December 11th, 2013
The temperature is dropping all across the country, snow has been falling, and icicles have been forming. Even here in sunny southern California, we’re feeling the frosty freeze. Although we’re having a hard time keeping our hands from going numb, there’s something about the degree drop that makes us a little bit warm inside. There’s nothing better than snuggling up on the couch with your little ones, putting those logs on the fire, heating up that hot chocolate, and settling in for the night. The worsening weather seems to signal something homey, something comforting, something so soothing. This week as we cuddle up with our kids to stave off the frost, the team at PL is continuing to find solace in our winter palette. This week we’re featuring another one of our favorite holiday hues: ORLEANS RED. Inspired by the hustle and bustle of the bluesy bayou, this warm color can give just the right amount of glow for a show of winter wonder. We love the idea of an all red wreath fastened from fresh flowers like peonies or calla lilies. Both flowers come in a dark deep red , as well as a brighter more brilliant color offering different effects to decorate your door. Try adding a little gingham or plaid in shades of red to your serving trays or dinner table, pairing these busy patterns with simple white china and glassware can give just the right amount of texture to your service. For a fun use of red, create a cocoa from peppermint and decorate with a small candy cane twist. While the parents may still want to add a little something to their sip, the candy canes will surely please your little ones as they sip their hot chocolate by the fire. Wherever you are and whatever you do on these winter days, we wish you warmth this holiday season!
December 4th, 2013
Now that we’re all stuffed with turkey and pumpkin pie…it’s time to get ready and gear up for our next holiday! Christmas is just around the corner…and the team at PL is already getting into the holiday spirit. This season, PAIGELAUREN features the perfect holiday palette for your little ones. Get inspired by our holiday hues! One of our favorite colors this winter is our crisp SEATTLE GREEN. Inspired by the forests and pines that surround the city of Seattle, this bright green offers a perfect pop of color as the winter turns everything around us grey and white. Not only will this color brighten up any outfit you put together, but it can inspire you to warm up your holiday house as well. At PL, we love the smell of fresh pine and balsam wafting through the house on those cold wintery nights. Something about the clean, outdoorsy smell of the pine settles our city hearts. This year, rather than grabbing your traditional garland or wreath, we love the idea of incorporating small white mulberry branches with fresh pine and votive candles to give some clean white accents to those deep greens. If you’re having a holiday party this year, or just feel like having a festive dinner before Xmus, try tying your natural colored linens with a sprig of pine and stick of cinnamon. Wrap the fragrant bundle with a small jute string and set at each seat for an excellent aromatic accent. It’s never too early to get warmed up with holiday spirit!
November 27th, 2013
There are so many reasons to be thankful every day…but Thanksgiving gives us a nice reminder to be grateful for all the things we take for granted. Tomorrow, many of you will be spending time with those you love the most….you’ll be basting those turkeys, cooking those cranberries, and baking those pies for your entire family to enjoy. Too often we forget to give thanks for all the wonderful efforts that our Thanksgiving Day chefs put into their work. It takes days of planning: setting up the table decorations, making your grocery list, planning your menu, sending out the invites. And, this year…on top of all the many things we give thanks for, the team at PL wants to give a special shout out to the people that make our Thanksgiving feasts possible. We hope all you chefs out there know just how integral you are to making our Thanksgiving Day memories!