Autumn has arrived with all of its spectacular colors and aromas and the excitement is palpable. The once brilliantly green trees are almost bare, their leaves now blanketing the ground and snow seems to be in the forecast for some as early as…today. After over five months of bringing the indoors out and utilizing our outdoor living spaces during those long and lazy days of spring and summer, we are preparing to do an about face.
Despite the fact that is still only October, seasonal commercials have begun to permeate the airwaves thrusting us into into:
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And while we would prefer the old school holiday season that begins on Black Friday, we also believe that to be “forewarned is to be forearmed” and that the extra month (if you can stand the plethora of commercials) is a gift; the gift of time.
With Halloween around the corner, we are getting ready to embark on that frenetic, exciting and unpredictable marathon of indoor entertaining that begins at the end of the month and goes on and on and on…and on.
So take a deep breath, pour yourself a cocktail and use the gift of time, not to become overwhelmed, but rather to plan, prepare and revel in the long season.
This is a joyous time in the Gallery. The anticipation of so many celebrations and the lifetime of memories that will be made are not lost on us. We know all too well the importance of holiday celebrations in our lives and are delighted when our Mid Century masterpieces play an integral part. After all, these pieces represent the talent and design ingenuity of our greatest generation. They have been lovingly restored and re-invented, offering clients a unique opportunity to own a one of a kind piece that has stood the test of time and is available for immediate delivery. And let’s be honest, who can resist that kind of opportunity?
Whether you are hosting your first or one hundred and first celebration this season, there is a lot to think about. So let’s get started.
Today we will lay the foundation for holiday entertaining and focus on four key elements that need to be considered when preparing your home for the season.
Regardless of your design aesthetic or your budget, there are a multitude of options available, and we always recommend that you purchase the best quality that you can afford.
By the end of October summer’s endless days are little more than a memory. When we turn the clocks back at 2 am on November 6th, evening will turn into an afternoon affair and supplementing the rapidly diminishing natural light becomes crucial. This is the time to let your imagination shine and select appropriate additional lighting for your home, especially the areas you plan to use for entertaining.
An absolute Standout: Massive sputnik with brass,copper & nickel
brass & lucite chandelier all aglow
The centerpiece for holiday entertaining is most often the dining room. If you have large celebrations and have adequate space, a large table or a table with an extra leaf or two may be best. If your celebrations or space are on the smaller side, a smaller table will probably be more appropriate. Whatever the size, chose a table that you LOVE and everyday entertaining will become a special event.
Lucite, Aluminum & Glass Dining Table: Clearly a winner
No holiday season would be complete without adequate multifunctional seating. This most often comes in the form of benches and ottomans that can be stored under other pieces if necessary and then moved to wherever they are needed, whether as extra seating at the dining table or as additional conversational seating. The options are endless.
This bench is really on the ball
This Mid Mod diamond bench: a gem
And there is no better way to enhance the sparkle & dimension of any space than the addition of a beautiful mirror.
Mirror Mirror on the wall
So put your thinking caps and prepare to enter...
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Begin the planning process early because while some of us (Irwin included) are often inspired and creatively motivated by the adrenaline rush of last minute preparations, most of us benefit from early planning and organization. And while there are sure to be a few bumps in the road, the season will be infinitely more enjoyable and N O T scary at all!