2012 is shaping up to be a very good year! While it feels like ages since the photo shoot and interview, the day we've been nervously anticipating is finally here. The February 2012 Issue of Style at Home Magazine has arrived.
The February Issue features a multi-page editorial, complete with gorgeous photos, highlighting the inspiration behind the design of Curtis & Trevor's beautiful Saskatoon home.
As we all head off to make merry at our various Christmas and Holiday Celebrations this weekend, we thought it fitting to share a few festive cocktail recipes that are sure to warm your toes and put some shine in your shindig. Enjoy!
The Candy Cane Martini
Sugar for rimming glasses
1/2 Ounce Peppermint Schnapps
1 Ounce Vodka
Pour into a shaker and shake until chilled. Rim your martini glasses with sugar and Place a mini candy cane in each. Pour the mixed drink over the candy cane to dissolve the stripes and turn your cocktail a festive shade of red.
Grapefruit-White Wine Sparkler
1 cup gin
4 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1 bottle dry sparkling white wine or Champagne
6 thin lemon slices
In a punch bowl or large pitcher, combine gin and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves, 1 minute. Add grapefruit Juice and bottle of sparkling wine; stir to combine. To serve, fill six glasses with ice and wine mixture, then garnish with thin lemon slices.
Ginger Lime Soda
8 cups ginger beer
2 cups vodka
2 cups fresh lime juice
8 thin lime slices
In a large punch bowl or pitcher, combine ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice, and stir to combine. To serve, fill eight glasses with ice and garnish with lime slices.
If, by the title, you were anticipating the mad, fragrance fueled confessions of a scent obsessed degenerate, you would be half right.
Our friend *Kurt is a candle addict. And by addict I mean junkie. And by junkie I mean collector. (*names have been changed).
Sadly, there doesn't seem to be a program, facility or "retreat" in existence that can help Kurt shake his thirst for the heady scent of the brightly shining baubles. But, we can take comfort in the knowledge that at least he's discriminating in his taste. You won't find a Glade, or Febreze candle within a 100 miles of Kurt's sensitive olfactory system. And it's been at least three years since we discovered the waxy, pitted remains of a (gasp!) Santa candle. (We're all just trying to move on).
So, how do we help our dear afflicted friend? The only way we know how. We make sure he gets the really good stuff.
Cire Trudon Candles
Cire Trudon Candles - Candle makers with an incredible history, established in 1643. Available in a multitude of magnificent fragrances.
Kurt's Favorite:Ernesto: top note : rum, grapefruit, bergamot / middle : clove, oak wood, patchouli, labdanum / base : tobacco harmony, moss, leather, amber
Kurt's Favorite:Baies Noir: Baies scent recalls a bouquet of roses and blackcurrant leaves.
Voluspa's candles are poured with a luxurious, extremely clean burning, Coconut Wax blend.
Kurt Recommends:Frost Pinecone (Makes a perfect Host/Hostess Gift - 10 oz Candle Packaged in a Velvet Box) : Deep rich forest cypress, crunchy spice pine needles, woody pinecone seeds and sugary balsam
We've had the pleasure of working with Kathy Donnelly and getting to know her better over the last couple of years while she and her husband renovated their family home. We are huge fans of Kathy's amazing personal style and we are thrilled to welcome her as our next "Ask Atmosphere" Guest!
We asked: What is the one thing in your home that makes you the happiest?
Here's what Kathy had to say:
My Dining Room!
Without a doubt, our dining room is the happiest room in the house. It's the scene of every major celebration from birthdays, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, dinner parties, Sunday dinners, Book Clubs to jewelry parties or even the odd what-the-heck wine Wednesdays!
What started out as a kitchen renovation in 2010 (with Atmosphere Interior Design) turned into a major main floor transformation that spilled over into our Dining Room.
It started innocently enough with a set of beautiful turquoise side plates I picked up after the twins were born. Suddenly I found myself daydreaming of an updated dining room with a hint of this color on the walls.
The pretty plates that started it all.
Curtis and Trevor pulled a selection of over a dozen amazing wallpapers to coordinate with the rest of the main floor, all including a hint of beloved turquoise. The one that finally won me over, was the Osborne & Little - Sariskar Jagmandir paper, which I actually spied adorning a wall in the Oscar-winning movie "The King's Speech".
