My Christmas Dinner Party for 20


A few weeks ago, the sweet folks at Artemano invited me to host a dinner at their furniture showroom. The idea was simple: they provide the location, I deck it out as I see fit, and then invite twenty of my nearest and dearest along for the ride. Being the self-proclaimed holiday aficionado I am, I set out to design a simple, elegant, yet undeniably festive Christmas dinner party. The comfy-cozy stick-to-your-ribs type where dinner is rich, and wine is aplenty. With the help from Sweet Woodruff & Coco & Mingo, what resulted was a magical evening filled to the brim with food, drink and laughter by candlelight (so much candlelight!) Plates were stacked with wood-smoked brisket and spiced salads, glasses were filled (and re-filled) without our realizing, and mini s’more tartlets (and apple turnovers!) were enjoyed by all. At the risk of tooting my own horn (and there’s a very good chance I’m biased), it was the most romantic 20-person dinner party I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending! A night I most certainly won’t ever forget.

Of course, my darling friend Heidi Lau was there to capture it all – and I had to resist squealing when her photos landed in my inbox the other day. I apologize in advance for the abundance of documentation – but I seriously had trouble narrowing it all down… 

A Holiday Tablescape

A holiday table Christmas table Tufted chairs Festive tablescape DIY Menus Christmas tablescape Cozy vibeChristmas tablescape Stamped favor bags Setting a Christmassy table Simple festive decor
Chicken lolipops Romantic

Note: though Artemano did kindly foot the bill for the evening (thanks again guys!) this is not a sponsored post. In fact, I wasn’t even asked to write a post  but I truly couldn’t help myself!

linePhotography: Heidi Lau | Tablescape Design & Execution: Lark & Linen Interior Design | Garland: Sweet Woodruff | Menu: Coco & Mingo | Furniture & Venue: Artemano 

CATEGORIES | Entertaining, Holidays, Life, Parties & Entertaining

Moody Holiday Home Tour

Rustic moments

Though I’ll never trade in my city girl ways for good, it’s in and around this time each year that I yearn for a rural home to plant some roots. And if you’re going to do it, you may as well go all out, you know? Like this gorgeous barn turned home, for example. Decorated with subtly glam elements set against rustic elements, this moody holiday home tour is unexpected and lovely in the very best of ways. Essentially: a dreamy place to spend the holidays. 

Moody bedroom Industrial kitchen Rustic christmas Rustic Christmas


lineSource: KK Living

CATEGORIES | Holidays, House Envy, Interior Design

12 Simple Ways to Decorate for Christmas

12 simple ways to decorate for Christmas!
You’d think that my self-proclaimed Christmas obsession would mean that I want said holiday to throw up everywhere. But, weirdly enough, just the opposite is true. For me, less always seems more. A tiny evergreen sprig at a place setting, a simple gilded mug, or an elegant little shrub wrapped in burlap… It’s the little touches that tend to go a really long way. Here are 12 great examples of simple ways to decorate for christmas!

Christmas tree alternative {cute Christmas tree alternative}

Boxwood wreath on a gilded mirror {a simple boxwood wreath on a gilded mirror}

Simple Christmas decor {a tiny touch of greenery}

DIY Christmas Tree Basket{a homemade Christmas tree basket}

Festive place setting {elegant place settings}

Simple Christmas decor {a tiny tree wrapped in burlap} 

Tiny tree in a box {table top tree in a vintage box}

Wool stockings {wool stockings}

Gingerbread moose {simple gingerbread moose decorated with royal icing}

Festive gallery wall  {unassuming details}

Tiny sprigs of greenery {a little table top love}

Homemade gingerbread house {and homemade gingerbread houses}


First Image: Wing Ta | Gingerbread House Kit: SMP Living | Christmas Tree Basket: SMP Living | Tabletop Christmas Tree: Unknown | Jarred Tree: My Scandinavian Home | Simple Boxwood Wreath: Unknown | Place Setting: Kara Rosenlund | Tree Wrapped in Burlap: Lantliv | Christmas Cookies: Unkown | Wool Stockings: La Petite Cuisine | Christmas Mantle: Originally posted here | Taped Decor: Gardenista | Wall Tree: Almost Makes Perfect

