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If you’re in the market for an alternative to the tired clichés of stereotypical holiday décor, a frosted fruit display is your solution! A frosted fruit centrepiece provides a stunning yet inexpensive and long-lasting arrangement for your Christmas table. For under $25.00 and with minimal difficultly, allow this arrangement to replace and upstage your previous Christmas expenses. At Town and Country Style, we have taken a unique approach that has recreated the traditional concept of sugared fruits. Throughout this post, we aim to provide all the details on how to reinvent your Christmas table in a timely fashion whilst sticking to a modest budget.
In our Town and Country Style showroom, we have chosen to solely display pears as they remain consistent with the neutral colour palate of the table. However, if your table requires an accent of colour, an assortment of fruits can further work to brighten a table. When selecting your collection of fruits, we advise you neglect to involve oddly shaped fruits such as bananas and stick to more rounded shapes such as apples, oranges, pomegranates and peaches. On our display, the sugared pears are showcased under our ‘Cloche Domes’ on a classic French dinner plate. To cover the length of the table, we suggest using a variety of sizes including small, medium and large domes to ensure the table does not appear excessively symmetrical. By placing only a few pears under the domes, the look remains simple yet elegant. As an alternative, an array of cake stands can also create a similar effect when stacking a small amount of fruits.
Further contributing to the success of the table, we have used trimmings of linen measuring tape to tie on the knobs of the domes. You can recreate this look by searching ‘linen measuring tape’ into eBay and purchasing the Japanese linen ribbon for around $4.00. With any remaining tape, consider using as ribbon to tie Christmas gifts!
Supplies: Fruit, fine sugar, paint brush, egg whites
1. Separate your eggs and create a bowl containing only egg whites
2. Use your paintbrush to cover the entire piece of fruit in egg whites (work one piece of fruit at a time)
3. Roll the piece of fruit over a shallow plate of fine sugar
4. Paint any remaining section of the fruit without a sugar coating in egg whites and sprinkle sugar over the desired area
5. Leave to dry for approx. 20 minutes and repeat procedure for a full, frosted look
We’re getting creative at Town and Country Style as only a matter of weeks stands before Christmas! This year, whether you intend on creating a masterpiece brave in decoration or simply hinting at the festive season, we recommend using your wildest imagination. An emphasis on attention to detail never goes unrecognised, so we’ve introduced the clever ‘Linen Wreath.’ Our linen wreath portrays a unique, subtle hint of Christmas that echoes the Hamptons trend. While there are countless tweaks and personal touches that can be made to the wreath, we equally admire its overall simplicity. If you consider yourself quite the craftsmen, why not take this project into your own hands?
- Firstly, cut open a wire coat hanger with a pair of pliers and bend into shape to form the circular outline.
- Secondly, tear your chosen linen (by hand and unironed to allow for a full look) into strips of approximately 3’13cms.
- Thirdly, knot the strips continuously around the wire, leaving minimal metal showing (the more strips used the more effective look).
- Lastly, tear a larger piece of linen and tie into a bow at top of the wreath and create a loop from remaining linen to allow for hanging.
Regardless of whether you start this project from scratch or begin with our structure, we suggest enhancing the look by adding further detail.
Plaid Print: Put your old red flannel to good use this Christmas! Complete this look by tearing (to further the frayed theme) a generous strip from its back and replacing the linen bow with the plaid print. This look works by staying true to the Christmas colours whilst appearing ‘collected.’
Holly Berries: Plastic holly berries will also add an accent of the Christmas colours and are available at arts and craft stores such as Spotlight. The berries can be presented on the wreath in clusters continuously around its shape for additional detail.
Wooden Letters: Hang a wooden letter representing your Family name from your wreath. Wooden letters can be found at your local craft shop. To further the look, we suggest painting the letter a neutral colour of your choice.
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Firstly, we suggest remaining consistent in your colour palate. Unless you intend on using various shades of a single colour, stick to one colour with the exception of white. This allows for the stripes and floral print to play off each other and create the desired ‘well-put-together’ look. For example, we recommend such cushions as our ‘Armand Taupe/Ecru’ paired with our ‘Les Grenades Fond Taupe.’
In addition, we advise diversity in the scale of. Allowing for different densities and sizes helps to balance each print and therefore does not permit for one print to dominate the focal point. For example, we suggest pairing the ‘Les Grenades Fond Encre’ with our ‘Nemo Bleu Fond Ficelle’ cushion. These cushions couple perfectly due to the large scale print present in the floral with the small scale print of the stripes.
Lastly, we propose you ensure your floral print contains both vines and branches. Without these two elements, floral prints appear motionless and do not promote a visually stimulating presence to the eye. For example, we suggest cushions from our Thevenon ‘Les Grandes’ range as the space in between the prints allow for a sense of subtlety within an otherwise busy print.
