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With the holidays in full swing, I thought I’d share a handful of simple ways to present presents…
1. You can’t go wrong with butcher paper and twine.
2. When in doubt, put a twig on it.
3. Swathe it in tissue paper and tie the ends.
4. Cookies in a cardboard tube make a cute party favor.
5. Use a furoshiki or tea towel. Bonus: they’re reusable!
…And that’s a wrap! Wishing you a beautiful holiday season.
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i’m staying in a lovely airbnb, in a very eclectic and colorful neighborhood for the holidays — way up in the hills of silver lake, which is just stunning. and, i think it’s rubbing off on me a bit. is it possible to have an almost schizophrenic decorating disorder? i go from wanting a very clean, almost japanese-inspired, modern home to something more colorful and a little bit exotic. the homes up here can go from being very mid-century modern, to 1920’s-built spanish bungalow style and it’s those i’m feeling today. envision colorful tapestries and boucherouite rugs, bold tiles and a very bohemian vibe and that’s what’s rambling through my imagination today. here’s what i mean.
i stumbled upon this beautiful tour of a bohemian modern, and very cosy home featured on the beetle shack today, and discovered it was part of a whole series — the family home project. blogger and photographer Emily features family homes with unique personality and a whole lot of warmth. this one, belonging to Claudia, Levi and Eve is a bright star — everything about it is just lovely. i highly recommend you hop over to the beetle shack and peruse the rest of this home tour, as well as the many other family homes emily has beautifully photographed for her blog.
• all photos courtesy of the beetle shack.
last week photographer cindy loughridge and i loaded up my car with lots of fun cocktail accoutrement from women & whiskies and met up with the lovely ladies who run clubhouse caravan and created our own little whiskey-warming winter wonderland. the clubhouse caravans are adorable, exceedingly charming, and happily, available to rent for events and parties! partners Ames Simpson and Susan Donaldson, and Susan’s husband, Scheffer Ely have lovingly rebuilt four vintage trailers into spaces that reflect the inspiration and spirit behind their name: a nostalgia for the clubhouses of their childhood. what better place to mix up a batch of holiday cocktails, right?
women & whiskies mixed us up a yummy cocktail recipe for me to make that had the men of the speer family christmas tree lot more than a little curious. sorry, guys — this time the whisky’s just for us women!
i put on my bartending cap and got to work mixing up some delicious canadian punch! you can find this recipe below as well as a bunch of other swell holiday cocktails on the women & whiskies website. this cocktail is made with forty creek copper pot whisky, appleton estate, fresh pineapple juice and a healthy squeeze of lemon zest, so it’s extra refreshing. for more fun recipes and cocktail party ideas follow women & whiskies on instagram.
• all photography by cindy loughridge for sfgirlbybay.