Favorite Kilim Rugs

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Today I am partnering with Fine Rug Collection to share my favorite kilim rugs from their website. I love the comfort and coziness a woven rug can bring to a space. It adds layering, helps divide a room, and can add texture and color. Below, are a few of my favorites from the kilim section at Fine Rug Collection.

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Hosting a Christmas Tea

christmas tea
In my family we have a long tradition of holding a Christmas tea party, and in particular my mom always made Christmas Eve morning special with platters of lemon bread, jars of lemon curd, hot tea, brioche, and an array of homemade sweets. The Christmas dishes were saved for dinner. I love the idea of making an early morning tea party on Christmas Eve or on the days before, with friends. And the colors don’t have to be traditionally festive. Here, I’ve gathered some of my favorite china bits, in preparation for a holiday tea party. It feels like the daily china has just been taken up a notch with a slight holiday twist, using bits of olive on tea lights, and citrus and greens for table decorations. Candles in the morning make the day feel so special and cozy!

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Block-Printed Textiles (Special discount code!)

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In continuation of our handmade gift guides, I am sharing a favorite block-printed textile source today. Tulsi makes the most divine block-printed scarves, pillows, and table linens all printed in India with designs originating from owner, Tara Hogan’s glorious sketchbook. The organic, graphic designs add color and life to a wardrobe and home. Read more about this thoughtful company, below.

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Handmade Gift Ideas from Portugal

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Gift giving can be wonderful with handmade gifts and time carved out to consider each purchase. I love to share the small, undiscovered artisans of my adopted country of Portugal. Buying these lovely products will support tiny businesses operating with love and skill. And the cool thing is, these unusual finds are unique, and surprising gifts for loved ones!

1. Hand-painted notebooks.

2. Naz Clothing. Online store coming soon, send a message to their Facebook page. The fits are easy and their sizing system is simple!

3. Old-fashioned key holder.

4. Hand-carved walnut spoon.

5. Onions and garlic keeper.

Photos courtesy of respective brands.

Making a Large Holiday Arrangement


Decorating for the holidays for me usually means adding a few festive notes around the house including a large holiday arrangement on my dining room table or in my kitchen, a wreath on the door, and lots of candles! There are a few key things to know about making large-scale arrangements. Tips below!

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