Get Inspired with this Alpine-Chic Décor

Are we the only ones who associate the snowy season with hunkering down next to a crackling fireplace in a cozy mountain lodge? Whether it’s the prospect of daily skiing on the slopes or warming up with a mug of hot chocolate, there’s just something about that rustic winter setting that warms our hearts.

This time of year, we find ourselves inspired by Alpine-style rustic décor. Here are a few shots from a prior photo shoot that might inspire some new décor ideas for your home or your chalet in the mountains.

Alpine Decor

An ode to a traditional country cabin, we love the playful elements and bright pops of color that contrast against the dark wood grain. Don’t be afraid to play with vibrant pinks, purples, and oranges.

Alpine Decor

How much do you want to snuggle under the covers of this cozy bed and watch as it snows? The mix of nostalgic ski prints and classic flannels are the perfect match.

Alpine Decor

And finally, rustic chic meets a touch of big-city glam in this more polished arrangement. A simple, calm color palette allows the rustic architecture to shine through. Plus, we love the idea of adding that personal touch with beautiful monogrammed pillowcases. Who says an alpine getaway can’t be elegant?

Whether you’re looking to deck out your winter vacation home or create that rustic lodge ambiance year-round, these three looks may be just what you need to get that first spark of inspiration! Which style would you choose?

Ideas for When You’re Snowed In with Kids


There’s nothing quite like a snow day to get kids up and out of bed earlier than almost any other day of the year. Even the sleepiest of sleepyheads can’t seem to resist the promise of an unexpected, school-free day.

But once the initial thrill wears off, how do you keep your kids entertained during all that free time (and divert their attention from the television)? With no chance to prep activities, snow days can mean a whole lot of extra stress for busy parents.

Fortunately, we’re no strangers to snow days here in New Hampshire so we’ve collected tons of ideas from Pinterest for creative crafts and activities. Here are some of our favorites:

Kids Get Crafty: Ice Ornaments

Snowball Target Practice from Parents.com

Snowball Target Practice

How to Build an Igloo from Instructables.com

Igloo
Find more ideas for winter activities in our Fun Kids’ Projects board on Pinterest.

Holidays with the Hables

This season, we are taking the time to celebrate new and old traditions. One of our longest-running traditions is our holiday collaboration with Hable Construction® to design our festive felt stockings. The Hable sisters, Susan and Katharine, are serious about the holidays in their home, so we sat down with them to chat about their traditions in hopes of inspiring some new ones with our family and yours. Here are their thoughts.

Get Creative with Stocking Stuffers

Homemade stocking stuffers are really thoughtful – and many don’t take a lot of time! We love the idea of using found shells as salt cellars. You could also drill holes and string them to make a necklace or a decorative garland. Tiny paintings make a sweet gift, and don’t forget chocolate!

Hable Christmas Stocking in Elf Blowing Stars

New Pajamas on Christmas Eve

We have a family tradition of always getting a new pair of pajamas on Christmas Eve. These genie pajamas were our favorites! Traditions like this one build lasting memories and give you and your family something to look forward to for years to come.
Hable Sisters - Genie Pajamas

Making a Game of Trimming the Tree

The holidays are a HUGE deal for us at Hable Construction, so we always travel home to Texas to spend these special times with extended family and friends. Here’s a little peek of the tree at our mom and dad’s house. Every year, our mom hides a golden pickle somewhere on the tree and whoever finds it gets a special gift!

Christmas Tree

Start a New Tradition with New Designs

Sometimes a beautiful personalized stocking can make the gift inside feel a little more special. Our favorite additions to our holiday collection at Garnet Hill are these printed botanical stockings in berries, floral, and greenery. We are proud to expand the selection beyond our forever-festive wool felt friends and add some beautiful painterly designs from Susan’s artwork.
Hable Botanical Stockings
SHOP THE STOCKING COLLECTION

How to Create a DIY Holiday Sign

December is here, and the scramble for last-minute gifts has begun. If you’re in need of a little inspiration, we have a DIY gift idea for you. This gift is easy to make and incredibly thoughtful: a personalized holiday sign.

