How the Designers Decorate: Thanksgiving Tablescapes

November 27, 2014 -- Jen

Deck the halls and set the tables!  The holiday season is officially here with the first major snowfall of the year on Thanksgiving in New England. Outside, we could stare forever at the beauty of nature and its sparkling tree branches that glisten with fresh snow and icicles. Inside, we’re heating things up in the kitchen and around the dinner table. Earlier this week, we shared some Thanksgiving tablescapes from New England designers and our favorite inspirations from Pinterest.

Today, we’ve asked the designers to send in pictures of Thanksgiving tablescapes they designed. We’ll be updating this post as photos are sent in. 

SLC Interiors

Table by SLC Interiors

LDa Architecture & Interiors

LDa Architecture & Interiors

Table by Jayme Kennerknecht, Interior Designer at LDa Architecture & Interiors

Table by Elizabeth Swartz Interior Design 

Table by Patrick Ahearn Architect

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Small Business Saturday

November 25, 2014 -- stefanie

This Saturday, November 29th, is the fourth annual Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is all about shopping local - local boutiques, local restaurants, and local merchants. After the big business emphasis of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday is a welcome excuse to shop in your town's local stores.

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Here, we've broken down Small Business Saturday by town. If we've missed a favorite boutique of yours, let us know!

Wellesley

Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs

Lyn Evans

Located on 8 Church Street in scenic Wellesley, Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs is a premier boutique with beautiful jewelry, apparel, and handbags for women. Their clothing is chosen with impeccable taste and style in mind, and you're sure to find something totally unique!

Boston

Marcoz Antiques

Marcoz Antiques

Marcoz Antiques is located on 10 James Avenue in Boston's historic Back Bay. They have been featured on Elle Decor for their impressive inventory of beautiful and unique antiques, including rare furniture, glass, porcelain, textiles, mirrors, jewelry, and sculptures. 

Wish

Wish

Wish is located on 49 Charles Street, and is headed by two women with an eye for style and grace. Wish carries many well-known clothing and jewelry brands, like Ella Moss, Alice + Olivia, Milly, Rachael Ryen, and many more. Stop in and we promise you'll find the chic outfit you're looking for!

Newton

Didrik's

Didriks

Didrik's is located at the Mill at Newton Lower Falls at 2284 Washington Street. They sell everything from dinner and dessert plates to espresso cups to wooden salad bowls to teak outdoor furniture to cookware to bedding, blankets, and throws. Basically everything you would need for your home and garden! 

Sudbury

Mango Tree Artisans

Mango Tree Artisans

Mango Tree Artisans is located on 410 Boston Post Road. They sell beautiful gifts, jewelry, home accents, and accessories that are ethically sourced from around the world. Mango Tree Artisans supports Fair Trade, meaning that the artisans and artists who create the beautiful projects are paid fairly, work in safe conditions, and are environmentally sustainable. 

Natick

Cody's Creations

Cody's Creations is located on 43 Main St, and specializes in boutique pet products like leashes, bags, harnesses, and collars. Cody's Creations also donates a portion of their profits to animal shelters and rescue groups. 

Where will you be shopping on Small Business Saturday?

 

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Cocktails, Appetizers to Complement your Thanksgiving Meal

November 24, 2014 -- stefanie

Thanksgiving isn't just all about the turkey - a delicious cocktail and tasty appetizer is a great way to make your Thanksgiving complete. 

We're loving this Apple Cider Sangria recipe. Equal parts sweet and tangy, it is a perfect drink to complement both your meal and your dessert.

Recipe and photo from Lemon Tree Dwelling

Combine 1 bottle of Pinot Grigio, 2.5 cups of fresh apple cider, 1 cup of club soda, 1/2 cup of ginger brandy, 3 chopped honey crisp apples, 3 chopped pears. Combine and stir. Yields 4-6

Another option is this Pomegranate and Ginger Spritzer. It's refreshing and light, and perfect during or after your meal. 

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Recipe and photo from drizzleanddip.com

Combine 1 cup of fresh pomegranate juice, 2 teaspoons lemon or lime juice, 1/3 cup sugar, 5cm piece of sliced ginger, pomegranate seeds, and tequila. Yields 4-6

For something just a little bit fancier, try this blackberry thyme sparkler. Serve in Champagne flutes for a wonderful celebratory after-dinner drink!

drink

Photo and recipe from theeffortlesschic.com

Combine 1 bottle of Champagne, 1 cup blackberries, 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 4 oz gin, 4 sprigs of thyme, 1 cup ice, gold baking sugar for the rim. Yields 4-6

What’s a cocktail without a cheese platter? This appetizer has our mouth watering!

