If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve been doing a best gifts gift guide. I’m covering the more sentimental, thoughtful aspect of the gift giving season with help from some of my favorite bloggers, and I’ve been doing it all for CountryLiving.com. I’ve shared ideas that include customized artwork, a map from a special trip, a homemade gem, something special for the collector, a treasure from childhood, an old family favorite and a tradition.
Every man probably knows that he can’t go wrong by giving his sweetheart jewelry. Simple diamond earrings sent Unruly Things author Alyson Brown over the moon when her husband gave them to her when they were just dating. Read the whole romantic story here.
Like Alyson, my most treasured jewels aren’t the pieces that came from fancy jewelry stores but the ones that have some sort of sentimental significance.
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You may remember when I wrote here about turning a favorite outfit into a room. I asked for submissions, and people responded. I decided to help a friend take several favorite pieces in her closet and turn them into a reading nook. Here’s where it all began.
She described her style as bohemian chic, choosing texture and layers over pattern and color (unless it’s red). She also likes sleek, modern lines and artistic pattern–as long as it doesn’t overpower. So what’s a schizophrenic girl to do?
Start with a modern chair in a lagoon denim color, and layer on a lace pillow with a hippie vibe and a classic black-and-white striped throw. Add texture and bold pattern underfoot with a knit pouf and this ikat rug. Finish the room with a bit of metallic shine with a brass pharmacy lamp.
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