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This post is for my friend Clemence over at Oh the Lovely Things, who I know is just crazy about her cats – and all the cuddles they share :) I’ve never been able to have a pet since moving away from my parents house after high school – let’s not count how many years ago that was, please! I’ve just been moving around way too much. But I hope that soon we’ll be able to have a pet so that my little girls can know moments like these morning cuddles with a kitty.

PS: 24 Merry Days giveaways – day 19! Today we’re giving away a $50 gift card for some pretty Wit & Whistle cards on Create Like Crazy! Happy birthday Jordan, by the way :)

1. Mungo & Maud cat bed. |2. Green plaid collar by Amy’s Collars and more. |3. Crazy cat lady embroidery by Ooooh Stitchy |4. Gorgeous cat ring by Every Bear Jewel.|5. Siamese cat portrait by Pet Collage.|6. Cat felted cave by Vaivanat.

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L: Danish home via Bolig Magasinet.|R:Ice cream sampler for dessert via the Foodie Bugle

Sorry about the late post today, guys! We were traveling to Europe since we’re spending the holidays with our families in France and Denmark, and got delayed big time so I couldn’t post earlier . In any case, here is a fun little home I wanted to share with you guys today! Remember when I put together some inspiration on how to display your collections in your home a couple of months ago? Well, this scandinavian home of Anders Arhøj is the perfect example of those ideas. It shows you how small pieces can make a big statement on your walls, and I love the amount of personality that’s pouring into this house through the display of these gorgeous collections. The books, the masks, the tiles….anything goes!

And to go with this gorgeous home, how about a little ice cream sampler for your guests? I absolutely love this photograph by Yuki Sugiura via the Foodie Bugle. An ice cream sampler is always a crowd pleaser ( I mean, come one, who doesn’t like ice cream?!), and when presented in pretty ceramics like in Yuki’s photo, it’s so simple and pretty to look at!

PS: 24 Merry days giveaways – day 18! Today we’re giving away some gorgeous Rifle paper prizes on here on Lolalina! :)

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Coconut Panna Cotta {Guest post by Laicie from A 1000 Threads}

2013 is shaping up to be an amazing year already. I managed to snatch up some tickets for the ALT Summit, so I’ll be heading to Salt Lake City at the end of January and I CAN’T WAIT to meet so many talented people! Any of you lovely readers going?! In any case, the calendar is filling up, and this got me looking for a fun 2013 calendar for my desk. And I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you guys :)

Have a lovely Monday, friends!

PS: 24 Merry Days giveaways- we’re already on day 17, can you believe it?! Today, win some fantastic-oh-so-brilliant prizes by FERM LIVING and SON OF A SAILOR on HOUSE OF EARNEST :)

Calendars: 1. Retro wall calendar by Yomalum. |2. Wood stump calendar at Anthropologie.|3. Free printable owl calendar, via Oh The Lovely Things. |4. free printable 2013 sweet new year calendar by eat Drink Chic.|5. Fabric calendars by Lotta Jansdotter. |6. Hilarious cat calendar.|7. Floral wall calendar by Leah Duncan. |8. Wall calendar by Dozi.

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And some more goodies for you guys today with 24 Merry Days…today, head on over to Henry Happened because we’re giving away two fantastic prizes – one for the little ones by Oeuf NYC, and for the ladies by Umba box. Hurry hurry, click here for your chance to enter!

PS: Today’s also your last chance to enter for your choice of Queen bedding from Crane & Canopy – hurry and head on over to Happiness is!

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Today is already day 15 of 24 Merry Days – our little blogging advent calendar where we’re giving a prize every day before Christmas!!! And today we’re giving away this awesome handmade tote backpack by Fabric & Handle on Studio DIY. So head on over to Studio DIY right now for your chance to win this amazing bag – and check our calendar of giveaways for more prizes!

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24 Merry Days - Day 16!

Thank you to everyone who entered the 24 Merry Days giveaway on This Little Streetover 840 entries, yay, you guys are amazing!! And so, we have our two winners:

* Patricia wins the Little Goodall Fox jacket!
* Jessica Dawson wins the $75 Joyfolie gift certificate.

Congrats to you both! I’ll be in touch via email in a little bit. Again, a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated!

Missed this giveaway? Well, lucky you, our little group of bloggers is still giving away prizes every day until Christmas – check out the 24 Merry Days calendar to find out about our giveaways! Today’s giveaway is on Moorea Seal.

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Today we’re talking about something fun – gift wrapping! You’re probably think “geez, I barely have time to buy my presents…let alone wrap them pretty!”. But really, it doesn’t have to take much time to wrap it up pretty, and the person you’re giving the gift to will feel extra special because of it.

