Saturday, December 31, 2022

Happy Holidays

 I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and happy holidays. It has been very busy, but I wanted to pop by and wish you a very happy, healthy and fabulous New Year 2023!


Hope you enjoy this picture postcard for the month of December; there is more to come soon!

xxx

My new workspace's petit Christmas tree, which is the first MaiTai Collection one!


Blue and Green should always be seen.



We still had a few warm and mild days in December, so I was adding a dash of white as a fresh winter accent.


I am currently working on new fabrics for the MaiTai Collection inserts, which will become available in the spring/summer next year.  At first, I sourced an emerald green interior fabric for the insert below, but when I was ready to place my order it turned out that it had been discontinued in the meantime. In the end, I am glad the green didn't work out as I love the electric blue I found instead. 


A tree amongst trees


My door wreath sources sadly no longer exist, so I gathered some decoration materials, pinecones, twigs and berries from the woods and pinned them with florist wire onto an existing base. 



It is not perfect, but it was fun to do, and I'll definitely give it another try next year. 


The champagne delivery came just in time for the holidays.


For those two, it has been a very relaxing December!


The Amaryllis in my kitchen opened just in time for Christmas


More greenery, this time to give the dining table on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day a festive touch.



How to 
Start with a narrow base of greenery, and make sure you leave enough space for the place settings. Place some focus points (small plants, candle holders etc) along the way. Build up the base in volume and height with bunched-up berries, and leafy and evergreen twigs. Add more decorations such as pinecones, baubles, small figurines or candleholders. More is definitely better! 



Hope your holidays and Christmas were merry and bright xxx


MaiTai Collection news:

The inserts in the Ralph Lauren Nantucket fabric collection are now also available in a fresh and lovely denim colour here


35 comments:

  1. How Incredibly beautiful and so inspiring, have a most wonderful start into the new year!

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    1. Thank you so much! Hope you had a great start into 2023 and hope it will be a happy one!

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    2. Thanks so much! Hope you had a great start into the New Year and hope it will be a wonderful one!

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  2. As always, I love your post, BUT my special favorites are your Petite Christmas tree, Blue and Green together, and most of all Your Fur Babies, who are just adorable.

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    1. Thanks so much, Amanda 🙏🏻 Fully agree with you on the Fur Babies ... they are joy-bringing little rays of sunshine 🥰 🐾✨

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  3. Thanks so much for all the lovely photos and arrangements! Happy New Year to you and yours!

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    1. So happy you enjoyed the post, thanks so much ! Happy New Year to you too!

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  4. 🥂 Cheers to a Fabulous, Happy and Healthy New Year! enjoying very much my new insert for my Garden Party Hermes bag 🥰

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    1. So happy to know that you are pleased with the insert for your Garden Party, thanks so much 🙏🏻 Wishing you a most happy, joyous, healthy and fabulous New Year too! 🥂✨

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  5. Everything looks absolutely beautiful.. even the doggie beds!

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    1. Thanks so much for the lovely comment! I love the doggie beds too 🥰 Happy New Year 2023!

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  6. May 2023 bring joy and kindness! All the best this new year brings.

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    1. Thanks so much Bobbi, wishing you a very happy and joyous New Year 2023 too!

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  7. A Very Happy New Year to you and yours, MaiTai! Such lovely photos on this post.

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words and good wishes! All the best for a happy 2023 to you ✨

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  8. Your wreath is beautiful. I also pick fresh greens and berries from the woods near my home to make my wreath, with the occasional apple and tangerine.

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    1. What a great idea to add an apple or tangerine to the wreath, it sounds wonderful and I'll try it out next year! Thanks so much for sharing 🙏🏻

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  9. Your wreath looks beautiful! As does your centerpiece and your vase of flowers and everything you do. I would love to see more of your house, especially your kitchen. We can all aspire to such lovely spaces.

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    1. So happy you like my decorations, thank you so much 🙏🏻 In recent times I've increasingly shared images of my home ... the trend will most likely continue! Happy 2023!!

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  10. Your house decorations are beautiful , I love the fresh greenery from your garden.
    The champagne delivery is most enviable!
    Wishing you a very happy New Year.

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    1. Fresh greenery adds such a luxurious and festive touch, and the champagne delivery made my heart sing 🥂 Chin chin to a very happy New Year!

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  11. Thanks for sharing all these beautiful things you designed, made and created. Happy New Year to you and your family. Enjoy the new year with you latest acquisition, xxxx

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    1. Happy New Year to you, dear Lydia! 2023 could not have started better, and it was so much fun to anticipate the delivery event with you. Thanks so much for having shared the excitement and joy! xxx

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  12. And Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too, Mai Tai! I was going to write and ask what decorating plans you have been working on, and now I see. Thank you. I am curious to know if you somehow anchored the decoration/table runner. I could easily imagine it being displaced once someone moved a plate, drinking glass, etc. I think you did an admirable job with the wreath. Keep posting your delightful photos and news. Carolyn

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    1. Thanks so much Carolyn, - I hope your Christmas was merry and bright, and wishing you a happy New Year 2023! The greenery runner on the table was actually pretty solid. I've build it up in volume, weight and height so that it amounted to a green little wall. The most important part is to leave enough space for the table settings; eating and drinking must feel unhampered and comfortable. It remained intact throughout the holidays, and similar versions in previous years have done too. So happy you liked the wreath, will attempt another one next Christmas!

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  13. I love the ceiling decorations in the kitchen--so unexpected and unusual. And thanks so much for the step by step directions for the centerpiece. I've always wanted to attempt one, but had no idea how to even get started! Happy 2023 to all the swans in our lovely pond! xoxo Greta

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    1. Wishing you a very happy 2023, dearest Greta! So happy the centerpiece pictures were helpful and hope you'll have fun creating your own! Today I'll take the kitchen ceiling wreath down, I always dread this moment as the kitchen feels so empty, cold and deserted after. Will have to get a bunch of flowers to cheer things up a little! It's wonderful to see the pond being so lively again, thanks so much for flying by!

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  14. Happy New Year! Health, happiness and prosperity, may all your dreams come true! Looking at this beautiful Christmas decorations makes me dreaming about visiting France! Tres French and I love it. Isabel

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    1. Many thanks, dear Isabel, wishing you a most happy, joyous, healthy and wonderful 2023 too! Thanks so much for the lovely comment, I'm so happy that you like my decorations 🙏🏻

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  15. Happy New Year to you! Thanks always for your beautiful pictures and posts. Learned a lot from you all these years.

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment and kind good wishes, that is so nice to know 🙏🏻 Wishing you a very happy 2023 too!

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  16. Such a wonderful presentation of DIY holiday greenery and your impeccable sense of style bring so much joy! Thank you for resuming your posts dearest Mai Tai. They really do help make spirits bright.

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    1. Thank you so much, Wild Wonder! I love your nickname, and it resonates beautifully with my DIY holiday greenery. Many thanks also for the warm welcome back, it does mean a lot. Wishing you a very happy New Year 2023!

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  17. Dearest Tai,

    What a beautiful post! Love the Christmas wreath and your Christmas table, your small Christmas tree and the beautiful pictures you carefully selected.
    So nice to see photos of you on the blog again.
    Always a pleasure to visit your Picturebook. Have a great January, darling. Much love, Manuela xxx

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  18. Joli centre de table Bonne idée

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