Inspiration in New Year's Eve

We all love to ring in the New Year in style and bust out all the sparkles and shine! We love the idea of having a little bit of that glamour all year long in our homes! Graphic patterns make a space more interesting and stylish.

Add a graphic element to your sparkle with some bold lines!

A shimmery gold on a black background is an elegant and dramatic look.

Gold on black always makes a bold and beautiful statement.

White and gold are crisp and sophisticated.

Clean lines done up in white and gold are sophisticated and sleek.

Adding a bit of sparkle will help brighten any space or outfit.

Adding a bit of gold jazzes up an otherwise casual outfit or space.

[photos from Who What Wear, Elle Decor, and House Beautiful]


The Holiday Table

The dining table is the center of holiday entertaining.

We all know the dining table can serve as the center of holiday entertaining in your home. Relax… it isn’t just you that gravitates towards the location of the food at every holiday party. In fact, I believe it’s more than that. The dining table is where so many of our favorite memories are made… and it just so happens food is involved. So here are some tips to make your holiday table one for the books!

White dishes are always a classic look.

I like to start with my dishes. You’ll never go wrong with a solid white plate, but don’t be afraid to get a little creative. Mix and match styles, colors and patterns for a collected look. This is also a great trick if you have more guests than you do plates. Layer your dishes depending on the style of dinner you are serving. More casual? A salad plate and/or a charger will do just fine. Add in your flatware, glasses, and napkins… more of the essentials.

Adding greenery to the table makes it feel festive.

Pay attention to the details of your table.

Pay attention to the details. Incorporate different textures for interest and warmth. One of my favorite table setting “go-tos” is greenery. It is full, beautiful and will bring your table to life. It can serve as a centerpiece, run the length of your table, or can be an addition to a carefully crafted nametag bringing another level of personalization to the party. Speaking of which, I love using name cards. This is the place to add a touch of whimsy or an accent of color. Plus, everyone loves to see their name waiting for them at the dinner table.

Candle light is the last finishing touch for your holiday dining table.

And finally, top it off with candle light. For an atmosphere that will melt anyone’s heart, add the flickering of small flames down the length of your table top. You’ll have your guests asking to come back every year.

stephanie | alice lane home collection

[photos from Smitten Studio, Kelly Wearstler, Style Me Pretty, This is Glamorous, and Elizabeth Anne Designs]

Our Holiday Playlist

It’s December and the holiday hustle and bustle is in full-swing! Our halls are decked and our homes feel cozy and festive. Now that the halls are decked, it's time to kick back and celebrate with our favorite holiday tunes.


So what’s left to prepare besides shopping lists and party details? A holiday playlist, of course! Whether you need to add that final layer to an upcoming party or just want to curl up next to the fireplace and relax, the perfect tunes always add that special ambiance we love around this time of year. Here’s what we are listening to this season:

kendra | alice lane home collection

[photos from Pinterest and Emily Steffen]


Tasha's Pick

Christmas stockings are a great way to add  festivity to your mantle.

The holidays are all about traditions - and nothing is more traditional than Christmas stockings. Some of my favorite childhood memories are hanging the hand-stitched stockings made by my mother and discovering all the treats and treasures inside on Christmas morning. These stockings are the next best thing to homemade, and this year I'll be hanging these with my kids to create memories of our own.

- Tasha

Fresh garlands and wreaths!

Winter is on its way! Ushering in the season with a little help from Mother Nature...

There are few smells that get me as excited as fresh greenery this time of year! It encompasses all the ooey gooey Christmas memories we cherish, and if you’ve ever trekked into the woods to have a Griswold family Christmas moment you know what I’m talking about - going fresh is completely intoxicating!

Having grown up with fresh trees, it’s to my adult dismay that I have converted to the mega convenient pre-lit world, BUT I’m here to preach that you can have convenience and freshness in the same household! It’s all going to start with the first thing your guests see (and smell) when they ring your doorbell…..the wreath.

Fresh wreaths are beautiful and simple all on their own.

We just received a shipment of fresh magnolia and bay leaf wreaths to help usher in your holiday season (and your party guests!)

Stop in and pick up our fresh magnolia or bay leaf wreaths.

What’s so brilliant about a fresh wreath is not only do you look holiday legit to all those that come over, but it’s such an easy trick! Without any doctoring you honestly could hang, walk away, and start sipping cocoa because it's sooo good on its own! If you want to add some jingle bells for sparkle, don’t let me hold you back, just know less is more, and these wreaths look real good naked.

You can't go wrong with a fresh garland.

Next on the freshy fresh agenda is the bay leaf garlands Santa dropped off here at the Alice Lane!

