Take 3: Herb

Dried or fresh? There’s only one answer for the enthusiastic home cook. Herbs from the garden (or the kitchen window sill) make the meal. Dabble’s in-house design team dug up three display worthy herb garden ideas.

ONE:

Beyond Basil
If you’re ready to go beyond basil it’s likely you need a large vessel to contain your choices. This rustic barrel inspired pot is ideal for a country setting.

Dabble Savvy: Starting with the vessel you want to fill simplifies the decision process when it’s time to purchase herbs.

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TWO:

Glass Hothouse 
Any glass container is ideally suited to hold an herb garden. The angled opening of this contemporary vase makes reaching in for clippings a snap…a snip?

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THREE:

Vintage Pots
If you crave order, you’ll love placing your herbs in individual pots.

Dabble Savvy: Use a label, such as the vintage tin ones seen here, as decoration or as a tool to teach children about herbs.

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Reality Check: Holiday Decorating

“Decorating for the holidays,” says interior designer Nyla Free, “needn’t be stressful.” For clients, Nyla finds the key to success is paring down and brightening up.

Step 1: Choose a Colour Scheme
Enhance existing décor by choosing complementary colours for holiday ornaments. In this case, icy blues sparkle against the warm neutral tones of the client’s contemporary furnishings.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews

 

Step 2: Target Select Areas
Avoid the “no surface is safe” approach to holiday decorating by carefully targeting high impact areas. Beyond the tree, give the dining table a festive makeover.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews

 

Step 3: Keep it Seasonal
Extend the life of “holiday” decorations by using an abundance of seasonal elements including fresh greens, pine cones and festive branches which continue to look great beyond New Year’s Day.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews

 

Step 4: Playful Design
A variety of baubles and ornaments mingle festively in this striking yet simple centrepiece. Fill glass bowls or vases for a similar effect.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews

 

Step 5: Bring Out the Good Stuff
There’s no better time to dust off the china, iron the linen napkins and polish the placeholders. Setting a festive table creates excitement and lets guests know they are special.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews

 

Step 6: Tree of Life
Ornaments are typically collected and accumulated over a lifetime and family members often have their favourites. Make sure to hang cherished pieces in prime locations. After all, it’s the memories that really make your tree one-of-a-kind.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews

 

Step 7: Fresh Foliage
To add a traditional touch to holiday décor, dress the mantle or coffee table with fresh flowers such as paper whites or amaryllis. For a more modern approach, place live branches of fresh berries into a tall glass vase.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews

 

Step 8: First Impressions
Welcome family and friends with a large wreath at the front door. Fill available planters with greens, berries and mini-lights. Think of it as a gift to the neighbourhood.

Step 9: Sparkle and Light
The warm glow and twinkle of mini-lights, beaded garlands and thick candles provides welcome detail that makes shorter days and cooler temperatures just a little more pleasant.

Step 10: Sit back and Relax
Pour a hot cup of cocoa, light the fire, play some favourite carols and wrap yourself in a warm blanket. The holidays pass all too quickly. Enjoy.

Take 3: Vanity Insanity

At first blush, a vanity table may seem like an outmoded, though elegant, means of dressing—something your grandma used. If you’re tired of leaning over the bathroom sink for a view of your face, retrieving your makeup brush from the wet bowl and leaving the house with a toothpaste stripe across your abdomen, it may be time to reconsider the ease of a dressing table. Dabble’s in-house design team offers three stylish solutions to make your morning makeup application anything but routine.

Photography by Simon Burn

ONE:

Formal Evening Wear
How civilized to find a seat in front of a large gracious mirror, with everything you need for beauty close at hand. In combination with the Mica Shell wallpaper the handsome walnut wood bench, upholstered in a woven brown raffia, has just enough shimmer to make the setting sizzle. The brown glass vase holds spring tulips and a woven tray corrals grooming essentials.

Photography by Simon Burn

TWO:

Turkish Delight
Global influences abound with this ornate mother of pearl Turkish style mirror and leather clad British colonial style chair. The bronze Hindu hand keeps long necklaces tangle free and adds a sculptural element to the practical setting.

Design Tip: Found objects, such as the Hindu hand sculpture, are an ideal display for jewellery.

Photography by Simon Burn

Photography by Simon Burn

THREE:

Casual Dress Code
A comfy poof or ottoman, provided it’s the right height, makes an efficient perch for makeup application and the small magnifying mirror is a great assistant. The silver tray complements the chrome studding on the seat.