Feather: If you desire a warm, soft and luxurious cushion then a feather insert is most suitable. Feather insets are a long term solution and are quite durable. Although they stand the test of time, regular plumping is required.
1. Place Dacron cushions into a large sink or bathtub filled with warm water with half a cup of liquid laundry soup whilst water continues to run
2. Squeeze individual cushions until packed with water
3. Continue to squeeze cushions until the water exiting the cushion is no longer brown
4. Empty sink and wring out cushions whilst underneath fresh water to ensure no soap persists
5. Wring out cushions and leave to dry in a warm setting to dry
1. Do not attempt to wash your pillows as feathers undergo a natural process to keep clean. If cleaning is necessary, seek a dry cleaning professional
2. Never lay on cushions with wet hair as moisture destroys cushions
3. Avoid trapping oils in your cushions
4. If you live in a humid climate, do not ‘air out’ cushions outdoors
At Town and Country Style, we truly value furniture that adapts to any surrounding. In particular, we admire furniture capable of indoor/outdoor transitions. This popular trend succeeds by creating a sense of consistency throughout your home. Your choice is infinite when working with flexible furniture, allowing for seamless transitions between your interior and exterior. Below are three versatile pieces exclusive to Town and Country Style that uniquely echo this trend…
Our Hamptons dinging table is more or less equivalent to your favourite black dress! This piece is easy to compliment, whether you intend to dress it up or down. Wherever you chose to locate, the Hamptons Outdoor Dining Table will adjust faultlessly to any setting. Enjoy peace of mind when using this piece in extreme outdoor climates due to the naturally high oil content of teak wood, ensuring its resilience to rotting. When using outdoors, we suggest you accompany this piece with our ‘Hampton Outdoor Dining Chairs’ to embody a more comfortable feel, suited to an outdoor setting. While using indoors, we propose a more sophisticated look. Consider completing your dining table with a glass table top that protects from possible stains with an impeccable finish.
Gaufrette Thevenon Paris
Our ‘Gaufrette’ Thevenon cushions are relevant year round! With an intricate design balanced by a neutral colour palate, this cushion ensures adaptability to a range of locations, indoor and outdoor. We envision this cushion everywhere from snuggling beside our ‘Burton Love Chair’ to laying under the stars on a summer night with our ‘Hamptons Outdoor Sofa.’ We suggest alternating the location of our ‘Gaufrette’ regularly to suite your seasonal destination of choice! To further compliment the look, employ cushions of inconsistent size to allow for diversity. Throughout the warmer seasons, consider incorporating accent of colour alongside your neutral colour palate to personify the season.
Portofino High Back Chair
Our Portofino High Back Chair makes a flawless transition from indoors to outdoors. Although initially intended for exterior use, this High Back chair makes a stylish addition to interior design. The ‘Portofino’ compliments many settings such as a contemporary living room by adding complex shape and an introduction of playful colour. When using outdoors, we suggest neighbouring a matching duo in a veranda, balcony or porch setting to attain a relaxed ‘Hamptons’ look. To further this look, we recommend complimenting the ‘Portofino’ with a matching neutral side table to balance the use of bold colour.
Abrahams Designs have captured a simply unforgettable entrance. The homes entry expresses the height of elegance as a result of fine detailing. The initially neutral colour palate is complete with bold accents of sunshine yellow, creating an uplifting and welcoming environment. Further complimenting the colour palate, the polished dark wood floor boards balance off the yellow to create gleaming light. Personally, my attention is consumed by the three toned, panelled front door complete with brass door knobs. Accompanying the double doors hangs a show stopping chandelier that promotes another component of light. How does your entrance compare?!
This week, we aim to provide you with advice and substitutes that will enlighten you on how to better your homes entrance. With a few simple tweaks, your entry could be transformed!
An abundance of light is essential in creating an inviting ambiance to a home’s entry. If your entrance does not provide a sufficient light source, we suggest finding an alternative solution. A ceiling light not only offers generous light but also allows for diversity in height. We suggest our ‘Furla’, ‘Lily’ and ‘Perla’ milky white porcelain hanging lights to dress up any entrance. If you are opting for a table lamp, beware the piece is petite enough to not consume the small setting. In addition, pronounced colour in walls further contributes to create a bright environment.
A landing space upon a home’s entrance provides an ideal solution to your unwanted collection of doorway clutter. Allowing for convenience as well as an excuse to further decorate, a unique landing space will cater to every home. When working with a narrow space, we suggest rectangular structures such as our unimposing ‘Provence’ desk as it will not overshadow a hall way scenario. Conversely, when working with a generous space or even foyer, we suggest centring our ‘Tate Dining Table. ’ A larger space allows for additional unique details and an impressive flower arrangement.
