The mantel: It's the centerpiece of the holiday season, the place where stockings hang, cozy fires roar and cards from your nearest and dearest sit like sprinkles on a cupcake. In honor of this festive architectural accent, we've rounded up a few of our favorite mantels from house tours past.
Check out our picks, and don't forget the best way to decorate the top of the mantel: holiday cards from Cardstore!
We've been narrowing down our top design icons in a nail-biter of a tournament, and now only four iconic designs remain standing. The Apartment Therapy team has spoken - do you agree with our choices? Watch the video to see the finalists, and then tell us in the comments what we got right…or not at all right...
Gift Maker: Courtney Jentzen Inspired Gift: Hand-drawn wrapping paper and holiday cards Nikon Camera: The D610, the D800 and the COOLPIX A captured the brilliant designs and sweet whimsy of Courtney’s work and studio.
This holiday season, Nikon teamed up with Apartment Therapy to post the stories of three makers from our community. We hope showing how these people create handmade holiday gifts will inspire your own creativity. Our photographer Gabriela Herman will help us capture their stories brilliantly.
The holidays have always been a creative time for Courtney Jentzen, the designer and illustrator behind Swiss Cottage Designs. She’s been giving handmade gifts for as long as she can remember. “I’m talking as far back as the magic marker days!” Courtney told us. We got to watch Courtney as she created whimsical gift wrap from an old paper bag, and as she painted this year's holiday cards. Are you ready to be inspired?
Marriott Hotels® is redesigning travel with their innovative Travel Brilliantly campaign, and The Marriott Stanton South Beach is at the helm with recent upgrades that completely reimagine the guest experience. From welcome mojitos mixed with homegrown mint and local rum to new AC units that can sense body heat and adjust room temperatures accordingly, The Marriott Stanton South Beach is taking hotel design to a whole new level. We talked to GM David Cronin about the inspiration behind the hotel’s new redesign and transformation, and got a sneak peek into some of their most exciting new ideas.
The Herman Miller 15% Off Sale is happening right now at SmartFurniture.com! The sale ends December 12th, so you have four more days to get your authentic piece of Herman Miller furniture, with free shipping to boot. Smart Furniture has hundreds of items in stock that are ready to go out the door immediately so there's still plenty of time to get that winning gift just in time for the Holidays.
What makes a design iconic? Using the criteria that design icons must be innovative, stylish, functional and instantly recognizable, we chose great designs and pitted them against each other, tournament-style. The Apartment Therapy team voted on the early rounds, and it looks like we made some controversial choices!
From your famous peppermint bark to your annual ugly-sweater bash, nothing about your holiday season is one-size-fits-all—so why should your holiday card be? Whether you want to have a laugh, send a sweet note or share a fabulous design, Cardstore has the card to launch you to first position on everyone's mantel, and they can all be personalized to a T.
Nail your holiday sentiment with one of our favorite designs from Cardstore, then sit back with another glass of eggnog while they address, stamp and send your greetings for you. We've browsed their virtual shelves and picked the perfect design for every style – want to see our favorites?
We're setting out to crown the Apartment Therapy community's top design icon. What's your pick?
Last week we introduced the first four match-ups in our Innovators and Icons of Design Tournament, where we're pitting great designs against each other in order to find the Apartment Therapy community's favorite icon of design. This week, we're looking at the next four match-ups in the first round. Take a look, and don't forget to vote below!
Choosing the perfect holiday card is a cinch on Cardstore.com, but taking the perfect holiday photo for said card? That's a different story. Did you forget to book the professional photographer that sunny day on the beach? Is your hair and makeup artist on vacation? Fear not! Here are our top tips for taking relaxed and real holiday photos at home, so your card can make it to the top of the mantel.