Holiday Inspiration

Here is some inspiration for a simple and creative holiday. For more inspiration, and links to image sources, click over to my Holidays Pinterest board.


And ICYMI, my Recovergirl Holiday Gift Guide is over on PortsmouthNH.com.

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Recovergirl Holiday Gift Guide 2017

 

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Sofa Dining

I’m daydreaming about redecorating my dining room. It is so much less expensive than actually decorating.

I’ve long been a fan of built-in banquettes. They look inviting and allow for an extra guest to squeeze in.

Apartment Therapy
Apartment Therapy

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built in dining bench
Petra Gustafsson

This one below is probably my favorite of the bunch. Perfection.

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S & Company

The problem is tho that banquettes are such a commitment. You can’t just move the furniture around if you change your mind. That and the cost of hiring a builder have always kept me from actually ever implementing this decorating concept in my own living space.

Which is why I’m delighted to stumble upon the trend called sofa dining. Why have I only just heard of this? This one below is nice. Maybe just a little too austere.

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This one looks comfier. Maybe a little too “country” looking for me.

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My Notting Hill

If you Google “sofa dining” or search on Pinterest you’ll see examples like the ones above. Much of what I found was too fancy and overstuffed for me. Perhaps the solution is a DIY dining sofa. This Maple Sofa by Farrah Sit & Rebecca Atwood is great inspiration. You’d just need to raise the seat to be table height.

diy dining table couch

But now I need to hire a builder again. 🙂

Green is the New Pop Color

Over the years I’ve discovered that I’m always attracted to a particular color combination in design. It’s when I see a mix of neutrals (like gray and beige) with a pop color — like orange or yellow.  If you start looking for it you’ll see it everywhere.

Here are some examples.
See — Black, White, Gray, and Orange.

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Black, White, and Gray with Acid Yellow // and Black, White, Gray, and Orange.

 

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These sources for these photos can be found through my Pinterest Boards.

I loved the No. 6 Store poster (below left) so much that I used it as the inspiration for the 2016 Clothing Swap Poster. Same ingredients.

 

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The thing that I noticed is that green was never a part of this equation — until recently.

I clearly remember when this book came out. That green! So good. I became obsessed.

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I started noticing green in decorating.

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FreundvonFreunden // Jen Langston Interiors

BTW – I could live in that apartment above on the left exactly as it is. Just the right amount of maximalism. See here. The silk curtains below are available on Etsy. Just in case you need crazy long emerald green dupioni silk curtains.

green curtains
I started noticing green in footwear, old and new.  Is it just me? This green feels so fresh.

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Vintage Green Shoes //  Alumnae

Somewhere along the way, I read a blog post on Double3xposure about how she was inspired by another blogger (Always Judging) to work a green vintage bag into her outfit. I like that it’s an unexpected accent color.

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Always Judging // Double3xposure

Honest to goodness, I wasn’t really looking to buy a green bag but I think I liked so many green things on Etsy that this appeared in my “Our Picks for Jennifer” feed. I think it will blend nicely with my otherwise neutral fall wardrobe.

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 1960s Miss America handbag by Smartaire from Etsy

 

I feel like every post I write now needs to come with a disclaimer. I realize that the world is full of bad news. I’ve been so depressed about it that my sister told me I should take a break or at least reduce my intake of news. I know we all have a responsibility to stay involved but I think she is right. I need to find joy in life too, and for the moment I am delighting in the color green.

xo jam

P.S. You might like this blog post I wrote years ago about how you can figure out how to decorate your house based on your wardrobe.