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Gail Smith-Peterson

Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson

Closing Out The Year ~ With a brand new year knocking at the door it’s time to reflect upon ourselves and evaluate where we are and where we should go from here.

This vintage door knocker and plate will someday adorn my front door. For now, it reminds me of the work still ahead and also the possibilities on the renovation of our home...

Let’s light some candles and make some wishes... some might turn out to be goals, while some may be just for fun!

Where ever each of is this New Years Eve, we will choose a path that will lead us to the future. It may be the same path or an unfamiliar one. What ever it may be for you, I hope the journey is peaceful and quiet. So that you can hear your heart, and follow it...

 At home on New Years morning we start with fresh made juice for a special toast  to our youngest son who birthday is New Years day.

Cheers! Happy & Healthy New Year 2014

My design tip: Starting the new year by pairing down, always brings a freshness to any decor. Also gives you space display a new vintage collection of something you love.

o, Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
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Photo source: photos 1,4 by Gail Smith-Peterson 2,3,5 Pinterest

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Seasons Greetings From My Home To Yours ~ Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson

I hope your enjoying this magical season. It’s my favorite time of year. I love to see how others decorate their homes for the holidays. So since this is a near Christmas post, I thought it would be fun to share a little of our French-Nordic woodland inspired decor and favorite traditions with you!

The tree is chosen by a vote by our family. We have a little technique {family secret} how we conduct our search for the best tree!
I love how the fresh tree adds such coziness to the room right when we put it up. We elevate ours on a vintage railroad cart. This is pre-decorated!

I use fresh evergreen garlands, wreaths, and little lemony evergreen trees and twinkle lights. Glitter crowns and a carefully placed little bird for the old vintage black top hat.

Season’s Greetings hangs under dried hydrangeas, from falls last blooms.

A hand made woolen felt heart wishes all a “Merry Christmas” with some evergreens I cut from our pines.

A little gathering of angels, all different and unique just likes each of us!

Boxwood wreath and evergreens hanging in the kitchen around my vintage scale.

Each Christmas has it’s own memories; One of our favorite traditions is our Christmas Eve dinner here at home. A sit down dinner, fireside that’s true to our casual Loves elegance lifestyle. Dress code: The men can wear jeans, though must wear a crisp button down collar shirt! Something about dining by candles and the warm light of the fire make this so memorable and special.

 

Simple little stars hung in the foyer to the Boyz rooms.

I love using nature inspired elements in my decor for the holidays like this nest and birdie.

Vintage suitcases that I have collected are filled with my special ornaments and holiday decorations. They are stacked in the living room all year. Tagging them with the dates lets me know what is in each one.

Our holidays include Miss Chloe our Tibetan Mastiff. Freshly coiffed for Christmas, She prefers outside lying in the dirt! {Her coat is extremely thick this time of year so she won’t stay indoors long!} We also have a Saint Bernard puppy, Mr. Lincoln.{no picture} He will be one year soon. We love our dogs; they are a special part of our family and our Christmas memories.

On Christmas Eve my husband reads the Christmas story. Those are precious moments of stillness and excitement all in one. Christmas is magical for those who believe... I believe! I hope I always hear the Christmas bell...

My design tip: Decorating a home for the holidays is preparing our home to be a welcoming, cozy place for gatherings throughout the season. It’s truly about lovingly adding a few special touches made to share the beauty of the season with others.

Warmest Christmas Wishes,
xo, Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out
Photo source: All photos by Gail Smith-Peterson

 

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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson ~ Shimmery Gold’s & Christmas Reds
What I love about vintage ornaments is the pure elegance they have. When the gold Christmas ornaments age, they become that soft golden hue that is so lovely. Those are the vintage ornaments that I love to find.

This is a sure way to keep guests from roaming upstairs!

Beautiful delicate golden slippers in a row are a welcome place for St. Nick to leave a treat.

This simple golden hand drawn *NOEL* is charming.

Star garland in pale gold add a touch of shimmer to any space. I love to hang stars all year round!

Onto Christmas Reds ~ This is gorgeous, a pop of red in a winter blanket of snow.

Slight touches of red are pretty; they add a crisp Scandinavian feel.

My design tip: Mixing shimmery textures adds elegance to your holiday decor. A pop of Christmas red holds tradition and keeps decor fresh. Using a little of both with fresh greens is beautiful for your holiday home.
I hope you slow down, take a moment to savor the season; it’s truly a magical time of the year!

xo,

Gail

TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor

Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out 

Photo source: Pinterest

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Hope everyone is having fun celebrating the Holiday's, here's to some tree cheer - Happy Friday!

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We love desde my ventana.com ~ check out her wonderful blog post "The Mood For Christmas".