Or, if you’ve already checked everyone off your list this year, create one to add a bit of festive décor to your own home.

DIY Holiday Sign

Our friend and blogger Kelli Delaney of KDHamptons showed us how to craft these signs on a recent weekend at our Bridgehampton store. Now we want to share them with you!

Below we’ve listed the necessary materials to complete this project. You can create begin by sourcing pallet wood or using four individual wooden boards and nailing them together.
DIY Holiday Sign

Materials Needed:
1 rustic wooden sign
1 foam or bristle paintbrush
Stencil paint or acrylic paint, color of your choosing
Plastic letter stencil sheet
Scissors

Step One: Cut Stencils

Decide what to write inside the wreath. Take the stencil sheet, cut out the letters, and position them inside the circle.
Scissors and Holiday Ribbon

Step Two: Prep Your Paint

Gather your painting supplies – foam or bristle paintbrush, container or paper plate for paint, newspaper to avoid mess. When ready, pour a little paint out and coat your brush evenly in paint.
Paintbrushes

Step Three: Paint Away!

If you are using a foam brush, hold the stencil down firmly with your non-painting hand, and evenly fill in the letter using a blotting or sponging technique. Repeat for all other letters and remove stencils upon completion.
Creating a DIY Holiday Sign
DIY Holiday Sign
Or, for all you artists out there, freehand with a paintbrush like Kelli.
Painting a DIY Holiday Sign
Voila! A beautiful, rustic holiday sign with a special personalized touch. Who on your list would love to receive this handmade gift?
DIY Holiday Sign Finished

Need more inspiration?

We spotted these wooden signs by local artist Stacey Lucas in a restaurant in nearby Bethlehem, New Hampshire. Enjoy!
New Hampshire Wooden Sign by Stacey Lucas

What to Wear for Every Holiday Event

FOR CASUAL HOLIDAY OUTINGS

Via Spiga Leopard Print Coat
When it comes to holiday shopping or a small gathering with friends, comfort and style prevail. We recommend a spot of cozy cashmere mixed with denim, corduroy, or matchstick pants. Equestrian-style leather boots offer comfort while keeping in step with the trends. Complete the outfit with a big roomy tote that holds everything for holiday errands.


BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

Garnet Hill Chevron Down Coat
From finding the right Christmas tree to having an impromptu sledding party, you never need to trade warmth for fashion. A channeled down coat provides insulation and a fashionable shape. Dressing in layers allows you to customize your comfort as temperatures fluctuate. A nice pair of boots (appropriate for snow, if need be) and toasty cashmere accessories round out the look.


POLISHED YET COMFY

Garnet Hill Pointelle-Collar Cashmere Sweater and Slim Velvet Pants
Whether you’re entertaining family and friends at home on the “big day” or attending an office party at work, we recommend combining fine fabrics and designer details for classy comfort. An easy cashmere sweater in a beautiful hue and distinctive shape is so inviting. Try a touch of velvet or lace to add opulence to easy-to-wear silhouettes. Look for styles with decorative details that keep the look fresh and festive.


R.S.V.P. FOR SOMETHING DRESSIER

Evening work parties, holiday soirées, and New Year’s Eve are invitations to turn up the glamour. There’s just something festive about the shimmer and shine of sequins and the glint of a fabulous piece of statement jewelry.
Garnet Hill Silk-Bow-Detail Blouse and Festive Pencil Skirt
For something feminine and flirty, try a dress with a lacy overlay. Lace provides coverage while creating a subtle peekaboo effect.
Garnet Hill Boheme Easy Lace Dress
When in doubt, always remember that a little black dress is your best friend. It can effortlessly move from day to night, workday to an evening out. Simply transform the look by switching out tights, boots, and a roomy tote for a pair of heels, bold jewelry, and a beautiful clutch.
Garnet Hill Brianna Knit Dress

Welcoming a New Designer to Our Family

Judy Ross Joins the Family

Last month, we hosted a private VIP preview with Editor At Large at HSN’s New York City showroom to debut the new designer collaboration between Judy Ross Textiles and Garnet Hill. The new Judy Ross Textiles collection will launch in February with our Spring collection and will be exclusive to Garnet Hill.

