Regular readers know we love an eclectic table, and Mother’s Day is no different! For this occasion, however, you’ll notice our gravitation toward vintage pink, mercury glass, and rose quartz, some of the more feminine combinations in our design reservoir. We love combining the shiny and new with something aged with a patina because table design sets a mood and a standard, and our favorites are those that seem comforting and familiar, yet inspired and inventive. We sat down with Luna Creative Director Katie Flanagan to find out what she’ll be doing for Mother’s Day, and as the busy mother of a preschooler and first grader, her first reply was “Something easy!”
Here, she breaks down her strategy with the hopes that other busy moms (and mom appreciators) will take the pressure off – and get their design chops on!
Pink & Gold
“One of my favorite combinations in our collection is the rose gold decor mixed with gold mercury glass. You almost don’t have to do much else because these two make magic together. I love them because they bring out the best in each other, and you can incorporate candles without worrying about little ones tipping them over, which is essential in my family. The vintage style glassware has been a staff obsession this year, and a favorite of our customers, too! For Mother’s Day, I plan to lay some cherry blossom across the midsection of the table as my centerpiece, with fuschia colored luxe glass candle holders atop our bridal pink table runner.”
“For vases, I use our hurricane lanterns for medium sized wild floral bouquets that I select at the farmer’s market. I might do three down the center of the table and one at the entrance. They’re a great size for anything from tulips to roses to wild greens. I even cut some forsythia and trimmed it down to fit into a hurricane lantern last year around this time. It was stunning!”
“I used to think doilies were only for my grandmother’s house, but I see the total genius in them now. I place them under almost everything because they fill the table with a lace accent that feels like high tea or brunch in an old world hotel. Our Henrietta Cotton Lace Doilies are my favorite. Under a vintage green or milk glass vase, you achieve a very modern, yet antique look with a minimal effort. The greenery looks gorgeous with all of this – you clip it yourself or find it at a local florist.”
Rest & Relax
“My last tip is not to stress, mamas. Today is your day to enjoy, not to work! So make it easy on yourself with some of my ideas here, and for the rest of the day, book a massage, read a book, hug your children and spend the day thinking of all the reasons you’re amazing. Because you are!”
Mother’s Day Gift Guide:
When we create a ceremony outdoors, it’s best to give particular attention to designing décor anchors – so our guests know where to gather, especially in venues that are vast, wild or uncontained. From weddings to bridal showers to graduation parties, summer takes the stage when it comes to tapping into Mother Nature’s bounty. Tablescapes are the most obvious place to start because we eat, drink, toast and bond over tables. So why not make the conversation more interesting with strong centerpieces?
Luna Bazaar contributor Angelina Carrera hosted a magical party at Grassini Family Vineyards in Happy Canyon (of all places), located in Santa Barbara, CA. We love the decorative accents she styled around our latest Rose Gold Collection and the any-season colors she chose. Here, she shares tips on creating jaw-dropping celebration tables for the coming months, with an emphasis on romancing guests with the right feeling, mood, and flavor.
Whether decorating for a wedding or similar type of momentous occasion, romance is an element that everyone wants – but that few know how to create without feeling a bit forced. I did it here by emphasizing wild greenery in my floral décor – sort of an untamed, passionate approach to designing flowers. When floral feels fixed, measured or overly planned, it can be lovely – but it’s not as emotional or magical. In this case, I foraged some of it and bought some of it. Depending on the season, you can set out with a pair of clippers and find a ton of optimal greenery – or source it at a florist. The idea is to forget formalities and be brave and easygoing with your greens. Let them tell you where to go, and use a vase that can accommodate the weight of greens, with flowers in the middle.
Wood makes so much sense outdoors, as do stones, sand, shells, and branches. Here, I placed a wooden cheeseboard under the tabletop décor elements, on top of a weathered outdoor table of a different age and grain. I loved pairing the two because it made for an interesting texture that was warm and inviting – and a little unexpected. I wanted just an inch or so of height to the centerpiece, and this wood slat accomplished that, raising the votives and food just the slightest bit for effect.
Juxtaposition is everything in design, and it’s no different outside. I focused on a wild, romantic center, which means I could afford to be more formal and vintage with candle holders, glassware and place settings. Between gold utensils, beveled glass and antique china, the contrasts felt homey but also sophisticated. Add the mercury glass glow – mixed metallic’s bouncing off the natural light – and it’s a whimsical, really intimate look that made everyone want to be there and stay there.
Rose Gold Décor:
The wonder child of modern tablescapes! You almost can’t go wrong with this color, and what’s better – you can use it in any season, whether indoor, outdoor, underground – it thrives in the light or dark. I wanted a familiar, happy feeling for this gathering of old friends and extended family – something warm and cozy. I mixed and matched with classic gold mercury glass and vintage pink decorations to create this timeless look. Rose Gold makes everything glow, including the guests. Everyone’s cheeks look flushed and rosy. It’s the best when a design does more than you plan for – that surprises and solves problems that you didn’t know you had. Rose Gold decorations make magic wherever you place them!
