The Holiday season is officially here! We’ve just made it through another turkey, stuffing and cranberry dressing meal, and most of all another family gathering! As a child the Thanksgiving holiday always left me with the fondest memories of family celebrations, it seems as an adult those times are never to be recaptured again… I’m nostalgic for the years gone by; although I remain thankful for all the Blessings which have been granted me and my loved ones. 
 
This month I share with you ideas of how to spruce up and maximize your regular everyday attire for the holiday season. 

How to set a proper table for the upcoming party’s just around the corner, as well as suggest design elements which makeup a beautiful dinning room.
 

EMBELLISH YOUR WARDROBE:

Try a majestic bejeweled necklace.

Cara Accessories
                                   
Camille K
 
Or maybe a more sedate one.
Custom made
Aliexpress
 
 
 
 
 
 
Juicy Couture
 
 
 
              
Kate Spade
 
A lace collar is an easy way to add texture.
 
          
Custom made
 
 
       
Top Shop
 
Add a faux fur collar for extra panache!
 
            
Custom made
 
Or a real one.
   
Marni
 
Or maybe Try an ethnic inspired one!
 
The Jade Tree
 
 
         
Jennifer Le
A feather brooch adds a little whimsy to an outfit.
Custom made
                                   Womens Hair Flower, Hair clip & brooch- Elegance at Midnight
Etsy
 
 
For more Holiday Accessory ideas: 
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collarshirttrend thumb New fashion trend on Detachable Collars 2012

Streamwoman
Marni
 
         
Lagerfeld
      
Wholesale 2012
The Perfect Dining Table:
If you’re ever fortunate enough to dine with the President and the Mrs.! This is what you may expect to see.
A formal place setting at a State Dinner.

Now what to do with all that tableware!

Now lets create a dining room to host your party!

 

ELEMENTS OF A FORMAL DINNING ROOM:
Yes lifestyles of today are much more casual and relaxed, with many people opting for an open floor plan when building or purchasing a home allowing for an easy flow from kitchen, dining to living room. I for one  favor a formal dinning room, cut off from the rest of the space, but in close proximity to the heart of the home the kitchen.

I’m from the school of thought  “why not make every day special”! You know, use the fine china daily, sip the Veuve Clicquot out of the best crystal ;-). OK, well at least realistically why not a few times a year… especially for the holidays when you gather family and dearest of friends!

Lets start with the dinning table, the focal point, and remember…please no dinning sets!Try to find furniture in different finishes or similar if you like, but no cookie cutter run of the mill sets please. I like a round table for easy exchange of conversation. Nothing beats a solid wood table, this one is a sculptural beauty! A bit modern in feel, but lending itself to a transitional setting.
                              
Randolph & Hein
 
 
 
To anchor the table and appoint the heads of the household I would juxtapose this magnificent beauty with two avant-garde French style wingback chairs.
                              
  Belle Maison Francaise
And for your guest…try six of these classic Louis XVI style chairs surrounding the table.

                                                    
Mortise & Tenon
Ad a seasonal centerpiece!
 
 
 
 
Allan Woods
                                                 
Rose red & lavender
 
Readers Digest
Underneath it all, this subtly hued wool and silk rug who’s circle mimic the table.
 
                                Catella: Image 2
The Rug Company
 
Add simple drapes keep the feel sophisticated and warm.
 
                                
Latest Curtains
 
To house all of your finest, a cabinet which also shows it off
                          
Continuum
  

A very functional mid-century Danish Modern Credenza.  

                              

 Vintage
Atop the credenza, matching buffet lamps.
Topaz Bronze Metal Buffet LampTopaz Bronze Metal Buffet Lamp
Stein World
Every room needs a great piece of art.
 
                               ORIGINAL Large Abstract Contemporary White Cherry Blossom Tree Oil Painting Thick Texture Gallery Fine Art by Susanna Ready to Hang 48x24
Susanna Shap
A spherical chandelier completes the entire room. 
DINING ROOM: While classic chandeliers will never go out of style, modern twists on them make trendy focal points of any dining room. Circular, metal-work Eclipse chandelier, $499, Z Gallerie, Millenia Crossing
Z Gallerie
With design projects, sometimes you go into it knowing what feel you’d like to achieve in the space, however not knowing exactly what the pieces will be. You just don’t know until you see the first piece which stirs something deep down inside! Then everything else just falls into place.
 
 
 
 
Until next time…..”Work It" ERB
 
 
 
 
 
 
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