Judy Ross is a New York-based artist and textile designer. All her designs originate from either a hand drawing or painting boasting a beautifully vibrant, modern design aesthetic. And since the collection also emphasizes the importance of natural fibers, something that is very important to us, the collaboration is a natural fit.

Judy Ross of Judy Ross Textiles

Judy Ross

While we can’t show you everything right now, we’re so excited about this partnership that we wanted to give you a sneak peek.

Top-tier media, design industry influencers, and VIP attendees all seemed thrilled about the collection as well, but we’ll let them tell you themselves.

“Our launch party for Judy Ross’s new home collection was a huge success! Guests included VIPs from top media outlets, architects, stylists, and interior designers. Garnet Hill was pleased with the positive response as the collection was well received by all!”– Wendy Thayer, Garnet Hill

Judy Ross Textiles at Garnet Hill - Wendy and Marisa, Editor at Large

Wendy & Marisa, Editor at Large

Judy Ross Textiles at Garnet Hill - Wendy Thayer and Kendell Cronstrom

Wendy & Kendell Cronstrom

“Judy Ross Textiles by Garnet Hill is an extensive home collection that mixes timeless, organic, contemporary patterns in beautiful color palettes. The versatile collection includes gorgeous bed linens, throw pillows, carpets, bathroom accessories, and even upholstered stools. There are several layers to this exciting, new collection with so many textures in each pattern and color way that all the pieces complement each other. There is truly something for everyone.” – Melanie Roy, Melanie Roy Design

Judy, Toby, Dovanna - Judy Ross Textiles at Garnet Hill

Judy, Toby, Dovanna

Toby, Judy, Craig - Judy Ross Textiles at Garnet Hill

Toby, Judy, Craig

“When I mention our new design partnership to clients, many comment that they’re already customers of Garnet Hill. They’re enthusiasts of original, distinctively clean design in home goods, which just reinforces the natural partnership between our two brands.” – Judy Ross, Judy Ross Textiles

We can’t wait to debut the new collection this February. Until then, we’ll be dreaming about new home décor ideas for our own homes…
Judy Ross Textiles at Garnet Hill

Four Ways to Style Your Favorite Sweaters

We asked fashion blogger Kristen Uekermann of The Boston Fashionista to share her tips on how to stay stylish during sweater weather.

With the arrival of the first few snowflakes and the holidays right around the corner, it’s clear that sweater weather is in full swing – and not leaving anytime soon. And while we all love cozy knits for their, well, coziness, let’s not forget that sweaters can comfortable and chic.

Lightweight, chunky, cashmere or cotton ­– who says you have to choose just one sweater style? Here are four ways to dress up your favorite sweaters:

  1. Preppy
Garnet Hill Cashmere Silk-Back Sweater

Cashmere Silk-Back Sweater

Pair a luxe and colorful cashmere and silk sweater with a checked shirt, your favorite jeans, and classic sneakers for a vintage touch. Perfect for a day out at the Nantucket Holiday Stroll or lounging at an après ski fire pit.

  1. Downtown
Garnet Hill Highlands Cable Sweater

Highlands Cable Sweater

Simplicity is elegant with a cable-knit sweater paired with cuffed boyfriend jeans, ankle boots, a bandana (the accessory for winter) and a roomy bag.

  1. Uptown
Garnet Hill Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater Cape

Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater Cape

Wrap up in a cashmere heather gray cape with leather trousers and oversized sunglasses. Tailor it with your hair soft and makeup neutral, or slick your hair back and go with a bold lipstick for a maximum-impact look.

  1. Business Casual
Garnet Hill Forest Fair Isle Sweater

Forest Fair Isle Sweater

We all like a break from suits and blouses, but not at the expense of looking professional. A fair isle sweater is the perfect layering piece under a structured blazer. Add some equestrian boots and a sharp handbag for a little polish.

