Period films, especially past holiday releases, seem to run on TV more often during the days after Thanksgiving -- maybe it's the multi-generational thing. Next weekend, if you find yourself curled up watching 2005's Pride and Prejudice, there are all sorts of great visual elements to look out for. Actually, we talked about some of them back in 2009: chinoiserie cabinets, crewelwork, blue-and-white porcelain, gateleg tables, bed hangings, camelback sofas.
To help tell Jane Austen's story of Lizzie Bennet and her four sisters, production designer Sarah Greenwood created a wonderfully shabby chic backdrop in which femme pieces brush up against more masculine Georgian furniture. (The Bennet family's interiors haven't caught up with fashionable Adam Style.)
[Lace paper above, gold mesh below and velvet ribbons purchased at Anthropologie, Lenox Square, Atlanta.]
The old P & P post has also been on my mind because my 2010 holiday trimmings are starting to remind me of the textiles seen throughout Longbourn, the Bennets' house.
Last week there were a few questions about whether or not homemade cards are really such a frugal option. Often they aren't. Here's the breakdown on what I spent this year: $5.50 for 20 cards and $10 for 20 envelopes. The envelope liner kit, decorative papers and ribbons used for embellishment were things I already had on hand. While I did use some tiny scraps of newly purchased ribbon to finish off three cards, for me the project has been a money saver.
That said, I can never resist highlighting a few of the commercially available cards, like the beautiful offerings from Rifle Paper Co. and Mr. Boddington's Studio (my 2009 choice!).
[Illustrated Menorah and Holiday Birds both by Rifle Paper Co.]
Apart from finding a mailing box to fit the lace package pictured above, my to-do list for the upcoming week includes taking a few minutes each day to think about the previously posted Agnes Martin quote and getting on the stick and making an early contribution to an organization that provides holiday gifts for kids and teens in the foster care system (staff needs time to shop). Two examples are Woodbourne (I'm sure Meg of Pigtown Design will be happy to tell you more about this Maryland-based center) and CHRIS Kids. Gift-cards from Target or Walmart are always appreciated because these enable the teens to make their own selections.
Here are other noteworthy links:
Toys for Tots
Anthropologie Book Drive