But as you all know, nothing is ever as simple as that when renovating! The next (of many) debates for the husband and I was over the old mahogany built-ins in our Dining Room. Our house was build in 1928 and had already survived several renovations and remodels with previous owners, but the dining room remained largely intact. Since we had already decided to paint our main floor walls and beams white, it was a no-brainer to paint the dining room wainscoting and cabinets white too. What a transformation!!
Donnelly Dining Room - Before & After
The Korson Dining chairs from Furniture World were added to our existing pine farmhouse table that was stained a dark walnut by my husband to update it. Years before, we added an enormous piece of tempered glass (5' x 8') to accommodate our large gatherings. I love its ability to disappear when not in use.
Finally, the custom drapery , the lampshades and some accessories from Blossoms Living were added, all with touches of my favourite colour.
Donnelly Dining Room - Before & After (End View)
I'm already picturing our extended family gathered around this table, clinking glasses and diving into our Christmas feast. I love how our dining room turned out and I can't wait to make some memories here this holiday season!
A favorite guilty pleasure in our office, and subject of the occasional random discussion; we all agree that our lives are all better off because of cheese and it goes without saying that so is any party.
Once again, in the spirit of helping your with your holiday preparations, we've provided below some attractive options for serving your favorite nibblies and edibles as well as some great advice from Real Simple Magazine on putting together a great cheese spread. (Not the Whiz kind of course).
Although it isn't yet December, we've officially started the countdown. 5 weeks and the clock is ticking. With so much going on in our daily lives we hardly have a moment to breathe let alone think about shopping, decorating and entertaining.
And, assuming that you are in the same disorganized boat, we're going to try to give you a bit of a break in the decorating department. Think of this as a holiday decor "Life Preserver".
We've gone hunting for some unique ideas for your holiday table. And while we can't take credit for any of them, we like that they are out of the ordinary and break away from the traditional red & green.
Now, you'll just have to fight amongst yourselves to determine who gets what theme. Just remember: No biting. Santa is watching.
Traditional, with a twist. Decorate in a classic Christmas red, but with non-traditional flowers and patterns.
This simple and elegant table is easy to achieve by alternating small glass votive holders and cylindrical champagne flutes, each containing a sprig of evergreen, along the table. We like the "Edge Flute" from Crate & Barrel to help create this look.
Deep chocolate brown is the foundation for this table setting, with white, amber and green warming up the theme. The table still feels bright and festive without a speck of red in sight! (We like the Biedermann & Son's Amber Candle Holder available at Sears).
Black, white and shades of silver and gold create an elegant holiday table that blends beautifully with the existing decor. The Grace Hammered Metal Containers from Arteriors would make perfect flower containers for this table.
A rough hewn table set with curved white chairs and dinnerware creates the perfect Modern-Rustic holiday table. Plum ornaments and mustard yellow napkins add an unexpected, festive pop of colour.
(The Swish chair from NUEVO and the Emmerson Dining Table from West Elm would work perfectly to create a similar look in your dining room!)
It's Friday, and we have cocktail hour on the brain. After a long week we are all looking forward to good company, a refreshing beverage and a change of scenery. (Preferably somewhere devoid of fabric swatches and stacks of tile samples!)
And, following that train of thought is what brought us to today's blog topic: The Bar. (Or more specifically the "Bar Cart").
These elegant carts, trays and tables are popping up in design magazines and blogs as the newest accessory to grace the living and entertaining rooms of "grown-ups" everywhere.
Available in a plethora of shapes and styles, they all serve the same purpose: "to provide invitees with an atmosphere conducive to informal socializing and mingling, not to create a roomful of intoxicated guests".
Here are some of our favorites:
This refined faux bamboo cart works with any surroundings
A tray on the bottom shelf of a side table keeps the collection of bottles and glasses within reach but prevents them from dominating the room.
Your entertaining station doesn't have to be a permanent fixture - a console table can quickly become a cocktail station. A gold lacquered tray like this one is perfect for temporarily housing the bottles, shakers and glasses for your gathering.
If cocktails aren't your thing a butler tray such as this one would look just as suitable set for tea or coffee service.