One of the best things about this time of year is finding an excuse to stay inside. I love rediscovering all those warm corners and long-forgotten spaces in my home, the special places for snuggling under warm blankets and drinking hot cocoa. The beginning of winter represents a shift in thinking about interior spaces, as heart-to-hearts by the fireside suddenly become immensely appealing. And what better way to prepare your house for family, friends, and holiday parties than with a new take on decorating?
I really admire interiors that blend styles seamlessly together in this transition between seasons. With a little tweaking, many of your favorite fall decor ideas can still apply in winter, as the scene becomes a bit more festive and more elegant. Fall and winter is the perfect time of year to experiment with a minimalist look that’s not cold, but luxurious.
Desire to Inspire is one of my favorite blogs on interior decorating. Beautiful and artistic – you can almost feel the creative energy each room inspires! Every room tells a different story.
I personally cannot wait for Thanksgiving break. I’ve spent far too much time this Fall rushing from place to place, appreciating the cool weather in short bursts of activity. I’m looking forward to focusing on relaxing, catching up on reading, and using my favorite cozy places as a great place to experiment and learn something new and fun. One of my family traditions around this year is to make a Christmas craft. If you’ve had enough of the same old hand turkeys, why not try these gorgeous autumnal felt flower wreaths? And they’re even easy enough for the not-so-artistically-inclined, like me…
On Pinterest, I stumbled upon a link to these super easy, tasteful garlands – perfect to spice up a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table.
And of course, you’ll want a warm dessert to entertain your guests at your craft party or tree trimming date. This hot cocoa cake looks delicious beyond belief.
At Letterbox Press, we have fun holiday invitations available to get ready for Christmas & New Years holiday parties. We also offer festive address labels, gift tags, and stickers. I love this design for a holiday party – very mod and chic! Check our link for more samples of fun holiday invitations…
Happy holidays from Letterbox! Enjoy!
In our last blog post, we talked about ideas to help with back to school organzation. For those of you with rising 12th graders, you’re also beginning to think about senior portraits. If you’re in the Atlanta area, we’d like to recommend our talented friend Claire Elise Mandrycky.
Claire is an experienced photographer who recently graduated from Georgia State. Her photographs are quietly stunning, each embodying a sense of rustic peace and southern elegance. Luckily for stylish-minded moms (and students!), Claire will be offering senior portrait photography for high school graduates. Here’s the best thing about Claire…she’s not only a great photographer who truly knows what she’s doing, she’s also close in age to our graduating seniors. She remembers the feeling of being a 12th grader in front of a camera lens, so she relates easily to our kids and in turn they feel so comfortable with her.
Maybe you can guess that my business partner and I each have rising 12th graders and we’ve hired Claire to do their photos (the blonde cutie below is Denise’s son). Claire was kind enough to offer our Letterbox Press friends a terrific deal…her sitting fee is $100, but if you mention Letterbox Press, you’ll receive $25 off!
Claire’s offer includes a 1 hour photo session at location of your choosing, CD of 15 proofs to choose from, an 8″x12″ photo print (of artist’s choice), and a portrait planning consultation; pricing will include retouching and artistic enhancements as needed.
Make sure you take advantage of this offer before it expires on October 1!
Here are some examples of Claire Elise’s senior portraits. You can also see more of her portfolios at her website, claireelise.net, which shows the wide variety of her talent.
Most of all, don’t forget that summer is the best time to take photos while graduates are still glowing from their summer tans. 😉
PS – Hats off to all our mom-friends who have seniors going off to college this year! Especially if it’s your baby (ours are!!), we wish you the best!