Monday, December 23, 2019
Enjoying a quiet evening, I thought I'd share a few of the decorating themes and vignettes around our house.
I have been having fun decorating our new kitchen and especially the island. (I owe you a post or two about the kitchen reno. I haven't forgotten, I promise!) We purchased a small tree with multi-colored lights and hung sweets and desserts themed ornaments. Next to it is an irresistible gingerbread house cookie jar and gingerbread tea towels serve as a tree skirt.
Thursday, December 19, 2019
With Christmas less than a week away, I've decided on a table setting for the dinner we will have Christmas Eve. Celebrating Christmas Eve with a formal dinner is a tradition that my parents started when I was child, and which Greg and I have happily continued. Christmas Eve dinners are merry and cozy, bright with glitter and glam!
Thursday, December 12, 2019
One of the fun things about the holiday season is the opportunity to host or attend a variety of events. This week I decided to set a table that's both casual and festive, and just right for a lunch with friends!
The dishes I chose have a fun octagonal shape outlined in green.
The four salad plates tell the story of St. Nick.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
For me that song is The Twelve Days of Christmas, one of the three or four songs that takes me back to the girl sitting on the floor of the living room wrapping presents, trying to be creative, and realizing that making bows was not her forte!
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Thursday, November 7, 2019
I wanted to capture that exuberance inside, and what better way than by bringing the colors of autumn to the table!
Thursday, October 24, 2019
I was inspired by all the black and white themed Halloween tables I've seen this year and thought I'd try my hand at one. I'd love to hear what you think of mine.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
So disregarding the weather outside (95 degrees!!!), I've set my first table for fall. Since it's the first, I'm going to ease into the season with soft colors.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
I started with a beautiful Irish damask linen tablecloth and napkins with a chrysanthemum pattern.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Attending glass shows is a wonderful way to experience the huge variety of designs and patterns! There are so many more than the few examples you may find in antique stores or vintage booths. You may discover glass that captures your imagination or makes your heart sing. Come with me and enjoy Part 2 of this year's show!
Thursday, August 22, 2019
I really enjoy setting tables. It lets me bring a fleeting bit of beauty or joy, sometimes of whimsy or laughter to family and friends.
For this table I started with cheerful placemats and napkins I found last summer at $1.50 each. How could I have passed that up?!
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Art glass and elegant glass
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Thursday, July 4, 2019
It was obvious -- I should bring the garden to the table!
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Of course that was prime gardening season, which I missed out on. So for Mother's Day Miss J took me to the nursery to select flowers and annuals which she then planted in containers for me. We bought small-sized plants, knowing half the fun is watching them fill out and grow.
Come along on a short tour of container gardening!
Thursday, June 13, 2019
To start at the beginning, we built our house 22 years ago. We loved our bath from the start. It was spacious and boasted two vanities and a closet for each of us. Our house was semi-custom, in that we were able to modify some aspects of the house including placement of walls and expansion of the back of the house with changes in the roofline. We also specified the flooring and cabinet choices.
Nonetheless, 22 years can take quite a toll on rooms as heavily used as bathrooms and kitchens. The bath had reached the point where it was no longer functioning, and we were using the guest bath instead. So a complete renovation was in order, and we thought long and hard about the features we wanted.
Now onto the photos! We chose large porcelain tiles that mimic marble for the floor. What you can't see is that the floor is heated. The bath is above the garage and was unbearably cold in the winter, even with the portable heaters we dragged in each year. We replaced the wall-to-wall mirrors with smaller, prettier ones, and flanked them with sconces.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
We had been planning to host a celebration with her friends and family. She wanted her guests to feel at ease and decided that a party at our house would be perfect. Of course we agreed, but we wanted it to be an evening to remember!
Monday, May 20, 2019
Lots of folks have weekend-long Memorial Day celebrations, but that hasn't been our style. We have occasionally been invited to a large party at friends' houses, and we've even hosted a small intimate party at the lake. But generally speaking we have a pretty low-key Memorial Day.
This weekend I think I'll re-create the relaxed table I set last May but never got around to posting on the blog.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
My spring garden relies on azaleas, Pieris japonica, native azaleas and Fothergilla gardenii for lovely color and graceful silhouettes.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
As we waited for the season premiere, G and I decided to set up charcuterie boards fit for any Westeros table! For the theme, we looked no further than dragons.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019
But then I was looking through my 'bucket list' and came across the Sandhill Crane migration. Every year in late winter/early spring over 600,000 sandhill cranes converge in the Platte River valley flyway to refuel for the journey to their subarctic nesting grounds. This is something I've got to experience!
While musing about a trip to the Platte River, I realized I hadn't done a tablescape featuring Kutani Crane dishes. I had found inspiration! And better yet, I had plates!
Monday, March 18, 2019
Camellia japonica are still covered in blossoms here and in my garden. They are late this year.
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Ireland is incredibly green, in shades from yellow-green through dark spruce. Miss J is admiring the view from Newgrange - even in the rain, the greens are vibrant!
I bought this beautiful scarf at Trinity College in Dublin. The emerald cloth is woven with repeating Celtic patterns in a yellow green. Since it is very wide, I thought it would work perfectly as a table runner.
Monday, February 25, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Thursday, January 31, 2019
February 5 begins a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. Lunar New Year celebrations start on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar and last for about 23 days. As a result, it comes on a different date each year. I particularly enjoy celebrations during the long winter months. They provide something to look forward to and moments of bright color to brighten what can be quite dreary days.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Thursday, January 10, 2019
We are in Week 11 of our kitchen and master bath renovation. It has turned the whole house upside down and inside out. We've retreated to the lower level that we finished a little over six years ago. The game room/garden room where I've been designing tablescapes is the only room in the house which has escaped the chaos.
I've always found setting tables to be both creative and relaxing. Needed all the more as power tools echo above my head! I hadn't yet come up with a design for this week's table when Greg walked in the door with a dozen roses -- just because!