Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas from The Glam Pad!

Wishing you and yours a blessed and Merry Christmas, full of joy and cheer!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas with Aerin Lauder

I have always been mesmerized by Aerin Lauder's exquisite taste and completely in awe of all of her incredible homes. From her New York apartment to homes in Long Island, Aspen, and Palm Beach, this style icon truly lives an enchanted life. If you haven't yet purchased her recently released book Beauty at Home, I highly recommend that you add it to your Christmas wish list. I can't keep my hands off of it, as it is packed full of pure gorgeousness! Since Christmas is just around the corner, let's take a look at how Aerin decorates and entertains at the holidays...  

Aerin says via worldofaerin.com, "I love holiday parties—going to them, hosting them—it is such a fun time of year. I especially like how holiday gatherings span generations. From grandparents to little ones, everyone is together having a great time. With so many different ages at my own parties, I like to offer food that appeals to everyone whether they are 5 or 85.  I always serve pigs in blankets, smoked salmon on toast, cheese puffs, and crab cakes. Desserts like Christmas and gingerbread cookies, peppermint ice cream and brownies are impossible to resist. Vintage cocktail napkins in red and green embroidered with holly, Santas, or initials are stacked on tables. I always place treats like chocolate balls, peppermint sticks, ribbon candy, nuts and popcorn in gold nesting bowls around the apartment. I love how gold accents make everything feel more festive."

"I decorate my apartment with lots of red everywhere during the holidays—peonies, dahlias, and berries. I’ll wrap garlands around the stairs and over the fireplace mantle. In the den, I play Christmas movies like Miracle on 34th Street or Rudolph on the TV.   When it is time to leave, I have small gifts like scented candles wrapped in gold paper and ribbon waiting at the door a custom my grandmother taught me many years ago," said Aerin.

Reprinted from BEAUTY AT HOME Copyright (c) 2013 by AERIN LAUDER. Published by Potter Style, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, LLC, a Penguin Random House Company. 
"My family liked to make a big deal out of holidays. I remember Christmas Eve dinners at my grandmother's townhouse, with Champagne, caviar, roast beef, and her favorite desert - bûche de Noël. The table was always beautifully set. There would be a fire crackling, and piles of presents, and she would have the Salvation Army come over and sing carols with us. It was warm and generous, and I've tried to re-create that same feeling for my own children. I grew up in houses that were always full of friends and family, and that impulse to bring people together is part of my DNA," Aerin Lauder -  Beauty at Home.
You may recall this fabulous feature in the December 2007 issue of House & Garden magazine...   
Every Christmas Eve, Aerin sets the table with Estée's silver and tableware, and she cooks a big holiday dinner using old family recipes.

In Aerin's elegant dining room, the Indian marble table is ready for Christmas. It is set with her grandmother Estée's English cut crystal, gold flatware, and vintage lace napkins.  

Vintage Chinese urns line the mantle in the living room.

Aerin always gets a gingerbread house from William Poll, in NYC.

Aerin in her kitchen posed with Christmas gifts. The lights are from Ann Morris Antiques, NYC.

Aerin's Thanksgiving table set with her grandmother's dishes, as photographed by Claiborne Swanson Frank, for Vogue.

Aerin loves cut flowers, branches, pinecones, and plants.

On Christmas morning, Aerin makes a special breakfast for her husband and boys. Click here for her holiday eggnog French toast...
and here for more on Aerin's tips for holiday entertaining.
Last but not least, here are a few holiday snapshots Aerin shared via Instagram... Side note, do you Instagram? I finally broke down and joined last week, and I'm totally hooked! You can follow me here.

Through her career, her homes, her entertaining, and her traditions, Aerin has pays homage to her grandmother, all while adding her new, fresh perspective. To learn more about Aerin's impeccable sense of style, click here to read more about Beauty at Home. Want to bring a touch of Aerin style to your home for the holidays? Here are a few suggestions from her incredible AERIN line!
Aerin has partnered with Lenox to create this Deep Sea Ikat Dinnerware, with a pattern reminiscent of the Toiles de Nantes from Estée's bedroom.

1) AERIN Bird Bottle Opener; 2) AERIN Sphere Nesting Bowls; 3) AERIN Fireside and Fir candle; 4) AERIN Spherical Match Striker
Click here for more of Aerin's home collection... I would like one of everything please, Santa! 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Decor to Reflect your Personal Style, by The Famous Home

A few months ago, I posed the question, "Is your décor a reflection of your wardrobe? Does our sense of style in fashion go hand-in-hand with our decorating tastes?" Natalie at The Famous Home also broached the subject recently, and after a couple of emails back and forth, we came up with a fun idea for a guest post! Natalie, an extremely talented new blogger, has amazing style, and her inspiration boards are fantastic.  So today she is sharing how she would decorate for four potential clients with varying styles, based on inspiration from style icons...
When Andrea invited me to guest post at The Glam Pad I was incredibly flattered as I truly admire her sense of style! She and I are both intrigued by Betsy Burnham's quote, "I can define a client's design goals by looking in her closet." An individual's sense of fashion is a great source for inspiration to create a room that truly suits her and makes her feel most at home.

I've created three looks for each of the following ladies: 

The Romantic
The Glamour Girl

The Sophisticate
and The Bohemian
For my client whose style could best be classified as romantic (whose style icons would include Audrey Hepburn) I created the following den where she could curl up on her daybed and read on a rainy afternoon.