 

 

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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson ~ Nature’s Own Christmas Beauty

Every year when I think about my Christmas decor I visualize natures beauty, snow, evergreens with barren branches and twigs.


The elements naturally exude texture and have a heartiness of the rugged outdoors.

This birch star made from branches is gorgeous. I can imagine how beautiful it would be with twinkle lights, can you?

This twig star has a shadow effect I love the primitive shape. It looks simple to make.

What would Christmas be without reindeer? They are simply iconic and magical.

Tiny gilded acorns strung onto twine can be that little touch of nature that you need.

Moss covered stars are just lovely.

I hope you are inspired by natures beautiful decor. Inspiration for decorating Christmas is sometimes right in our back yard. Take a stroll in the woods, you might think it’s decorated just for you, enjoy the beauty.

My design tip: Natural elements take time to collect; making them can be a project for the whole family. The memories will last forever.

Have a beautiful weekend,
xo,

Gail
Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Shop at Second Shout Out
Photo source: All photos by Gail Smith-Peterson

 

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“Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson ~ Presenting A Gift

Well it’s on! Tis the season of celebrating,entertaining,decorating and the excitement of gift giving. I like to think the gift appearance is like a gift in itself. The way it is presented appeals to our curiosity of what may be inside.
 

The thoughtfulness that goes into choosing a gift should equally continue to the wrapping and presenting.

The thoughtfulness that goes into choosing a gift should equally continue to the wrapping and presenting.

Vintage tins or boxes filled with surprises make a wonderful presentation.

Photographs and vintage papers make beautiful tags. Bows and ribbon carefully hand made with fabrics are a labor of love.

Creating a little bag with little elements glued on will be a personal touch.

Simple elements like ribbon, yarn, twine or string adds a pretty finishing touch to a package.

It’s fun to think of unexpected ways for wrapping a gift. This shirt is the wrapping and the gift tied all up and adorned with a pretty pin.
I love wrapping my gifts early in the holiday season. I seem to have more time to wrap and enjoy creating a lovely presentation.

Using scraps of fabrics and vintage jewelry is gorgeous.

Using scraps of fabrics and vintage jewelry is gorgeous.

Placing the wrapped gifts around the house becomes part of the holiday decor.

 

My design tip: Wrapping early can be fun, the gifts can become part of the home’s temporary decoration. A beautiful thoughtful gift should be worth a little extra time for a special presentation you will be excited to give.

Have a wonderful first Christmas weekend!

xo,

Gail

TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor

Visit Casual Loves Elegance Store at Second Shout Out 

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Francisca Wolters

Giving Thanks...
It’s that time of year where we gather with our families and give thanks and eat too much...
How do you celebrate and give thanks?

With simplicity...

However your table looks may you have much to be thankful for and may your spirit, soul and stomachs be fed well.

Ciao,
Francisca Wolters
Bee & Mason

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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson ~ Company's Coming

With the last Autumnal days upon us, it is time to gather, reflect and prepare our homes for our family and friends.

The colors of Thanksgiving are borrowed from nature. A present for our eyes and soul to experience.

As we prepare for our guests we might arrange fruits and nuts in a cornucopia like the Pilgrims.

If you were to peek in the dining room window from outside you might see the warm glow of candles, beautiful vintage dishes and linens gracing the table.

Using your most comfortable chairs for guests will ensure they stay for a long while.

After dinner I hope you have time to lounge about in a lovely worn leather chair, in a room filled with vintage books!  Simply sharing some favorite memories and being together.

My design tip: Thanksgiving should be about the grace and the meal. Simple natural elements with vintage is the perfect balance. From my home to yours “Happy Thanksgiving”

 xo, Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance Vintage Collection at Second Shout Out
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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
Autumn’s Beauty From The Curb

Sometimes taking a stroll in the neighborhood or a weekend drive we see a house that takes our breath for a moment...you know the ones I’m referring too! The ones we have to pull over and stop and just gaze at every detail. Each season it’s beautifully decorated front porch or driveway gates grab our attention. The seasonal style of decorating is just right and compliments the exterior of the home. We enjoy their attention to detail and creativity to make simple pumpkins or branches appear as works of art.

Love these pumpkins mingled with pots of flowers, stalks of corn flanking the front doors nicely balance the tall front doors

Simple pumpkins are sometimes just perfect!

This home has beautiful design details, accenting the door with a seasonal wreath and adding branches of foliage invites a warm Autumn feel.

A vintage garden cart embellished with ornamental lettuce and mums. Lettered pumpkins...darling!

If your out after dark, than you will love this!

My design tip: Seasonal decorating doesn’t need to be over done. Compliment the style of the home, have fun and remember it will be seen from the curb by all who walk and drive by!

Have a beautiful weekend, maybe you will take a stroll or drive in your neighborhood and find your favorite!

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