Our Home for the Holidays

December 29, 2010

Snippets of our home filled with delightful crafty projects, heart warming memories, and sweet treats! Last year's winter white theme was given a little traditional twist. A dash of red here and there mixed with vintage and modern decor creates a holly jolly Christmas setting. 

Fresh garlands and a douglas fir arrangement greet visitors in the foyer. Thoughtful holiday greetings line our console. White monogrammed stockings are hung on my office's inspiration wall.  A gilded "noel" wreath hangs on our closet door. Our winter wonderland table setting is the perfect holiday dinner tablescape.
Our collection of ornaments. The gold bow with dangling crystals (bottom right) is vintage from my mom's holiday collection- which made it here all the way from the Philippines. The glass finials, white reindeer, mirrored ornaments, and turtledoves are from my mother -in-law, also all vintage pieces. Recent additions include our family frames, ribbon, and a lot of assorted silver and gold balls that I started collecting 4 years ago.
Some of the sweet treats I whipped up in our kitchen. Red velvet cupcakes, fudge brownies with crushed candy cane, and some cookies for Santa (a family project).

And......The last two TJD flower arrangements for 2010 delivered on Christmas eve!

A Crafty Christmas in The White House

December 13, 2010

More on holiday decorating - White House style! Each year I wait in anticipation to see America's most important house all decked out. For this year's theme the first lady picked "Simple Gifts", which I think is very fitting and a great reminder to us all that our most treasured blessings don't cost a thing. White House decor will always be glamorous and somewhat traditional. It's the emphasis on more crafty, creative, and eco-friendly touches that make this year's theme so enchanting and somewhat modern. The green room has to be my favorite of all this year. In keeping with its "green living and creativity" theme, it sparkles with just the right touch of opulence.

The Green Room
Rolls of old newspaper painted and sprinkled with gold glitter. The result is an eco-chic tree that can still keep up with the room's stately appearance.


 More crafty trees as accent decor in the green room:

The East Room
I also love this year's range of colors! Peacock colors were used in the East Room, the largest room in the White House. Teal, navy, orange, plum and bronze ribbons and ornaments adorn the room's 4 trees - all topped with custom designed peacocks by James Lutke.

More faves:
The east colonnade wreaths made from dried fruits, artichokes and gourds
The library tree in classic red and green, paying tribute to the "gift of stories"
And of course, the official White House Tree in the Blue room, honoring county and state fairs. Blue ribbons adorn the 18-foot tree.

Photos: Marty Katz, hgtv.com

Hot Chocolate

Since my previous post was all about a chilly snowy winter wonderland, I just had to follow it up with something warm and delicious- a cup of hot chocolate! These two mini cocoa-inspired arrangements I whipped up features chocolate cymbidium orchids and mums. Gold and chocolate are a match made in heaven. D-lish!!

Tabletops: Let It Snow

December 12, 2010

I guess it's pretty obvious that winter is my favorite time of the year (notice the flood of holiday and winter posts). One of the many things I love about it is ...snow! I think growing up in a tropical environment instantly makes you yearn for and wish for the fluffy white stuff. It doesn't snow in our area, but we do live a few hours away from Tahoe - a weekend trip here and there is enough for me. I love the fact that we can enjoy the snow, yet drive home and not have to worry about shoveling our driveway.

I've been dreaming of a white wedding for as long as I can remember. For now, I'm letting my imagination go wild with wintry white projects around the house. This weekend I had a special helper, my little Natalie. I figured I'd hit two birds with one stone by combining her craft activity with mine. 

A snow-topped tablescape for a casual and intimate dinner
This is a really inexpensive DIY table setting that absolutely anyone can do (my toddler is living proof). It's something that can be done ahead of time and will last throughout the Holidays. I rounded up a lot of glass apothecary jars (any glass vases or jars will do), mini trees, pinecones, branches, berries, and  yes..lots and lots of home made snow. 

 Homemade Winter Wonderland

Natalie had so much fun making the snow with me. I really wanted to create our own snow instead of buy the faux version, which can be extremely messy or made from plastic (bad for the environment). So I came up with a little recipe that doesn't require a trip to the grocery store. It's a very simple activity that exercises her coordination and math skills. I let her scoop up and mix equal parts of plain white laundry detergent (we used Tide), sugar and coarse salt (the sugar and salt add a natural glittery look to the snow). Then I had her pour the snow mixture into the vases. She picked out the mini trees (2 for $1 at Dollar Tree!!), and placed them inside herself. We sprinkled snow on the trees for a natural just-snowed on look. For place cards, Natalie filled glass ball ornaments with snow, while I inserted ribbons with guest's names and a sprig of berries. Natalie was so proud of all her snow. She yelled "Ta-Dahhh" each time she showed it to someone. I really enjoy crafty projects, but they are so much more special when the little one gets to participate! 

The table all lit up..

We were able to enjoy some "snow" without having to bundle up and leave the house!

Tabletops: Bright Brunch

December 10, 2010

'Tis the season to entertain! Here's a little something bright and fun that I created for a simple brunch. The holidays are not just about red and green- unexpected hues can be a breath of fresh air and are definitely invigorating this time of the year. I combined turquoise (the color of 2010) , chocolate, orange, gray and white with touches of gold here and there for some sparkle. 

On the Table:
Our medium arrangement from the winter 2010-2011 signature collection accompanied by a few of my vintage milk glass bud vases. The striped turquoise tablecloth is leftover outdoor upholstery fabric from a previous project. Baroque porcelain and gold coffee cups are a great vintage touch! The result is a bright and playful modern vintage tabletop that's sure to spread some holiday cheer!

Holiday Collection: Winter Woodland

The Holiday Collection is here! This year's three-piece collection: Winter Woodland, features snowy white hydrangea, silvery dusty miller, silver brunia, red berries, and evergreens set within natural birch bark wrapped vases. A rustic chic take on traditional holiday arrangements! Perfect as gifts and as a centerpiece for your holiday celebration. Purchase them individually or buy a few to cluster and create a dramatic holiday woodland setting.

Choose from:
Mini European Cypress in 6" birch bark vase  $40
Medium arrangement $45
Tall arrangement $55
Trio (set of all 3 ) $135

Email info@theresejacinto.com for orders. Available in the San Francisco Bay Area. Credit cards accepted.