Sunday, December 7, 2008

and there's more...

Reflecting lights, your Holiday decor or Seasonal details is a great way to not only make everything feel a bit more lush, but it helps when you're dealing with small spaces (like my living room).  This is a great design trick all year round but during the Holidays, reflective surfaces make everything feel EVEN MORE festive and a bit glamorous.  Hanging the mercury glass bead garland on the gilded mirror along with the cut glass mini ornaments in the mercury glass bowl (with vase) add an additional layer of Seasonal shine that seems appropriate during this time of year.

You know I believe in making your home a reflection of YOU and no one else...
...the Holidays could not be a better time to express yourself in your home.  Take chances, be bold, make a statement through color, placement or a mantle display that tells a story.  While you're at it, make something.  Try something new and have your family and friends join in.  

What are you doing this year to celebrate the Holidays that may be different than years past?
OR, are you continuing a tradition that you have always celebrated?

Share your story.

-angelo surmelis
photos: swell-space/iphone

19 comments:

DD said...

My Christmas story is that I want to spend it at your house. Between the cookie baking, the way your home looks and YOU, I want to be there. If you find yourself lonely, let me know.

DREW said...

It's all about handmade holiday and not just this year. Our family is very crafty and loves receiving and making gifts.

Julie & Tom said...

This year we are donating time and/or gifts to each of your favorite charities. The world has changed and it has forced us to think outside of ourselves and that's good. We're still baking, decorating and making a wonderful family Christmas dinner.

mrsben said...

To begin; yesterday evening I had the opportunity to view '25 Holiday Ideas'...on T.V., and oh what a treat it was. The decorating tips were an inspiration and the hostS
absolutely divine. I thoroughly enjoyed FINALLY seeing you in action. Realizing RMS posters contributed, they too are to be commended.

First on my agenda is always the Christmas shopping for family members, friends and for those who are less fortunate; then I concentrate on my wrapping which I have always taken very seriously :) (I have used everything from leftover wallpaper, to brown posting 'n white shelving paper either stamping or spray-painting my own designs using an overlay of lace fabric and/or web-spray paint etc. For those larger gifts of awkward size 'n shape, I have resorted to using plastic table cloths making my own custom bags. A small appliance device works well for sealing the edges (and also works well for cellophane or mylar). I admit I have also used elegant papers but the crowning touch has always been an assortment of beautiful ribbons and a Christmas Ornament to match the theme. (As I am a sewer, my ribbon is not always conventional. I've been known to use a variety of trims.)

This year I have pared down my interior decorating (as we are heading to the tropics in January) so we are not doing the norm of Holiday hosting thus concentrating more on the outside.

For the interior I will only have two small trees with one that will be perched on a pedestal plant stand in the L/Rm and the other located in the Family Rm. (The latter being my hubby's; decked out in his collecton of Coca-cola and Nascar ornaments. As mentioned before his hobby is restoration and the building of Street Rods.) I'll be relying namely on decorative candles; Holiday accented to capture the festive ambience.

The (clear-white) lights for the exterior and gold berry wreaths are up, however the final dressing of four evergreens that flank the front of our home still need to be completed. I am recycling gold wired mesh staircase ribbon and glass ball ornaments used in previous years. Siliconing their hanger on to the ball is on the 'To-Do List' for today, and perhaps if it warms up tomorrow (-20 F now) I'll attempt the task then. Brrrrrrr!

...and oh yes, a 'gift from the Elves' for those who grace our Christmas Table are all wrapped and packaged to tote. Rather than break tradition, my daughter and SIL who are hosting the Dinner ....naturally agreed. :)

I apologize for being soooooooo long-winded, but you did ask and this is my story.

Wishing you A BEAUTIFUL WEEK Angelo. SMILES, mrsben

Denise & Tom said...

We also are volunteering our time as well as donating unused, unopened gifts we have received in the past and have never used! We are truly blessed.

Thank you for your blog and your show.

Carly said...

I too love your home and would love to spend the Holidays at your house. Happy Holidays.

Lynda said...

We are keeping it simple this year and giving each other the gift of travel so we can all spend the Holidays together since we're all over the country.

sharon, tom, lilly said...

This year, we are making so many things, from presents to decorations to of course cookies. I have to say, at first we were kind of bummed but it has turned out to be a blast and also, we have realized how much unnecessary money we have spent in the past!

Thank you for allowing us to share and for your blog. When do you have the time? We love your shows and have been inspired, taught and motivated to create rooms that are a reflection of us and the way we live.

Glad we found your blog.

Kellie said...

I think that this year we are going to continue with the traditions we have always celebrated while trying to be a bit more resonable with our spending, though I must admit that now more than ever, there are deals to be had.

Willis Family said...

We are looking forward to being able to spend time together as a family. Like most people, out days are filled and incredibly busy. We are taking this time of year to find ways to spend together and if that means making things and baking, then so be it. Sounds like fun to us. We are all bug fans of yours and yours shows here in our home and every time your show comes on my kids run around yelling, "angelo, angelo, angelo!" You really inspire us and you always just seem to be having a good time.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Lisa said...

I want to have a simple, quiet Holiday and spend it with those I love.
Lisa

Darren said...

I LOVE your style!!!! Happy Holidays.

Darren said...

I LOVE your style!!!! Happy Holidays.

SJW said...

I really love your style and I feel like your work on HGTV, though gorgeous, a bit stifled due to the circumstances. Do you do private work and what is that like? Are you ever planning on creating a kind of products or writing a book? I would even settle for going on a speaking tour. It would be a thrill and incredible educational to be able to hear directly from you and ask design questions.

Emily said...

I am just looking forward to spending time with my family. Have a wonderful Holiday Angelo!

Anonymous said...

You are AWESOME!

Kevin & Tori said...

We are taking is easy in so many ways. Looking forward to 2009.

artis1111 said...

Love the tree. I found some carolers at the thrift shop last year so I am using them on the mantle this year.Kathy

toby&karen said...

You have a lovely home and your personal style seems to be echoes in your surroundings.

We are spending the Holidays on the East Coast (Where my husband and I are from) we live in California now and are looking forward to wintery weather, it makes Christmas that more festive.

We hope your Christmas and New Year are the best ever!

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