Elizabeth and I spent Saturday together Christmas Shopping on Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. Then at 6:00 pm, we decided to have dinner so we went to Cin Cin, one of our favourite restaurants.
These are the stairs going up to the restaurant. You immediately feel like you’re arriving somewhere special, beautiful and european.
Since I have been sourcing beautiful images for this blog for over five years now, I have to be honest, it takes a lot to impress me. Years ago I remember being so intimidated and awestruck with Christmas decor in big, fancy, downtown hotels and restaurants and now I find myself thinking ‘I could have done that better’.
Anyway, here’s why I suddenly decided to take the Christmas decorations at Cin Cin and turn it into a blog post.
I loved the way all the decor was coppery, orange and gold to relate to the mediterranean feel of this Italian restaurant and of course the terra cotta tiled floors.
No candy apple red and bright green, anywhere in sight.
Even the kitchen was lined with sparkly, hanging ornaments.
And the accent lighting on the bar did not escape a coppery decoration.
Here’s Elizabeth and I having at the bar, displaying our new infinity scarves from J. Crew. Elizabeth told me they were all the rage and she was obsessed with finding one all day.
I had to hold her back from buying them all, haha. We both happened to be wearing cream sweaters so although this looks staged, it wasn’t.
Maria & Elizabeth
So here’s the lesson of the day.
I recently received an email asking me if there was such a thing as a totally neutral beige. I said, if your finishes match the beige or gray on the walls, it will look neutral. And if you did that by accident, you’ll think beige is neutral. If they don’t coordinate, you’ll probably say “I think I hate beige [or gray]’.
Homeowners move into a house with bossy finishes they inherit and instead of embracing what they have if there’s no budget to change it, they totally ignore it, which makes it even more of a feature than it would have been. If you simply took that tile, sofa, kitchen or bathroom you hate and worked with it, instead of pretending it’s not there. . .
You never know, it might even end up beautiful.
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