Gift Guide For The Ladies!

If you haven’t bought gifts by now, your only chances are local stores as the ground transportation has basically slowed down so much that it can take weeks for something to arrive. Shop local, support local! Here’s our beautiful and practical gifts for the women, affordable and more significantly,  special items she’ll fa-la-la-love, I guarantee there’s at least one thing here you’ll love to wrap up for her.

Next best thing to a big warm hug would be this stylish and warm vest from Snappy Gator. Great for paddle, tennis or hiking your dog. Cute with workout leggings but chic enough to be worn with white shirt and jeans. – this one is a no brainer. Comes in black and light blue camo. I also loved a cashmere sweater which has Love Wins embroidered on it. They’ll wrap the gifts and run it out to curbside for you. $178 Phone: 203.761.773

I’ve played tennis off and on for two years and I am not alone, it’s an increasingly popular sport and since Covid even more so – tennis racquets sales have doubled. My husband doesn’t know this but he is gifting me this monogrammed Oliver Thomas tennis bag from Signature Style. It comes in black, green camo, blue camo, and gunmetal. $175 includes monogramming.



There’s nothing more relaxing and stress reducing than a soothing massage by Amy Tobey at Amy’s Healing Arts. She is also incredibly great at working on overworked muscles and sprains. I wouldn’t mind receiving a gift certificate for a massage there. Wouldn’t mind at all. $100 for an hour. Gift cards available at

A few years ago my bestie gifted me a beautiful photo of my girls that I framed and still treasure. I also received a cute photo ornament of my puppy! Tiffany Shelton from RSKS Photography takes absolutely stunning photos and she is currently running a holiday 20 minute special for 5 digital images for $150. I would get them printed (at home or at CVS) and pair with these chic faux crocodile frames from the Open House Gift Shop, prices vary from $55-$95.

Nod Hill Soaps has an array of goodies, my favorites are her fragrance diffusers (I have two dogs and would love for the house to smell nice, thank you) and lotions. My fave scents combos are Nantucket Breeze (smells like summer, the kind you have in Nantucket), Oranges and Roses (holiday-esque) and White tea and Jasmine (sophisticated Park Avenue vibe). You can online order and do a quick pickup from her store across from CVS. Holiday gift box including soap, lotion and bath salts $58.

I’ve been really into layering oversized sweaters and cardigans this winter as I am always cold. This cute poncho from the Local Soul would be great for all your Zoom calls, throw it over anything really and you’ll look pulled together in 2 min flat. Loved the soft warm color and it comes in grey also. $65

I also liked these cute booties and those shearling sneakers!

Holiday Home Tour of 2020 and a video link

Covid seemed to either make people really enthusiastic about decorating or make them too depressed and exhausted to even think of it. I am always of the thought that you must carry on the best you can and while we can’t control what’s going on with this pandemic, we can control (and decorate) our environment. And think how sad it would be to sort of cancel Christmas. No-no-no-no! The way we celebrate holidays and traditions that we carry on make us feel safe and secure even when the world is topsy turvy. It doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as you do it and as long as it feels authentic to you and your family.

On to the holiday tour, all photos by talented Katie Kinsley Photography


Every year I swear I am done with live trees, putting on the lights take forever and they are so much harder to decorate than artificial trees but can’t beat real though. And while you decorate the artificial tree so much that the tree is barely visible, it really is just a canvas, with the real tree I actually want to see the branches and its shape. I just used a LOT of red ornaments in different sizes (4″ and 6″), gold glitter stars and red bows. Love it – so simple and classic.

Magnolia and pine garland around the fireplace and i added some gold leaf picks and gold glitter stars.

Trumeau mirror in the foyer.

I fa-la-la-la loved the family room mantel this year. It actually looks even better in person. The red ribbon brightens up the greenery even when not lit.

Breakfast room

Dining room has our fake tree and all the ornaments from our travels, friends and family, kids handprints, ornaments with puppy photos etc.


Watch a short holiday video of our home here!

Learn how to make perfect bows for your trees, garlands, planters and gifts.

Happy decorating!