The Perfect Gift For Everyone On Your List

Have you ever walked into a holiday party with the perfect gift, only to find three other people also thought it was the perfect gift? Finding a unique holiday gift can feel like an impossible task. You want it to be special, memorable, and something the recipient loves, but the holidays always seem to sneak up. Before you know it, your shopping list has tripled in size and the list of names of family, friends, and coworkers never seems to stop growing. In this post, I give you my favorite gift suggestions that are sure to make a lasting impression.

The Person Who Has It All

We all know one person who has everything. The latest cell phone, the hottest accessories, and the trendiest clothes. It can feel impossible to pick out a gift. For this person, consider this monogrammed leather charger roll up from Mark and Graham. The monogram makes it one of a kind and the high-quality design will leave a lasting impression on the person who has everything.

The  Chef or Foodie

When you really think about it, who doesn’t love food? There’s likely a foodie or chef on your list. The person who adores cooking. Someone who’s always experimenting, taking recipes to the next level, and packs you a to-go container after every dinner date at their house. Feed their culinary love with this Artajo Olie Oil Gift Set from Williams Sonoma, or if they prefer sugar over spice, the Bobbette & Belle: Classic Recipes from the Celebrated Pastry Shop cookbook is sure to satisfy their sweet tooth.

The Entertainer

The best hosts are the ones who pay attention to every detail. Show the party planner on your list that you appreciate the time and effort they put into planning the perfect evening by giving them a gift that’s equally as thoughtful. For this person, I have two suggested gifts. One is one of my favorite books,  Flair. It’s small but cheerful and full of beautiful images. The second is this gorgeous domino set that comes in the most beautiful marble case.

The Homemaker

A well-made throw is a gift that keeps giving! The recipient will think of you each time they use it, and it’s perfect for the cooler winter months.  The Fabio Wool Throw Blanket comes in three neutral colors, is reversible, and made of durable fabric.

 

1) Fabio Wool Throw Blanket 2) 28 Pc Blanc Domino Set Covered Storage Box - Marble 3) Zanzibar Bone Handle Candle Snuffer 4) Laxmi Vilas Palace Set of 3 Black and White Mosaic Bone Boxes 5) Woven Set of 2 Grey Photo Frames 6) Leather Charger Roll Up

Stocking Stuffers And Other Small Items

A thoughtful gift doesn’t have to be big and expensive. Meaningful gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Find your favorite photo of you and the recipient and place in this woven picture frame.

If you’re looking for a more casual, but thoughtful gift, a lot of people give candles, but you can make this more personal by including a candle snuffer. The recipient will feel fancy and pampered, and the snuffer will last long after the candle burns out. Archipelago makes some of my favorite candles and these Zanzibar bone candle snuffers always make a lasting impression.

Another idea is to purchase a unique box, like these hand-painted bone boxes, and include a thoughtful note and chocolates or other candies inside. My other go-to accessory gift for clients is a magnifying glass.  You can place it almost anywhere, and everyone will ask about it!

Looking for more gift suggestions?

Start your holiday shopping today!

Stop by Peltier Home, a  design studio at  1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena, CA.


The Home Accessory You’re Missing

Accessories are everything to completing the perfect space.  Accessorizing is often the service that many of our clients request because it's one of the hardest parts of the design process.  So, which accessory do I include in EVERY room?  The vase!  And with the holiday shopping season about to take off, this is also the gift I recommend getting just about anyone on your list!

Why Decorate with Vases

A vase can act like a piece of art, bringing shape, volume, pattern, and color to a space. When buying inventory for the Peltier Home showroom floor, I stock up on different sizes, price points, and functions. Here are just a few ways to use them in any room of your home:

  1. Fill them with flowers.
  2. Sit them on their own or with a match in a smaller size.  
  3. A pretty way to collect small odds and ends around the house.
  4. The right vase can make a bold statement, add contrast, or create cohesion in a room.
  5. Pu them in a high visibility spot and create a focal point.

