Tuesday, November 15, 2016

~Building A Thanksgiving Tablescape~

Happy Tuesday! Hope you're having a great week, so far!
This week, I am starting to think about my Thanksgiving tablescape.

It all started to come together when my bestie gave me a set of these awesome chargers, with a chalkboard border...

The wheels started turning; and the first thing I thought is that I could use them in lieu of place cards, by writing the names of my guests on each one. Then, another idea popped into my head! Why not let each guest write what they are thankful for?!

Then, I layered each one with a white dinner plate; and these beautiful turkey plates that I purchased at Williams Sonoma a couple of years ago...

I also incorporated some antlers...

And I'm using these paisley napkins by Ralph Lauren that I purchased at Home Goods...

It's a very simple setting! 
I'll create a centerpiece with fresh flowers and fresh foliage from the yard.
I want to keep things very simple and relaxed, as we'll be going straight into Christmas.

I hope you've enjoyed your visit here today!
How are your Thanksgiving plans coming along? Or, are you in Christmas mode now?
Thanks, so much, for stopping by!
Happy Decorating!

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Monday, October 31, 2016

~Fall Musings~

Happy Halloween! Are you ready for your trick or treaters tonight?
Most of the children in our neighborhood all grew up at the same time; and there are only a few families left with small children. So, it will be a slow night.

Today, I am just sharing a few of the things that I have been posting on Instagram

I found this little bouquet of flowers at the grocery store and put a vignette together for the kitchen island. I thought the colors were perfect for fall.

I also found this leather topped writing desk, for a steal, on Craigslist. I needed to get a chair; and this one was perfect from At Home stores. I love this desk in front of the window, looking into the courtyard, with a view of the fountain.

I spent last week in my beloved Louisiana, at our home in the country!
It was so relaxing and nice to see friends that I grew up with. We always have a great time!


No trip home is complete without a stop at Parish Press for beignets and coffee.
So good!!

And, of course, gumbo at Ponchatoulas is always a treat!

I love nothing more than waking up in the piney hills of North Louisiana! The houses nestled among the trees just ooze Southern charm!

Finally, this morning, I shared some photos that hubby sent to me. He was in Hawaii on business; and the hotel staff had a pumpkin decorating contest. These were my faves:

This was the entry from the Finance Dept.
Isn't this the cutest Accountant you've ever seen?

Of course, with the Pokemon craze, there was a Pikachu entry...

And what is Halloween without, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!"

Thanks so much for spending some time here today! I will start playing around with some table settings for Thanksgiving this week; and in a few short weeks, we'll be prepping for the holidays!

Hope you're having a great day today!
Happy Decorating!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

~Fall Around the House~

Happy Tuesday! Hope your week is off to a great start!
Little by little, signs of Fall have been popping up around the house. I have been posting daily on Instagram; but, I thought I would share a few things here, as well.

One of the things that I like to do is style this tiered bowl with seasonal accents. I enjoy changing its contents with the seasons. For Fall, I simply added a few pumpkins and called it done.

While I was in the dining room, I also styled the china hutch with a few white pumpkins. I am participating in another photo-a-day challenge on Instagram, for the month of October. The challenge on this particular day was, "Sparkle". The first thing that came to mind was the crystal in the china hutch. I added the crystal candlesticks to the dining table for a little extra sparkle.

On another day, the challenge theme was, "Orange". I love this floral arrangment, with orange roses, that my bestie took on her weekend getaway to San Diego. Isn't it gorgeous?

On another day, the challenge theme was, "Leaves". We have yet to see any significant color changes here; but, Dear Hubby snapped this photo on a recent business trip to Colorado.

Another thing that I like to do, annually, is decorate this large bowl, on the buffet island, for the season. I bought an assortment of pumpkins and gourds for the kitchen; and a few of them ended up here.

I also used a few pumpkins and gourds on this breadboard, as a quick centerpiece, for the dining room table.

Later, in the week, I added this blue and white vase, filled with fresh greens, as we prepared the dining room for guests, to celebrate my oldest daughter's birthday.

Another theme for one day of the photo-a-day challenge was, "Blanket". We love these faux fur zebra throws/blankets, on the back of each sofa, in the family room. They are so great to wrap up in and watch t.v.

I, also, wanted to use Hedge Apples in my Fall decor. Last week, Dear Hubby brought in some Hedge Apples that he picked up on the side of the road. They replaced the pumpkins and gourds, which I moved to another bowl.

Another photo challenge theme was, "Spooky". I got rid of most of my Halloween decor, as the girls got older and went off to college. So, I used some old, black dinnerware that I had, and this really cool filter, to create my version of Spooky.

Finally, on yesterday, our photo challenge theme was, "Quiet". A few years ago, I ordered these little "Do Not Disturb" pillows to hang on the bedroom doors. They are perfect for letting people know when you need a little quiet time. I also love using them for our houseguests. I leave them on these little tea trays that I like to place outside the door, just before bedtime.

I am slowly adding more Fall touches around our home. I just really want to enjoy the season and not rush to get everything done. It all goes so quickly!

