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5 Ways To Prep For Holiday Hosting

Brisk air. Christmas lights. Giving gifts. Warm fires and family nights inside.

Deadlines. Chaos. Hectic planning. Trying to finish everything before everyone arrives.

There are so many words that can define your holidays this year. You probably like the first list a lot more than the second (unless you love an organizational challenge). With the temperature dropping, winter can be one of the most magical and heartwarming times of year. With family arriving, parties to host and attend, and checking everything off your shopping list, it can also be one of the most overwhelming seasons. We want you to have all the magic this year without any of the stress of pulling it together. That’s where our holiday guide comes in and gives you everything you need for an ~almost~ stress free holiday of hosting.

THE DÉCOR

This year, we are all about understated glamour. You can have all the glitz and beauty of the season without all the work!

Your furniture and tree are all you need! Let large, naturally beautiful items take the focus, so you only have to worry about the small details that pull a room together. Try our Carved Brass Vases, Zardosi Wall Art, and set of Gilt Glass Ornaments to complete your holiday look.

Gold and antique accents add a lot of regal charm without all the fuss. Our Sunburst Stocking Holder adds glam among fresh evergreens and is a quick way to bring both beauty and functionality to your holiday decorating.

 

 

THE TABLESCAPE

Make your table an eye-catching masterpiece with minimal effort. Larger bowls and pots set the scene and can make the biggest statement. A simple arrangement of branches or bright flowers can add a little extra flair and help the bigger pieces stand out. Bring in the elaborate elements in simple ways with antiqued candlesticks or gilded ornaments.

Presentation is everything, but beauty is really found in the details. A touch of gold and some natural inspiration goes a long way in setting a holiday table that everyone will cherish.

 

 

THE SWEETS

In the spirit of keeping it simple, tantalize your taste buds with Peppermint Bark! It is a quick and easy treat that you can put in the refrigerator hours before company arrives, knowing it will be tasty and ready to munch on when they do.

Plus, guests can get a bite as they please! No need to worry about serving these sweet treats. Try displaying these on our Round Floral Vine Brass Tray for an easy, elegant touch.

 

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Ready in: 2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients:
8 oz. high-quality semi-sweet chocolate, broken into pieces
8 oz. high-quality white chocolate, broken into pieces
2 tsp. canola oil, divided
25 peppermint candies, crushed
½ tsp. peppermint extract, divided

1. Lightly grease a 9×9 inch pan and line with waxed paper, smoothing out wrinkles; set aside.
2. Place the semi-sweet chocolate and 1 teaspoon of the canola oil in the top of a double boiler over just barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching.
3. When the chocolate is melted, stir in 1/4 teaspoon of the peppermint extract. Pour the melted chocolate into the prepared pan, and spread evenly over the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle half of the crushed peppermints over the chocolate layer. Refrigerate until completely hardened, about 1 hour.
4. Place the white chocolate and the remaining 1 teaspoon canola oil in the top of a double boiler over just barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching.
5. When the chocolate is melted, stir in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of the peppermint extract. Pour the white chocolate directly over the semisweet chocolate layer; spread evenly. Sprinkle the remaining crushed candy over the top and gently press in.
6. Refrigerate until completely hardened. Remove from pan; break into small pieces to serve.

Recipe from: http://allrecipes.com/video/2804/peppermint-bark/

THE SIPS

Everybody looks forward to the bubbly, bright beverages at holiday parties! The smoothest way to get everyone the drink that they want is to have a classy, decorative bar cart available. With the Marble Top Bar Cart, all the drinks are stylishly on display, ready for guests to help themselves!

If you want to have a more traditional cocktail and make something easy for visitors to look forward to, then try this tasty Winter Sangria:

 

Ingredients:
(Alcoholic)
1 bottle of sweeter red wine
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/4 cup Triple Sec or Grand Marnier
1/4 cup brandy
2 tbsp. simple syrup
1 orange cut into slices
1 green apple; remove core and cut into chunks
1 cup grapes, cut in half
1/4 cup blackberries
1/2 pomegranate, just the arils (seeds)
Non-Alcoholic:
garnish with cranberries
1 2L bottle of Sprite
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 orange cut into slices
1 green apple; remove core and cut into chunks
1 cup grapes cut in half
1/4 cup blackberries
1/2 pomegranate, just the arils (seeds)
garnish with cranberries

Alcoholic Option:
1. In a large pitcher mix together the wine, pomegranate juice, Triple Sec, and simple syrup.
2. Add the cut up fruit to the wine mix, stir, and let sit for at least 4 hours, or overnight is best.

Non-Alcoholic Option:
1. In a large pitcher, mix together the Sprite and pomegranate juice.
2. Add the cut up fruit to the juice mix, stir, and let sit for at least 4 hours, or overnight is best.

Recipe: https://www.aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/winter-sangria-recipe/

THE FAVORS

Every successful party has a little something extra for the guests to take home. Light up your guests’ night with these charming Christmas candles (and maybe use a few around the house to show off your own holiday spirit)!

