DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Boxes

Valentines-printable

Hi Lark & Linen readers! I’m so glad to be here today! Seeing that Valentine’s Day is literally right around the corner (along with some of the coldest temperatures in the country…ugh!!), I thought I’d share a quick printable for ya! I got these 3x3x3″ boxes from my nearest craft store (which you can also find at the Container store), and with the intention of gifting friends with Valentine’s macarons, I thought I’d sweeten these boxes up by creating these printable love labels for them. Just download them here, wrap them around the box and tape them up using your favorite washi tape! Super simple, inexpensive, totally cute Valentine’s Day gifts.

Happy Valentine’s Day, loves!! xo, Coco & Mingo

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The Love Potion Cocktail

The "love potion" cocktail! Blackberry thyme + champagne <3

Though we don’t typically do a whole lot when it comes to Valentine’s Day around here, I do like to commemorate the occasion in some small way each year. Whether it’s a homemade dinner with girlfriends or a blanket fort with my man friend, there’s one thing that should always be considered and that’s a festive beverage. Not to fear – I’ve got you covered. This right here is the best Valentine’s day cocktail in existence! One part blackberry syrup, one part sparkling wine, with a little bit of love sprinkled in for good measure. It’s pink, it’s sparkly, it’s the perfect concoction for the upcoming holiday.  

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You Are So Loved, Darling

Free desktop wallpaper!You are loved, darling

Hi friends, it’s Angela from Saffron Avenue bringing you this months newest desktop wallpaper! And yes, it’s the month of ‘LOVE’ so how about we decorate our computers with these free Valentine’s day desktop wallpapers… because you are so loved, darling! Enjoy and make sure to download your favorite one below!

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ps – download past month’s desktop wallpapers right here! 

Graphic Design & Copy: Saffron Avenue

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Silent Night, Holy Night…

Merry Christmas

And with that, I’m off for a few days to love on my family, soak up my brand new niece, and imbibe in food and drink of the Christmas variety. Before I go,  I just wanted to pop in with a quick note to wish you all a very merry, most wonderful of all wonderful Holidays. And if, for whatever reason, the Christmas season leaves you with sadness of any sort, please know that you are in my thoughts today and always. Thank you, everyone, for coming here each and every day to spend a little time with me. Love to you all! I’ll “see” you in 2015. XOX

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Joyeux Noel: I Fall in Chocolate | Christmas Tree: Thymes | Tablescape: Ginny Branch

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Glamorous Christmas Home Tour

White Christmas

In Christmas home tours of years’ past, we’ve done a little bit of everything. We’ve gone simple, we’ve gone totally country cozy, and we’ve gone somewhere in between. But we’ve yet to really delve deep into a totally glam, gilded and gold, over the top Christmas affair. So before this beautiful holiday slips away from us, let’s all soak in this glamorous Christmas home tour, shall we?

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My Christmas Dinner Party for 20

Romantic 

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

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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 

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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. 

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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!

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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}

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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

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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.

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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. 

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