Fresh garlands are as easy as the wreaths but your application is so broad. You can drape them around doorways, over your mantles, down your banisters and on every type of table top, console and armoire! Your options are limitless!! We are big fans over here!

A simple fresh garland makes any space feel festive.

So to all my interweb friends reading this, please come over and snag them while they’re hot because today is officially three weeks from Christmas, and I’d hate for you to miss out!

With frasier fir hugs and hot cocoa kisses,

suzanne | alice lane home collection  (The Christmas Elf)

[pinterest, etsy, veranda, and atlanta homes and lifestyles]

Giedy's Picks

Garlands are a holiday favorite.

Holiday garlands are my absolute favorite holiday decor. Ours look 100% natural, and they can be used in so many different ways. I've used nearly a dozen in my own home this year. Besides the traditional mantle and staircase placement, try one around a hurricane glass container on your coffee table, or use one to run down the center of a dining room table with nestled candles. I've even added them to the tops of my bookcases and armoires this year. The possibilities are endless. Happy holiday decorating!

geidy | alice lane home collection

Rachel's Pick

A glass drink dispenser makes a pretty way to serve beverages at your next gathering. It's not about what you do, but how you do it. You wouldn't believe someone who said, "Have a good day!" if it came with a scowl. We always wrap a gift in something pretty before delivering it. When hosting, there's something special about serving (and being served) food in pretty dishes. One of my favorite pieces to use when hosting a gathering is our seeded green glass drink dispenser. It has a simple and charming way of presenting beverages to party guests. Instead of hiding your holiday punch in a pitcher, show it off! Even ice water looks special if you present it right.

rachel | alice lane home collection

Thanksgiving Hosting Tips

Am I the only one that can’t believe Thanksgiving is around the corner? Geesh! Where has the time gone? Luckily my wife and I are not hosting the family clan, but if we were, we would be in full prep mode with a bucket of stress. Are you in the same ship? Hopefully I can make it a little easier. Just remember the art of hosting is in the details. How many times have you heard, “It’s the little things that count.”  How true is that when hosting a holiday get together? Do not feel like you have to throw a party that gets 3,294 likes on Instagram or nifty ideas that get repined five million times. Just pay attention to the details, and your guests will feel like you spent all year putting everything together. Here we go:

Have some lively but not too loud music playing to set the mood of the party.

There are many things that help set the mood. Candles burning, scents wafting through the air, and visually stimulating décor will put your guests right at ease. Do not forget the music! Technology these days makes it so easy too! I typically turn to Pandora to give my party a variety of artists under one genre. Music is a simple way to set the tone and make a party fun.

Pepper some candles in your centerpiece.

Don't feel limited to pumpkins and gourds when picking a centerpiece for the table.

How do you dress the table is the question that follows once the menu is finalized. I think Thanksgiving is one of the easier holidays to decorate. Think of different textures and deeper colors – nothing too fussy or overdone. I love the idea of placing planks of reclaimed wood down the center of the table as a table runner with candles, wheat, fruits and vegetables from the fall harvest, and maybe a couple flowers here and there. Don’t pigeon hole yourself into just pumpkins and gourds! There are many other options.

Use a few family heirlooms on the table.

Using heirlooms will create a sense of history.

This time of the year calls for family gatherings so why not pay tribute to family members of years gone by?  Grab family heirlooms like grandpa’s basketball trophies, great grandmother’s tea cups, or aunt Gertrude’s collection of flatware to incorporate into your design. Are you like me and don’t have enough table settings for a party of 14+? No problem! Borrow coordinating settings from other guests to mix in. Layering in grandma’s china with aunt Olivia’s flatware and stemware collections from your neighbor’s European ancestors – could make for a dinner with a sense of history and great conversation starters!

The small details go a long way.

See, the small details are the ones that count and go a long way! Just think of how you layer your outfits for fall weather and how the same concept can be applied to your Thanksgiving dinner. Do a little digging or shopping for those unexpected pieces that will make your gathering a little unexpected, a little more cozy, and a greater sense of heritage.

matt | alice lane home collection

[photos from Decoist, Santa Barbara Chic, and Gourmande in the Kitchen]

Holly A.'s Pick

By a raise of hands, who has ever used a salt cellar?  And why not?  Here's a little fact: Use of salt cellars are documented as early as classical Rome.  They were used up through the first half of the 20th century, but have been primarily replaced by salt shakers at the introduction of free-flowing salt in 1911.  As far as I'm concerned, salt shakers owe us an apology.  Look at what we've been missing out on all these years: Salt cellars make the perfect addition to a holiday table.

What if this year for our holiday feasting we uninvited salt shakers and gave these beauties a chance?  "How classy", your great-aunt might remark, "where on earth did you find something so rare and collectible?"  To which you might respond, "I found it at Alice Lane.  That's where."