 

 

  
  

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In Her Own Words: Finding Your Christmas Look

img_1249-1“I love that Wisteria gives me beautiful, timeless decor options that I can insert into my home and personal style. From a Parisian flea market inspired mirror over my fireplace mantle to classic blue and white vases dotting my home, I love the statement pieces that Wisteria offers and how it adds a punch of style and design whenever you place them in your home.”                            –Heather Fujikawa

Using their holiday decor is so natural to do as well. I was able to add it to my personal style and holiday decor items of the past as Wisteria offers beautiful natural pieces in neutral colors that you can insert in any space.

I love the oversized gilt glass ornaments mixed with the dainty and unique jeweled heart ornaments on my tree. The Zari Embroidery table runner and stockings remind me of when my husband and I lived in Italy. It brings in a classical European feel with the elements of beading, embroidery and gold tassels. These classical options warm the heart and the home with meaning behind each choice. 

Whenever I add a touch of Wisteria in my home I feel that I added an old friend in, one that is long lasting and well thought.


Here are some tips of how to infuse statement Wisteria Holiday design into your home this Holiday season:

img_13491. Create a Holiday color scheme and stick to it throughout your home to create design flow. Once you determine your colors you will know what items naturally and beautifully flow into your home and decor. I chose my signature colors to be berry, gold and silver. When I knew I wanted to center my holiday design around these colors it was natural to find things that would flow into the design color scheme like the gilt glass ornaments on my tree or the silver victorian glass finials accessorizing the mantle.

img_12842. Make everyday accessories new again with holiday accessorizing. Dress up a classic kitchen wooden tray like this Wooden Parat and turn it into a hot cocoa station with colorful delights. It’s a fun accent to your kitchen counter and presents a warm welcome to guests who stop by through the Holidays.

 

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3. Accent Wisteria accessories with natural elements. Encircle your Wisteria holiday accessories with the most complementary element there is; all things natural. From boxwood garland to boxwood wreaths to a Douglas fir Christmas tree, nothing pops beautiful designs more than bringing some of the outdoors in with the use or wreaths, garland and trees around your home through the Holidays.

 


See Heather’s full Wisteria holiday look here:

Photography: Heather Moore

All photos courtesy of: GoodHomes India Magazine 

 

  
  

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The Bone Inlay Process

The Roman Empire made several contributions to past and present society, one being chair design. As the Empire expanded across Europe, so did its methods of craftsmanship. It was during this reign that curule chairs were first introduced, said to have originated in Etruria. These chairs, or stools, were reserved for magistrates holding imperium to sit on during court or royal gatherings. One of the earliest recorded examples of the curule chair dates back to 494 BC when Roman dictator Manius Valerius Maximus was awarded one as a result of his victory over the Sabines.

Majestic and Moorish: Our Bone Curule Stool | Wisteria

In Rome, the curule chair was traditionally made of ivory and had a wide x-base, no arms, and no back. Keeping up with this regal tradition, we’ve created our Bone Curule Stool in the same fashion but updated it for a more modern appeal. Combining 18th-century Empire Style with 16th-century Moorish design, this exquisite stool has the best of both worlds. Each stool is embellished with hundreds of pieces of camel bone that are carved and inlaid into a wood frame by hand—a meticulous and time-consuming process skilled artisans endure to create these imperial pieces. Fit for a king or a queen, this stool is complete with a durable white linen cushion, and is an ideal seat for a vanity or desk. Hint: Pair two at the end of the bed for even more regal ambiance.

Majestic and Moorish: Our Bone Curule Stool | Wisteria

  
  

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  • virginia adams

    Your “Small Good Morning Tray” #T10875 in the paper catalog is described as having a 20″ length; but on the web site it says it is 27″ length. Which is correct? You will also note that the dimensions for both sized trays are the SAME. Please advis. Thanks!

  • kayla

    Thank you for your inquiry about the Good Morning Tray dimensions. The Small Good Morning Tray is 20”w x 14.75”d x 2.5”h. Our Large Good Morning Tray is 27.75″w x 20″d x 2.75”h.

    We apologize for any inconvenience and very much appreciate you bringing this to our attention. We have updated the website with the correct dimensions by size.

  • JSchu

    great friendly service!

  • virginia adams

    Your “Small Good Morning Tray” #T10875 in the paper catalog is described as having a 20″ length; but on the web site it says it is 27″ length. Which is correct? You will also note that the dimensions for both sized trays are the SAME. Please advis. Thanks!

  • kayla

    Thank you for your inquiry about the Good Morning Tray dimensions. The Small Good Morning Tray is 20”w x 14.75”d x 2.5”h. Our Large Good Morning Tray is 27.75″w x 20″d x 2.75”h.

    We apologize for any inconvenience and very much appreciate you bringing this to our attention. We have updated the website with the correct dimensions by size.

Unraveling the Story: Our Zardosi Wall Art

Zardosi is an intricate Persian embroidery technique that dates back to the Mughal Empire under the patronage Emperor Akbar. Traditionally done in gold bullion wire (Zardosi is a Persian word that means sewing with gold), this detailed needlework was once used by Persian royalty to embellish their garments and accessories. Due to industrialization and loss of royal patronage, this unique and extremely detailed technique is now practiced by only a handful of artisans—a dying art we’d like to keep alive.

