Welcome to Nest by Tamara

Welcome to Nest by Tamara
Since 2008 I've been writing Nest by Tamara, a lifestyle blog inspired by my busy life as a NYC interior designer. I muse about all that encompasses “nesting.” Stop back to discover my favorite interior design finds and tabletop and entertaining tips, while I advise you on ways to keep creativity as your secret weapon, so you can seamlessly incorporate myriad styles and wares together in your home as you juggle a full life. I hope to help you create a stylish yet well-lived in home while putting it all into perspective. Email me at TamaraStephenson1@gmail.com

April 24: My French-inspired dining room at Design On A Dime with Housingworks and Elle Decor Mag

April 24: My French-inspired dining room at Design On A Dime with Housingworks and Elle Decor Mag
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Monday, November 12

10 Stylish Hostess Gifts for the 2012 Holiday Season

Nest by Tamara's 
Top Picks for
Stylish Hostess Gifts 
this Holiday 2012


Well, 
here it begins 
the barrage of cocktail parties, 
dinner gatherings and all the Holiday Cheer!  
After hurricanes and presidential elections,
 the festivities are a welcome relief from all the hand wringing.  
Beginning with the spooky celebration of Halloween 
and ending with News Year's Day let's ring in 
the 2012 Holiday season.  
What's a guest to do, however, when pressed for time and running about from one party to the next in between work and holiday shopping?  I usually stock up on a plethora of gifts, unusual finds and quirky special novelty items to bring sparkle to the host's home.  Check out my special picks of 2012 Holiday season and many at a good price to boot. These are my Top 10 "GO TOs" for the season, and many can be ordered with the simple click of your keyboard keys.  

Pack a little fashion and style into your hostess gift 
with this box set of eight bubble gum flavored macarons 
from French patisserie, Laduree.  
The Parisian company paired with fashion label Lanvin to bring this little box of magic
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Alber Albaz creative genius of Lanvin illustrated a special set for LadureĆ©. 
Order up a cute little red nutcracker and bring it along with a bag of nuts - this red squirrel can sit front and center along with your Holiday decor.  Anthropologie's home line from wallpaper to table lamps is quirky and stylish.  

Anthropologie nutcracker
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Who doesn't love a beautiful coffee table book to inspire. Well, this year's top of the list for me is Slim Aaron's La Dolce Vita.  Paying homage to the beautiful, high-styled Italian life, the famous photographer captured it all offering us glimpses of celebrities in beautiful villas from days gone by.  Check out the slide show of the pages from La Dolce Vita as shown in 
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I am in love with Michele Varian's gold urchin salt cellar
This is one of those items you would use over and over again when setting your
beautiful holiday table, but you may never buy it for yourself.  It will give you an excuse to pop into Michele's gorgeous shop in Soho.
Michele Varian's gold urchin salt cellar

So excited to hear Williams Sonoma is pairing up with Blackberry Farm.  I will be profiling Blackberry Farm soon here on Nest.  This season you can pick up some delicious cheeses made on the farm at Williams Sonoma 
The Beall family run a Relais Chateau hotel on their 600 acre farm in the Smoky Mountain foothills. I am longing to stay at this hotel where they use  most the ingredients grown on-site to create their meals.
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I'm obsessed with these kitchen papers by
kitchen paper placemats from Cake Vintage
Since this summer I've been stocking up on all these practical and cute designs from lobster and botanical motif paper place mats to holiday designs.
for the host who loves to cook, I usually bring a collection of salts.  These delectable salts have distinctive flavors and hail from exotic places. 
Dean and Deluca herb and salt collections


Crate and Barrel sparkly votive collections
these vintage looking votive candles are a perfect gift, and for a reasonable price you can pick up a slew of these little sparkly numbers.
The perfect flower arrangement from Olive and Cocoa
Olive and Cocoa offer interesting and unusual floral arrangements 
and these succulents in all-white and green, yet in a rustic pine container, add a festive note
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For custom designed homemade candy, I love the large lolly pops and bags of  beautifully hand cut artisan candy at Pappa Bubble.  When I am in for a fun,  sweet hostess gift I pick up  candy at the shop or online. 

Pappa Bubble in NYC
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 photograph courtesy of the New York Times

Stop back soon for more design goodness
XO Happy Nesting 

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photography credit: Elle Decor magazine