Holiday & Entertaining

Oh Christmas Tree

Our house has never looked more festive. We decked the halls (well, more like the living room, the den, and the front door) with all things sparkly and even though it was 82 degrees yesterday (!) it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.


Our silver themed tree came out really well, and a few strategically placed silver balls made other objects around the house feel totally Santa-ready.

Clam Shell

My favorite new ornament holder is a giant clam shell from Z Gallerie that John surprised me with for my last birthday. The different toned silver ornaments inside twinkle like oversized pearls- but glass balls also look great in vases, on platters, and even hung from fishing wire in a window (so the sun streams through them during the day- gorge).


I also got a little creative with starfish by balancing a few of them in our tree. The mixed textures (smooth glass balls vs. angular starfish) really add interest and keep your eyes moving around- so you’re sure to find everything from a silver piggy bank to a disco ball or three.

Now it’s your turn. Tell us all about your Christmas decorating ideas, and feel free to email us some photos that we can post. After all, tis the season for sharing.



Silver Bells (And Pigs)

Is Christmas in the air or what? Now that it’s our second “winter” in Richmond we’re used to the milder temperatures and the fact that some of our annuals are actually still blooming. But even though there’s been no morning frost (let alone snow) as of yet, we still hear the Christmas songs on the radio and see the Christmas trees at Lowe’s so we know that the 25th of December is just around the corner.

And we’ve come up with a fun ornament theme for our tree this year that makes us feel mucho sophisticado: all silver. Not stuffy sterling silver ornaments or anything, just a firm rule that anything silver goes.

Silver Ornaments

We already picked up some fun mirrored disco ball ornaments at CB2 and found the coolest silver starburst ornament at Z Gallerie while we were in NYC last weekend. And Target has been a great resource for silver balls of all sizes along with some fun shapes like a silver piggy bank ornament and a mini Empire State Building to hang in honor of our old hometown.

Anyone who’s asked us what we’d like for Christmas knows about our special ornament request, so hopefully our tree will be noticably more full of silver ornaments of all shapes and sizes by next year. I actually read something that said that the perfect number of ornaments for a six foot tree is 120-140. So far we only have about 40, so we better get cracking!