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How We Live: New Year’s Eve

Happy 2012, everyone!

We had the pleasure of ringing in the New Year at our friends’ Katie & Alice’s home the other night. It was lovely. They are the consummate hostesses. The night was filled with a perfect blend of great food, drinks, music, and company. Everything was made even more warm and inviting due to the exquisite way they decorated for the party.

They live in a beautiful, old Victorian house near Union Square in Somerville, MA.

countdown entryway

When we arrived, the brick pathway to their front door was lined with paper bag lanterns that counted down from 10 to 1. Very clever!

setting the table

Katie and Alice are both fabulous cooks--look at this spread! There were an assortment of delicious dips, puff pastry, and other mouth-watering finger-foods.

festive garland and tablescape

Instead of a tree that would take up too much room in their cozy apartment, they have opted for a festive garland of pine to frame the windows with greenery and light.

potent punch and stemware

The punch bowl and champagne flutes were displayed on a vintage sideboard covered with mirrored tiles. The white tree cut-outs, tiny lights, and candles provided just the right amount of shimmer.

grouping of art above mantel

The entire living and dining room space was washed in the soft, warm glow of candlelight. Above the mantel, an original Shepard Fairey print hangs beside a mixed media collage, as well as a sculptural, wire frame piece designed and created by Katie.

delicious truffles

An enticing plate of homemade chocolate truffles sits on a side table.


A little sparkle by the cheese board never hurts.

It was such a fun night! (Maybe, a little too much fun for me.) We really are lucky to have such creative and stylish friends. They are a constant source of inspiration! I hope that you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into Katie and Alice’s place. I plan to feature their whole apartment in a future edition of “How We Live.”

Happy New Year!!!

Mixing and Mingling

One Comment Post a comment
  1. Liza #

    Beautiful home!

    January 2, 2012

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