exactly what’s been missing in my art gallery inspiration files. We’ve seen random arrangements, tiled grids, even the floor-to-ceiling approach. But a diagonal, staircase-inspired display of artwork? Perfection.

I love how it frames the low credenza and the patterned flooring plays so well with the geometry above. Tell me – would you try it in your own home? Or do you prefer a more traditional display? I’d love to hear!

Image Credit: Decoratrix

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Sky Condos

I don’t often post conceptual work, but I find this design so intriguing and thoughtful, challenging the expected. Planned for a site in Lima, Peru, each apartment in the 20 floor structure boasts an outdoor terrace and  incredible cantilevered swimming pool. Yes, you read that right. Twenty stories up in the clouds imagine yourself swimming, hanging over the city below. The design offers not only these unique amenities and quality of life features, but also creates a sculptural and dynamic visual icon in the skyline. I vote for breaking ground.

“We believe that an apartment shouldn’t lack exterior spaces; this is why our main space in each apartment is the exterior public area which contains the pool and a series of terraces that bring dynamism to the whole tower. These terraces fill the apartment with natural light and create a game of lights and shadows. The facade is mainly transparent allowing the integration of the building to the exterior; generating crossed ventilation and natural lighting in all the spaces without sacrificing the privacy inside the apartments. The floor plan is open looking for a transparency…and generating the sensation that the apartments are suspended.”

Images and excerpts sourced at the architects website:  DCPParquitectos

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This year’s non-traditional tree…

Last year, Erin featured a gorgeous selection of non-traditional (and simple) Christmas trees and I just had to add some more that I’ve found this year!

Like this block puzzle tree from Swedish designer, Johan Lagerstrom:

I’m totally in love with the irony of a tree made from trees like this cardboard option from Etsy seller, CardboardChristmas…

…or this recycled paper tree featured in the San Ramon office space of design firm, Gensler and featured (along with tutorial) on CasaSugar:

Though the anxiety of chalk dust keeps me from ever doing this in my own home, this chalk-board tree from A Legg Up is delightful:

And lastly, Dutch magazine vtwonen, featured this simple ladder tree (sourced via emmas blog):

Have you ever gone non-traditional with your Christmas tree?

Total Holiday Inspiration from the folks at Kinfolk

While digital magazines have been popping up online over the last few years, brand new print mags are also in the mix. Launching online but available in print editions, these new magazines offer beautiful and original content in print as well as digital style that complements as well. One of my favorite new magazines is the lovely Kinfolk.

Kinfolk is all about “small gatherings” and really showcases intimate, cozy and sweet gatherings with friends and family. The quarterly magazine truly ups the design style by also sharing digital moments by way of their blog (curated by the sweet Jessica Comingore) as well as their beautifully shot short films. Click here to watch a lovely holiday video (featured above in a few stills) and to purchase the latest Kinfolk, Volume 6. Yes!

(Images via Kinfolk)