Day 12: Five Senses of Holiday Design

[Restoration Hardware]

We are gearing up for the holiday season here at A.Clore Interiors.

What does that mean?

Well, it means a lot of things. First and foremost, a new showroom to decorate!!

Then, a table-scape setting for the Historic Sanford Holiday Tour of Homes [located at the Secret Garden stop]

And to finish it all off, a White Winter themed holiday party at A.Clore Interiors [still in the planning stages]

When it comes to planning a successful holiday party. It is important that you create the perfect festive mood for your guests. To do so, you must appeal to each of their five senses:

1. Sight: Delight their eyes with color, contrast (textural or visual), and your individual sense of style. We like to think of holiday decorating as a large personal art project; one you create to inspire, to entice and to bring joy to family and friends.

2. Scent: Fragrance is a powerful mood changer, use it to your advantage by using scents associated with happy memories and the holiday season. Some fragrances to try: cinnamon apple and fresh baked apple pie.

3. Hearing: Fill the room with happy, festive music that captures the essence of the season. Admittedly, we dust this one off every christmas and is one of our favorites. NSYNC!

4. Taste: Yummy treats are expected. This is no time for ‘diet food’. The holiday season is the much anticipated break from “being good” – indulge your guests with rich and decadent cuisine.

5. Touch: Help them relax and enjoy the event by creating a comfortable environment with soft pillows and throws.

We are super excited about applying this concept to our White Winter party and thankful that good design and preparation will forever include the 5 senses we use everyday.

What are your plans for the holidays??

Day 10 & 11: Elle Magazine

This weekend, we give thanks to the ever so informative and entertaining ELLE MAGAZINE!! Hundreds of familiar faces have graced the front page of this prestigious magazine and thousands of articles written that inform and intrigue women all over the world.

(Needless to say, we will always snag any mag with the beautiful, Britney Spears, on the cover.)

The largest fashion magazine in the world, Elle captures millions of readers with a monthly publication of design, fashion, health, beauty and entertainment.

And if your fabulous french tipped manicure has not skimmed the pages of this little bound book of genius….

Well then, my dears, Im afraid you deserve and arraignment!!

But have no fear, A.Clore is here — to look back on one of our favorite celebrity homes this year….

Reece Witherspoon’s Ojai, CA spanish ranch-style home designed by Kristen Buckingham.

We absolutely love the mixture 19th century decor and the snippets of nature in this design. Buckingham used both high-end custom pieces and inexpensive ready made elements to achieve and sense of comfortable elegance. She then brought in natural elements like an end table from an apple tree stump and a natural jute rug to achieve perfect harmony.

These rooms are a perfect example of how to make a child’s space personalized yet still stylish and functional.

The tucked away beds were an original design element to the house, however they create a great focal point to the room and still provide plenty of space for functional design.

Our favorite feature of Reece’s home is her outdoor terrace. We love the antique hanging lantern and mix-matched iron and wicker furniture. Its just breathtaking how the vibrant and lush greenery above head creates a perfect canopy.

We think Kristen did an amazing job with combining the original architecture and style of the home with the sense of comfortable elegance that Reece exudes. Design Well done!

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Thanks for stopping by this weekend!! Looking forward to another Grateful and Thankful week of design here at A.Clore Interiors!!!