Did you know 2016 is the Chinese Year of the Monkey?
Mischievous. Curious. Clever. The monkey of Chinese myths is a favorite companion to children of all ages. He’s an underdog who thumps his nose (and tail) at the authorities and somehow always comes out ahead in the end.
Here ares a few of our favorites to help you start your Year of the Monkey right.
Cold weather might bring back plaid and tartans, but they don’t have to make your home look like those oversized lumberjack shirts in the back of the closet. In fact, plaids are a great way to mix things up and introduce different colors. Says renowned NY event producer David Stark in his recent Pretty in Plaid feature for Martha Stewart:
If you’re the type of person that wants things to look cohesive, but not too matchy-matchy, try mixing different colors of the same plaid. For color mixing, pick a particular color that each plaid will have in common. For example, if each pattern contains a vibrant cherry red, it will keep your look together. These flatware sets all have the same base color — a neutral white — so they can be mixed and matched on your dinner table.
And the best part? The stainless steel flatware has ABS plastic handles which are dishwasher safe and treated with Xtra Wash, a unique technology that keeps colors looking like new after hundreds of washes. These are an absolute steal at only $15 per 5-pc setting!
We still remember watching the Martha Stewart TV shows years ago, so it’s a real treat to be featured in her blog now. Thanks for thinking of us, David and Martha!
Does the holiday season have to be snow, snow, snow?
Not for us — we live in LA. But no matter where you live, Coastal Living‘s holiday issue should bring a dose of beach, sun, and lime:
And their holiday table is also a seaside escape:
Featuring Herend’s CV12 Mint service plate, Vietri’s Incanto salad plate, Michael Wainwright’s Truro Gold wine glass, and Vietri’s red stripe napkin, this is a gorgeous, laid-back version of the traditional red and green.
A warm thank you to Coastal Living, and happy entertaining!