CATEGORIES | 12 Tips, DIY, Holidays

Chocolate Almond Sables

Chocolate almond Christmas cookies
My love for Bon Apetit knows no bounds. I’ve yet to meet a recipe of theirs that I don’t love! They always seem to be on point, and this rings particularly true for these chocolate almond sables. Over the weekend, my family got together to participate in our yearly Christmas bake-a-thon. This year, I decided to whip up these bad boys. Though the original recipe called for pistachios (which would have been delicious in their own right), I decided to throw in some sliced almonds instead (mostly because I already had all of the ingredients, sans pistachios, on hand). The results are simply delicious. These babies would fall under the realm of the sophisticated adult cookie. You know the ones! They aren’t too sweet, full of rich flavour, and pair perfectly with a Christmas movie and a big ol’ mug of hot tea.

Easy chocolate almond cookies Chocolate almond sables recipe Chocolate almond cookies! An easy recipe
 Click here for more recipes! And read on for this one…


CATEGORIES | Holidays, Recipes, Tasty Treats

Scandinavian Christmas Home Tour

Scandinavian Christmas

Our halls have been decked for a while now, but I can’t help but find myself drawn to cozy Christmas home tours. And this one, recently spotted on Style at Home , is ticking ALL the right boxes. It’s still light and bright and beautiful, but infuses tiny hints of elegant Christmas cheer whenever and wherever possible. Basically, it’s Christmas perfection. 

Amazing gingerbread house Elegant Christmas decor Simple Christmas living room Simple Christmas decor

Scandinavian Christmas

Simple christmas decor

Christmas house


lineSource: Style at Home | Photography: Linnea Press


CATEGORIES | Holidays, House Envy, Interior Design

45 Gift Ideas for the Little Ones in Your Life

I’ve entered the world in which a lot of people I know are beginning to bear children. This hasn’t really been a thing for me in years past, which means that Christmas shopping this year has been faced with an added layer of difficulty! In case you’ve experienced something similar, I’ve rounded up a collection of creative goodies for kids both large and small! From fairy garden kits to donut stuffies, here are 45 gift ideas for the little ones in your life! Bonus: no Elsa dolls in sight ;)



lineFOR BABY: Cat Stuffed Toy: Brika | Soothing Baby Oil: Brika | Cloud Leggings: Brika | Batman Onesie: Brika | Pink Cloud Mobile: Brika | Blue Bird Rattle: Brika | Bird Art Print: Brika | Moose Beanie: Gap | Fair Isle Onesie: Gap | Flat Bunny: Land of Nod | Teething Ring: Nordstrom | Play Gym: Nordstrom | Super Soft Chevron Blanket: Nordstrom | Age Blocks: Nordstrom | Lion Towel: Pottery Barn Kids

FOR TODDLER: Whale Push Toy: Brika | Headband: Brika | Smarty Cat Leggings: Brika | Piglet Bath Mitts: Brika | Owl Stuffy: Brika | Wood Animals: Brika | Wooden Blocks: Brika | Cloth Insect Book: Brika | Christmas Pyjamas: Gap | Slip on Sneakers: Gap | Tall Boots: Gap | Bear Beanie: Gap | Coffee Sippy Cup: ThinkGeek | Pig Rocker: Land of Nod | Trucks: Nordstrom

FOR KIDS: Wood Toboggan: Horne | Mini Infinity Scarf: Brika | Hair Clips: Brika | Tooth Fairy Box: Brika | Edible Chemistry Set: Think Geek | Bear Robe: Gap | Heart Sweater: Gap | Anytime Snow Balls: ThinkGeek | Mini Garden: ThinkGeek | Striped Tee Pee: Land of Nod | Tic Tac Toe: Land of Nod | Fairy Garden Set: Etsy | S’more Kit: Terrain | Grumpy Cat Toy: Urban Outfitters | Plush Donut: Nordstrom

CATEGORIES | Gift Guide, Holidays, Round Up

45 Gift Ideas for the Women in Your Life

If nothing else comes of this, at least I’ve prepared my very own Christmas list. Because truly, there isn’t a single thing listed here that I wouldn’t be thrilled to unwrap come Christmas morning. From the foodie, to the party animal, to the designer and beyond, here are 45 gift ideas for the women in your life! 