Salt cellars make a charming gift.

Add a touch of history to your table this season and win over Great-Aunt Gloria with a salt cellar or two.  They can be found and both Alice Lane locations.  You're welcome.

holly a. | alice lane home collection

Guests are coming!

The holidays are almost here and it’s time to start preparing for your house guests. Here’s a list of my favorite tips for outfitting your guest room and making sure your loved ones feel comfortable and welcome. Prepare your guest's bed with fresh linens and leave a few extra layers in case they get cold!

THE BED The ideal guest bed has several layers to help your guest sleep at the perfect temperature. Use cotton or linen sheets, a warm coverlet, and a fluffy duvet. Make sure to tighten up the bedding with hospital corners, like mama taught you. Turn down the sheets to make the bed inviting and provide a stack of extra pillows and blankets.

Nightstands should be accessorized with a good reading lamp and an alarm clock.

THE NIGHTSTAND When outfitting the nightstands make sure they have the following: an alarm clock, fresh water in a carafe, a bud vase with a few blooms, and a selection of magazines. You get extra credit by topping it off with the guest’s favorite treat. A few luxuries go a long way in impressing your visitors.

Leave a stack of fresh towels and toiletries for your guest.

THE BATHROOM Stock the guest bathroom with a stack of clean towels, extra toiletries (someone always seems to forget a toothbrush), a fluffy robe, and a lovely scented candle. Tuck in your favorite lotions and soaps to give it that last personal touch.

kristina | alice lane home collection

Michelle's Pick

These cutting boards make the perfect hosting gift.

We are in the thick of a home remodel.  It is an experience that solicits a basketful of emotions.  One day I’m over the moon about crisp white baseboards and the next I’m in the depths of despair because the bathroom hardware is stuck somewhere between here and there.  Most days, the only things that get me through the remodeling crazy are a cold soda and a Norman Rockwell inspired vision of those I love gathered in our new home feeling and experiencing the holiday spirit.  Just as soon as the dust settles and the finishing touches are placed, I’m pulling out my beautiful cutting boards for a housewarming party to rival all holiday parties.  Wood trivets and cutting boards laid casually on a dining table or kitchen island are one of my entertaining tricks.  Loaded with beautiful breads, cheeses, nuts and fruits, every party guest is sure to leave feeling satisfied and asking where you picked up those natural beauties.

Cutting boards—Priced from $64-174

michelle j | alice lane home collection

For Your Fete de Noel

As you may have noticed, around these parts we like to celebrate. Is somebody running their first marathon? We'll make tee shirts. Did your kid loose another tooth? Let's all have cookies. So just imagine what the holiday season does to our party throwing souls. For those of you nearby, we hope you enjoyed our recent holiday events. (We loved seeing you! Weren't those ginger cookies delicious?)

And for those of you both near and far, we pulled together a few quick tips to take any of your upcoming fete from fun to unforgettably festive.

Setting the mood with lighting is an easy and effective way to  set your party up for success.

SET THE MOOD Just as we frequently discuss when designing a room, one trick that will set your party up for success is lighting. The pros know that soft lighting is the ultimate goal, creating a relaxed atmosphere and a slight air of mystery. We're not asking you to serve your guests in the dark, but try turning off overhead lights (or at least turn down the dimmer!) and utilize table lamps and, of course, candles. Holiday parties have the added benefit of twinkle lights, which have a reputation for being an automatic mood setter!

Pick a few statement making touches for your party and let those make the impact.

MAKE IT EASY Many times the Achilles heel of a good party starts with an over complicated plan. Choose a unifying theme for the décor and then examine whether each piece you want to bring in enhances that theme, or is just excess. Let a few statement making touches have a bigger impact, rather than feeling like every surface of your home needs to be decked out. Use a similar mindset when planning the menu: one extravagant, crowd pleasing dish, and then let the sides play second fiddle.

ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES, AND LET THE PUNCH ROLL For our final bit of advice, we borrowed a story from a decorating and entertaining hero, the magician Miles Redd. “It was springtime in New York and we were so excited for some nice weather, and we had set up this beautiful table outside,” says Miles. “I had gone upstairs to take a shower and within minutes it turned into thunderous storms. So the only other place I can host a large group is in my bathroom. We just moved everything upstairs.”

The most memorable parties always involve a certain degree of spontaneity.

While most people would be mortified to host guests in their bathroom, we admire the spirit of Miles’ story – sometimes even the best laid plans get thrown awry, but why should that ruin the party? A good hostess has the ability to be flexible, and to lead the mood of an event with their own attitude. Approach obstacles with light heartedness, and remember the unexpected moments sometimes create the best memories.

kathryn | alice lane home collection

[photos from Eddie Ross, Lonny Mag, Lifestyle Mirror]