Imagination Required

Chestnuts Roasting on the Open Fire -

Is it me or are you too repellent to the idea of Christmas lapping at our heel-steps? After 52 Christmas', I've got the first signs fine tuned to tip me off of the holiday shopping season's impending arrival.

It all begins with the re-launch today of Starbucks festive scarlet red cups to those first, somewhat understated, television commercials. The t.v. adverts begin with a tease only to build slowly...surely... with greater fervor, until the week before Christmas Eve, in which they reach their ultimate crescendo.

As you read this, I deliver you a story not worthy of any accolades. It is void of clever tips, catchy phrases or facts you likely never knew. What I bring you is a few moments of grandeur; beauty of design, and the architecture of spaces and mankind. A few seconds of wondering what it would be like to sit-back, lounge and relax in the most gorgeous of spaces, with some of the most gorgeous of men, of our lifetime.

Take a few minutes for yourself before the holiday rush begins ~ (you can thank me later.)

Rock n Rolla with Idris Elba

Sting - no intro required, or shirt either.

photos courtesy of Cote' de Texas

English Actor -the dandy Hugh Dancy

Candace Bergen Home - Architectural Digest

Colin Firth - 'Oh Mr. Darcy'

Kelly Wearstler design

Jeffrey Dean Morgan - 'P.S. I (do) Love You'

Miles Redd design

Robert Redford - The Original 'Sting'

photo for Vogue Living

George Clooney - The man can sport a tux like no other

Miles Redd design

'For Your Eye's Only' - Sean Connery

Kelly Wearstler design

Cary Grant - Funny was so sexy on him

Miles Redd design

Gerard Butler - Movies include, 'One More Kiss', 'The Cherry Orchard', 'The Game of Their Lives', 'P.S. I Love You', 'The Ugly Truth', & 'How to Train Your Dragon'; is there a theme going on here?

Met Home photo - Doug Meyer designer

Gregory Peck - He was my 'Man Meter' for setting
the standard in which to measure other men up to.
President Richard Nixon placed Peck on his enemies list due to his liberal activism.

Domino photo

Marcello Mastroianni - 'La Dolce Vita'

Alan Cumming - For the love of a kilt & a good laugh.
Not sure who would giggle more, you or him?

Elle Decor photo - J. Adler designer

Harry Connick, Jr.- have you seen him shake his hips? Please......

'The Boys Are Back' with Clive Owen

Kelly Wearstler design

Gordon Ramsay - BBC's "F Word" Chief Chef and Bad Boy

Anderson Cooper - Epitome of "Grey Fox".

Shaken but never stirred - Current Bond Boy - Daniel Craig

Met Home photo - Geoffrey Goldberg & Lynne Remington designers

Hang on to your stick-shift it's the British Boys of BBC's 'Top Gear"
James May & Richard Hammond


Met Home photo - Robert Kaner designer

Mad for Jon Hamm (Mad Men)

Met Home photo

"You're Gonna Love Me Like Nobody's Loved Me, Come Rain or Come Shine"
Hugh Jackman

Elle Decor photo - Shaun Jackson designer

Ewan McGreggor
Not - 'Down with Love'

Hugh Laurie
any man who rides a Triumph is that man of mine.
Did you know his father was a doctor & Hugh actually suffers from depression?

photo Johanna Henderson

Savory Scotsman - James McAvoy
"King of Scotland", yes maybe.

photo compliments of midcenturyjo/ flickr

In full Orlando Bloom

Ahh..where would we be without a little help from our friends?

{go forth & live responsibly}
Let us give thanks


SpryOnTheWall said...

You made my day!!!! This is amazing (I'm partial to Cary Grant and "his" room - FAB!) I'm also so impressed you included two of the Top Gear guys - I'm such a ginorous fan of that show! As usual, top notch post!!!! Hugs to you!

MFAMB said...

i will take a james mcavoy/gordon ramsay sandwich with a side of gerard butler please. in any of those gorgeous rooms. delicious!

Christy said...

What a fabulous post Deb! I LOVE it. I'm not familiar with Gerard Butler - but I think I'll add one or two of his movies to my netflix queue now! Loved the eye candy, and the rooms. And yes, I hate that christmas is already being shoved at us every which way we turn. What about Thanksgiving?!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Thanks for the gorgeous guys, Deb (Oh, and those room things !!!!).
I'm having Ewan and, as I've asked first, no-one else can have him !....As I'm writing this, Gordon Ramsay is on the T.V and I've just watched 'House' with Hugh Laurie.
There are a lot of English/Scottish guys in the mix....we know how to grow them here !!. (although, George and Hugh and Robert are pretty gorgeous !) B U T.....
Where's my favourite Sreve McQueen ?....I know he's not with us anymore but... I LOVE HIM !!!!

Alicia Huntley said...

Now that was niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!!!
Thanks for the day-brightener, Deb!!

Ms. B @ Millie Deel said...

Oh wow! Absolutely wonderful post! Yummy interiors interspersed with well, more yumminess!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I loved this! You matched them up so well.
I'd take a teatime with Cary Grant, but in Candace Bergen's room! Would that be okay??

Renée Finberg said...

well, well.
we do like the same kind of man.

excellent post....it was a great way to wind down from my day.

Magdalena said...

