decorating for christmas

decorating for christmas | madeline made

{boxwood wreath similar here / door hardware similar}

one of the simple pleasures of the holiday season for me is decorating for the season. i look forward to it each year and we have made new traditions each year. we love picking out our tree, turning on a christmas record, drinking eggnog, and stringing lights. these pictures are really poor quality and it may not be what the holiday season is truly about, but it sure feels festive. merry christmas!

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{fairy lights / rug similar here / basket similar here / sunburst mirror similar here}

decorating for christmas | madeline made

{lighting the japanese maple}

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{dining and barcart}

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{wooden garland}

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{garland similar here / christmas memories book / deer figurine}

decorating for christmas | madeline made

{red berry branches trader joes / the best candle / snowglobe}

decorating for christmas | madeline made

{picking the perfect tree}

decorating for christmas | madeline made

{and the tree all lit up}

even our office is feeling the cheer…

decorating for christmas | madeline made

{parsons desks / file cabinets}

happy holiday season!

madeline

week in review

sharing some scenes from my week and from thanksgiving visits

my week in review | madeline made{dining room ‘new’ salvaged table and our eames knockoffs}

my week in review | madeline made{sketching plan concepts for our house}

my week in review | madeline made{my favorite little guy, my nephew}

my week in review | madeline made{introducing my nephew to old friends}

my week in review | madeline made{ombre leaves from our yard}

my week in review | madeline made{installing this gorgeous shade at #12thsouthreno}

my week in review | madeline made{business development lunch at marche}

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NYC part II

nyc part II | madeline made

today i want to share more from our new york city trip. i posted this week about our first two days in the city – times square, central park, grand central station, and new year’s eve.

 

on our third day in the city, we spent the morning at the high line and walking all around the city. it is such a nice change of pace to walk everywhere when you live in suburbia! we toured the museum of modern art (moma) in the afternoon and stopped by the beautiful hudson hotel bar for a drink. i loved this spot so much i will be posting a spotlight on this later. we stopped into sofia wine bar for pizza; this place seemed like a place we would hang out if we were locals. to finish the night, i fulfilled my life long dream of visiting the top of the empire state at night. the whole time envisioning all the famous movies filmed there….

nyc part II | madeline made

nyc part II | madeline made

nyc part II | madeline made

nyc part II | madeline made

nyc part II | madeline made

nyc part II | madeline made

nyc part II | madeline made

nyc part II | madeline made

nyc part II | madeline made

nyc part II | madeline made

nyc part II | madeline made

nyc part II | madeline made

on on fourth day, we started by heading out to brooklyn, we crossed the brooklyn bridge in 4 degree windchill (!?!) and walked through brooklyn heights. while downtown, we walked by the freedom tower and saw the new calatrava path station going up below. visiting the 9/11 site was so moving, 13 years laters. the blizzard (hercules 2014) started very quickly, but this did not stop us….we toured my best friend’s architecture firm and headed down to chelsea for dinner at jean gorges’ spice market. we walked down to chelsea market, which unfortunately was closed due to the blizzard, and ran into a favorite, fish’s eddy. the blizzard was crazy to witness – our first one!

nyc part II | madeline made

nyc part II | madeline made

nyc part II | madeline made

nyc part II | madeline made

nyc part II | madeline made

i will be sharing our final photos and about the apartment tomorrow. happy friday.

 

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NYC part I

nyc | madeline made

i am long overdue posting about our wonderful trip to new york city in january. we had so much fun visiting our friends, chantal and paul and seeing the city. we decided to rent an apartment in the upper east side through airbnb; it was a lovely place and really gave us a more genuine feel for the city and what it would be like to live there. we arrived before new year’s eve and were able to see times square with our friends as it was being set up for the balldrop. afterwards, we had dinner at the wonderful cafe cluny in the west village.

our second day in the city, we explored ‘our’ neighborhood in the upper east side where my friend lives and ran in central park. we visited grand central station, the chrysler building, and rockefeller plaza. we saw the ice skating, 30 rock, and the beautiful christmas tree. for new year’s eve, we decided to sit out the times square festivities on recommendation from the local, and we went to a party at the empire hotel in lincoln center. we had so much fun dancing and drinking dirty martinis.

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i will be posting more this week on the rest of our week in nyc! hope you enjoy.

xoxo madeline

nyc bound

we are going to nyc!!  so excited to visit with our great friends and see all the sights.  we are in need of some time away; we might even get to see some snow! does anyone have any recommendations on places to visit, things to see, or places to eat or drink?  we have a shamefully long list of places, but would love to hear your thoughts.

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thank you in advance.

 

xoxo madeline

 

gift guide and holiday inspiration

does anyone else use pinterest for gift inspiration? i worked really hard on these gift guide pin boards…and then got too busy to post them…. but if any of you are procrastinators like me, then you still have some holiday shopping to do! follow my gifts board if you still need some inspiration for christmas or follow my holiday board for decor, party, and cocktail ideas. there are some awesome items….i would be thrilled to receive any of them!

 

follow my gifts board on pinterest:

gift guide board | madeline made

 

also follow my holiday board for wrapping ideas, decorating ideas, cocktails…etc:

holiday board | madeline made

 

oh, and naturally follow madeline made on pinterest.

 

once you purchase, be sure to check out my gift wrapping essentials.

xoxo madeline