Holiday Gift Guide: Natural Treasures

Natural treasures from the earth make harmonious accessories for the home. At my favourite store in London - Anthropologie - I was swooning over the lustre of mineral home accessories and bar essentials to step up your Christmas entertaining. I literally wanted everything! Geodes, marble and capiz shell are used in the design of precious gifts and utensils. Beautiful gifts for others or yourself that will make you the hostess with the mostess this year. But I also spotted beautiful ceramics and … [Read more...]

Wishing you a Wonderful Holiday Season

As the end of the year approaches, I'm taking time off from blogging to restore and relax but also to focus on what matters most: family life and time with friends. 2016 Has been very good to me so there is much to celebrate and reflect on. I would like to thank all my readers and social media followers for sticking by me the past 5 years. I hope I have inspired you to find and enjoy the small and big luxuries in life. The biggest luxuries are, in the end, a warm and comfortable home, being with … [Read more...]

Adding Greenery to the Christmas Decor

christmas evergreen

Now that my tree is up and all my ornaments are in place, it's time to throw in the greenery. Using greenery not only livens up the place but also adds atmosphere because of the combination of the wonderful aromatic  evergreens. Eucalyptus, cedar, pine, juniper and balsam all have that distinct fragrance that draws you in the Christmas mood. By misting them with water daily you will keep them fresh so you can enjoy the scents for weeks. On average, the evergreen will stay good for about two … [Read more...]

My Holiday Home 2016

Christmas decor

I can't believe it's almost Christmas already. This year has really flew by. Like each year I would like to give my readers a peek into my home to show you how I've decorated for the holiday season. The decorations have been up a week now, and I'm still adding touches every day. I haven't styled my dining table yet so I can only show you part of my home. This year I opted for a white and gold theme with touches of petrol blue. Gold instantly adds chic to the decor, even though you don't have to … [Read more...]

A Christmas Home Decor inspired by the Middle East

It is always a challenge to decorate my home differently for the holidays. Each year I try to think of a theme that is new yet easily attainable with the decorations and accessories I already have. No one wants to buy a whole new collection of ornaments and baubles each year, I mean, where would I put all of it, right? But just a few purchases of 6 baubles, can already make a huge difference. Last year I had a floral themed Christmas decor. And you may also remember my Audrey Hepburn Christmas … [Read more...]

Christmas decor in the kitchen

Decorating the house for Christmas doesn't stop at the living and dining area. In a few simple steps you can transform your kitchen to exude the holiday spirit. Put your Christmas cookie cutter on display in large mason jars. Or, inject your kitchen with the scent of fresh Christmas with a miniature pine tree or a bowl of greenery and pine cones. Use a wooden stick as a rod to hang small Christmas ornaments between your branches, or just use your utensils rod and combine the functionals with the … [Read more...]

7 Christmas Styling Tips with the Poinsettia

Poinsettia

It's almost December, and therefore time to start decorating the house for Christmas. A simple way to instantly add some holiday cheer to your decor is by buying the iconic Christmas plant: the Poinsettia (kerst-ster in Dutch). Now I have to say that I'm not a huge fan of the red ones, but the peachy pink and white ones can definitely get my approval. I feel that the red ones exude a classic holiday vibe, while the white and peach variations add a soft and winter ambiance to your … [Read more...]