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Holiday Gift Guide 2016 | Editor’s Picks: by Louise, Interiors Editor – Fresh & Elegant


Holiday Gift Guide 2016 by Louise | Fresh & Elegant

No. 1 | A Christmas Treats Hamper from our favourite food stylist, Donna Hay, so we’ll have the most delicious Christmas cake and pudding on hand when guests arrive and a pretty vintage-inspired wire rack on which to serve them with aplomb.

No. 2 | The perfect gilded table lamp by Aerin Lauder from Circa Lighting to light our homes to perfection in the dark days of December and beyond.

No. 3 | A photographic print of the sea by the talented Australian photographer and stylist, Kara Rosenlund, to hint at warmer days to come.

No. 4 | The perfect evening bag, the ‘Knot’ clutch by Bottega Veneta from Net a Porter—essential to add style to our favourite holiday ensembles as we whirl effortlessly through the party season.

No. 5 | Oversized sunglasses from Tory Burch to shield tired party eyes on sunny winter days and to remind us to book our next beach escape.

No. 6 | A set of ‘Thank You’ cards in blush pink and gold by Kate Spade to thank friends and family for stylish seasonal hospitality and oh-so-generous gifts.

No. 7 | A pale pink chair with brass by West Elm with a shape that hints at oodles of mid-century glamour. Perhaps we could be cheekily chic and ask for a pair?

No. 8 | A kitchen classic that will see use for many Christmases to come—a snow white Le Creuset enamelled cast iron casserole dish from Donna Hay.

No. 9 | The perfectly glamorous ballet flats in pale pink velvet with ribbon ties from Aerin Lauder, for when we need to look elegant while running those last minute errands.

No. 10 | A slubby linen cushion with elegant blue and white trellis pattern by Amalfi White Living for This is Glamorous, to add freshness to our décor all year round. Even better as a pair.

No. 11 | The Rejuvenating Collection by La Mer for ‘the morning after the night before’ when we have stayed out perhaps a little past midnight and need to look radiant for our next seasonal soirée.

No. 12 | The signature Dior sandal in midnight blue and silver, the colours of a clear Christmas sky, perfect with our newest favourite party frock.


Louise Keane, Contributor This Is Glamorous
Interiors Editor, Edinburgh

Louise Keane grew up beside the sea in Dublin, inspiring a life-long love of the coast. She studied French and History of Art & Architecture in Trinity College in Dublin before moving to London to work first in publishing and then in Marketing & PR. After a move to Edinburgh, she decided to heed a creative urge which had been tugging at her sleeve for a number of years, and she retrained as an interior designer. While studying interior design, Louise discovered a love of pen and ink with watercolour illustration, which she now does alongside her interior design work. Louise runs her interior design company, Amalfi White Living, which offers her clients a fresh, elegant style, mixing vintage and modern pieces for a luxurious yet relaxed look. She dreams of renovating a white house by the sea.

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