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Pumpkin Pecan Baked Brie

Ingredients: 1 sheet puff pastry dough, 1 (8 oz.) round brie cheese, ¼ c. pumpkin butter, ¼ c. pecans, 1 egg, 1 Tbsp. water

These goat cheese-stuffed mushrooms are sure to be a hit with your guests! Don’t get overwhelmed with prepping for the big dinner- you can make this appetizer ahead of time. 

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Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

There’s always something fun for the kids! Make their fruit look appetizing with this cute display. 

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Photo via Pinterest

Impress your guests with this simple yet sophisticated snack - prosciutto and blue cheese-wrapped pears. 

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Prosciutto and Blue Cheese Wrapped Pears

5 Pears, Blue Cheese (Option: Goat Cheese Instead), 30 Slice Prosciutto, 2 Tablespoons Honey 

What will you be serving? Share your recipes in the comment section below! 

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Trending this Fall: Ponchos

November 24, 2014 -- stefanie

This fall, we're seeing ponchos and capes all over the runway and in the streets of the trendiest cities. Since it's an excuse to wear a stylish blanket, we're 100% on board with this trend! What do you think?

The Colour Block Check Blanket Poncho by Burberry is a gorgeous knit combination of wool and cashmere. Made in Scotland, it is inspired by classic equestrian blankets. 

Burberry

Colour Block Check Blanket Poncho by Burberry

Michael Kors makes a beautiful poncho design in lighter shades of white and grey. The turtleneck ensures lots of warmth!

michael kors

Turtleneck Poncho Sweater by Michael Kors

For a classic black option, Ralph Lauren offers a timeless design with a gold accent button. 

Ralph Lauren

Shawl Collar Poncho by Ralph Lauren

Eileen Fisher has a beautiful Drape Neck Poncho in an always-trendy oatmeal hue. Perfect for transitioning from fall into winter. 

Eileen Fisher

Drape Neck Poncho by Eileen Fisher

BCBG makes a cozy style with a hood and a longer length. 

BCBG

Hooded Poncho by BCBG

What do you think of the poncho trend? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

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Ideas & Inspirations for Thanksgiving

November 24, 2014 -- stefanie

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we have tons of ideas for decor and tablescapes for a day full of good food and great company. 

Our first stop to finding the best Thanksgiving tablescape inspiriation is of course, Pinterest. Here, gold table decor make for an elegant dinner party.  

Thanksgiving tablescapes

Patrick Ahearn Architect not only designs some of the most stunning homes on Martha's Vineyard, he also sets a magnificent Thanksgiving table. Dimmed lights, candles and an array of pumpkins complete this look. 

Patrick Ahearn Architect

Patrick Ahearn Architect

Below, a simple table setting from didriks. The muted tones of grey, white, and burnt orange provide a clean and no-fuss backdrop for your Thanksgiving meal.

didriks

Table setting from Didriks

For something a little more ornate, try plates embellished with dark tones and designs. This Lenox Vintage Jewel Dinnerware is sophisticated and elegant without feeling stuffy. Perfect for a meal shared with friends and family.

lenox vintage jewel dinnerware bloomingdales

Dinnerware from Bloomingdales

Grey tones are another subtle yet beautiful option for a Thanksgiving tablescape. The greys, browns, and whites in the SLC Interiors table setting below provide a gorgeous neutral setting. 

slc interiors

Tablescape by SLC Interiors

If you're steering away from the traditional Thanksgiving colors and want to go modern, we suggest going with the classic black and white combo. 

Thanksgiving Table

(Image/Pinterest)

For a pop of color, a floral centerpiece is always a pretty option. The one below is from Arhaus, and is perfect for fall with its dark, dramatic tones and interesting combination of textures. 

Arhaus

Floral Centerpiece from Arhaus

For a fun glittery addition to your Thanksgiving table, Anthropologie has beautiful Gilded Rim glassware for fun cocktails and wine - a must during the holiday season!

Gilded Rim Glassware from Anthropologie

When it comes to classic, Ralph Lauren Home is a go-to. This festive holiday tablescape brings style all season long featuring the plaid Duke tabletop and elegant gold accents. 

