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Holiday Cocktails + Pattern: Peppermint Patty

December 22, 2017

Tula

The holidays are officially here and we're getting hygge the best way we know how - by toasting the season with our team's favorite seasonal cocktails! Of course, no Hygge & West celebration would be complete without a heavy pour of pattern, so we've paired our festive spirits with the perfect complementary wallpapers. What could be jollier than that?!

PEPPERMINT PATTY

From the kitchen of: Melissa Andersen

I make this hygge-in-a-mug cocktail as often as possible during the colder months, from the first frost of the season until the final thaw. It's easy enough to quickly whip up for a casual date night at home, and yet special enough for a large gathering of holiday revelers. The best part is that it can be as simple or complex as you'd like by either making your own hot chocolate from scratch or swapping in your go-to prepared cocoa mix.

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
1 cup hot chocolate
1 candy cane
whipped cream and chocolate shavings for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

To make, just add a jigger (1.5 oz) of Peppermint Schnapps to a cup of your favorite hot chocolate (either homemade or a mix). Top with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and a candy cane or peppermint stick for stirring. Christmas carols optional, but encouraged.

To me, the holidays are all about layering up in my favorite flannels and sweaters and gathering around a roaring fire with friends and family. Whether it's an outdoor fire pit or a cozy indoor fireplace we're huddled in front of, a steaming Peppermint Patty is guaranteed to warm us up inside and out. Along with Wood wallpaper in holiday-ready gold, this festive pairing is the perfect backdrop to all of my log cabin Christmas dreams.

Tula

The holiday season is hands-down my favorite time of year. From the festive lights and decorations, to the embrace of all things hygge, to the general merriment and good cheer hanging in the air, Christmas is truly special time. But the best part of it all is gathering my big, loud, over-the-top-in-all-the-best-ways Italian family under one roof. There's never a shortage of tradition, food, drink, laughter, and of course, love!

Tula

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Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

December 21, 2017

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

One of the biggest perks of what we do is getting to know the chicest, raddest, most stylish shop owners in the biz. When the holidays (or any gift-giving occasion) roll around, we know exactly who to turn to for the best ideas for what to pile under the tree - and this year, we're sharing these in-the-know tastemakers with you! Below, some of our favorite shop owners handpicked their favorite holiday gifts so you can check off everyone on your list (including a little something special for yourself!).

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

ALISON REFF

Owner of: Alice & Wonder

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

Her holiday gift picks:

At our shop, we love to find those hard-to-spot pieces that make Christmas extra special! Here are some of our faves:

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

For the city lover: Chicago Hat

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

For the girl who loves all things hygge: Cool Winds Sweater

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

For the girl who can?t get enough sparkle: Bryleigh Sequin Pants

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

For the girl who?s effortlessly cool: Sia Varsity Bomber

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

For an extra personal touch: The initial necklace

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

Peonies in Persimmon at Alice & Wonder

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

H&W: What is your favorite tradition that no holiday season is complete without?

AR: A movie marathon of The Holiday, Love Actually, and The Grinch is a must. Hot cocoa with a dash of Bailey's added makes it extra fun.

H&W: The holidays are the best time of year for celebrating and enjoying all things cozy. How do you add extra hygge to your holidays?

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

AR: At Alice & Wonder and personally, our ?hygge? time is extra important. There is nothing like coming home from a long day to cozy up on the couch, decompress, and spend time with the ones you love. My family has always been big on holiday PJs. In fact, I can?t remember a Christmas where we?ve all opened presents in regular clothes. We really value the time we have just getting to be together, laughing, sharing memories, and being our most comfortable selves (which is why PJs are a must!). As a curator for holiday cozies, I try to make sure we provide holiday jammies for our customers that will put that extra ?hygge? in their holiday, too, like fun pulloverscomfy sweats, and fuzzy socks. They all help make the season a little brighter and I?m so honored I get to find a place in my business where I share my personal tradition with the customers I?ve come to know and love.

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

 

 Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

RACHEL EDEN

Owner of: Eden & Eden

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

Her holiday gift picks:

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

Le Feu Gris candle: Le Feu Gris is just perfect - the smoky, musky, vetiver fragrance is lovely all year round, but especially when the evenings get darker earlier and the weather is chillier. So cosy. The candles are made using a technique from the 1960s, yet look so relevant and contemporary - which is very much how we approach our design direction at Eden & Eden. A great gift for anyone with a nose.

