A Modern Table

The holiday season often involves entertaining gatherings of family and friends. A modern table-scape is a great way to create a focal point in your space without the need for decoration for decorations sake. Place these innovative vessels on your holiday table and display your menu in a fresh and interesting way. Gorgeous. The simplicity of these sculptural objects paired with a punch of color found in the fruit, is art for your everyday. They can be used in so many ways for so many different displays. In addition to food, I can imagine flowers, or various collectibles and objects placed within these vessels to create a composition for your centerpiece. I would love this in my entry way to catch the keys and change that find their way into my home. I love these modern, functional, sculptural objects.

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Felt Cuffs

Geometric, wearable art. Unconventional in material and application, these felt cuffs are a refreshing take on jewelry. These modern day bangles will draw attention and serve as a conversation starter. Who knew jewelry could be this fun? Designer Brandon Perhacs did. Perfect for gift giving and gift getting, for the design enthusiast on your holiday list.

Perhacs Studio is an independent multi-disciplinary design company headquartered in the forest of Bainbridge Island, Washington. Designer Brandon Perhacs focus is on sustainable design, and he derives much of his inspiration from the organic forms and systems of nature. He views design more as physical poetry and less as market driven commodity, and strongly believes in honoring the inherent qualities of material and process.



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Newspaper Wreath

Looking for a creative and inexpensive way to spruce up your space for the holidays? Try this easy to make Newspaper Wreath. All you need is newspaper, scissors, a hot glue gun and imagination.

How-To: This wreath is created by layering a series of paper flowers. To make a flower, cut a 4″ x 4″ square from three pages of newspaper. Fold the stack in accordion fashion. Trim with pinking shears. Twist floral wire around center. Spread paper petals and clip wire. Using a hot-glue gun, attach flower. Repeat steps until wreath base is covered; you will need about 40 flowers. To make the bow, cut five 1 1/2″ x 12″ paper strips. Form a loop with each strip, and gather up in a bouquet; secure with wire. Then make 1 1/2″ x 5″ streamers in accordion fashion; hot glue to back of bow. Secure bow with streamers to bottom center of wreath. Voila! You have created a festive addition to your holiday decor.

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I am Thankful For…

There are many reasons to be thankful. Thanksgiving offers a moment of respite from our day to day, to reflect and acknowledge that for which we are thankful. In our home, we are starting a new tradition- The Thankful Tree. There are many great examples online of this tradition which involves documenting the things, people and moments in our lives which are deserving of our thanks. Some do it daily for the month of November leading up to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Others take a moment out of their Thanksgiving gathering to jot down their thoughts, to share with those gathered. Whatever the interpretation, it seems a lovely tradition, focusing on the important things in life. The great thing about this project is it can be created simply from the fallen branches of the season displayed in a vase, or even on a ribbon hung across the mantel. There is a great sense of community created as each guest or family member displays their tag and shares their gratitude.

While searching for inspiration, I realized this element in our home was an expression of our family. I designed a ‘tree-tag’ above with that in mind, interpreting the colors of fall and a modern spirit . If it suits you, feel free to print it and use it for your celebration as well. I have also included some options below from Jones Design Company, with a more traditional flair. You can download their printable tags to incorporate into the design of your Thankful Tree, or use on your Thanksgiving Tablescape.

May your Thanksgiving be bountiful, shared with those you hold dear.

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Rocking Squares

Looking for an experiential and sculptural art piece for your space? Frederik Roijé has just the solution. A modernist rocking horse, at once abstract and functional, offers a complex visual experience and a down home dose of fun. This artful rocking horse is not a new introduction for those that follow Frederik’s work as I do, but it resonates as a unique and spirited furniture solution. Frederik’s square series is focused on the reinterpretation of traditional furniture. Made of wood with a durable finish, these equestrian objects come in three sizes for rocking by those wee, and epic alike. Black and White finishes are available to suit any environment.

A little about Frederik:  ”Frederik Roijé was born in 1978, in the eastern part of the Netherlands. He graduated in 2001 from the renowned Design Academy in Eindhoven. Here his preference to interior products was already visible. During his studies Frederik did his internships at prestigious designstudios as Piero Lissoni, Milan and Marcel Wanders, Amsterdam. ”

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