A WHIMSICAL WONDERLAND TABLETOP

It’s funny how holidays can evoke a certain mood from year to year. Last Christmas, I was in the mood for sophisticated, wintery glamour with a frosty, table of white, burgundy and gold. But this year? I’m all about joy in the form of color with this Christmas tabletop inspiration we created around these adorable bottle-brush trees in shades of pink, aqua and teal

a whimsical wonderland holiday table from coco+kelley

a whimsical wonderland holiday table from coco+kelley // sisal trees!

a whimsical wonderland holiday table from coco+kelley

Even the soufflés we whipped up went with the theme – a dusting of ‘snow’ and a pink raspberry topped those dishes just right…

a whimsical wonderland holiday table from coco+kelley

a whimsical wonderland holiday table from coco+kelley

a whimsical wonderland holiday table from coco+kelley

a whimsical wonderland holiday table from coco+kelley

Our wreath made from honeycomb balls added a simple, fun touch to the wall, while personalized nutcrackers (that we DIY’d!) greet their guests and watch over their gifts…

a whimsical wonderland holiday table from coco+kelley // nutcracker place settings

a whimsical wonderland holiday table from coco+kelley

I loved how the color popped in our all-white studio, bringing a fresh and festive style to the space…

a whimsical wonderland holiday table from coco+kelley

a whimsical wonderland holiday table from coco+kelley

And, of course, a table like this requires a little pop of color from the hostess herself…

a whimsical wonderland holiday table from coco+kelley

a whimsical wonderland holiday table from coco+kelley

Not to mention tidings of comfort and joy on napkins! After all… ’tis definitely the season for indulging guests with a setting that evokes childish delight and just the perfect amount of whimsy to bring a little holiday cheer.

photography by katie parra for coco+kelley // styling by cassandra lavalle

sources :: dishes b by brandie // gold flatware // gold chargers // glassware // stitched napkins // trees // nutcrackers // tablecloth from choice linens // wrapping paper by farewell paperie

28 responses on “A WHIMSICAL WONDERLAND TABLETOP

  1. Teri

    I was just admiring those trees at Anthro! What a gorgeous table setting. There was a tutorial over on Beautiful Mess this week to DIY bottle brush trees. It was pretty cute…

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  5. E

    Wow. Those are some pricey trees. There are a couple hundred dollars worth on that table. Seems like a terrible waste of money.

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GIFT GUIDE FOR THE BAKER FROM MACY’S!

‘Tis the season for Christmas cookies, pumpkin pies, and oh so many more delicious baked goods! ‘Tis also the season for giving – so, inspired by Macy’s holiday gift guide for the kitchen – we’ve put together some of our favorite must-have items for the budding or experienced baker…

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While I generally prefer the type of cooking where items aren’t really measured and you can whip things together with whatever you have in the fridge, this year I’ve gotten a bit more into baking thanks to the blog, which means I actually have quite a few of these items on my own wishlist!

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1. bundt pan // 2. kitchenaid mixer // 3. rolling pin // 4. measuring spoons // 5. pyrex measuring cup // 6. melamine mixing bowls // 7. cooling rack // 8. spatula // 9. apron // 10. dessert decorator set

After all, who wouldn’t want a KitchenAid Mixer under the tree? (The hardest part is picking a color!) or some new little baking tools in their stocking? These are also wonderful gifts for the host or hostess! I like to add something fun – like a cookie cutter and tea towel – to useful items like these and package them together for a thoughtful (and useful!) gift.

*this post sponsored by macy’s. all writing and opinions my own! snowmen cookies (and recipe!) via sweetopia.

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GIFT GUIDE :: FOR HIM

Shopping for men always seems so basic, but this year I managed to get outside the socks and scarf rut and into some more dynamic picks, like gorgeous cookware (for the chef) and a few fun ‘n games too…

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1 // My guy turned me on to Bonobos, and I’m so glad he did because this site is GOOD. Besides the array of fits for shirts (assuring that your dude or dad won’t look like he’s swimming in his button-ups) there are some damn good basics like this sweater.

2 // If you’re lucky enough to have a man in your life who cooks, splurging on some gorgeous  dansk cookware for the kitchen is the perfect gift for the chef who appreciates aesthetics!

3 // I’m totally diggin on this simple concrete light from a new site I recently discovered – TRNK. If your guy is into design, you’ll absolutely be finding something for him here.

4 // I’ve declared this the Christmas for books – I’ve already added this one and this one to my wishlist! So why not scour the shelves for the perfect title to suit his interests? I’ll be getting this one for my guy.

5 // I feel like the dopp kit is one of those items that gets put on this list every year – and for good reason. It seems like every guy I know who already has one could really use a new one. It’s one of those things they just don’t buy for themselves, but will absolutely be put to good use!

6 // I feel a long, cold winter ahead, so some warm pajama pants are a must!

7 // File this under “why they heck did I buy that gift?”. But really, you know he’s going to love this dartboard … just make sure you put it somewhere where you won’t end up in the line of fire!