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren Home

A quick refresher on setting your table properly is always helpful!  

Table Setting

 

From everyone at Boston Design Guide, we wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! We'd love to see pictures of your holiday tablescapes and feature them on our blog. Upload your pictures online with the hashtag #BostonDesign and tag us in it, or e-mail pictures to web@bostondesignguide.com 

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Tips for Keeping Your Home Secure Over the Holidays

November 20, 2014 -- stefanie

The holidays are approaching, and that means lots of gifts lying around the house, busy schedules, and trips to visit family. The months of November and December are notorious for having the highest break-in statistics. Here, we've compiled a list of tips and tricks for keeping your home safe this season, so you can focus on what's really important. 

1. Don't Put Your Security Keyboard on Your Home's Exterior

Mortland Overhead Door

Mortland Overhead Door

Cutting Edge Systems recently blogged about the importance of installing your security keypad on the interior of your home, instead of the exterior. When your security keypad is on the outside of the house, it is subject to damage by the elements. With winter approaching, there's sure to be lots of wind, rain, and snow here in New England. If your security keypad gets damaged, the entire system could be compromised, leaving your home at risk for a break-in. Also, an exterior keypad is subject to theft, and possible intruders are able to see if your home is armed or not. 

2. Hire Somebody To Plow Your Driveway While You're Away

Battle Associates

Architecture by Battle Associates Architects

Most landscape companies in the Northeast also offer plowing services in the winter. If you are away visiting family during a snowstorm, it will be obvious that you aren't home when your driveway remains covered in inches of snow. A plowed driveway makes it look like somebody is home, deterring possible thieves. And, you won't have to shovel when you return! 

3. Set Up a Home Surveillance System

Elite Media Solutions

Elite Media Solutions offers top-of-the-line surveillance cameras and monitors. Check in on what's going on in and around your home from the couch, your bedroom, or from across the country. The sophisticated camera system will catch any motion and activity, and in the event of a crime, the captured images and video can serve as evidence.

4. Automate Your Home

Innovative Solutions Home Theater

Innovative Solutions Home Theater offers a home automation system that will let you control your lights, TV, and any other systems right from your Smartphone or tablet. This way, you can manage all of your home systems from across the country if you need to, making your home look occupied even when it isn't. 

What tips do you have for deterring intruders and keeping your home safe? Share with us in the comment section.

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"This Old House" is Accepting Nominations in Boston

November 20, 2014 -- stefanie

"Before" photo from Cambridge renovation

"After" photo from Cambridge renovation

Now through December 31, Boston-area residents can submit their old home and property for a chance to have it renovated by the "This Old House" crew and featured on the show!

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Inspiring Home Entryways

November 19, 2014 -- stefanie

What's more important than making an entrance? We've compiled some of our favorite foyers and entryways, from wonderfully simple to colorful and statement-making. 

This sleek, minimalist entryway uses clean, straight lines and contrasting colors to create a serene entrance to the home. The clear glass center table adds a modern touch. 

MGa | Marcus Gleysteen Architects

MGa | Marcus Gleysteen Architect

This Mission-Style foyer makes beautiful use of space. The intricate woodwork on the staircase brings the eye up, and the large piece of abstract art on the left wall is a sophisticated way to bring a serious splash of color. 

Kistler & Knapp

Kistler & Knapp Builders

The majestic, sweeping foyer space below evokes old, Grand-style staircases. A beautiful way to take advantage of high ceilings and palatial proportions. 

Eligius Homes Company

Eligius Homes Company

The entryway below takes a simpler approach, with white-painted wood walls and ceiling. Light hardwood gives the space a casual feel, and a large, rustic hanging pendant lamp brings warmth and elegance. 

Brookes + Hill, Photo by Michael Lee

The foyer below is unconventional in both color and decor. The bright blue walls are unexpected, but work when combined with the dark hardwood of the gorgeous center table and furniture accents. The hanging crystal chandelier gives the room grace and Old World beauty. 

Whitla Brothers

Whitla Brothers 

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Unique Gifts for Everybody on Your List

November 19, 2014 -- stefanie

We've compiled the ultimate shopping list for everybody on your list this holiday season. 