So keep on reading and I’ll share 6 easy and fun ideas to pack your gifts this holiday season!

One trick I like to use when wrapping my presents is using paper that’s color neutral (white, silver, craft) because that way I can add any color I want and go any direction I want. I can add red + green for a more traditional Christmas feel, or blue if I am gifting to someone celebrating Hanukah, or use a palette of bright colors like I did for this post.

This is great when offering very small gifts like jewelry – and also for people who can’t wrap with paper :D You can buy your confettis or make them, and stuff them in a clear treat bag. I made my like snowflakes using a paper cutter & some leftover scrapbooking paper I used for Olivia’s birthday party. I filled the bag and hid a pretty necklace in there – it’s fun for the people receiving the gift to search through the confetti!

This is by far the easiest of tricks, because all you need to do is walk to your garden and cut a pretty little branch to attach with a nice ribbon. In just a few seconds you’ll add such a personal touch to your gift!

I like to contrast the paper I buy with a little decoration that will add a nice pop – like these bright felts ball against this stripped silver wrapping paper. I used a needle to thread the balls in et voila! :)

Stamping your own paper is so much fun! Of course you can use a fancy little stamp that you bought – but look around your office, how about stamping the date on your paper?! Even better if you have some ink in fun colors lying around!

This idea comes straight up from my favorite movie – do you remember when Mr Bean wraps up the necklace in Love Actually?! He just throws a lot of things in a clear bag – rose petals, a cinnamon stick etc. Well, that’s exactly the idea here! Find a clear bag, and put your present inside and add something fun – I added some more felt balls because I think they are so much fun, but you could add something from your garden, or something else that’s special to the person that receives the gift.

I am so in love with washi tape. Probably the best invention since the invention of the wheel. No kidding. Anyway, you can easily add a little vavavoom to your gift by layering stripes of washi tape. I used the same washi tape for all my stripes, but you can easily mix and match. What? You don’t have any washi tape? Well, you’d better enter this 24 Merry Days giveaway for a chance to win a whole set of rolls!

PS: 24 Merry Days giveaway – day 11! Today go over to Little White whale for a chance to win two awesome prizes!

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Hi guys! I had something else in mind for today’s post, but the girls have been sick these past couple of days and I didn’t get to it. But I still wanted to let you know about today’s 24 Merry Days giveaway on Mint Design blog. Because I love both Ellie’s blog, and what she’s giving away – a set of Pretty Pegs legs for your couch + a $50 gift certificate to Leif (EVERYTHING in their shop is just beautiful!).

So hurry hurry and head on over to Mint Design blog for today’s giveaway!

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Left: Gorgeous Madrid home via Desire to Inspire. Right: Tiramisu cake by Call Me Cupcake.

As much as I love colors, sometimes you just can’t beat the simplicity of a home dressed in neutral. The flowing light, the grain of the wooden furniture. This home is modern, but the layering of furniture and textures makes this home feel cosy and intimate. I am a big fan of the big bay windows everywhere!

And to go with that, I love this different cake version of the classic Tiramisu cake by Call me Cupcake. Doesn’t it look just stunning? And I bet it tastes like it too. If you are unfamiliar with Call Me Cupcake‘s desserts, I suggest you go check out her website – everything she makes is simply beautiful!

P.S.: 24 Merry Days – day 11! Today win TWO awesome prizes by Poekto and 28th on Design Crush. Click here to enter! Today is also your last day the awesome 24 Merry Days giveaway on The Sweetest Occasion to win a $250 gift certificate to Cloud9 Living for the experience of your choice.

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All pictures by me, Audrey Smit, except for pictures 3 (desert) & 8 (truck)- these pictures are by Soazic Gardais.

Happy Monday! It’s been super damp and grey in NYC these past couple of days – and I have major withdrawal from our recent vacation in Arizona. So I thought I’d share a few more snapshots with you. It was so nice to slow down and go explore with my little family. We went hiking with the girls - well, as much as you can hike with a 1 and 1/2 year old that wants to walk on her own!- , met up with some of my friends to salsa dance, enjoyed ice cream in December. I can’t believe this was just a week ago!

PS: 24 Merry Days – Day 10! Today’s giveaway is on Oh The Lovely Things here, and I pretty much want it all!! Today, you’ve got a chance to win a subscription to Kinfolk Magazine and a gorgeous Lauren Moffatt scarf! Today’s also your last day to enter the 24 Merry Days giveaway on Sugar & Cloth!

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