Gold-Dipped Flatware, A Peacock Menorah, And A Big Tin of Toffee: Tracy Martin Taylor’s Holiday Favorites

(Some of Tracy’s favorites: Mermaid ornament, $24 at Jonathan Adler; Peacock menorah, $120 at Jonathan Adler; Gold-dipped flatware, $38 for five-piece setting at Anthropologie; Toffee tin, $45 at Nest Dallas)


Tracy Martin Taylor is back with more picks and tips for making your abode festive this holiday season, and, given that I am currently in the midst of a raging love affair with toffee and gold-dipped flatware, she is officially speaking my language.


By Tracy Martin Taylor

In my last post, I shared some ideas on how to make your home ready for this time of year without forsaking your style. This week is sort of part two (since I always have something else to say). Here goes…

I adore peacocks. Luckily, one of my fave clients is newly obsessed with them. She and I have been strategizing how to ‘sneak’ more peacock inspired color and accessories into her home without her hubby noticing. Feather wreaths (peacock or white) are a glam go-to. Of course, they look fab on the front door, but they’re also make a lovely and unexpected splash on the coat closet door, in the guest bath, or even as a centerpiece. For something more literal, there’s Jonathan Adler’s modern-meets-whimsical peacock menorah. Love it. And having a six year old girlie, I also have my eye on JA’s new mermaid ornament.

For the table, I’m obsessed with Anthropologie’s gold-dipped flatware. Technically these shimmering beauties could work year round, but they also boasts a holiday vibe and demand a table of many to appreciate the glimmer. I also pull out my white deer head candle holders for the holiday tablescape every year. My attachment to “antler décor” is a year round thing, but the stark white pieces are perfect for holiday, as they make me want to bundle up with a big mug of cocoa.

Speaking of cocoa, we always make a scratch batch on Christmas Eve and leave a warm mug out for Santa. My little girl loves to set a spot for the jolly one, and we try to make it extra special. And of course, she loves to leave a carrot or two for Rudolph. At the perfectly casual holiday party at Nest super couple Heather and Scott Alexander’s home, I had to stop myself from visiting and revisiting the sweet goodies laid out for the guests to enjoy. I am certain Santa will enjoy the toffee as much as I did, so this year, he’ll be having that with his hot chocolate. You should too. Trust me on this.

Love your space,


For more design inspiration from Tracy, be sure to check out her blog.