It’s starting to feel like spring! And as of March 20th, it’s officially the beginning of this brighter new season. Finally, earlier sunrises, longer days, and if you look closely, the hopeful emergence of tiny buds signaling warmer days to come. The March equinox hails the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. It marks a seminal moment when the sun crosses the celestial equator going from south to north. We love it because it means it’s time to open the curtains, clear out the closets, shake out the rugs and reimagine a lighter, brighter décor story. Here’s what to do:
1. Embrace the Change
We love summer, fall and winter for the same reason we love spring – it’s an opportunity to enjoy all the pleasures that each season brings. Transitioning from winter to spring means not totally letting go of the soft, textured comforts that cold weather demands – but it could mean switching out pillow covers, rearranging tablescapes, putting a new vase collection on the table or introducing a new scent to the house. The idea is to mark the season. The earth is making a slow yet dramatic transition. Make the extra effort and design your surroundings to reflect (and celebrate!) that shift.
2. Reimagine a Focal Point
We love this modern Danish credenza going from piled high with books and stacks of paperwork, to an organized décor pantheon of candlesticks and mercury glass. Taking an isolated, functional space and transforming it into something beautiful, is one of the easiest ways to “redecorate” without tackling the whole house – which as we all know, just isn’t realistic. Mercury glass decor reigns supreme in reflection and adding any light to it (or around it) illuminates a space in spades.
3. Candlelight in Daylight
While winter has us lighting tea lights, lanterns, and candlesticks starting around 4 pm, March and April encourage the lighting of candles in the morning or at lunchtime, and further illuminate the changing daylight coming through the windows. Whether in an office, kitchen or dining room, candlelight during daytime brings a warm element without signaling the end of the day. We need little orbs of glowing positivity, and our mercury glass candle holders are one of the easiest, most elegant ways to achieve this.
4. Take a Walk
Sounds so simple, but many of us have been on a winter schedule that has us indoors for most of the day. Instead of sitting at your desk for lunch or hopping straight into the car after work, take a stroll – especially if you live near wilderness, farmland, a beach or river. Wrap up in something lovely and step out! You won’t regret the peace of mind it brings, and the good ideas that usually come with a stroll.
So let’s get going. It’s time to let the light in, to embrace the longer days, to find the spring in your step (and your decor)! Start at home with simple, intentional visual cues that say, “change is in the air!” Because it truly is.
The Art of Cozy: Channeling the Danish Concept of Hygge
Posted by Maia Bissette on 02/26/2017
No one knows better than the Danes how to burrow in on a cold night and revel in simple pleasures – hot cocoa, friends gathered around a fire, something sweet to eat. In most places around the world, we call this any night in winter, but the Danish have elevated it to a concept called hygge (pronounced hue-gah) – an obsession with the uncomplicated basics, and the art of making cozy. We have become avid followers of this Nordic practice, with aims to perfect its every nuance! The seasons are no stranger to flower farmer and mandala maker Melissa Glorieux, who let us into her four-hundred-year-old farmhouse for some fireside hygge and chatting. It’s cold here in the northeast and less warm (than usual) everywhere else in the U.S. – so it felt fitting to unpack a delightfully American approach to this charming Scandinavian pastime.
1. Set the stage
“Our house is suited for winter with its dark ceiling beams and weathered, wide-planked flooring from the 1600’s, so hygge suits us, especially living on a farm and paying attention to the seasonality we experience in New England. I love the layering effect of hygge, and not just on people. You almost can’t have enough pillows and warm, natural accents in every room – whether you live in a modern house or an old one like ours. Cozy isn’t just about the weather; it’s a feeling. Hygge is familiar; it’s friendly – the idea that no matter what is happening out there, you’re safe and happy with family and friends in here, together. So the décor has to express that welcoming sensibility.”
2. Natural Elements
“A fireplace or woodstove is the star of the show with hygge – but whether you have one or not, flickering candles and reflective mercury glass will also do the trick. The element of fire and warmth and glow is the goal – and achievable HYGGE with tea light’s dancing flames in beautiful candle holders. Danes burn more candles per head than all of Europe! So don’t feel guilty. It would take a lot to catch up with them.”
3. Relish simple pleasures
“Mindfulness is a big part of hygge – being present to how magical the simple things can be. Hygge reminds us to be mindful in appreciating the basics in life. Much like making mandalas. In many ways, they are symbiotic concepts. Staying warm, gathering in community, having something delicious to sip, the appreciation of whatever weather happens to be brewing outside – just loving it all. Even a storm is cause for celebration, because what is more hygge than cuddling up indoors while the wind whips through the trees and rattles windows? Gratitude and simplicity are essential for honest hygge. Fancy can visit another day, but this one is down to earth goodness.”
4. Earn your cozy
“An important aspect to relaxing inside is working for it! Nordic cultures love to say that ‘there is no bad weather, just improper clothing!’ and living in the northeast, I couldn’t agree more. Go for a walk, take the kids for a sled, spend a day on the slopes – hygge is so much better when you have the contrast of outdoors – and get to come inside. You’ll appreciate that mug of tea so much more after a brisk expedition!”
5. The more the…Hyggier!
“Being alone with a book, a warm blanket and a fire is pretty dreamy, and while hygge is possible when solo, the idea thrives in sharing the energies of community and friendship. One of the aspects I love about hygge is this bonding in appreciation for overlooked magic and joy in life. It truly is the more, the merrier when it comes to these nest-a-thons – especially when the group trades off bringing a card game, a potluck meal, a special hot drink or a record to play. Just invite friends – don’t’ make it fussy – reach out to the old ones, the new ones – the ones you haven’t seen in many busy months. No one can refuse an evening of storytelling by a stoked fire, Linzer torte in hand.”