I'd like Gregory Peck but in one of Miles Redd's rooms... but I'm willing to compromise and leave Miles like a bad habit..ahhh a girl can dream.
love the post Deb!!
you matched them all up perfectly!!!

Kitty said...

deb, you're hilarious. now i know we share a liking for the same swarthy fellows and a common bond in hate for premature holiday marketing! you rock! xo kitty

Southern Aspirations said...

WOW THIS is a collection! I laughed and enjoyed all the pairings... very well done!

Lori said...

I won't thank you later ~ I will thank you now. You are my reading before I head to bed and you can bet I will have sweet dreams tonight!

Jane said...

Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. I must just sit down and catch my breath. With the exception of Ramsay, I would take those rooms with their inhabitants ANY time. Thanks for giving me a little fillup. xoxo Utterly divine.

DesignTies said...

I'll take the very first room with Hugh Dancy, please :-) Actually, can I swap him for Simon Baker?? *Swoon*

Thanks for the fun post :-)


Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hey Deb!!!
Something for everyone I must say!! I'm with you re: Man Meter Gregory Peck and Funny man Cary Grant.. and don't mind the rooms that go with them either!! Marcello and his room could probably come along as well!!

Well back to the grind.. thanks for the Coffee Break... Have fun.. and take care of YOU!!!
xx Julie

Averill said...

I feel more relaxed already! You and I have very similar taste in men -- Daniel Craig and Gerard Butler are two current favorites. I like my men masculine, to say the least.

Brabourne Farm said...

Hi Deb

I don't think too much imagination is needed! You've given us everything we need right here in this blog - divine men AND beautiful rooms. I'd be happy with any (or all) of these as stocking fillers! Leigh

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

I'm sorry. Did I just see Clooney, Jackman and Cooper all in one post? Be still my heart!

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous post, darling!
Love the hearths and the heartthrobs!


Tickled Pink And Green said...

Is it hot in here, or is it just me?

*fanning myself*


annechovie said...

I love Gregory Peck and Cary Grant esp. - they don't make 'em like that anymore. Have a great weekend, Deb. xx

Laura said...

Oh my what eye candy! You clearly have a very generous soul...

mkelton24 said...

Wow- great post. I love the rooms, and the handsome men!


Barbara said...

Great post, fun room and man pairings! (I like Harry Connick too- nobody understands it!)

Anonymous said...

Clever post. I like what you did :). My favourite is the Gregory Peck one. It looks fun, colourful, and stylish. Perfect thing to get rid of the winter blues. Have a fab weekend daaaaahling. *kisses* HH

Haute World said...

I've been meaning to comment on this for a while, but my eyes kept shifting focus from the beautiful homes to the studly men and then my brain just fuzzed out ;-) The Alan Cummings image is quite something though... haha. Great choices, not sure about Mr. Ramsay... he does annoy me a lot (and the food in his restaurants have taken a nosedive), but kudos to you for featuring the Top Gear guys! I actually really love that show (felt awful when Richard Hammond got in that accident).

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Oh, and don't diss the Starbucks Red Cups... they're the only thing that still put me in the Xmas mood since I no longer have German Christmas Markets around me!

plaisirs simples said...

such a great post!!!!!! you are so cleaver!

Haven and Home said...

This post made me laugh, I thoroughly enjoyed it! It is hard to say which is my favorite!

debra@dustjacket said...

Gosh epic post Deb, 10 out of 10. I adore the rooms and the men are just divine with the exception of ramsey.

I laughed at your intro and finely tuned holiday season instincts.

Hope all is going good,take care

TheBeautyFile said...

These are wonderful!! What a fabulous post! I love your blog!

red ticking said...

BRILLIANT POST... i just loved it... i love the shot of colin... but i have to take robert.... truly the love of my life he he... x pam

thank you for your truly special comment... you are so special. so wish you could be here... i know we would be wonderful friends... and already are becoming so...

vicki archer said...

Bravo...what a line up. Fantasticly gorgeous rooms and handsome debonair men (except for Gordon Ramsay) - nothing better than that, xv.

Mademoiselle ♥♥ said...

Haha I adore this post, all the gorgeous men and beautiful homes! J'adore!


Minus75 said...

Wow, what a great post! Thank you.

Marsi @ The Cottage Cheese said...

Yummy eye candy! And as usual, you absolutely have me rolling on the floor laughing ;)

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Oh, my. I think I may have drooled on my keyboard. So much gorgeousness in one post!

Kimberly said...

Oh, my, my, my, my, my!!!!
xxx kim

Donna @ Paisley and Perspective said...

Thanks for the shelter from the beginning of the annual media storm that is Christmas!

I'm bookmarking this post and come back frequently for a little visit with Sting (thump-thump-thump), George (roooaaarrrr), Daniel (sighhhh), Clive (hmmmmm), Harry (swoon) and okay maybe even Alan Cummings (I've always been curious about the whole kilt rumour)!

Thanks again - really!!!

Donna @ Paisley and Perspective said...

Oops - forgot to mention how gorgeous all of those rooms are too. I was temporarily blinded :) in a very good way!!!

Live In Full Color said...

I love this!! What fantastic matches you did with sexy man/ stylish room!!!

I am with you 100% Gregory Peck is my man meter as well...heavy sigh!

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