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Give Thanks: Kirsten Krason Tells Us What She’s Thankful For

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Spending time with our family and friends during the holidays always makes us appreciate the little — and big! — things in life. This year, we’re celebrating them all with our new series: Give Thanks.

This week, we asked designer and blogger Kirsten Krason to share what she’s thankful for this year:

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“During the Holidays I’m most grateful for my cozy bedroom. I stay in bed as long as possible on snowy days here in Utah. My kids usually climb into bed with me and we cuddle under the blankets.”

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“I love the big windows in my room as well. It’s magical to watch the snow falling as we get ready for the day. Lighting a holiday candle sets the mood even more. These cozy moments remind me what life is all about.”

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Photos by Jylare Smith
Seen in photo: Lily Task Lamp, Gold Leaf Tray

See what designers Becki Owens and Nicole Davis are grateful for, too. (Hint: It takes place in one seriously stunning kitchen.)

Give Thanks: Designers Owens + Davis Tells Us What They’re Thankful For

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Every holiday season, we find ourselves thinking about what we’re most grateful for in life. Isn’t that what’s great about Thanksgiving? It’s the perfect time to reflect on the good things in life.

This year, we’re giving thanks with some of our favorite designers in a new series. We asked them one simple question: What are you most thankful for this time of year?

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We love designer Becki and Nicole of Owens & Davis‘s answer: “We are most grateful at this time of year for the time spent gathered around family meals in our homes.”

With so many dinners, parties and other entertaining events during the holiday season, it’s important to step away from the chaos and spend time with those we love.

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Owens’ spread with our Vintage Wood Pizza Paddleboard and Vintage Wood Oval Tray is a simply tasty (and healthy!) way to kick off the holiday entertaining season. 

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PS: How gorgeous is her all white kitchen? Amazing!

PPS: What are you thankful for this year?

New York, New York! Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling’s Favorite NYC Spots

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What a wonderful town — we love New York, and that’s why we’ve included it in our new City & State Shop this season. We asked one of the Big Apple’s experts — Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling — to share her favorite NYC spots and secrets.

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What do you think makes your city different from any other?
There’s an unbelievable energy about New York that I haven’t experienced anywhere else. I truly believe that if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!

Why did you decide to live where you live? What made you fall in love with your city?
Running a small business in New York City is an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. I love the people, the culture, the food, and the feeling that I’ll probably never see everything there is to see here!

Favorite lunch spot: Café Cluny
Favorite place for a girls’ night out: Rosemary’s
Favorite local date night: Palma
Favorite place to think and wander: Central Park
Favorite secret about your city (secret spot, little known fact, etc.): The covered bridge in Beekman Place is an Instagram-worthy hidden gem!

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Do you love New York too? Check out some of our favorite NYC product here:
1. New York City Mini Landmarks/ 2. New York City Embroidered Pillow/ 3. City & State Scented Candlepot/ 4. New York Times Framed Photography Brooklyn Bridge/ 5. New York State Embroidered Pillow/ 6. New York City Mug/ 7. New York City Sign Framed Print

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Don’t forget to take a look at Mackenzie’s blog, Design Darling, for more decor tips, picks and NYC favorites.

 

A Simply Beautiful (and Quite Charming!) Fall Tabletop + Win a Set of Our Cambria Dinnerware!

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Out with the old, in with the new! With the first day of fall officially behind us (adios, summer!), it feels like the perfect time to switch out our outdoor dinnerware for rich autumn hues. We love how deep olive green, bright pumpkin orange and a splash of sunflower yellow define the color palette for this lovely tabletop by Joelle Charming.

The simple but statement making arrangement features our Cambria Dinnerware (in a new Olive hue),  Perotti Flatware and Cliff Wood & Metal Lanterns.

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Plus, we LOVE this delicious, fall-inspired rum cocktail recipe she whipped up with Ron Zacapa 23 Rum:

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Ingredients:

Spoonful of raw sugar (to taste)
A few dashes of Angostura bitters
2 oz. of spiced rum
Orange peel

Instructions:

Muddle together the sugar and bitters in the bottom of a rocks glass and add the rum. Mix together with a spoon and add ice. Squeeze the juice from the peel of an orange on top, and serve cold.

Notes: 

You can also use sugar syrup or a sugar cube, if you prefer.

Before and After! Sarah Dorsey Design’s Entryway Makeover

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With a little work, a lot of effort and some smart DIY skills, designer Sarah Dorsey completely transformed her new home’s entryway into a light and bright space. Keep reading for her full entryway makeover!

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What was once a cramped, awkward room is now a wonderful welcome into a beautiful home. Take a look at her entryway makeover and before and after photos, below.

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Before: Clunky wooden beams on the walls and ceiling made the room feel much smaller than it actually is.

After: As a lover of natural wood grain, Dorsey was torn about whether or not to paint the space. But after some debate, she ended up painting all of the wood beams white, and didn’t look back.

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Dorsey tore up the old tile and put in a new herringbone gray marble tile to elevate the room’s feel. We love the custom built-ins at the end of the room too! Perfect for storage, and our Wire Cubby Baskets help keep often-used items tidy.

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Dorsey put her DIY skills to the test and put together a gallery wall of her own art, along with our Metal Silver Letters.

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A DIY coat rack and our Collapsible Baskets provide an easy place to drop off coats, bags and umbrellas as soon as people walk in the door.

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Dorsey’s DIY mirror (Amazing, right?) sits over a handy wall shelf with our Eleana Recycled Bud Vases for a last minute freshen-up before heading out.

See Sarah’s full post here.

Home We Love: Eclectic Living Room with a Bohemian Twist

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Eclectic style is anything but easy — it requires just as much balance, symmetry and harmony as more traditional spaces, but with a dash of quirky charm. That’s why we love this bright, beautiful and eclectic living room from Lonny Magazine

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Wood furnishings, brass accents, artworks, and a lofty fiddle-leaf fig tree combine in an unexpectedly cohesive, multipurpose space. What makes it work? A disciplined mix of colors and shapes. Read more about this living room and the rest of this bohemian-style house here.

Home We Love: A Chandelier You Won’t Want to Miss

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There are a lot of amazing things going on in this beautiful kitchen from Lonny Magazine — but in our opinion, there are only three words that should describe this space: Spanish. Galleon. Chandelier.

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The crisp black and white palette of this modern country kitchen in Sag Harbor, New York only draws attention to the bold and unexpected chandelier hanging from the ceiling. It’s a daring choice, but the space’s clean lines and simple color palette help to pull it off.

Read more about this space here.