Creative Christmas trees

Deck the halls with boughs of holly tra la la la la!

The halls or walls of your home may be sprinkled with holiday decor and paper snowflakes, but nothing says “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” than the Christmas tree.

I love how each tree tells a different story and reflects the unique personality of each home. While the traditional pine or fir tree may not be an option for you–due to lack of space, allergies, or personal taste–there are plenty of unconventional ways to bring a tree home and it doesn’t have to be in Charlie Brown fashion.

Here are few of my favorites that inspired me…

The book tree; don’t judge this tree by it’s cover.

The wall tree gives even the smallest home plenty of room to spread its’ branches.

Happy tree decorating season!

♥ Amanda

(image sources: 1. twigandthistle 2. omnivoracious 3. p-laces 4. aleggup)

The Coffee Table with Erin Tavin

When it comes to gift giving, nothing is better than a one-of-a-kind gem! That’s where Tavin Boutique in Echo Park, Los Angeles comes in. When you walk in the door you’ll find vintage as well as contemporary clothing, accessories, and home decor. Earlier this year, I interviewed the store’s owner ( also a buyer, stylist, and costumer) for My Top 5 on Smashbox Studios’ Yello blog. I realized…if this lovely lady’s coffee table is even half as cool as her store, we’re in for a treat. Take your coffee break with this week’s guest:

What’s Brewing 

THE HOLIDAYS AT TAVIN!!! We are filling the shop with lots of beautiful gifts and holiday clothing to delight everyone. I’m an east coaster and I grew up with ALOT of holiday influences: Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the store windows on Fifth Ave, etc. We have a big holiday party at the shop that’s fun and festive with lots of sparkle, joy and drink!

Favorite Drink

Stumptown coffee preferably at a fave outdoor cafe in Portland or a good hot chocolate with a little fresh whipped cream on a chilly day. I love cozy stuff; walking around with my drink while I shop for the store makes it all much cozier and sweet.

It’s The Little Things
  • reading by a fireplace
  • the wilds of Big Sur ( love Eselon hot baths there )
  • flea markets in Paris- oh what a lovely and heavenly day that is for me!
  • camping with my husband in amazing places!

                                                       My Coffee Table

Coffee Tableon the table: a To-Do list which is HUGE ! I pull out the clip board when the list gets too long. A Francesa Woodman book from her show, handmade houses book, and great spa and hot springs book.
coffee table

Some of my favorite novels: the Dud Avocado and Revenge of the Lawn— race to read the Dud Avocado its a major favorite of mine! I also have some rice hot cereal with berries, bananas,and maple syrup and a big cup of tea called “commune” from LA MILL.

Words of Wisdom

Follow that dream! There’s always a million and one reasons why NOT to follow it and usually it involves money… but whats money when it comes down to happiness and fulfillment right? TIME MOVES FAST SO FOLLOW THAT DREAM NOW!!! NOW NOW NOW!!!

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(posted with love by Kathryn)

The Coffee Table with Sharzad Kiadeh

Hi guys! Black Friday and Cyber Monday were crazy days– to help you ease out of the “sale high” We’re offering : read one interview, get an extra one free! Here’s an extra coffee table interview for you to enjoy and check in this Thursday for the regular scheduled post! We’re so thankful for our readers and contributors; never is there a shortage of creativity and inspiration!!! As I wipe the mascara off my cheek from this sentimental intro… please bat your lashes for founder and blogger of LuxLyfe:

Currently Brewing 

I try to have new projects constantly brewing. I love connecting with new people and brands and I continue to be excited about my on-going partnerships with Room77 and Burke Williams. In a perfect world I would have a webseries show where I travel the world and try exotic beauty treatments in other countries. Any producers out there listening?!

Favorite Drink

I’m actually not a coffee drinker. My drink of choice is sparkling water with lemon (totally boring, I know). If we’re talking booze (which is way more fun!) I love single varietal Pinot’s from the Russian River Valley and I’m currently obsessed with the Kari-Kari cocktail from Michaels in Santa Monica. (Kari-Kari is Japanese whiskey, Serrano chilis and cilantro)

It’s the Little Things

  • Being surrounded by smart, creative, driven, fun, happy, and healthy people. (ie my hubby, family, and friends!)
  • Living in California makes me VERY happy; always has, always will.
  • Doing what I love for a living. I feel extremely fortunate that I have the opportunity to go after my dreams every day.

My Coffee Table

My hubs had the coffee table custom made; he has way better taste in home decor than I do! We like to keep things simple and clean in our apartment, so there are only two things on our table: a beautiful globe, which was a gift from my in-laws, and a Romeo and Julietta limited edition Cigar humidor.

Words of Wisdom

I think being fearless and persistent are two things that have always worked for me. I have never been afraid to go after what I want and I always encourage others to chase after their dreams! Treat everyone with respect and smile!

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(posted with love by Kathryn)

balance brought to you by Osho

Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be the roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.


♥ K

The Coffee Table with Aimee Bidlack

Joining us at The Coffee Table this lovely Thanksgiving day is San Francisco fashionista…

Currently Brewing

My day job consumes most of my time. I’m the Men’s Accessories Assistant Buyer for Banana Republic, which basically means I get to decide what fun, gentleman-ly items we’ll carry in our stores. I’m currently working on pulling inspiration for next years Holiday line, so that means pulling lots of tear sheets and perusing the internet for inspiration, all while listening to Christmas music, obviously. I love my job, so it often feels seamless when I’m working in or out of the office.

I try my best to update my personal blog, which I would (or rather, would not define) as I feel inspired. I ‘m also working on re-decorating my kitchen. I’m currently digging through Craigslist to find the perfect mid-century brass bookshelf to store cookbooks and bourbon.
 Favorite Drink
Black coffee. Always. I rarely consume overtly milky products. I’m lucky enough to live in San Francisco where the coffee culture is extremely prominent. Drip coffee’s from places like Four Barrel and Blue Bottle have such intricate layers of flavors, that I can’t imagine watering it down. On the very rare occasion, I might enjoy a dry Cappunccino. Otherwise, if I don’t consume a large, black coffee by 10am, I would recommend avoiding me at all costs.

It’s the Little Things

My Coffee Table

My coffee table is an old steam trunk I picked up at an estate sale in Oakland. I was coffee table-less for quite some time until I found this gem, and now I can’t quite imagine utilizing anything else.

Voluspa candle – I have this strange conception that lighting candles in my apartment makes me a better woman. Whenever I’m home, there’s usually a candle lit in every room.

Stack of fashion mags – This makes me feel pretty superficial, but I do subscribe to the majority of major fashion publications. My coffee table may or may not look like a doctor’s office. I am, however, very particular that the magazines must be from the current month. Archives get stored in my bedroom.

Hypebeast – Hypbebeast is this crazy cool men’s fashion publication. I have a friend (Jerry Buttles ) who shot the Maison Martin Margiela feature in this issue. Sick.

Words of Wisdom

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting” -The Alchemist

Follow Aimee and visit her blog.

Thanks for joining us this week!

(Posted with love by Amanda)

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