THE FOODIE: Dinner Diaries: Anthropologie | Sunday Suppers Cookbook: Anthropologie | Fred’s Chocolate Drizzle Popcorn: Barney’s | Gourmet Sea Salt: Barneys | Paris Tea: Barneys | Spice Bottles: West Elm | Caramel Gift Box: One Kings Lane | Copper Pans: One Kings Lane | Feed Cutting Board: West Elm | Espresso Cups: Brika | Handmade Linen Napkins: Brika | Gold Dipped Cheese Knives: Waiting on Martha | Sweet Paul Magazine: Terrain | Marble Striped Cheese Board: Terrain | Marble Serving Set: Terrain | World’s Best Peppermint Bark: Terrain

THE PARTY ANIMAL: Jewlery Tree: Anthropologie | MAC Brush Set: Bloomingdales | Silicone Push Up Cups: Barneys | Tea Cup Shot Glasses: Urban Outftters | Sake Set: Urban Outfitters | Earrings: Charm & Chain | Booties: Piperlime | Incredible Mini Skirt: Piperlime | Bronze Earrings: Brika | Joe Malone Perfume: Nordstrom | Tory Burch Clutch: Nordstrom | Gold Ice Bucket: Waiting on Martha | Gold Glasses: Waiting on Martha | Agate Coaster Set: C Wonder | Monogrammed Wine Bottle Stopper: C Wonder

THE DESIGNER: Instax Mini Camera: Urhan Outfitters | Grey Scarf: Piperlime | Triangle Necklace: Asos | Gold Dish: Waiting on Martha | Art: Serena & Lily | Funky Earrings: Piperlime | Pillow: Rebecca Atwood | Gold Leafed Vase: Brika | Geometric Wool Blankets: Brika | Talon Candlestick Holders: Furbish | Hand Stool: Waiting on Martha | Gold Planters: Waiting on Martha | Brass Starbursts: Waiting on Martha | Acrylic Letters: C Wonder | Crystal Votive Holder: West Elm

CATEGORIES | Gift Guide, Holidays, Round Up

45 Gift Ideas for the Men in Your Life

I don’t know about you, but I always find it incredibly difficult to shop for the men in my life. For whatever reason, they never seem to be terribly forthcoming with ideas. So I’ve done my due diligence. Sat down with them all and forced it out of them. Plus added a few myself, for good measure. Here are 45 gift ideas for the men in your life! From the adventurer to the geek to the homebody, I feel confident that I’ve covered most of the bases! I hope it helps:




THE ADVENTURER: Travel Kit: West Elm Market | Duffel Bag: West Elm | Plaid Thermos: West Elm | Carbon Steel Ax: Think Geek | Pocket Knife: Terrain | Twill Backpack: Terrain | Trapper Hat: Terrain | Hide and Seek Book: Terrain | Passport Wallet: Brika | Black & Silver Globe: Horne | Wool Scarf: JCrew | Leather Flask: JCrew | Wool Blanket: JCrew | Ribbed Sweater: JCrew | Photography Book: Urban Outfitters

THE GEEK: Campfire Popcorn Popper: West Elm | Wood Iphone Case: West Elm | A Spy Pen!: Think Geek | Laser Keyboard: Think Geek | Walnut USB Charger: Terrain | Birch Iphone Charger: Terrain | Homemade Gin Kit: Terrain | Cassette Tape Cufflinks: Brika | Black Watch: Horne | Alarm Clock/Radio: Horne | Perpetual Wall Calendar: Horne | Tie: JCrew | iPad Case: Asos | USB Vinyl Record Player: Urban Outfitters |  Chess Set: JCrew 

THE HOMEBODY: Plaid Pyjama Pants: West Elm Market | Stereo: West Elm Market | Wooden Dice & Card Set: Terrain | Fire Pit: Horne | Concrete Desk Set: Horne| Wool Sweater: JCrew | Slippers: Old Navy | Robe: JCrew Factory | The Softest Hoodie: Jcrew | Cards Against Humanity: Light in the Box | Thug Kitchen Cookbook: Need Supply Co. | Classic Sega Genesis: Urban Outfitters | Navy Striped Throw: Urban Outfitters | Linen Journal: Urban Outfitters | Brass Bottle Opener: Urban Outfitters

CATEGORIES | Gift Guide, Holidays, Round Up

45 Stocking Stuffer Ideas, for Everyone On Your List

If you’ve been reading Lark & Linen for any length of time, you’ll already know that I’m borderline obsessed with Christmas. If it were up to me, we’d celebrate monthly. But since that’s not exactly in the cards, I tend to just go all out in December. So, folks, it’s about to get festive as heck around here!

