I receive so many catalogs this time of year. Though it kind of drives me nuts, I usually look through each one (quickly) and find some holiday inspiration or a gift idea. The most inspiring catalog lately? Dwell Studio’s Holiday 2013. The holiday specific pieces are super chic and modern, but what I love is the use of things they carry all year. The sparkle of gold candleholders and objects, mixed with seasonal garlands makes for a beautiful holiday setting. I love every page but here are a few of my favorites.
- If it has doors they need to be sliding doors (or have none at all).
- It can’t be ugly or deeper than 12 inches.
- I need it to have a bit of storage.
- I don’t want a natural wood finish.
- I prefer a modern style.
- The list goes on…
So far everything readily available has not worked, until now.
- Screw gun
- Steel drill bit
- Machine screws, bolts & flat washers
- Paper or painter’s tape
- Right angle drill
- Counter sink bit
- Place legs and trace holes with a marker
- Tape over the marks. *Tape will prevent the drill from slipping and sliding off your mark, avoiding major scratches. It’s going to be the bottom, but why not keep it pretty?
- Attach the legs with screws, bolts & washers. Tighten with a wrench.
One not-so-great detail is this one. I didn’t have a right angle drill, so I wasn’t able to counter sink the screws. It’ll work for now.
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! As you get those recipes ready, be sure to have your camera standing by as well. A dinner party always happens way too quickly, especially if you’re the host(ess), so get a few of those moments on film! A few of my favorite, self-imposed rules are listed below. These should leave you with at least a few good photos and more importantly, you’ll (hopefully) enjoy yourself as well.
1) Use natural and ambient light (I prefer to avoid the flash in almost all situations). I love this incredible centerpiece photo via The Kitchn and the story about this gathering is full of other great party tips.
2) Handwritten menus and/or place cards are a nice touch. Photograph those details. This picture is from a wedding. It’s clean & simple and so perfect for any autumn meal.
3) Candid shots like this one feel natural, and after a few glasses of wine, your guests probably won’t mind being in a picture or two. This also makes good use of he ambient light.
photos via Instagram
4) Overhead pictures of a table always look great, even if the food is half-eaten. If a hand makes it in to the shot, even better! Shoot a ‘toast’ from that angle as well. Cheers!