Zardosi Method 

The Zardosi embroidery process begins with the artisan sitting (usually cross-legged) around the wooden framework with their tools. These tools include curved hooks, needles, gold or silver wire, and whatever style beads or sequins they choose. The design is then traced onto the fabric and stretched over a wooden frame—the intricate embroidery then begins.

Our Collection

Unraveling the Story: Our Zardosi Wall Art | Wisteria

Our Zardosi Isaiah Crown Wall Art  is fit for a king and will deliver a spiritual element to a wall space. Profiled in a gold wood frame, this ornate crown features delicate, hand-sewn beads and is outlined with the verse from Isaiah 28:5, “In that day the Lord Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people.”

Zardosi Cross Wall Art | Wisteria

Our Zardosi Cross Wall Art fits with holiday or everyday decor. Featuring an ornate crown atop a cross, this intricately detailed piece delivers the message from Isaiah 40:29–31, “He gives his power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength . . .”

Zardosi Psalms Crown Wall Art | Wisteria

Last but not least, our Zardosi Psalms Crown Wall Art  features an ornate crown on a bed of laurel leaves above the verse from Psalms 149:4, “For the Lord takes delight in his people he crowns the humble victory.” This beautiful piece is embroidered on stretched canvas over a wood frame.

We can’t imagine how a wonderfully unique and traditional technique has become almost obsolete, and though it’s not much, we hope these pieces will help keep this dying art alive.

  
  

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  • Princess Williams

    This impressed me when saw it! A perfect gift for a special pastor I want to remember this Christmas.Will place my order tomorrow, as it is after 1:00 a.m. now. I could not wait to tell you how much this and the other items you offer touch me.

  • Alise

    Princess Williams,

    We’re so happy to hear our products have touched your heart!

  • Shelley R

    Are these pieces still available for purchase?

  • Livi

    Yes they are! We’ve brought back the ISAIAH CROWN and the ISAIAH CROSS for the holidays. Both are available to shop here: http://www.wisteria.com/New-Arrivals/Spirited-Christmas-Collection

  • KP

    I am also interested in purchasing these pieces. Please let me know if they are still available.

  • Livi

    Yes they are! We’ve brought back the ISAIAH CROWN and the ISAIAH CROSS for the holidays. Both are available to shop here: http://www.wisteria.com/New-Arrivals/Spirited-Christmas-Collection

  • Princess Williams

    This impressed me when saw it! A perfect gift for a special pastor I want to remember this Christmas.Will place my order tomorrow, as it is after 1:00 a.m. now. I could not wait to tell you how much this and the other items you offer touch me.

  • Alise

    Princess Williams,

    We’re so happy to hear our products have touched your heart!

Frame by Frame: Creating a Salon Wall

So, you have that one empty (and consequently massive) wall that’s been staring at you far too long. Or maybe you have a collection of decor pieces, photos, and prints that you have yet to find the perfect place to hang in your home. Well, there’s a solution that may initially seem intimidating, but just might be what your polished home is missing. Enter the salon wall (AKA the gallery wall). A salon wall is a great way to infuse some personality into your space and really make a statement. You may not have all the right pieces laying around and find they may take some time. But don’t get overwhelmed—we have some tips and tricks to help you along the way.

Start by selecting a consistent color palette or theme. In our example, we’re highlighting all things avian in a range of natural hues. We suggest starting with a piece or two that you adore, then build your collection around that. Ultimately, your salon wall should reflect your personality and showcase your favorite things.

Once you’re happy with your collection, it’s time to play with the layout and put it all together.

First, anchor the collection. We think this is best done with one large piece. A dominant piece will serve as the foundation and dictate the flow of other smaller pieces. There is, however, an alternative if you don’t have this piece. In it’s place, use two to four pieces hung at matching heights to establish your focal point.

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We suggest starting from the center then working outward and upward. This will help maintain balance within your designated space.

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Vary the sizes and orientation of each piece. A variety of shapes and sizes will help the wall feel balanced and keep the eye entertained.

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Be sure to keep the distance between the pieces consistent. It doesn’t have to be exact but you don’t want it to look cluttered and completely unplanned. Also, take time to make sure each piece is level. Creating a salon wall is no easy feat, so details matter.

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Our favorite part of creating a salon wall is watching it all come together. It may seem like a daunting task at first, but trust us, you’ll love it. An added bonus is that you can break up the gallery at any time and rehang the pieces throughout your home (although we suggest you enjoy the finished product for awhile first)! Love our salon wall? You can purchase all pieces as a set or individually to suit your collection (at 20% off until 9/21)!

Frame by Frame: Creating a Salon Wall | Wisteria

All together now!

  
  

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  • Chrissie Cheshire

    The products you have are amazing, interesting, decorative and fabulous. However, one sad point…….you do not ship to the UK.

  • Chrissie Cheshire

    The products you have are amazing, interesting, decorative and fabulous. However, one sad point…….you do not ship to the UK.