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

Flat Hoop Earrings: We love that bold earrings are having yet another moment. We?re big fans of Sabrina Dehoff - she creates graphic, clean, modern pieces at her studio in Berlin. These are an excellent example of the classic gold hoop with a nice refresh. Perfect for the cool woman in your life.

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

The Knot Silk Hankie: Made in America is important to us and this gorgeous silk hankie has such a beautiful, intricate design. It would look great as a mini neck scarf and the silk crepe de chine feels wonderful to the touch. We approve of both - and we believe any of your friends would approve, too.

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

H&W: What is your favorite tradition that no holiday season is complete without?

RE: A full English breakfast! Look it up :)

Holiday Gift Picks From Some Of Our Favorite Shop Owners

H&W: The holidays are the best time of year for celebrating and enjoying all things cozy. How do you add extra hygge to your holidays?

RE: The tried and tested are the best - Bailey?s on ice, great smelling candles (see above!), and a fully working heating system.

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Holiday Cocktails + Pattern: Mezcal Maria

December 15, 2017

Tula

The holidays are officially here and we're getting hygge the best way we know how - by toasting the season with our team's favorite seasonal cocktails! Of course, no Hygge & West celebration would be complete without a heavy pour of pattern, so we've paired our festive spirits with the perfect complementary wallpapers. What could be jollier than that?!

Mezcal Maria

From the kitchen of: Christiana Coop

When I was in college I spent Thanksgiving at my good friend Mary's parents' house. It was their family tradition to drink Bloody Marys in the morning while preparing the meal. I'm happy to have any excuse to drink a Bloody Mary, so I quickly embraced this tradition for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Only my brother and I drink them, and we've experimented with multiple recipes. From our various recipe testing, we've concluded that you really can't screw up a Bloody Mary, so long as you go heavy on the spice and pickled garnishes.

This year, I'll be drinking solo since my brother will be in Costa Rica with his family, so I'm indulging in some of my favorite tricks: using mezcal for a lovely, smokey flavor and serving them up, fancy style! 

INGREDIENTS

4 cups tomato juice
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 cup mezcal
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

INSTRUCTIONS

Stir ingredients with ice and strain into salt rimmed glasses. Garnish with pickled baby cucumbers, pickled baby green tomatoes, jalapeño-stuffed olives, and cocktail olives. Squeeze in lemon or lime to taste, or add Tabasco for an extra kick.

I paired my cocktail with Queen Ann in Ebony because I love how sophisticated and moody, yet festive it feels, and I thought it would match my cocktail!

Tula

My favorite thing about the holidays is spending time with my family. I always look forward to all the traditions my mom recreates every year, along with the chaos and laughter my nephews bring! It might not be picture perfect, but it’s perfect to me.

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Holiday Cocktails + Pattern: Vodka Tea

December 08, 2017

Tula

The holidays are officially here and we're getting hygge the best way we know how - by toasting the season with our team's favorite seasonal cocktails! Of course, no Hygge & West celebration would be complete without a heavy pour of pattern, so we've paired our festive spirits with the perfect complementary wallpapers. What could be jollier than that?!

Vodka Tea

From the kitchen of: Ola Supernat

Winter holidays are probably my favorite. My favorite drink is definitely vodka soda. However, cold weather and cold drinks don’t go together that well sometimes. So during one of our holiday gatherings a few years ago, as an attempt to cure a sore throat, I made up a hot vodka toddy. It turned out delicious, soothed my throat, warmed my body, and became a winter favorite.

INGREDIENTS

vodka
tea
honey
lemon
cinnamon sticks or cloves (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

To make, brew tea as you normally would and then add the following to taste (or desired booziness level): vodka, honey, and lemon. If you want to get fancy, add cinnamon sticks or cloves. I love that this recipe is easy to take on the go — fill up your thermos and enjoy with snowy activities like ice-skating.

The wallpaper that goes best with my drink would have to be Nethercote in Gold. The little scene in the design seems cozy and magical, which is exactly how I like to feel while sipping my vodka tea around the holidays.

Tula

My favorite thing about the holidays is catching up with family, eating enough Polish food to last me until the next visit, strolling Wroclaw’s Christmas market, and ice skating. However, regardless of where the holidays find me, I love how the magical atmosphere always makes me feel like anything is possible (I may still believe in Santa, shh).