For the lady who dresses in the most glamorous way (whose style icons would include Marilyn Monroe) I created glam spot to serve champagne to guests from her mirrored secretary turned bar. The colour palette was inspired by her favourite drink...

For the sophisticate (whose style icons would include Natalie Wood, with whom I share a name hence… The Famous Home) I created a chic living room for her based on the fact that she always can be counted on to leave the home looking impeccable dressed in a black and white palette with hints of red or pink.

And for the bohemian woman whose style follows no rules but her own (whose style icons would include Miroslava Duma and Nicole Richie) I put together a room that includes saturated colours pieces inspired by all the far flung places my client has had the pleasure of experiencing.
Again, I'd really like to thank Andrea for being so kind to have me here today! 

Natalie, thank you so much for sharing your amazing vision! I love each of these rooms, and could honestly move right into any of them. Which one best represents your style?  Please make sure to stop by The Famous Home for more of Natalie's work!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Reader Home Tour: Inside Novara Way's Home!

It has been way too long since my last Reader Home Tour, and I am positively delighted to take you inside Sharon from Novara Way's home today! If you do not already know Sharon, she is one of the kindest and most thoughtful bloggers in blogland... and she happens to have exceptional taste!

Sharon describes her style as "French, Asian, coastal, ranch," and while this description gets a lot of "funny looks" from new friends, she says once they know her, they understand she is constantly moving things around.  Sharon is also a fellow bargain hunter, always looking for one of a kind vintage treasures. And she certainly has amassed an incredible collection!

Sharon lives in Southern California with her Jack Russell, named Chubby. "I have always found animals in the shelter," she said. "Without this turning into an Oprah show, let's just say that hosting animals has taught me so much about myself. I will never have a home without one living in it."

"This Asian beaded number is from a local garage/tag sale," said Sharon. "It was off to the side, caked with dirt and dust. I asked the homeowner what she was asking and she told me it wasn't for sale. We started talking, and she took my number. She wanted to make sure her kids didn't want it! ( I think the dirt build up was a good indication) She called me up and it was mine. $400. Not the deal of the day, but sometimes..."

"My fun surprise was this mirror," said Sharon. "I saw it at an antique mart and kept thinking about it. I went back to purchased it. $450. The very next day a friend and I were online and an antique store in New York was brought up in conversation. So we Googled it, and took a peek. To my surprise the mirror, a smaller size, was there and priced at $4,500. Venetion mirror with Portuguese trim. I was thrilled, but then again, I bought what I liked!"

The brass Greek key coffee table was a gifted from a neighbor who no longer wanted it. Sharon recently found an identical one on sale for $1,100!

"I kept seeing a chandelier I wanted, but it was $1,950. I found this one crusing Craig's List for $200.  I had to drive 45 minutes north to Montecito to pick it up," said Sharon.
 Sharon found this painting of California (one of a set of three) for $5 each. She purchased them from a girl who's grandmother painted them. 

The pagoda console is a Pier One find Sharon painted white. Gorgeous!
California landscape paintings, $5 each.

"The bed is vintage from the 50's by Baker, and in great condition. I paid $720, a friend told me it would be upwards of $10,000," said Sharon. "No mater what the value, I love it and would not be able to find a bed like this for $720."

When asked about her blue and white collection, Sharon responded, "I didn't realize that I collected Blue and White! In my mind I'm looking for Foo dogs, in pairs. If one is single I let him in to join the pack. I fell in love with the Blue Willow because of the story behind the scene, and the Greek key. Now that you mention it, I did purchase some very old Blue Willow on CL that I don't use. Just look at....  I have a soft spot for dishes. Blogging has really opened my eyes, that I'm not alone. It's strange what calls to us. I like really old transferware/ironstone. Three sets at Novara Way. So that's how it started, Blue Willow."

Sharon scored this set of brown transferware from Craigslist for $40. It is part of a service of 11 with eight dinner plates.

Raised in the San Fernando Valley, Sharon has moved extensively over the last 20 years due to her job as a designer for a production home builder. She has lived in Lake Tahoe, Dallas, Florence, Kentucky, Salt Lake City, and now back home via San Diego. "I have family here in Southern California, and it's my home," she said. "I left a job after 20 years and started an entirely new career. I moved to Oak Park to be closer to family." In her spare time, she enjoys renovating and flipping homes. "It's magical for me. Homes, and changing them, is what I like to do," she said.

I think you'll agree that Sharon is a pretty special lady, and an incredibly talented decorator! To learn more about Sharon and to follow her adventures, please head over to her blog Novara Way

Click here for my first Reader Home Tour, featuring a Palm Beach Chic abode... And stay tuned as our Reader Home Tours continue with a magnificent Hollywood Regency mansion around the corner from Sharon and a jaw dropping Old Florida style renovation around the corner from me in Coconut Grove, Florida.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Celebrating One Year of Blogging!

My, my! Where does the time go? I simply cannot believe that it has been one year since I published my first blog post, Palm Beach Chic. I created The Glam Pad last year as an outlet for my passion for decorating, and also to connect with other like-minded individuals... and yet I could never have possibly imagined all of the wonderful friends and small world connections I have made along the way. Truly, that has been my favorite aspect of blogging.  So on this one year "blogiversary," I would like to thank all of my glamorous readers... Every comment I receive and each email you send absolutely make my day. I am so grateful for all of the advice, support, and kind words you provide, and I cannot thank you enough! Here's to many more glamorous years!
Champagne and roses ice cubes.
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