October 21… too soon for Christmas! There seems to be an insidious spread of all things “ho-ho-ho” across the land. My response has been “la-la-la I can’t see/hear you” until an email from Inside Out magazine’s Managing Editor Lee Tran Lam popped into my inbox.
It’s a headspin to think that our November issue is nearly on our doorstep (out Thursday, actually!) and it’s an earlybird look at Christmas. I know, I know, it seems too soon, right? But the holiday season has a funny way of sneaking up when you least expect it, so maybe it’s better to be over-prepared than to be feeling crushed with stress as Christmas Eve speeds upon arrival?
As inspiration, I’m sending you the incredibly laidback home that features on our cover. It’s a Mornington Peninsula beach house – and it took the owners a year to find it. They picked up the keys on Anzac Day and resolved to be hosting Christmas guests by the year’s end. And incredibly their builder did the most surprising thing – he finished the project on the exact date that he promised he would, on December 1. (I know, crazy right?) You can see how it would be a great backdrop for holiday celebrations – it’s really lovely and open and family-friendly. No one is tripping over Christmas presents in this house! Styling by Heather Nette King. Photography by Armelle Habib.
Love the house and the whole relaxed, beachy Christmas vibe. So Aussie. Can’t wait to see more. Maybe when the November issue hits the stands on Thursday it won’t be “la-la-la” anymore but “tra-la-la-lala” instead. Don’t fret if you aren’t in Australia though. You can read along on Zinio, Google Play, the Apple Newsstand and Nook.
Any closer to getting into the Christmas spirit? I’m still floundering. Here is my next attempt at getting my holiday mojo back. Introducing my vintage book Christmas tree stack. Now my decorations amount to candles in brass sticks and old books. You’ll be pleased to know that for safety sake they are in different rooms 😉
Vancouver’s interior design firm Falken Reynolds started ‘Decorate Gastown’ 3 years ago as a way to say thank you to shop owners for their part in making Gastown such a great neighbourhood to live and work. The shops pay only for the cost of materials and a team of volunteers brings each concept to life. The ideas they came up with are FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!
A 24″ birch bark and copper wreath shoppers could win, for the Bulthaup kitchen showroom
Repurposing fluorescent light fixtures left behind by the previous tenant at Complex Geometries, creating a Light Stick Tree
Wreaths of burlap coffee sacks for JJ Bean
The cozy bookworm scarf for Lynn Steven Boutique
Wreaths made from Sapporo beer cans for Sea Monstr Sushi
Craft paper origami inspired wreath at Litchfield
Retro multi-light-bulb wreath for Six Acres
Christmas! Really? Christmas already? Wasn’t it only New Year’s Eve a couple of months ago? I was shocked into action when the crew at Inside Out sent me a sneak peek at the cover story of the November issue, “Comfort & Joy” with words by Clare Patience, styling by Julia Green and photography by Armelle Habib. Love the casually stylish, beach meets scandi meets handmade vibe of both the decorations and the house. Can’t wait to to devour the rest of the magazine.
Aussie readers can pick up their copy Thursday. Don’t fret if you aren’t in Australia though because you can read along on Zinio, Google Play and the Apple Newsstand. I’ve been reading for a couple of months on Zinio and I love it. Still think I’ll be picking up a real copy though. Can’t break the habit.
Another year older. Another year wiser. Another year spent bringing you inspiration. Thank you for being here with us day after day. You know you are our friends. You make it all worth while. We hope your holiday season is merry and bright. And one day Kim, all your Christmases won’t be white… especially if you come visit me in the subtropics!