Saturday, December 19, 2009

'The Holiday' party

I've already mentioned my fondness for 'The Holiday', if I had a choice of somewhere to cozy up over the holidays it would be Iris' quaint little English cottage, however, if I could choose to have a holiday party somewhere, it would be Amanda's open and airy home in LA. The holiday parties synonimous with the season, are one of my favourite parts - that chance to get together, celebrate life to its fullest. One of the things I always looked forward to the most growing up was the big party my parents would throw every year. Almost two hundred people would gather together to eat delicious treats and sing carols. Our house was a hub of activity and I always found it so exciting.


One of the best things about the holidays in a warmer climate is the ease between indoor and outdoor entertaining. Amanda's gorgeous Spanish style home fits the bill perfectly - I can just imagine filling the space - especially outdoors - with lots of lanterns and candles to give the whole place a beautiful glow.

I love the simple, unfussy decor throughout the home - however, in my opinion, it could use a little extra sparkle - a Christmas tree and some twinkling white lights would do just the trick...

I love that the space is so open, yet there are lots of little areas for people to have their own private conversations and interactions.

I think the oversized entrance hall would be a lovely place for the tree, or even a great place to set up a little mini bar to greet everyone and offer them a festive drink as soon as they come in. (Or maybe keep it open, and who knows - by the end of the night it could become a make-shift dance floor.)

At my party (at Amanda's house), this whole dining table would be spread with delicious snacks - with other little stations set up throughout as well.

Unfortunately, at the end of the night even the greatest parties must come to an end but you'll have a calm oasis to retreat to (if you've seen the movie you may remember it even comes complete with automatic black out blinds, in case you're feeling a little less fresh the next morning...) And of course, it couldn't be my pick without a beautiful bath tub - to lie back and set adift on memories of holiday bliss from the night before...


9 comments:

rachel said...

i love "the holiday" too! full of get-away-from-it-all inspiration ;)

Laura Trevey said...

I love that open spacious room!!
Happy Saturday to you ~~

xoxo

Raru said...

Lol great inspiration. Thank you :)

Have a great Sunday :)

Raru
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Brandi said...

"The Holiday" is one of my favorite movies. Just so cute. And SUCH gorgeous homes. I thought about doing a home exchange after I saw the movie, but I was younger and living with my parents at the time and I don't think they would have appreciated me kicking them out of the house for a week. So glad you posted these pics...maybe I can convince my boyfriend to go out in the snow and grab it at the video store.
Have a lovely weekend!

Sarah Klassen said...

OoooOooo! This is one of my very favorite movies :)

Love the two, very different homes that are showcased. Amanda's open and luxurious home looks like such a haven for relaxation...

I hope you are having a great weekend*

Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

So funny! I JUST watched this movie for the first time and LOVED it (Judd Law was so dreamy in it!). I was totally taken by the LA home interior. So, thanks for posting it so I could enjoy it a second time :)

xoxo, Crystal

Cinnamon said...

That bathtub is incredible. It looks so inviting. And the house is totally my dream house, I love how open it is.

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Carol said...

I love that bedroom. The colors are great.

A Life More Fabulous said...

Glad you loved it too - I have such happy holiday memories of watching it. This house was my favourite :)

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