I also want to invite you to join me on Instagram! I post there almost daily! You'll get to see many things that don't always appear, here, on the blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 
Happy Fall and Happy Decorating!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

~A Fall Tablescape~

Happy Wednesday! Hope you're having a great week so far!
Over the weekend, we had both of our daughters here, along with several of our sorority sisters, to celebrate our oldest daughter's 24th birthday.  I decided to add a few Fall accents to the dining room table to host our additional guests.

I used embossed dinnerware in various shades of gold, along with orange leaf plates from the BHG collection. I was able to use them as bread plates. 

I added fresh greens and lavender to the blue and white vases, along with some blue and white pumpkins. The paisley napkins are by Ralph Lauren.

I love when the afternoon sun streams in...

Love the little blue pumpkins, as well...

 And I love the reflection of the chandelier in the mirror...

 I really enjoy entertaining this time of year; and I look forward to more gatherings as the season goes on!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy Fall!

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Monday, September 19, 2016

~ Fall Mantel~

Happy Monday!! Hope you had a great weekend!!

I've had some fun putting a few fall accents around the house; and today, I thought I would share my Fall mantel.

I didn't really have a plan. I just played with the things that I already had in my bins.
The blue and white candlesticks were a $3.99 thrift find. 

The lanterns are a staple on my mantel for most of the year. I just added a few picks to bring in some fall color. I'm also loving all of the metallic pumpkins this year; so, I added a few of those, as well.

The green hydrangeas are perfect for early fall.

 A scattering of pumpkins and leaves on the hearth completes my vignette.

And, that's my fall mantel! 

Have you started decorating for fall? 
It's still pretty warm here; so, I haven't bought any real pumpkins or mums for outside just yet.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you're having a great day!


Thursday, September 8, 2016

~Fall Coffee Table Decor~

Happy Thursday! Hope you're having a great week so far!
Today, I just wanted to do a quick post to share my coffee table decor.

This season, I am loving all of the metallics and velvets that are trending. I purchased this mirrored tray, during the summer, from HomeGoods. I knew that it would work perfectly for Fall, and even through the holiday season. I ordered these velvet pumpkins from Abbey Tina Velvets, a wonderful seller on Etsy. The quality is amazing; and the shipping was very quick! She even included the little velvet acorns! The glass metallic pumpkins were a score from Dollar Tree! I think I bought every one that they had!

I love the shimmer from the sunlight during the day; and the way that everything glows in the candlelight, at night.

I am slowly adding Fall accents around the house. I'm in no hurry...I just want to savor the season and enjoy the process.

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

~September To Remember~

Happy Tuesday! I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend! Now that we are past Labor Day, I am ready to begin my Fall decorating.
Have you started yet?

This month, I am participating in a fun challenge over on Instagram. It is called the "September to Remember" photo-a-day challenge. Each day has a different theme; and we simply post one photo depicting that theme. The prompts are relatively easy to capture. So, it only takes a couple of minutes to put up a post. Since many of you may not be on Instagram, I decided to share with you here, on the blog, as well. Here's what I've shared so far:

Day 1...The theme was, "Vintage". I shared these demitasse cups that belonged to my grandmother. I found them (again), while reorganizing my china cabinet. They are very delicate, with an iridescent finish. I am now using them for my morning tea.

Day 2...The theme was, "Pattern". I shared a place setting using a mix of patterns and textures. I have always loved the stylings of Charles Faudree and Ralph Lauren, when it comes to mixing patterns. As always, I began with a table cover. This one had plenty of pattern and texture. I layered it with a gold charger, a vintage Williams-Sonoma dinner plate, a heavily embellished plate, and a patterned dessert plate by Tracy Reese. I added a touch of whimsy with a leopard print napkin. The patterns are all so different; but, somehow, they still work together.

Day 3...The theme was, "Red". I chose our little red Kitchen Aid tea kettle, that matches our red cookware.

Day 4...The theme was, "Food and Drink". On Saturday night, we went out to dinner with two other couples, at Nick and Sam's Steakhouse, in Uptown Dallas. We had an awesome evening! I shared a collage photo of the wine aerator that poured the wine and the illuminated cotton candy, with petit fours and truffles for dessert. The presentations were amazing!

Yesterday, the theme was, "Cozy". I shared a photo of my bestie's foyer table. I think the lighting just sets the mood for a warm and cozy evening in.

Finally, after an intensive search, I located my bins of Fall decor. I took a break from blogging last fall and spent most of my time at our Louisiana house. So, there was not much Fall decorating going on here. I had no idea where I had stored the bins; and when I located them, I no longer cared for the decor for my interior. So, I spread everything out on the floor and created new wreaths and decor for outside.

As the month goes on, I will be back to share some of what I've posted for the week on Instagram, along with my Fall decor.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you are on Instagram, I invite you to follow me there, as well. I usually post photos everyday; and many are not seen, here, on the blog.
Hope you're having a great day!
Happy Decorating!!

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