You know Tiffani Thiessen best for her roles as Kelly Kapowski in '90s sitcom Saved by the Bell and as Valerie Malone in drama series Beverly Hills, 90210. Now, step inside her home for its festive holiday makeover. Since Tiffani's home has a rustic, open charm, designer Bobby Berk wanted to accentuate it with lots of greenery, colorful wooden animals and bulbs. He also wanted to ensure it was kid-friendly and fun for Tiffani's three-year-old daughter, Harper.
You know Tiffani Thiessen best for her roles as Kelly Kapowski in '90s sitcom Saved by the Bell and as Valerie Malone in drama series Beverly Hills, 90210. Now, step inside her home for its festive holiday makeover. Since Tiffani's home has a rustic, open charm, designer Bobby Berk wanted to accentuate it with lots of greenery, colorful wooden animals and bulbs. He also wanted to ensure it was kid-friendly and fun for Tiffani's three-year-old daughter.
The details in this kitchen are what truly brings the space together. The homeowners wanted a unique renovation, but were concerned with maintaining the home's integrity, so designers combined a few unique, more modern touches with traditional features to create this stunning kitchen. Wallpaper is used throughout the space to add color and warmth while maintaining the traditional feel of the home. The oriental rug between the kitchen island and the sink is another classic touch for the home. Even the gold accented light fixtures bring in the charm that the homeowners love about their home. The homeowners were opposed to white cabinets, so designers installed a countertop that had green hues, which inspired the green countertops in the space.
Even if you live in a more contemporary home, the holidays are a wonderful opportunity to blend some classic details with your modern design. The holidays are about cherished traditions, the past and making new memories. Designer Mallory Mathison makes some memories of her own in this charming little boys' room that riffs on the colors of the French flag. Vintage elements like a red hobby horse and a preserved boxwood ball contained in a child's silver baby cup show how effortlessly classic touches can be intergrated into holiday decor.
For a family home in Houston, the designers of Laura U Interior Design created a comfortable seating area just off the kitchen. The team used color and accessories to create a cohesive look throughout the wide open area. “While the majority of the color palette is neutral, we weave a lively turquoise through each space: pillows and an area rug in the family, bar stool frames in the kitchen, and a show-stopping chandelier in the breakfast space,” they explain. “The entire space is further unified through the window treatments which are a combination of Hunter Douglas Silhouette shades and custom drapery with a turquoise band on the leading edge. A cheerful yellow and just a dash of orange set off the color scheme while touches of gold and a natural wood (teak root table and driftwood at the island) add eclectic charm.”
Creating these charming combos of geodes and succulents doesn't have to break the bank. Small succulents are expensive and bits of crystal, geodes and agate are easy to find. You can use inexpensive containers you already have on hand or that you find at big box stores. Here. hawthoria is combined with a variety of materials: black and white aquarium pebbles, preserved billy button, slices of blue agate, porcupine quills and tall black dried salt cedar (available in the floral department), amethyst and pink quartz. “Options are many here,” says Anne Gunnels of Nashville's Honey + Gunn Succulents. “Try amazonite, rough pink rose quartz crystal, and even desert rose stones for interest. Get height from willow, quills, and even peacock feather.”
Like brunnera, bergenias are great for brightening up shady areas in your garden. Their small blooms are charming in a woodland setting, as a groundcover, in borders or in a cottage garden. Give the plants moist soil that’s rich in organic matter and shade to partial shade. They’ll bloom in spring. By fall, some of the leaves will turn brown, while others will become purplish-bronze. Remove the dead leaves, but let the others remain over the winter. Bergenia is hardy in zones 3-9. This variety is 'Pink Dragon'.
Talented Atlanta designer Mallory Mathison created this themed Little Boy Blue bedroom decked out beautifully in child-friendly holiday style in Francophile shades of blue and red. Each twin bed comes with a charming lit Christmas tree with fire-safe LED lights. Parents can treat these trees as advent calendars and nestle a different gift for each day leading up to Christmas or Hanukkah in the boughs or at the foot of the tree. Children will love the cozy glow of the tree lights as they drift off to sleep and these trees also make the perfect holiday night light says Mathison. Rather than cut trees, Mathison used potted evergreens that can be planted in the garden when the holidays are over.