Tula

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Holiday Cocktails + Pattern: Vin Chaud

December 01, 2017

Tula

The holidays are officially here and we're getting hygge the best way we know how - by toasting the season with our team's favorite seasonal cocktails! Of course, no Hygge & West celebration would be complete without a heavy pour of pattern, so we've paired our festive spirits with the perfect complementary wallpapers. What could be jollier than that?!

Vin Chaud

From the kitchen of: Aimee Lagos

My favorite cocktail for the holidays is a simple vin chaud, inspired by the Christmas we spent in Paris two years ago. It’s the perfect cozy winter drink: warm and full of spices. When you make it, the whole house smells welcoming and delicious, and it’s an easy drink for a crowd!

INGREDIENTS 

(1) 5"x12" piece of orange zest
1 bottle good quality red wine (we like to use Beaujolais Nouveau)
4 small cinnamon sticks
4 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 cardamom pods
5 whole cloves

INSTRUCTIONS

Mix all the ingredients, including the orange zest (with as much of the white pith removed as possible), together in a large saucepan. Bring the mixture to just below a simmer over the lowest heat setting on the stovetop. Do not allow the wine to boil! You can keep the wine at a low/warm temperature for as long as you like (or as long as it lasts!) on the stove. Ladle into mugs when ready to serve. If you want to be fancy, make orange slices, stud them with cloves, and put them on the side of the mug as garnish.

Drinking vin chaud reminds me of walking through the streets of Paris, beautifully decorated for the holidays. During our time there, my family joked that I basically planned our excursions so as to hit as many vin chaud booths as possible along the way. One of my favorite holiday memories will always be watching the boys ice skate on the Eiffel Tower on Christmas day, surrounded by the people I love most.

I chose Moons in Ebony because it reminds me of strolling through Paris at night with a cup of vin chaud in my hand. Both the wallpaper and winter nights in Paris are cloudy, slightly moody, and beautiful.

Tula

My favorite thing about the holidays now that our kids are teenagers is that it’s the only unscheduled time that we have as a family. My husband and I stop working (for the most part), and the boys don’t have soccer or homework to worry about. It’s really the only time of the year that we can step away from everything and just spend time together without worrying about who needs to be where when.

Tula

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Holiday Cocktails + Pattern: Cranberry Kir Royale

November 24, 2017

 

Tula

The holidays are officially here and we're getting hygge the best way we know how – by toasting the season with our team's favorite seasonal cocktails! Of course, no Hygge & West celebration would be complete without a heavy pour of pattern, so we've paired our festive spirits with the perfect complementary wallpapers. What could be jollier than that?!

Cranberry Kir Royale

From the kitchen of: Katherine Bildsten

When it comes to holiday hosting, I probably put too much time into my homemade nut-mix-making, pie-baking, and cheese-and-pate-selecting, but the delight of a cocktail is that sometimes minimal effort has maximum impact. And while I proudly spend my holidays in the Northwoods of Minnesota and Wisconsin, that doesn't mean a crisp, icy drink isn't welcomed.

INGREDIENTS

¼ oz. cranberry liqueur
champagne or prosecco
cranberries for muddling (optional)
garnish of choice

INSTRUCTIONS

I present the Cranberry Kir Royale  a take on the classic French drink with a holiday-friendly twist. Just add ¼ oz cranberry liqueur to a flute and top with champagne or prosecco. It can be that simple, or you can dress it up with whole or muddled cranberries, orange peel, a quarter candied orange slice or a swig of rosemary or mint...or a combination of the above! Substitute sparkling apple juice and cranberry juice for a kid-friendly toast.

I'm pairing my cocktail with Tassels in Marine because like the Kir Royale, it carries a festive and celebratory spirit no matter the season. This sentiment is inspired by my grandmother Beverly, whose faux Christmas tree remains up year-round, only to be re-decorated for Valentine's Day, Easter, Fourth of July, and so forth.

Tula

My favorite part of the holidays is all the quality time with my big extended family and friends, no doubt – but I almost equally look forward to my aunt's chocolate-dipped meringues and my mom's New Year's Eve fondue.

Tula

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#HowIHygge: Holiday Gifting with Christiana

December 14, 2016

#HowIHygge: Holiday Gifting with Christiana

Earlier this week we showed you how Aimee does holiday gifting, with a little help from our new  platculinary and wine tote bags. To continue our love affair with all things holiday gifting, Christiana shows us how to choose - and package - the perfect holiday gifts that everyone on your list will love.

