Thursday, December 31, 2020
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Monday, December 14, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020
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Thursday, September 24, 2020
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Monday, August 24, 2020
Thursday, August 6, 2020
But one can dream of vacations, of traveling to new destinations, of experiencing life in a different way! Because I had such fun designing a table dreaming of going on safari, I thought I'd set a table to capture the (imagined) feel of dinner in an exquisite hotel in Paris.
This table would have the casual elegance that I think of when I think of Paris.
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Summer has settled in, with daily temperatures in the 90's and almost equally high humidity. Afternoon showers bring only temporary relief. So we have retreated inside for most of the day, venturing outside reluctantly, preferably as the sun goes down.
It appears that we will be sheltering at home for the foreseeable future. I have grown tired of reading, watching DVDs and Netflix, and solving puzzles. What to do? Dream of the travel that we will surely do someday soon!
Since I love to create tablescapes, I designed one that combines a travel dream of mine with a hearty dose of one of Greg's.
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Thursday, May 28, 2020
The perfect inspiration for a spring table that's easing into summer!
Monday, May 18, 2020
Smaller-scaled tablescapes can be just as festive! And the red, white and blue can be used all summer long. Click on the titles to see the full posts and all the details!
A Relaxed Memorial Day
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Thursday, April 30, 2020
We are in the middle of week 9 of sheltering at home. We got a bit of an early start since Greg was scheduled for out-patient surgery at the beginning of March. (He's doing great now.) You'd think I'd have a set routine by now, but it still varies by the day. The better the weather, the more walks the two furry ones insist on!
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Daffodils and crocuses defy the remnants of winter.
Thursday, April 9, 2020
And I knew the flowers would go beautifully with the bunny plates I had bought on sale last year.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
And because it's spring, bunnies are hopping! They've hopped onto our kitchen island bringing speckled eggs and pastel flowers with them.
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Monday, March 9, 2020
Thursday, February 27, 2020
I was once again mesmerized by the beauty of the countryside.
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Thursday, February 6, 2020
When Daughter J was small, she hosted Valentine's Day Tea Parties for her friends. She and I selected the tablewares to use, the goodies to eat and the crafts to make. Miss J and her friends dressed up, brought their favorite dolls (who had a table to themselves!) and had such fun on otherwise deary February days.
I didn't create Valentine's Day tables again until I began blogging and found such delight in creating pretty tables and vignettes for a charming holiday. For this year's table I chose as a theme the softer side of pink paired with white and accented by gold.
Thursday, January 30, 2020
I have to admit I've loved seeing all the photos and videos of snow across the country. I'm longing (probably in vain) for a snowfall here. I really miss watching snow silently coat houses and yards. I miss ice crystals glinting in the sunlight. I miss snowflakes on my face. And so I created a snowy winter scene on my table for lunch.
Sunday, January 19, 2020
A new year is a time for new beginnings, for celebrating the past and welcoming the possibilities of the future. This holds true whether you celebrate the new year on a fixed date (January 1) or celebrate it when the moon is new (January 25 in 2020).
Or of course, you can celebrate both days! Chinese New Year gives me a great reason to use pretty dishware, rich colors and dragons from my husband's collection. Although I'm not planning to set a table for it this year, I've created a small display within my glassware cabinet.
The colors in the salad plates play off the cranberry and blues of the stemware above. The light strips in the cabinet beautifully enhance the delicate colors of the crystal and spotlight the dishes, but they make it difficult to take good photographs.
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Welcome to our new kitchen! One year ago we were midway through our nearly 6-month renovation. It's hard to believe — that it was 30 days behind schedule at the time, that we were living in the house the whole time, and that the past year has gone by so fast. We survived the renovation and we love the result!
We had neither the desire nor the time to handle the renovation ourselves. We've refreshed or replaced the kitchens in several houses and knew the scope of what it entailed. So we hired a designer and kitchen remodel firm to translate our ideas, but remained very involved throughout the entire process.