Kicking off the most wonderful time of the year is always a series of gift guides (you can see last years versions, right here)! This year I’m going a slightly different route and breaking it down by person. So stay tuned all week long as I divulge some of the best of the best from in and around the interwebs! First off, a collection of awesome stocking stuffer ideas (santa, pay attention!) Here are 45 goods for literally EVERYONE on your list! 




FOR HER: Fair Isle Socks: Banana Republic | Elephant Keychain: Banana Republic | Fair Isle Mittens: Gap | Lucite Stapler: Anthropologie | Purple Pom Pom Hat: River Island | Rope Door Stop: Modcloth | Rosemary Lemon Cutting Board Oil: Brika | Flower Phone Case: Brika | Scented Candle: Nordstrom |  S’more Slippers: Think Geek | Earrings: Piperlime | Marble Matches: Furbish | Breakfast Lolipops: Think Geek | Aerin Lipgloss: Nordstrom | Headband: Old Navy

FOR HIM: Soapstone Ice Cubes: Think Geek | Bacon, Coffee & Whiskey Soap: Think Geek | Lego Mug: Think Geek | Game Boy Flask: Think Geek | Chocolate Zombie Santa: Think Geek | Skull Ice Cubes: Think Geek | Fair Isle Socks: The Gap | Winter Hat: Old Navy | Pancake Mix: Terrain | Shave Soap: Terrain | Cedar Face Brush: Terrain | Cocktail Kit: Terrain | Rye Whiskey Caramel Sauce: Terrain | Best Ever Pickles: Terrain

FOR THEIRS: Smart Sand: Think Geek | Star Wars Cookie Cutters: Think Geek| Hi Rattle: The Gap | Striped Pants: The Gap | Pom Pom Hat: The Gap | Baby Sweater Socks: The Gap | Batman Mittens: The Gap | Pageboy Hat: Old Navy | Onesie: The Gap | Sweater Booties: The Gap | Old Fashioned Harmonica: Terrain | 20 Ways to Draw a Tree: Terrain | Sun Printing Kit: Terrain | 3D Wood Puzzle: Terrain


CATEGORIES | Gift Guide, Holidays

DIY Gold Dipped Place Cards

DIY thanksgiving project! Cute place cards 
Hello there, friends! Always a pleasure to be back here in the Lark & Linen space! I’m pretty excited about today’s Thanksgiving DIY – mostly because it combines all my favorite things – calligraphy, shiny gold, and nature… oh, and the holidays!

Perfect for upcoming Thanksgiving, or even for Christmas, these gold leaf dipped place cards (and/or decor pieces) will be a nice keepsake for your friends + family when they’re over for holiday brunch/lunch/dinner/gift giving and then some… don’t you think?

I’m sure you’ve all collected some of the gorgeous fall leaves that are currently covering our sidewalks. And this is a great way to put them to use! Simply follow the steps below. xo, Coco & Mingo

Inexpensive thanksgiving DIY!Cute placecard idea!Gold dipped place card DIY
Dried leaves
Gilding adhesive
Gold leaf
Metal leaf sealer

No 1::  I first tried flattening them for a day within the pages of a book (but be warned, it takes a few days for the moisture to draw from the leaves in order for the “flatness” to stick).

No 2::  Apply thin layer of gilding adhesive. Let dry for ~15 minutes.

No 3::  Apply gold (aluminum or copper, your choice!) leaf, brush on to make it stick to adhesive.

No 4::  Apply thin layer of metal leaf sealer on top of imitation gold leaf.

Create place cards or gift tags by painting your family/friends’ names and/or create display decor pieces by writing holiday sayings, quotes, or a list of things you’re thankful for
DIY, Photography & Styling: Coco & Mingo