For the chef in your circle, we've selected the Paderno Spiralizer and Cookbook from Williams Sonoma. A spiralizer takes any vegetable or fruit - squash, radishes, cucumber, apple, etc and cuts it into spiral spaghetti shapes. The possibilities for recipes are endless - think spiralized apple fruit salad, or cucumber pasta with tomato sauce. A great way to incorporate fruits and veggies into every delicious meal.

gifts paderno spiralizer and cookbook

Paderno Spiralizer and Cookbook from Williams Sonoma

For the beauty-lover, try Kate's Dream Cream- it's even available for men! They're offering special gift-wrapping all throughout December.

kates dream cream 

Kate's Dream Cream

For the lover of all things music, we found the coolest headphone set out there -the Friends Taylor Headphones from Lord and Taylor. Not only do they offer impressive noise-canceling ability, they're also super stylish and beautiful, a fashion accessory in and of themselves. 

gifts friends taylor headphones lord and taylor

Friends Taylor Headphones from Lord and Taylor

For the more literary-inclined, a Spineless Classic poster is the perfect accent to decorate their reading nook. The Spineless Classic posters feature a full-length novel printed on a single page, and are available for all of the major classics - Romeo & Juliet, Pride and Prejudice (below), The Great Gatsby, 1984, The Princess Bride and many more. 

Spineless Classics

Pride and Prejudice Spineless Classic Poster

For the wine enthusiast, the Match Pewter Wine Cooler is the perfect gift. It is both useful and beautiful, and sure to delight any lover of fine wines. 

Didriks

 

Match Pewter Wine Cooler from Didriks.com

For the sport-loving man, cuff links made from game-used pucks (or baseballs or stadium seats) are the perfect thoughtful gift. 

Bruins CuffLinks

Boston Bruins Game-Used Puck Cufflinks

For the host or hostess, this Teak Root Serving Platter is a gift they will cherish for years. Its beautifully rustic design is both unique and practical, and sure to come in handy for dinner parties and cocktail hours for years to come. 

gifts uncommon goods double tiered teak root serving platter

Teak Root Serving Platter from Uncommon Goods

Finally, for your fashion-forward friend who's always out and about, this Kate Spade New York I Kissed A Frog Clutch is the perfect sparkly accessory for the holiday season. 

Kate Spade Clutch

Kate Spade New York I Kissed A Frog Clutch

 

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Paris-Inspired Interior Design

November 18, 2014 -- stefanie

There's nothing chicer than a Parisian apartment. However, if you aren't lucky enough to reside in the city of lights for real, there's still ways to make your home or apartment feel like this luxurious French city.

In this living room by Wilson Kelsey Design, we see the makings of a classic and beautiful Parisian space. Take note of: the subtle floral wallpaper, the luxurious and oh-so-French lounge chair, the intricate mouldings along the ceiling and on the two hutches, the crystal chadnelier, and the many gilded accents throughout the room. These small bits of Paris style can be incorporated individually into almost any space. 

Wilson Kelsey Design

Interior Design by Wilson Kelsey Design

Light and airy pastel colors also work well to evoke a Parisian feel. The lavender-toned couch and olive green armchair and ottoman bring rich color saturation into the otherwise off-white room. When paired with a crystal chandelier, crown mouldings, and more gilded accents, the room is undeniably French.

Lundy's Drapery Hardware and Home

Drapery by Lundy's Drapery Hardware and Home

If color isn't really your style, a more neutral room like the grayscale one below by Carter & Company can also be accessorized to feel glamorous and Parisian. The varying shades of grey combine beautifully with elaborate mouldings around the fireplace and ceiling, and gilded accents like the frames, mirror, side table, and floor lamp up the luxury.

Carter & Company, Photo by Eric Roth

Interior Design by Carter & Company, Photo by Eric Roth

For a more subtle space, try incorporating just one or two classic Parisian elements with more modern ones. In the Oak Hill Architects dining room below, a crystal chandelier and beautiful crown mouldings are combined with more simple decor for the rest of the room. Ghost chairs around the dining room add a surpising and modern touch that works well to balance the extravagance of the lighting and woodwork.

Oak Hill Architects

Architecture by Oak Hill Architects

If all you're really looking for is one statement-making accent to remind you of beautiful Paris, then we say go for a gorgeously carved fireplace. Intricate mouldings make it look antiqued, which is a charming way to add character to any space.

Mouldings by Horner Millwork

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