And don’t forget to make the style all your own. All of these versatile pieces can be interchanged – try the cranberry silk and cashmere sweater with leather trousers, for example, or pair the fair isle sweater with a sparkly sequin skirt for a holiday party!

How do you style your favorite sweater?
Shop the LookGarnet Hill style.

Mittens Give Back on National Mitten Day

Sharing Warmth and Joy with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

St. Jude Mitten PartySt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Their mission is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® And families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. Because of this incredible commitment, St. Jude is very close to our hearts.

In honor of National Mitten Day today, and to celebrate our St. Jude Merry Mittens Campaign, we were honored to lend our support to the cause and donate a collection of colorful mittens and hats to St. Jude for its winter-themed Mitten Party. The children and their families made gingerbread-house crafts, enjoyed treats of mitten-shaped pops, and picked out a new pair of mittens and a cozy hat to stay warm this winter season.

So today, on National Mitten Day, we’re asking for your help in supporting an incredible cause.

Through December 24, you can make a donation to St. Jude just by taking a picture outside bundled up in your coziest winter gear (and don’t forget your mittens!). Upload your mitten photo to Instagram, or here, with #stjudemerrymittens and we’ll make a $10 donation to St. Jude (up to $15,000).

Thank you for joining us in supporting St. Jude.

The photos from the event brought a lot of smiles to us here at the Garnet Hill offices, and we thought you’d enjoy seeing them too.

St. Jude Mitten Party

A young St. Jude patient, hard at work on his gingerbread house.

Handmade Mitten Pops

What a treat! Handmade mitten pops were provided for all to enjoy.

St. Jude Mitten Party

It was a lighthearted afternoon filled with laughter and smiles.

St. Jude Mitten Party

The patients and their siblings picked out a new pair of mittens and a cozy hat to stay warm this winter season.

The Next Best Thing to Making a Gift Yourself

Farmhouse Pottery Cheese Stone
At the holidays, the to-do list grows long and time is short.
Not all of us have the time (or the ability) to hand-make our gifts.
Inside Farmhouse Pottery
Artisan finds are the next best thing.
Knowing who created the gift, how it was crafted, and what special touches went into it make it even more meaningful.
Farmhouse Pottery Workshop
Our top pick for a hand-crafted gift this season is Farmhouse Pottery. These artisans believe in old-world potter techniques, crafting pieces with simple tools while holding true to their beliefs in process and authenticity. Through their skills and traditional methods, Farmhouse Pottery creates distinctive pieces that become truly special gifts.

Join us for a peek into Farmhouse Pottery’s studio in Woodstock, Vermont.

The Gift of Coziness: Flannel Bedding

Garnet Hill Flannel Bedding

How to Give the Gift of Coziness

Funny thing about winter. In other seasons, rough weather – floods, hurricanes, tornadoes – gets us out of the house in a hurry, to safety. But fierce cold and snow keep us home. Where, if we’re lucky, we can snuggle up under warm flannel sheets until the storm passes.

Given as a gift, a set of flannel sheets says I care about you, and want you to be comfortable when the temperature drops. Find flannel sheets that are all-cotton, and made the traditional way, with a denser weave. Selecting a quality product makes for an unforgettable gift for someone special.

Our Signature Flannel sheets are the perfect option. Part of this bedding’s charm is that it’s crafted in a fifth-generation family-owned mill that’s been operating in Germany since 1885 —indeed, two of its present employees are the 4th generation of their families to work there. That’s the experience level needed to master the napping, or brushing, process that makes the flannel exquisite to the touch.

The technique is as much art as science. During the flannel-napping process, skilled craftsmen apply just the right amount of pressure to the material to open up cotton fibers without overstressing them. Depending upon humidity, temperature, and other factors, these flannel sheets will be napped up to 12 times on both sides.

If you haven’t yet, check out these videos on our flannel process.

We should all nap on flannel so exquisitely napped.