I’ve had my eye on this combination for quite some time now. When I think back it reminds me of 1980’s fashion or 30’s art deco decor. I thought I would use it in this season’s holiday decor. Its festive, warm, mysterious and elegant. It also happens to go with the gold flatware I’ve been collecting over the past few years.

I was rushing to get the apartment together for my first holiday kickoff dinner and decided I needed some fill in pieces as well as Christmas wrapping paper that would tie it all together. What I found was endless! West Elm has their Mercury Pattern Votives in all my favorite patterns: Chevron (I’m obsessed!), Herringbone, and Honeycomb. They glow so beautifully and look far more luxurious than their cost! Next stop: Paper Source. They happen to have this amazing Holiday Gift Wrapping course. Its an informative two hour class that includes wrapping paper, tags and all the necessities you need to make a gorgeous gift that looks professionally wrapped. Our instructor Cecilia was not only patient, but also charming. I warn you, it is very tempting not to walk out of there owning everything you think you may need to craft yourself into the next century! I of course had to pick black and gold paper with coordinating ribbon to go with my theme, in my favorite pattern…Chevron! At least I’m consistent! Last stop were all those wonderful online stores that I had to scour to find the perfect matte gold and shiny black glass balls. I also threw in some of the Jay Z x Barneys New York Holiday collection ornaments. Although they are black and white, their graphic patterns add pop and all proceeds go to the Shawn Carter (Is that his real name?) Foundation.


Even dessert was an accessory… The ever talented Vera from Du Jour Bakery made the most divine Nutella 18 Layer Crepe Cake that she so cleverly embellished with edible gold leaf once informed that there was a theme. So happy to have them as neighbors.