Decorating Your Home with Vases

When people think of vases, they most commonly think of fresh flowers, and for a good reason — fresh flowers pair perfectly with vases! When opting for fresh flowers, look for seasonal foliage at your local farmer’s market, floral store, or the best spot - Trader Joe's. Doing so helps incorporate more of the seasonal change into your home. Flowers also provide an opportunity for you to test different accent colors and shapes to see what works best in your home.

 

Although fresh flowers are beautiful, they don’t have the longest shelf life. Fortunately, vases can be filled with almost anything, so get creative.

Don’t be afraid to go bare! Vases on their own are beautiful! You aren’t required to fill your vase just to fill it. Skip the filler by opting for a vase with a unique shape, color, or pattern instead.  

 

Now, if you’re a person who loves crafts, the possibilities are endless. Vases make a fun DIY project. You can complete simple crafts at home with your little ones, friends, or on your own at a pottery class in your neighborhood. Try painting your vase, adding glitter, using a stencil, or even making your own. Color Me Mine in Pasadena offers classes where you can choose your pottery and paint it right on site. This post from Craving Some Creativity provides 30 DIY vase projects.

 

Placing Your Vases

One vase or ten vases? No problem. Vases can be grouped or displayed individually. If you have several small vases, create a still life on an end table or an entry table. Group your vases in odd numbers, and aim for a variety of shapes and sizes. Fill a few vases and leave several empty, so the still life does not appear too cluttered or chaotic.

 

Go beyond basic vase placement on tables and arrange vases on top of kitchen cabinets, on open shelving, on a mantel, or in any other free nook around your home.

 

Vases as a Holiday Gift

Versatile, fashionable, and functional; vases make the perfect holiday gift. Try one of the DIY projects linked above to create a more personalized gift, or buy a vase in a stylish color or pattern. With all the options available, this is one gift idea your family and friends are sure to love.

Start your holiday shopping today!

Stop by Peltier Home, a  design studio at  1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena, CA.


Market Recap: Fall’s Most Inspiring Event

In the world of interior design, every April and October there’s one must-attend event, and that’s the High Point Market. The Market is to home furnishings what fashion week is to clothing. The energy, excitement, and inspiration of the trade show draw more than 75,000 people to each event. It’s actually the largest home furnishing event in the world.

Although this is a high-profile event for interior designers, October 2017 was my first time back to Market in over a decade. Admittedly, not much has changed. Each year the event takes place in more than 180 buildings, taking up 11.5 million square feet of show space. There are more than 2,000 exhibitors, and the large furniture companies still have a dominating presence.

However, there was one distinct change since my last Market attendance. This year, designer-centric lines were abundant with bold statement pieces and intense looks. This trend has definitely taken root at Market and won’t be disappearing anytime soon.

How I Spent My Time At Market

This fall, Market ran from October 14-18 with the showrooms open daily from 8 am - 7 pm. My goal was to fit in as much as possible. There are so many showrooms, seminars, and expert panels taking place during Market.  I filled my schedule to the brim with designer panels and premier seminars while squeezing in as many showrooms as possible. To make the most of the experience, I looked for new, trending product lines, but also toured lines I’ve used forever to see how others were incorporating my favorite designs and materials in new and interesting ways.

Market Favorites

Although there were so many inspiring new products and trends, my favorite new introduction and product line at Market was William Yeoward for Jonathan Charles. I was also happy to see another one of my favorites, Blue & White, still going strong. Williamsburg introduced a modern look that I can’t wait to incorporate into future interior design projects.

Market Trend To Try

You don’t have to wait for the Market furniture and products lines to become available to make a few trendy changes in your home. There are a many Market-inspired options you can try today. Decorative books are a hot item to have, and Intaglio's  stripes and florals are seemingly everywhere.

Although Market is not open to the public, you can stop by Peltier Home, a  design studio at  1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena, CA, to learn more about the latest trends and newest lines from Market.


