The holiday season is here (cue inner thoughts about how on earth it's already December!?) and with it the happy flood of holiday cards. I haven't quit mastered the whole minimalism thing, plus I'm sentimental to boot, so I like to hold onto greeting cards, at least for the season. I've tried displaying them on the fridge, counter, mantle, etc but the joyous cluster always ends up looking like a jumbled paper mess.
This year I decided to tackle this annual card clutter by creating a festive display board that thanks to its obvious seasonality, will make taking the whole thing down less grippingly sentimental, and instead a simple seasonal farewell. Bye bye card from grandma, sorry but the calendar made me do it. See you next year!
The only tools you need are scissors and a staple gun, and it takes all of five minutes from start to finish. Click below for the step by step instructions to create your own holiday card display board!
I'm hosting Thanksgiving this year for the first time ever, and it's the first time I'm entertaining in my new house. We purchased our first home seven months ago and it's been seemingly endless renovation projects since. We're still nowhere close to finished, but it's beginning to look and feel more like home. The kitchen is a total eyesore and we'll gut and renovate it eventually (hopefully soon) but for now those poorly, poorly faux-finished Western-themed (???) cabinets are here to stay. So is the laminate flooring, countertops, enormous 80's refrigerator with the broken ice maker, and all the beige on beige on beige.
As a designer of tabletop/kitchen products living with a kitchen that is this bad is a daily pseudo-spiritual practice of acceptance and letting go. This is my kitchen now. This is my life now. People are traveling to join me for Thanksgiving at my house, and that's all pretty spectacular, even if my kitchen is anything but. I'm embracing the ease that comes from letting go and opting to bring that same vibe to the table. Let's keep it simple, beautiful, and thoughtful, not fussy. Life now is certainly not fussy.
These three quick tips will help you set a pretty Thanksgiving table that takes almost no time and money, but will still make the meal special for your guests-- and for you, because you deserve it too.
Tonight a brand new color joins the Suite One Studio ranks as we introduce our latest studio glaze: Tourmaline. This bold color and mirror-like gloss is not for the faint of heart. We love the way this glaze holds firm middle ground between a rich green and a deep, inky blue, making it the perfect pair with our signature Rose pink and gold accents.
Click below to learn more about this new color and our glaze testing process, complete with photos!
Is there anything that says, 'polished, refined, luxury' more than black marble? I'm taken with this natural finish right now. The bold contrast and organic variations are strikingly beautiful. With a subtle nod to the goth chic styles of the 90's, black marble is the next big natural stone trend. Calling it now.
As I've mentioned probably every. single. year. since starting this blog, I don't care for the color orange (like at all) but I love Halloween and want to feel all the seasonal feels. Each year I look for stylish alternatives to embrace the season while still staying true to my aesthetic. You can catch last years glittery pumpkin here, and the blue and white splatter pumpkins that I topped with gold leaf (!!!) here. Want to learn how to make this year's glamorous faux black marble pumpkin? The way-easier-than-it-looks step by step directions follow.
Two vintage posts in a row may have you wondering, 'Why all this vintage talk on a handmade site?' Well, good question. Tableware of yesteryear is a major inspiration for my collection. The notion of fine china-- fine things of any kind really, is a bright spark behind my passion for creating. I think there are simple, well designed tableware objects in the world that delight our senses and add to our food experiences. Making Mealtimes Beautiful is more than collecting and using your Suite One Studio porcelain; it's a lifestyle, a mindset, a promise even to live in the moment and to bring beauty into the everyday.