A Fall Refresh + Thanksgiving Prep

This was my Wegmans shopping cart this afternoon.  Not a single thing for my family to eat (the artichokes are fake). img_1005-1

I cut lots of hydrangeas, threw in some branches from a nearby shrub and filled the rest with berries, magnolia leaves and faux pine cones and artichokes.  See – better than dinner, kids!img_1009-2

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The mums I bought back in mid-September are well past their prime now so I tossed them and tackled the planters on the porch steps as well.  Again, more cut hydrangeas and some faux evergreen sprigs, no water needed.


Finn is enjoying his newfound Invisible Fence freedom.  He spends most of his day foraging in the yard – if it’s not nailed down, he eats it.  Most of my mums were flowerless anyhow thanks to this little guy.  Finn’s new favorite game is Toss the Moss.  He digs into my urns, steals the moss and plays a game of catch with himself.  It ends up being a tasty snack as well.   img_0969

Thanksgiving preparations have begun!  I spent this morning polishing silver and washing serving pieces.  The paperwhites just opened today and look so pretty on the table – I couldn’t resist.  Brown velvet ribbon, white pumpkins and some acorns will make this the perfect Thanksgivingmas table.

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The windows have finally been dressed.  The panels are hung but temporarily as I need the dry cleaner to hem them and sew a bit of trim on for me.  And, some finishing touches on the wall.  It is isn’t a dining room of mine until there are plates on the wall!


And, I’ll leave you with some painted brick prettiness.  This is a foundation office that got a facelift this past summer.  The brick was repointed and then painted.  The second picture of the side that faces the street is more true to the color of the paint.img_0977img_0978

The Easter Table

Tomorrow we are expecting 3 to 5 inches of snow and because this is a sore sore topic, let’s focus on Easter/Spring table settings.

This tablecloth from Williams Sonoma is perfection! The blue colorway is stunning as well.  Please, someone buy it and invite me over as tragically WS does not make the size I need.

I would choose these trimmed napkins from Sferra or something similar in the pink.  A perfectly preppy table!

Creative Candles has tapers in any color your heart desires.

These candlesticks from Terrain are even prettier in person.

And, a ceramic egg from Terrain placed into its own mint julep cup with a bit of moss would be charming especially with a pink ribbon and name tag tied around each one  . . .

and placed on each plate.  This is my wedding china – Royal Copenhagen Half Lace.  The easiest and most flexible china in the world.

I have Tiffany pilsner glasses that I like to scatter about the table.  They are narrow and tall and perfect for tulips and maybe a couple of pussywillow branches.

Another of my favorite options.  Limes! Can’t you see limes with pink or white tulips for this table?


I would love this flatware from Anthropologie, but I so rarely get to use my silver that it deserves a day out on the town.

World Market has great chargers at great prices!

Stemware from Anthropologie that would be perfect, too.

And, the best part.  Candy!

Bowls, dishes and cups of jellybeans, m&m’s are always appreciated by guests.  In fact, I did centerpieces for a wedding shower once upon a time and used layers of jellybeans as filler. Much to my surprise and delight, the jellybeans were gone by the shower’s end.  Nothing went to waste!

For this table the colors should lean more towards the pinks, greens and robin egg blues, but this picture shows how using all sorts of different dishes and containers while keeping the color scheme consistent, makes for a stunning display.

I could add and add until the table collapsed but I think that’s a pretty full and festive table.  The best part of table setting is that if you have a designated table it can be done days in advance. I prefer this as then you get to enjoy it for longer.

Happy Table setting!