5 Best Design Occasions: Dec. 1-Dec. 23, 2011

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Check some names off your holiday list and go shopping for a creative gift at The Temporarium in London, or the Portland Bazaar. If picking out gifts doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, go on one of three home tours that are all decked out for the holidays from Atherton, Calif. into Louisville, Ky. and Savannah, Ga.. If you’re looking for ways to become inspired or just love getting out amid other design lovers, here is our listing of things to do in around the world.


Dec. 1-24, 2011
Dezeen gifts The Temporium
65 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London, UK

The creative people over at Dezeen are opening a distinctive pop-up design shop that will be a visual feast of the most recent creative products from more than 20 designers and brands. The Temporium takes place in central London and will feature items for sale such as patterned paper planes by Glithero, colorful handlebar grips by Nonusual, Established & Sons, USB stick bracelets by Fair Art and more.

Photo: Day mattress by Another Country.


Dec. 2-3, 2011
Finishing Touches: A Holiday Tour of Fine Homes & Boutique
Atherton and Menlo Park, CA

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time for shrub trimmings, holiday tabletops and poinsettias. Get inspired by beautiful houses decorated in the holiday spirit at the fourth yearly holiday house tour and boutique design benefiting the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula and its shelter, foster care and literacy programs. The event will showcase houses in Atherton elegantly embellished to your holidays by homeowners and style partners. Highlights include a 9,300-square-foot Zen escape, an Art Deco-inspired living space and more. You can also enjoy shopping in a holiday boutique held in Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park. Guided and self tour tickets are available.

Design spouses comprise Brick Monkey/Barry Johnson Designs, Evars + Anderson Interior Design, Florabella, Kolkka Furniture and The Dressed Room.

For More Information, See The Junior League.


Dec. 3-4, 2011, 2011
35th Annual Old Louisville Holiday House Tour
Louisville, KY

Tour nine Victorian dwellings that have been lovingly decked in old-world finery and festive holiday decoration at Old Louisville’s 35th Annual Holiday House Tour. Whether you are an architectural buff or heritage enthusiast, this area set of Victorian mansions is guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit.

HOLIDAY HOME TOUR — Dec. 9-10, 2011
37th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes
Savannah, GA

Choose from two self-guided tours of six historical Savannah residences dressed in seasonal decorations. The homeowners are also present at every residence, being able to share the unique history and characteristics of the house. Other weekend events include: A Victorian tea, tour of prestigious and private inns, and”A Christmas Tradition” show in the historical Savannah Theatre.


Dec. 10-11, 2011, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Portland Bazaar
Sandbox Studios, 420 NE 9th Avenue, Portland, OR

The creative minds behind Design*Sponge, Antler and Co., and Wood & Faulk have teamed up to create The Portland Bazaar, a curated holiday honest celebrating the high quality handmade goods being produced by Portland’s creative community. By woodworkers, metalsmiths and cutting-edge fashion designers to bakers and chefs, the work of more than 70 vendors in a wide variety of categories will be available for sale. The Bazaar will also offer you unique demonstrations and classes, such as custom bike-frame building and DIY workshops that teach visitors how to make holiday wreaths from local Portland flora. Some of Portland’s finest food trucks are also there, to allow you snack as you shop.

Anytime you need to work off your holiday diet
Turkey Run State Park
8121 E. Park Road, Marshall, IN

In case you are still recovering fighting off the Black Friday crowds, then it may be the ideal time to choose a jog, hike, or even a leisurely stroll. If you are visiting family in Indiana or just happen to be fortunate enough to reside there, enjoy exploring the 2,382 scenic acres of Turkey Run State Park. Named for the nice fowl searching the area once lent early settlers, choose one of 11 trails to explore, including the park’s signature suspension bridge.

More 2011 design events: Nov. 11-Dec. 2, Nov. 18-Dec. 9

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