Welcome Fall into Your Home

Fall interior design tips

Fall is finally here! Even though it might not seem like it in Southern California, fall is the opportune season to give your home a refresh. You don’t have to do a household overhaul to bring the spirit of the seasonal shift into your home. A few quick swaps and thoughtfully-selected accents can leave you and your home interior feeling festive and ready to host guests, carve pumpkins, bake pumpkin seeds, and go apple picking!

Summer Swaps

Fall interior design tips

To give your interiors a dramatic transition start by swapping out your summer accessories with fall substitutes. Instead of light, airy blankets and linens, opt for thicker alternatives. Look for fabrics with a richer texture or heavier weaves. For more inspiration, read this post on the most durable fabrics for your home. Pillows are another easy-to-update item, buy one or two new pillow covers and store the old ones away until spring rolls around. This will make your home feel fresh and updated without completely redecorating.  

You can bring the outdoors inside by incorporating seasonal plants. Visit the South Pasadena Farmers Market or your local market for fall plants and fresh flowers that you can use in any room of your home. The other thing I love about fall is that you can go beyond foliage. Decorate with gourds and pumpkins for a similar effect, they will even last longer than fresh flowers.  For a modern look, use all white pumpkins across your mantel or down the center of your dining table.

Fall interior design tips

If live plants aren’t your thing, look for a high-quality faux options.  We prefer succulents as they look the most realistic, and of course require not one drop of maintenance.  There are also several indoor plants that are very easy to take care of even if you don't have a green thumb.  One of my favorite flowers are Alstroemeria (see them on the coffee table above).  Buy a few bunches at the grocery store, cut them to the right height and enjoy them for 1-2 weeks.  You just need to give them fresh water every few days.

Fall interior design tips

Decorate for Warmth

Fall interior design tips

As the seasons change, daylight starts to dwindle, but what’s cozier than ambient lighting? Decorate your interior with elements of warmth like candles and amber lighting. If you have overhead lighting or a chandelier in your dining room, accent with branches and twigs to create a nature-friendly atmosphere and a fun lighting enhancement.

Use Rich Colors

 

For a drastic fall transition, incorporate seasonal colors. Deep rich colors like green, navy, and burgundy are fall favorites, but oranges, purples, and blush tones can create a similar effect. Do away with your fresh whites and opt for off-white tones this time of year.

Seasonal Scents

Fall interior design tips

For finishing touches, make your home smell like autumn! Fall scents like pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, sandalwood, orange, rosemary, frankincense, and ginger can be found in candles or diffusers. Nothing quite says welcome home like the aromatic coziness of the fall season!

Looking for more fall-inspired interior design? Stop into  Peltier Home, a  design studio at  1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena, CA.


Design Trend Or Design Fad?

The April Furniture Market in High Point North Carolina has come and gone, but the effects of new products and trends are trickling into mainstream as we speak. The twice yearly High Point Market, is much like New York Fashion Week is to the fashion industry. Each manufacturer reinvents their showroom from top to bottom displaying not only their newest products and collections, but also putting their best foot forward, sparking trends and infusing creativity into the interior design world.

But not every trend is for every person.
Certainly you cannot ignore trends, but how do you pick and choose which to follow so your home (and style) stays current, but most importantly true to yourself?

Market Trend: Bold Geometric Patterns

Our first glimpse of the bold patterns were many years ago when IKAT filtered into the design scene. Since then bold patterns have ruled the scene and are still going strong. This year the trend has morphed into geometric patterns. I love a bold pattern just as much as any trend setter does, but rest assured, I will also tire of it quickly. Let yourself enjoy the trend with pillows, throws or even an ottoman. When a new trend arrives you can easily replace the old and bring in the new, without all the guilt of an expensive room redo.

 

Market Trend: Upholstered Casegoods

Make a bold statement with these creative pieces, they will be sure to start conversations at your next party. But don’t let them rule the room. Use them in stand alone spaces where they can have a powerful impact, but be moved or replaced at a later date. The perfect example is an entryway, usually one piece of furniture occupies this space and it’s the first impression you give visitors.