A mirror further takes advantage of light, therefore accumulating a bright entrance. We suggest occupying the walls of your home’s entrance with our ‘Xavier’ mirrors. Grande mirrors are responsible for the understated elegance of a space.
Spending a day in the life of the rich and the famous is a dream shared by many. So, in the honour of society’s fascination with celebrities, we are taking a journey through the three flawlessly decorated homes of Martha Stewart, Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah Winfrey. While saving money, not style, we’ll show you how easily you can live like a celebrity!
Martha Stewart – East Hampton House
Similar Look: Hamptons Sofa 3 Seater
Martha’s East Hampton home is renown for it’s impeccable attention to detail. Her home stays true to the Hamptons trend as her décor does not visibily follow formulaic instructions and instead creates an inviting atmosphere due to its unique personal touches. Martha fuses the French Provincinal and the Hamptons trends to produce this elegant sun room. To emulate this look, we suggest our ‘Hamptons’ sofa. Althought technically designed for outdoors, Martha proves otherwise in displaying a similar sofa indoors. To further achieve this graceful look, introduce our Thevenon Paris floral print cushions.
Gwyneth Paltrow – Los Angeles Home
Similar Look: Carreaux Du Temple Cushion
The intimate details of Gwyn’s newly purchased Brentwood home have finally surfaced, and have successfully exceeded our expectations! The stunning home showcases a consistent portrayal of the Hamptons trend inside and out. Gwyn’s masterpiece begins with crisp, white features and is complete with accents of colour from a neutral colour palate. We have handpicked this cosy barbeque setting as one of our favourite elements within the home. To recreate this area, we suggest the initial introduction of our Carreaux Du Temple Cushion, which mimics a similar plaid effect. As shown in this setting, we then recommend toning down the look by adding cushions with more neutral colours and patterns.
Oprah Winfrey – Santa Barbara Home
Similar Look: Bordeaux Sofa
Oprah’s recently renovated residence has been labelled “One of the most desirable homes on the Pacific Coast.” Her property boasts an enormous 23,000 feet and masters the French provincial look elegantly. Upon the homes entrance stands a statement traditional French sofa. Accompanied by twin side tables and detailing, this piece excels as the centre of attention. When echoing this look, we suggest our Bordeaux Sofa at your homes entry which can optionally stand complemented by matching displays on either side.
When embarking on a journey in decorating an outdoor space, simply purchasing a patio set is not the start to finish of your creation. In fact, there are many further requirements on the universal checklist when designing the ultimate outdoor environment. It is the deep thought and attention to detail embedded in a space that truly equates to present an inviting outdoor environment. To emulate this space, we recommend the simple yet chic addition of our brand new Hampton’s Striped Outdoor/Indoor Rugs. Our rugs are complete in colours ‘Paling Fence Grey’, ‘Boathouse Taupe’ and ‘Black Gate’ which vary in sizes to ensure their suitability to any setting.
The benefits of an outdoor/indoor rug . . .
An outdoor rug assists to contribute an element of colour, interest and texture to an environment otherwise lacking in such details. The primary purpose of an outdoor rug is to allow for the exterior of your home to become an extension of your interior, which is achieved through a consistency in décor across your home. By including an outdoor rug, you are creating a space ideal for entertaining. If you have a large garden space, we suggest the use of a darker coloured rug such as our ‘Black Gate’ as it engages a space, therefore creating intimacy between guests. On the other hand, if you have a smaller outdoor space, we suggest the use of a lighter coloured rug such as our ‘Paling Fence Grey’ or our ‘Boathouse Taupe’ in order to enhance the size of the setting. Outdoor rugs can be used for multiple purposes, such as for its ability in shielding the delivery of sound, which is ideal for late night parties!
The outdoor/indoor rugs outstanding versatility acts as further incentive to introduce them to your home. This rug can be praised for its resilience to harsh, outdoor weather conditions to its convenience indoors. This smart addition to your home is stain resistant and is extremely easy to maintain cleanliness. Unlike other indoor rugs, animal hair will no longer remain an issue, as a simple rinse outdoors is all that is necessary.
Where to use an outdoor/indoor rug . . .
An outdoor/indoor rug can adapt to any setting within your home and has the power to clearly define a space. If using outdoors, we suggest either beneath a sitting area or acting as a runner for a walkway. Alternatively, when using the rug indoors, we recommend placing it either in a kitchen or a bathroom area. If you decide to present the rug seasonally, we suggest taking advantage of its multi-purposeful qualities by relocating it to differing locations when appropriate throughout the year.
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