Monday Matters: December 10th & Counting…is your Decor Done?

Monday Matters: December 10th and Counting…is your Decor Done?

Just to put you at ease

We just decorated our Christmas Tree at the Cabin

White Resin Antler Ornaments

Yes, A Designer waited until December 8th & 9th to pull out the ornaments…

This year I collected over 30 wood ornaments for the cabin tree. Combined with antlers, ribbon & some simple plaid globes…a very Custom Cabin Christmas Tree

I like to take the time IN December to put the music on and make Holiday Merry in our Cabin in the woods

One of the things clients and friends ask often

“How many days should I spend Decorating?”

Have you ever wanted someone to just pull out the buzzer and say “game over” on the Decorating?

I have

So years ago, I came up with some very simple rules of thumb

# Days on Holiday Decorating = Per Thousand Square Feet

3 Days = 3,000 Square Feet

Any more and it might be time to watch Danny DeVito in some Christmas Movies for some perspective…

From Deck the Halls

So this weekend, we spent 2 days decking our cabin out for the Holiday

When we have Christmas Parties, ok…I confess…I will spend a solid 4 days & corral some help

But that is still within our guidelines (almost;)

Give yourself permission to put the ribbon down & enjoy the fruit of your labor!

This reasonable timeline has helped me enjoy the process for years

You and I are creating our custom holiday homes

So as this “Power Week” (what I refer to the second full week in December) rolls in

Rachel Ray’s Egg Nog. Image Linked.

(Parties, Luncheons, Drinks with friends, Office Parties, Cards to mail, Presents to buy….)

Remember that rule of thumb

Monday Matters: Ready for a productive week?

Yes!

Every Claus needs cute boots!

Be sure to check our Holiday Help Page. You will find this and other tips from Designer Friends all week!

“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”™

xo Ann

Wednesday Style Points: Lamorinda Weekly Guest Article

Wednesday Style Points: Lamorinda Weekly Guest Article

Quoting my favorite people is always fun.

Check out this article in our local paper…

From Inexpensive to Extravagant Holiday Decor

Detail of Holiday Tree with Custom Ornaments

“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”™

xo Ann

Monday Matters: December Lists, Friend or Foe?!

Monday Matters: Your December Lists, Friend or Foe?!

Argh!

Ok, I feel better

So it’s Monday, December 3rd & I already feel behind

Is that possible?

Precisely WHY we made our Holiday Help Page!!

Because WE need it 🙂

How’s your Calendar Shaping Up for the next 29 Days

Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough minutes?

Truth? There aren’t…but if we take care of the big matters first (the walnuts in our life) then all the little things will fit (the popcorn, sand & water)

Monday Matters: What are the 5 Most Important “Matters” for You & Yours this month?

Fill in the blanks:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

Make room for them. The rest will follow.

At Couture Chateau?

1. Holiday Help Page

From Gallery of Nostalgia, one of my all time favorite images. Not sure why...it just speaks to me...

From Gallery of Nostalgia, one of my all time favorite images. Not sure why…it just speaks to me…

2. Current Clients

3. Features for Design Sites

4. Editorial Calendar for 2013

5. Budgets

What do I (& everyone else) want to do?

Play with all the Holiday Decor, chat custom, make Christmas Cookies to put on the conference table, troll pinterest for amazing ideas, talk custom wrapping…basically we want to “play design”

Gorgeous New Fabrics this season...I just want to play & design stuff around these beauties...

Gorgeous New Fabrics this season…I just want to play & design stuff around these beauties…

Problem is, if we don’t do what matters first, we will never get to the other stuff

(this does NOT come easily to me, I like the rush of a deadline & a bit of flurry)

so…on goes the Holiday Music, out comes the Inspiration Quote & we get to work

It’s Monday Morning!

Have a fantastic day! Pour a great cup of coffee or tea – put it in a fabulous cup & we will be back tomorrow with a Tuesday Tidbit & Holiday Help Page with Links.

“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”™

xo Ann

Saturday Stuff: Holiday Help & Tip Sheets for Design

Saturday Stuff: Holiday Help & Tip Sheets for Design

Been a busy week & thoughts of sugarplums are dancing in my head

Do You Ever:

Hesitate to open a box of stored decorations because…you aren’t sure what to do with them or why you keep them…?

Wander & waste $$$$ on Holiday Stuff that looks ridiculous when you get home?

Think you remember tossing an ornament in when it should have been carefully placed and get the sinking feeling that it and others are now busted?

Wish you could throw a last minute party but are afraid?

Recycled Cards as Coasters for a Casual Christmas "In My Kitchen" Party

Recycled Cards as Coasters for a Casual Christmas “In My Kitchen” Party

Wish you could just hole up with some Classic Christmas Movies?

Want to Bake like Martha, Design like Nate but always feel like you fall short?

Wish you could just communicate in decor your vision of the Holiday Season?

What is your vision? Do you  like traditional areas for your kids? for you? Our "Back Hall Stopping Table"

What is your vision? Do you like traditional areas for your kids? for you? Our “Back Hall Stopping Table”

Wish your children dressed like the Bergdorf Goodman Catalog?

Feel like you are already behind because……?

Feel like your Christmas Card is the most stressful thing in your social life each year?

WHERE to start? Hand written? Cranes Embossed? Printed? Casual...Formal...

WHERE to start? Hand written? Cranes Embossed? Printed? Casual…Formal…

Can’t decide??!!

Then “Holiday Help & Tip Sheets” is for you

It is a simple Page on the Blog to

a) encourage

b) help

c) identify practical steps

d) make you smile

This is a Short Term Page with a Short Term Goal:

To help each other live our custom lives over the next 31 days

I’ve asked some of my Designer Friends to contribute

It won’t be all bell-y & whistle-y

It will be Genuine & From our Hearts

Have a fantastic weekend. My goal is to have links up on December 4th (yes, you can pray)

“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”™

xo Ann