I’m in the Middle of a Candlestick Obsession

Ever since this past holiday season when I bought my first pair of candlesticks, I’ve been smitten with them. I went from having no candlesticks to having six before I even knew it.

Now I’m seeing a candelabra in my future, vintage please.

Kitchen Update-Paint ReDo

I envisioned a pale gray kitchen with my white/gray/black granite. I ended up with baby blue that I didn’t like at all.

Fast forward 2 years or so until yesterday when I finally got off my toosh and repainted them off white….Swiss Coffee by Behr to be exact.

Just in time for Christmas.

My Minimal Holiday Decor

Homes with lights galore and oversized Santa’s in the front yard are awesome. Homes with garlands and ornaments hanging from staircases are beautiful. And homes with kitsch holiday display towels in kitchens and bathrooms make me super happy. However, I’m not one of these people.

I’m not a scrooge, but I can only handle so much holiday decor in my house for so long before I get an OCD flare up. I minimally decorate a few key zones and I’m good to go.

A wreath on the front gate of course.

Another wreath and small vignette outside the front door. These shiny wreaths are my favorite.

The entry way. I found this simple tin tree at Walmart and I think it’s kind of perfect.

Some tartan flower napkin holders as decor.

My dining table centerpieces. This first pic is my normal centerpiece. What makes it holiday is the items I choose to feel the teak bowl with. This season it’s pomegranates and pomanders.

Here’s the downstairs table centerpiece. I wanted this to be bigger with 3 berry wreaths and more reindeer, but money constraints prevented it. It will be next year purchases for sure.

Another recent purchase is this reindeer. I’m still working out where his best location in the house will be.

And yet another, smaller, shiny wreath along with a light up JOY sign on the bar…very appropriate.

A poinsettia or two strategically placed at the front door and inside the house. (Any comments about the plant in the head? I can’t decide if I like it or not…)

Last, but not least, a tree. This year it’s lights only and I love the way it looks.

Most Mexicans leave their Christmas decor/lights up through January 6th, Dia de Reyes (Day of the Kings). I might live in Mexico, but I’m still a “It all comes down the day after Christmas” type of gal.

My Favorite Blogs from 2019

Here’s a list of my “Go To” social media for 2019:


  • Daily Stoic
  • Post Secret


  • The Simply Luxurious Life
  • The Daily Conniseur
  • Rip & Tan Blog
  • Victorian Magazine


  • Local Milk (& Lifestyle)
  • La Cafe Sucre-Food
  • Manger


  • Planete Deco
  • Emily Henderson
  • Cococozy

Gift Box Subscriptions

Who wouldn’t want to receive gifts all year long….Here are 3 subscriptions I would be all too happy to have.

A gift of selected books from Paris’s iconic Shakespeare & Company.

Shaker & Spoon Craft Cocktail. Everything you need to make artisanal cocktails. Bring on the Happy Hour!

My Stylish French Box. All items are direct from France.

10 Luxe Feeling Gifts Under $55

Nordstrom Monogrammed Wine Cork $19

Doén Mini Tote $25

Williams Sonoma Wood Salad Set (bowl $39 + spoons $16)

Mark & Graham Leather Charger Roll Up $49

Crate and Barrel Candlesticks $26 (each size $ varies)

Jenni Kayne cashmere gloves $55

Zara Silver Tray $52

Christophe Robin Hair Products $Varies

Linen half apron from Rough Linen $50

A personalized refillable journal from This is Leather shop on Etsy $34

Granny Vibe Decor

I’m kinda feeling it, especially the antique mirrors and the last pic’s floral chairs.