Gift for Her: Fornasetti scented candle

Are you already shopping holiday gifts? Ever since I was nominated for an Amara blog award, the Amara web shop is one of my go-to-gift shops to browse luxury home decor accessories. They have the best design brands like Ralph Lauren, Missoni Home, and Kate Spade, just to name a few. And lucky for me, they also carry the Fornasetti scented candles which I had been eyeing for years now. I t didn’t take me long to order one and now I’m the proud owner of the elegant Flora candle. The scent of floral bouquets fills up my home, but more importantly, the gorgeous ceramic vessel with floral imagery adorns my sideboard console. Because, to be honest, I just wanted the candle for decorative purposes. I’m in love with the imagery of the haunting face of operatic muse Lina Cavalieri in the guise of the mythical fertility goddess ‘Flora’ designed by Piero Fornasetti.

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This post was sponsored via a gift. Regardless, I only recommend products I like and think are good for my readers.



5 Tips to set the perfect Thanksgiving table

Creating a beautiful tablescape that complements the food isn’t that hard. When you approach it organized and with vision, you will see that you can set the table within minutes with tableware and things you already have. So let’s talk about my 101 table setting tips for any holiday or dinner party.IMG_3616

1. Choose your colour scheme

Once you know your menu you can decide on a colour scheme that’ll make the food look even better. Plan your table decor around the food and use colours that are in contrast with the food or enhance its colours. Stick to one or two colours at most. IMG_3618

2. Use candles

Candle light creates ambiance and warmth to a tablescape. It also enhances the decor by adding a different height than the flowers and other decoration materials.IMG_3635

3. Incorporate nature

Besides using flowers and greenery as a centerpiece, also think about incorporating other natural elements like foliage, fruits, or wood dispersed on the table or in the middle as a table runner. IMG_3636IMG_3642

4. Add in a DIY 

I always add in a DIY project as a signature to make the table setting authentic and personalize each place setting. The name place card or napkin ring are both ideal DIY projects that will not take up too much of your time. Small details are what make a tablescape perfect.IMG_3628

5. Keep it simple

Keep your settings relaxed, clean and simple. Even though you might be tempted to bring out all your antique silverware and crystal, try not to. The decor shouldn’t draw away attention from the food or the people around the table. If you do want to use special flatware or that antique statement dish you’ve been saving for special ocassions, make a selection and mix it with more simpler tableware. That way it will be a real eye catcher and conversation starter.IMG_3632

Thanksgiving Wreath

I love to make my own wreath and floral arrangements for the holidays. Have you also noticed that lush and asymmetrical wreaths are trending? Another trend I also noticed is the use of succulents in wreaths and bouquets. Inspired by the many pictures on pinterest and blogs I created a small wreath with eucalyptus, dahlias, a succulent and berries.Thanksgiving wreath by 30s Magazine

I first covered the mold with moss and tightened it with wire. I then used rope to tighten the eucalyptus branch by branch on top of one another like roof top tiling. I used pins to attach the succulent and blooms. Two cinnamon sticks are the finishing touch. Keep the wreath out of the sun so it will last longer. Mine is still gorgeous after 3 days in the Dutch cool temperatures. To keep it even longer you can also store it in the fridge over night.

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Tom Dixon Scent Diffuser

I found the ultimate Christmas gift and decided that Christmas should come early this year. I treated myself to a Tom Dixon Orientalist Scent Diffuser. I know, it’s a very generous gift to give myself, but if no one else does… Tom Dixon designed the diffuser to be functional and decorative. The solid brass and glass design is sleek and holds six black rattan reeds. As we are accustomed from Tom Dixon, the design comes in gold, copper and silver. I have the orientalist which subtly releases a mixed scent of rose petals, cinnamon sticks, and musk, reminiscent of Indian weddings and Chinese herbal markets. My home is filled with the fragrance and looks fab on my Safavieh marble side table.

Shop more of Tom Dixon on the website, Selfridges in the UK, Neiman Marcus in the US, or in the Netherlands at de Bijenkorf Amsterdam.

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DIY Advent Calendar

It’s hard to believe that in only 5 weeks it’s Christmas. The countdown to the holidays is such a festive period. Right after Thanksgiving I hurry to buy a tree and start decorating. An Advent calendar is also part of the anticipation. This year I started to craft mine early. I was inspired by the many decorating trends like copper, black, and candle holders in the shape of houses. I decided to make small boxes like little houses that hold small gifts. (scroll down for directions and the template)Advent calendar DIYDIY Advent CalendarAdvent kalender

You’ll need

  • black and white (firm) craft paper
  • copper wrapping paper (Ikea)
  • glue, scissors, pencil and ruler
  • number stickers

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