Christmas has come and gone, all of the gifts have been given and received. Did you get anything special? Or maybe there was a Snuggie with your name on it under the tree (the 2010 version of a lump of coal).
I was lucky enough to get some things that I really loved on Christmas morning and they’re the kind of things I can really use. I always liked that time just after Christmas morning when you’d take your gifts upstairs to your room and just play with their shiny new-ness. So in that same spirit, let me show you some of the fun things I got this year!
First up, this graphic zig-zag printed plate. I know for a fact that these little babies are on sale at West Elm and cost under $5. They’re great on a coffee table like this or used in an entrance to catch keys, or even for serving a special hor d’oeuvre.
I also scored a couple of really lovely, understated ceramic bowls. I’d been complaining to my wife Sara that I never have enough bowls when I need them. They’re great for fruit or just sitting empty as decorative objects on a mantle piece or table. I also love a simple shallow white bowl to float a single fresh blossom in, like a peony or garden rose.
Now this one’s a classic – my mother in law got me this black lacquered tray (also from West Elm and also on sale!). It’s a decorator’s best friend and I know I’ll use it in so many places over the years. It goes with every decorating scheme and adds a little polish and sophistication to every room. You’ve got to get one of these!
Finally, this great gift from Sara. First there is a great old-school notebook because I’m always jotting down my hare brained ideas. Also there’s a great sketch book for even more ideas plus some artists’ markers which I love. The finishing touch is the little button that reads ‘St. Clair’ for the subway station near our first apartment as a married couple. It’s a great memento.
And that’s my haul! Well I also got lots of other things (socks, toothpaste and so on…) but that stuff wasn’t decor-related or very photogenic.
So I guess it’s a little late, but Merry Christmas!