 

Market Trend: Wallpaper

If I were to recommend a trend to embrace, this might be the one. Wallpaper adds character, dimension, pattern, color and texture to a space. If your on a budget, wallpaper a single wall within a space, or make a statement in a small powder room. When you tire of it, just take it down and put something new on the walls. If you choose the right pattern and colors, you’ll be happy with the results for many years.

 

Market Trend: Gold

Here’s a trend I can actually see sticking around for quite sometime! Why? Brushed nickel and silver have been the go-to finish for hardware and fixtures for the last decade or more. With the new neutral being a cooler grey, gold is the perfect warm contrast. But don’t think in terms of the polished brass of the 1980’s, this gold is refined and sophisticated.

Don’t just follow a trend because it’s the latest and greatest. You will barely finish a room before the next round of latest and greatest products are introduced. An interior designer will be able to guide you in finding your true sense of style while keeping you current and modern within your comfort zone.

Stick to your true sense of style and have fun here and there with accents and accessories. But don’t shy away from the trends either, this is how the design world evolves so be sure to keep an eye on whats new, just give your senses a little time to soak it all in before deciding if it’s right for you.

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Wise Words From Barclay Butera

This is SO true. When I work with clients I take all of these factors into consideration. I’ve only created a fantastic space when I’ve considered the context my clients live in including their taste, lifestyle and budget.

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Blue & White Baby Shower... For A Girl?

Yes, this baby shower is for a girl!  I belong to an amazing moms group here in the San Gabriel Valley and a few of us decided to throw a “Sprinkle” for a good friend of ours.  Not a full blown baby shower because this is her second baby, but something small where we can all share in her excitement of finally having a girl!!!!  I know my photos aren’t great, but I hope it gives you an idea of how it all came together.  I am also not a gardener but I do have to pat myself on the back for miraculously makeing my roses and flowers look gorgeous.  They all seemed to bloom at once and my backyard eneded up being the perfect setting.

The Baby Shower, from conception to completion

I have never been a big pink fan but I have fallen in LOVE with Navy and pink (thanks to Caitlin Wilson), it’s so classic and mature with just the right touch of feminine.  So how did we end up on navy and pink for the baby shower?  I wanted to use real dishes and silverware instead of paper so I worked with what I had.  I own a set of 8 blue and white chinoiserrie appetizer plates.  The guest of honor also happens to love blue and white as well, so this was our starting point.  I also redid all of my outdoor furniture earlier this year and it happened to be in blue and white, so without even trying we had our girly version of a blue and white theme for this baby shower!

I love flowers, so that item was one of the most important aspects to the baby shower decor. We used blue Hydrangeas as the center piece and purchased them for a steal at Trader Joe’s. Then I wrapped some natural colored bulap around the base and tied it with two ribbons, one in a solid raspberry color and the other a light pink and white gingham check. To pull in some more pink we used light pink paper cups as well as rapspberry and white polka dotted paper napkins. To carry on the gingham idea I made water bottle labels with the phrase “Oh Baby!” and used a cute pink and white gingham paper that I just cut into strips. I also labeled all of the drinks and food with the same gingham paper so everyone would know what was being served. The final touches of pink were in the vases of flowers that I placed on the food table and coffee table in front of the settee. It was all very simple and elegant.

T he other moms and I throwing the baby shower all chipped in to make the food. We served and egg dish, a french toast dish, ginger iced tea, pink lemonade, watermelon skewers and a berry fruit salad with strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. For desert we had amazing cupcakes from Dots, everything was delicious!

Everyone knows that a mom with one child is always busy, but adding a second child to the family makes it even harder, so we decided to purchase some Thank You cards and stamp the envelopes for the mom to be. Then everyone at the party was instructed to fill out an envelope with thier name and address. The guest of honor loved it because all she had to do was write the actual thank you!

Ducky Duo Princess from Tiny Prints

I haven’t planned a party since my wedding, and I have never thrown a baby shower before, so I felt a little rusty. There were a couple of things I would have added to the party, but all in all it turned out great. You can check out the other baby shower ideas on my Pinterest “Party Board”with some of the other ideas I was considering.

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