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Three Looks of Christmas

Merry Christmas! In honor of the holiday (i.e. “vacation”) I’m not posting a full Swatchbook of the Week. But I will share with you three Christmas-decor looks that I recently compiled for AOL’s ShelterPop: country chic, retro and glam. (Click styles for a link to each story, with resources.) Which one is your favorite? May your day be merry, bright and–of course–stylish. With love, Allie.


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Generous Gifts: $100 & under

Times are tight, but some very special people are worth a splurge! A few ideas to indulge your nearest and dearest. (-Moe)

Clockwise from top: Glen Plaid Pajamas, $79.50, Brooks Brothers. Crystal Carafe with five plastic cups, $65, Clio Home. Anchor-Embossed Vertical Credit Card Holder, $85, Jack Spade. Thomas Paul Roses pillow, $100, at Women’s Slippers in Nightengale, $80, UGG Australia. Children’s Wooden Toolbox Set, $62, at Rosie Hippo. Toscana Shearling Earmuffs, $98, J. Crew. Agate Cheese Plates, $60-75, Jayson Home & Garden.

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Seven Gifts for $50 and Under

If you’re anything like me, you still have half (or more) of your holiday shopping to do. I’m here to help. Here are seven great gift ideas for all sorts of personality types. (-Allie)

Cappucino Set Tower Flower Patchwork, $28, High Fashion Home.

Thomas Paul Laptop Sleeve, $50, Velocity Art & Design.

Love Grenade Piggy Bank, $35, Sprout Home.

Balloon USB Speaker, $45, A Plus R Store.

2-Tone Skinny Stick Lighter, $27.99 (on sale), Semsons.

Trio Herb Pot, $48, A Plus R Store.

Annie Garden Tools, $34, Patina Stores.

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Give Thrifty: Gifts Under $25

We’re all on a tight budget this holiday (claim you’re not and I’ll claim pants on fire). But being the ultra-stylish, amazing, incredibly giving people that we are (oh stop), we don’t want our recipients to suffer because our wallets are starved. Here’s a selection of “oh you shouldn’t have spent so much money on me” gift ideas, all $25 and under. (-Allie)

Clockwise from top left:

Retro Block iPod speaker, $25, Fred Flare.  Gift Box Set of 8 Nut Bowls, $19.95, Fishs Eddy. Half Pint Glass Creamer, $15, Fred Flare. 2 Carat Cup by Yusuke Fujinuma, $15 ($12 Members), MoMA Store. Whiskey Stones, $19.95, Patina Stores. Pencil Case, $18, Jayson Home & Garden. Cheers wine glasses (set of 6), $19.95, CB2.

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Lump of Coal? Who Cares!

Lump of coal in your stocking this year? You won’t give a reindeer’s hind quarters if your stocking is as cute as one of these babies. Take a look at this roundup of the season’s sweetest “footwear” and find a style to drape from your mantel for many holidays to come — coal or no coal. (-Allie)

Clockwise from top left:

Winter Green Trees, $22, bebesniklefritz on Etsy.

Holly Stocking, Present Stocking Dove Stocking by Oromono,$85 each, at Burke Decor.

Pearl Winter Magnolia Wool Felt Stocking, $135, Hable Construction.

Red/White or Cream/Red, $18, rikrak on Etsy.

Embroidered Linen Snowflake Stocking, $34, Wisteria.

Wynter Stocking, $24.95, Crate & Barrel.

Cute Retro Owl Christmas Stocking (red/olive and aqua/red) $15, Cheryland on Etsy.

Needlepoint Scottie Dog Stocking, $78, Williams-Sonoma Home.

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Present Time!

In the coming weeks, we’ll be bringing you a bunch of gift ideas to help you with your holiday shopping. First up: a few ideas from our archives…

Hope this helps you, and check in early next week for our first installment of the official Swatchbook Gift Guide! (-Moe)

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Style Underfoot

So. We’re on the hunt for a new rug for the living room. We’ve had a cream shag carpet for the last two years, and we love that it’s super-soft and stylish, but it’s starting to look a little dingy. And it is a PAIN to clean. You have to vacuum it, then brush it like a puppy. I’ll show you photos of the furballs, if you ask nicely.

Anywho: We need a new rug. We want it to be light-ish, to brighten up our little apartment. Cool, but not too weird. On trend, but not too trendy.. . You get it. So here are some styles we’ve come across – any favorites? And see if you can guess which ones don’t quite strike that perfect balance of gender neutrality we’re looking for in our coed apartment. (-Moe)


Brooke Hot Pink Chenille, Madeline Weinrib. Brarup, Ikea. Majestic Rugs Ambiance Collection Ribbon Burgundy Rug, Rugs USA.


Modern Circle Design Shag Rug Collection in Black, Target. Delos Linx Collection Mixer Rug in Cream, Rugs USA. Wire Rug, CB2.


Spinnaker Cotton Woven Rug, Dash & Albert. Havers Stripe Rug, Crate & Barrel. Strib Rug, Ikea.


Dynamic Rugs Aria Collection Ivory Rug, Rugs USA. Momeni New Wave Rug, Rugs USA. Tattoo Rug, CB2.


Indo Gabbeh Rug, Ikea. China Blue Stripe Printed Dhurrie, John Robshaw. Seventeen Collection Luxe Lattice Rug in Blue, Target.

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