8 // S’well bottles are one of those ‘it’ gifts this year, and I’m guilty of hopping on the bandwagon! I love them in this beautiful wood grain – perfect for your lumbersexual.

9 // Another one of those gifts that seems to rise to the top of the list every few years, if your man is in need of some new slippers, consider this perfect pair – not too fuzzy on the inside, and a perfect loafer that’s ideal for running the garbage out to the curb.

Need a few more ideas? Here ya go…

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  1. Courtney

    If you like Bonobos for guys, you have to check out their line for women, Ayr. https://ayr.com/

    Hands down the BEST fitting jeans I own; you order by waist size and inseam and they have Guide Shops just like Bonobos so you can go in for a personal fitting. A great add to your Wishlist :-)

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  2. JT

    Your link for TRNK tries to route to your website. So it is broken :( I mean I figured it out but I thought you might like to know

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  3. Kelley

    I just bought the S’well bottle in the wood grain for my husband as one of his Christmas gifts! Glad to know I’m not the only one jumping on that bandwagon ;)

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GIFT GUIDE :: FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND

She’s been there for you through thick ‘n thin. Isn’t it time you spoil (or surprise) your bestie with something fabulous this year? Whatever her inclinations (does she bring the party with her wherever she goes, or would she rather have her nose in a book?) you’re bound to find something perfect for her here…

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1 // Shaken or stirred? How about just plain chic and fun? If your bestie is a party-hoppin, martini sippin’ kind of gal, she’ll be thrilled to hop around town with this playful clutch on her!

2 // Is your girlfriend the hostess with the mostess? Then she’ll appreciate adding some new linens to the collection she probably already has. These polka dot cocktail napkins are too perfect to pass up!

3 // I never dare to buy my fashion friends clothes – but a calendar by Garance Dore? Absolutely! She’ll don her office or closet walls with these inspired sketches.

4 // For the gal who refers to her book collection as her library – these golden quotation bookends will make a lovely addition to her shelves. (PS – I’m also loving these more affordable selections!) 

5 // We’re all conscious of what we put on our bodies these days, so I love these all-natural body oils to chase away dry winter skin. Ideal for the girlfriend who prefers to go organic.

6 // Chefs love their salts and seasonings within arms reach, so for the friend who always has her hands in the kitchen, a beautiful salt cellar will make the perfect gift!

7 // Does she love anything that sparkles? Then you can’t go wrong with some new baubles for her to wear to all those fabulous holiday parties! These earrings are one of my many favorites at BaubleBar!

8 // Whether she paints or collects, this splatter-paint tote bag is perfect for the artist or art-lover.

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MEET MARVIN :: MORE THAN JUST WINDOWS

A few months ago we started working with a client who is building her dream house. And, since we started, I can say that the number one conversation we’ve had about the exterior has been windows.

I’ve always pointed out how the right windows really make the space (read just about any Room of the Week post if you don’t believe me!) and so it was only fitting that I get to visit the Marvin Windows & Doors headquarters in Warroad, Minnesota with ELLE DECOR and House Beautiful a few months back to experience the process they go through to make their stunning windows and doors…

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You know when people are passionate about what they do, it makes you passionate about what they do? Well, if I thought I had a thing for windows before, now I’m really in love. And how could you not be, with a company that can make stunning custom pieces for historical renovations…

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As well as everyday windows that are practical, functional, and of the highest quality…

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But it wasn’t just the product I was impressed with – everything from green practices (exceptional!) to their company culture (it’s basically one big family) was admirable. We toured the Marvin museum which gave us insight into how the company has basically built the town of Warroad, and does so much more to take care of their own. They are also currently operated by the 4th generation of Marvin family members – also impressive – and speak so much to their dedication to their community.

And then, of course, there’s the biggest test. Would I recommend them to my client? Heck yeah.

Want to learn more? Check out the video we made with Marvin while visiting, and look for the advertorial coming in ELLE DECOR and House Beautiful soon!

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  1. Mary Beth Hunt

    In June, my entire community, Blair, Nebraska, was hit by a devastating hail storm. Every Single Surface in our town was pummeled and shredded and bonked by huge hail. Our 14 year old Marvin Windows did NOT break. I would say we may have been the ONLY home in town that did not experience window breakage! It is a GREAT product :)

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  2. franki

    We drove through Blair, NE in June when visiting relatives nearby…what a TRAGEDY!! We were overwhelmed by the damage…thank goodness for your good fortune!! My hometown of Pilger was NOT so fortunate… :( franki

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  3. kelley

    Thank you for saying wonderful things about my employer. I am happy to make windows at the Warroad plant. Thank you for taking a tour. Anyone can take a tour if they would like to. We love hearing stories of how our windows have survived storms. If you would like to know more about our products please visit http://www.marvinwindows.com.

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  4. Tawny | Sweet and Savory Breads

    After high school I interned for an architect who received an enormous amount of product brochures, and to this day I remember poring over the Marvin Windows Catalog. There was a breathtaking interior photo of an A-Frame log cabin which had a full height and width window wall. It was just beautiful! Thanks for conjuring up that memory.

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