Says self-proclaimed “thrift-store junkie” Sarah Norton Ramberg of Sadie Seasongoods, “I loved the idea of repurposing something dining-related, in this case, a cheese dome. It makes for nice synergy in a decorative way.” This cloche turned ice rink is a fun spin on a holiday centerpiece and has a charming vintage feel, to boot.
Ramberg’s thrifty tip? “Shop for holiday decor year-round at thrift stores and garage sales. That way, you just spend a little here and there over the course of a year, and by the time the winter holidays arrive, you won't have to spend a dime on decor. It can all go towards gifts!”
If you're craving something hyper-authentic, local and chock full of charm, look no further than this downtown Los Cabos restaurant with a lovely, festive feel and some of the best food you are apt to find. The restaurant features an extensive mezcal and tequila selection and enough spirits knowledge to steer you toward something you'll love. Homemade tortillas, probably the best chili rellenos you'll have in Los Cabos, incredible guacamole, powerhouse mole, Mexican coffee even this tea drinker loved and a magical, welcoming vibe makes Los Tres Gallos as idea for families as it is for couples. Los Tres Gallos will make you feel like you've experienced the true heart of Mexico: deeply hospitable, warm, creative and full of life. If you are the type who cringes when you see strolling musicians headed your way, don't. The unbelievably talented troubadours here know everything from Sinatra to grunge and only add to the restaurant's winning, special spirit.
The owners of this tin roof chicken coop wanted to create a home for their chickens and guest houses for visiting bluebirds: "We read that bluebirds like to have 15 to 20 feet of open space in front of their nesting houses. When we built the coop, we left the posts tall on the back side. My parents brought me the 'See Rock City' house, which I was thrilled to have because it's a great nod to my happy Southern childhood spent hiking and camping with my family. The Rock City birdhouse lets guests know we want them to be relaxed and happy in our garden."
The owners said landscaping was a key factor in the positioning of the coop. "We thought about the placement for several weeks. It made sense to be on the far side of the garden because it's tall and creates a separation between our yard and the street that runs behind our next-door neighbors' yard. It works as a privacy screen and looks like a charming shed or rustic playhouse. The screens across the front of the structure came from my grandparents' house when it was torn down. The major drawback to our design is the lack of a human door, which makes spring cleaning the coop no easy task."
Located in the charming village of Mt. Pleasant, The Artist Collective is the brainchild of contemporary art entrepreneur Allison B. Williamson. A hometown girl who has periodically left Charleston in the service of her art education, Williamson has created a bright, comfortable alternative to the usual white cube, slightly intimidating gallery norm. Filled with work by a host of Williamson's represented artists—many of whom specialize in color, coastal themes and easy-on-the-eyes work—the Artist Collective also plays host to several artist studios and provides an easygoing way for art fans to dip a toe into collecting art or expand an existing collection. Williamson has expanded her brick and mortar collective presence to Atlanta, Nashville and Washington, D.C. and her artists are also available for anyone to peruse on the Artist Collective website.
One of Atlanta's charms is the incredible diversity of its neighborhoods. The same holds true for the suburbs and exurb communities that surround this booming Southern metropolis. From Alpharetta north of the city to Serenbe south of Atlanta, there are a remarkable variety of experiences to have, from suburban to rural to everything in between. Visitors looking for a little respite from a city-center experience but the experiential pleasures of a dense, busy hub of restaurants, shops and a new hotel can stay in the 86-acre Avalon community in Alpharetta, a relatively new 86-acre development that functions as a self-contained city 30 miles north of Midtown Atlanta. Use it as your home base as you venture out each day to activities or events in the city, or use it as a good launching point for exploring the Georgia or North Carolina mountains if a jaunt into the beautiful regional landscape is more your speed.
Once the center of the American slave trade, Charleston is a city always contending with the good and bad of its history even as it has transformed into a food-centric and sophisticated Southern city where wealthy New Yorkers and Hollywood types flock for the easygoing pace and refined lifestyle and have scooped up homes at a ravenous pace that has threatened to price-out locals. Charleston is consistently named one of the country's top cities by glossy travel magazines and websites beguiled by its idiosyncratic beauty and charm. Homes, gardens and the people of Charleston are exceptionally gracious (especially so considering the 7 million tourists who flock to the city each year), furnishings lean toward the traditional but there is experimentation galore when it comes to the arts and food. There are endless options in high-end lodgings from the nouveau luxe Hotel Bennett to the bespoke, chic Zero George whose epic porches are the local answer to Prozac.