Hello December!

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Now that December has arrived the holidays are upon us in full force! If you are like me, today was a wake-up call that I need to get ready and organized. Holiday cards, gifts and decorating. Usually I have a great plan but leave the hardest tasks or most complicated gift projects until the 11th hour… then I end up frantically spending the last 3 days before Christmas painting, knitting, wrapping and in panic. Yuck, that’s never fun.

Around here we’ll be celebrating the season with a month of features on holiday style: gift giving, entertaining, decorating and even a few guest visits. I’ll also share some of my favorite gift finds… however comical and off kilter. I usually give one or two gifts a year that are really just meant to make someone giggle.  I’ll also be featuring a few guest pieces… input from friends and fellow designers about their favorite aspects of this time of year! Stay tuned.

In the meantime, today I’ll share one of my favorite things to make any space look festive: Mercury Glass! Either on your table or on your tree, mercury glass always adds a nice holiday glow without being overwhelming. Right now, both West Elm and Pottery Barn have lots to offer in mercury glass. Easy to find additions to your holiday decor.

West Elm lovelies:

Add an assortment of votives, footed hurricanes and vases to your table. This will give you depth in different heights and shapes but will give a consistent shimmer! Add color in with flowers, candles or whatever you fill your vessels with.

And some more vintage feeling options from Pottery Barn:

Great for a mantle or display, these globes can be illuminated with a basic strand of white lights.

Mercury glass lamp bases. Mercury glass works well with any material — shown here with a burlap shade. Want to go more formal, switch out the burlap for silk.

Curious about how it’s made? Mercury glass contains neither mercury nor silver. It’s actually doubled walled glass, blown into molds, that has a silvering agent on the inside. First discovered in early-19th-century Germany, mercury glass was used as an inexpensive and tarnish-free substitute for silver. It gained quick popularity as people began using it for candlesticks, vases and doorknobs. Some critics condemned it for “looking too much like mirror and too little like silver,” which is precisely what people liked about it. As Martha Stewart has said about mercury glass: “At worst, mirror attracts a few vain glances, while genuine silver attracts thieves.” Still a great and inexpensive way to dress your table.

Know other great sources for mercury glass?  (I’m always on the lookout for contemporary mercury glass ornaments) Share via comment or email!

Read more at Marthastewart.com: Mercury Glass – Martha Stewart Home and Garden

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