Hygge & West: What are your tried-and-true tips for making any holiday celebration - big or small - more hygge?

Christiana Coop: These will sound pretty basic, but adding candle light or lighting a fire is by far the quickest and easiest way to make any gathering feel more intimate and cozy. Serving drinks and food in lovely glasses and dishes immediately elevates any gathering to make it feel special, I think. My mom has collected some beautiful china and crystal from England over the years and always brings it out during the holidays, which makes our meals even more festive. Plus we can always have a good chat while washing the dishes by hand after.

H&W: Gift-giving is like hygge for the soul. What are your tips for choosing the perfect gift?

CC: For the men in my life, booze is usually the answer. Otherwise I generally only give gifts that Id want to buy for myself. Not sure thats actually the best approach, but for my closest friends and mom it seems to work. When I was in law school, my mom came to visit and we had an extra long day out in the city. It had been raining so I remember us both being cold and tired by the time we got back to my little studio apartment. I ran a bath for her with my favorite bubble bath, lit a candle, and brought her a glass of wine, just how I like it. She still mentions how much she loved that bath.

#HowIHygge: Holiday Gifting with Christiana

#HowIHygge: Holiday Gifting with Christiana

So this year, I put together an updated gift bag of my favorite bath things. I choose a festive looking and very tasty Sangria, rose bath gel from Molton Brown, and a small H&W candle.

#HowIHygge: Holiday Gifting with Christiana

Then I tied everything up with some green ribbon and a candy cane.

#HowIHygge: Holiday Gifting with Christiana

Now if only I could gift it with some coordinating wallpaper, Jungalow style! 

H&W: What are you most looking forward to about the holiday season this year?

CC: Im heading home to New Mexico for Christmas and can hardly wait. Christmas in NM is so full of traditions for me. I love going to Santa Fe to see the plaza in holiday lights, eating green chile when its cold outside, and strolling to see luminarias in my neighborhood.

#HowIHygge: Holiday Gifting with Christiana

David, Christiana's nephew, showing off a Christmas tree in Belize last year

#HowIHygge: Holiday Gifting with Christiana

Introducing Eli, Christiana's nephew, to the perfect vacation junk food combination

But Christmas is still the most fun seen through the eyes of my nephews. I spent some time with them last year in Belize for the holidays, but this year theyre heading to NM as well, and I truly cant wait to just spend time with them. And then for New Years, Ill be heading to New York to meet up with my boyfriend, Joe, and his kids. Its their annual tradition to spend a week in NYC every year between Christmas and New Years and itll be my first time joining in. Ive never been to NYC during the holidays, so it should be lots of fun holiday windows, Central Park in the snow, Broadway shows, cozy cafes¦

#HowIHygge: Holiday Gifting with Christiana

H&W: Do you have any New Year's resolutions?

CC: I really, really want to cook more. Does two recipes a month sound doable? Baby steps. I know, its so pathetic. One recipe Ive made several times, so I'm confident enough to gift it, is Tartines savory bread pudding. I made it this year for Joe (and his dog Calum may or may not have gotten a few nibbles¦). The hardest part was getting to the grocery store to pick up all the ingredients.

 #HowIHygge: Holiday Gifting with Christiana

Heres the recipe. Honestly is it so good¦ and basically fool proof! I did bacon instead of smoked ham. Just something to consider :)

#HowIHygge: Holiday Gifting with Christiana

Bring this to brunch in an  plat tote and youre sure to be a hit! At least according to Calum.

#HowIHygge: Holiday Gifting with Christiana

Bonus points if you pack up Bloody Mary fixings to go along with it!

#HowIHygge: Holiday Gifting with Christiana

And dont forget salt for the rim and a squeeze of lemon.

#HowIHygge: Holiday Gifting with Christiana

Christiana's mom and dad in New Mexico

H&W: What's your all-time favorite holiday movie or song?

CC: A Christmas Carol, the one with George C. Scott. Ive watched this practically every year since I can remember. First just on TV with the pledge drive breaks, then a recorded version that youd have to fast forward through, then we upgraded to a VHS, then a DVD¦ it never gets old! My favorite song is Ill Be Home for Christmas by Bing Crosby. Ive actually been fortunate enough to spend every Christmas with my parents, but I remember my dad telling me how he used to listen to this song when he was in the Navy and wished so much that he was back home in Iowa with his family. I think its my favorite song because it reminds me of him and makes me feel so grateful that we can all be together.

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