Sunday, November 17, 2013

Holiday Table Settings



Add a custom look, purchase stencils and paint plain plates with ceramic paint.



Add sparkle and color



Add names to each setting



Organic setting using real acorns for napkins rings, hot glue them to a plain ring



Go global, with tablecloths, plates, napkins, center piece and even your glasses.

  

Mix it up with unique touches

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Put the rule of three to work. Select one color and repeat it on the table 3 times.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Luxury Baths



Water, Water Everywhere

Soaking in a full tub is grand, but adding a water feature creates undeniable atmosphere


Tranquil Reading Retreat

Zen bath atmosphere, perfect for soaking and reading your favorite novel


A Tub for a King

This Imperia tub for two by Tyrrell & Laing, shown at Sir Richard Branson's Lodge Verbier in Switzerland, is made of a smooth stone composite that's much lighter (fortunately!) than solid stone. At 76.5 inches long and 45 inches wide, it's one of the largest free-standing tubs on the market.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Entrance Welcome



Warm and Welcoming

Natural elements, the warm tones of burnished wood, tarnished silver and a touch of gold make this fall entry arrangement inviting and interesting. An antique beadboard door hung horizontally provides a rustic, primitive backdrop.



Rustic Meets Refined

A slightly tarnished silver champagne bucket holds natural, dried twigs collected during a stroll outdoors. Mixing fancier pieces with the humble provides an excellent visual contrast. A handmade "merci" clay tag is hung from the bucket with twine to hint at the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.



Custom Greetings

A homemade chalkboard is inserted in an antique wooden frame as a place to write autumn greetings, song lyrics, poems or verses. It can be easily made by cutting a piece of Masonite to size and painting it with two coats of chalkboard paint.



Pests Can Be Pretty

Pinecones and seedpods that litter yards in the fall can be gathered and used as part of your seasonal decor. Collect pods and cones and allow them to dry in a basement or garage for several days before using.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Serene Designs


                                         These are a few of my favorite serene designs.

































Monday, November 4, 2013

Party Ideas



Simple Elegance

Throwing an elegant outdoor dinner party doesn't have to mean using expensive tableware.


Outdoor Fiesta

What better way to celebrate summer than an outdoor fiesta? This table was dressed with orange burlap layered over a red tablecloth for a bold, colorful touch.


Lobster Bake

It wouldn't be summer without an outdoor lobster bake. Cover the table with newspaper for an inexpensive way to bring festivity to your party.

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Garden Tea Party

Gather up your girlfriends for an elaborate garden tea party. Use natural elements such as moss and fresh flowers to dress up the table.


Green and White Party

Choose fresh, lively colors to create a delightful summer theme. Use plain white dinnerware and pair it with a vibrant tablecloth pattern to spice up the look.


A Day at the Beach

A beach-inspired outdoor party is an easy and budget-friendly party idea. To make a shell centerpiece, fill a hurricane glass with store-bought shells or shells collected from your last vacation.




Sunday, November 3, 2013

Elegant/Dramatic Tablesettings

Give Guests a Preview

Give Guests a Preview

Elegant letterpress menu cards add a nice finishing touch to the place setting and tell guests what yummy dishes are coming. Personalized, they will become mementos of the event for everyone to take home.

Add Black for Big Impact

Add Black for Big Impact

Use a black place mat, napkin, and charger, but lighten the look with a white dinner plate. For a more traditional Thanksgiving color, try linens in chocolate brown.

Choose a Charming Mascot

Choose a Charming Mascot

Provide a bit of whimsy to your gathering with a cute little critter. Pewter place card holders paired with letterpress cards pay homage to the humble squirrel.

Repeat as Necessary

Repeat as Necessary

Rectangular tables scream for repetition. Todd used four arrangements and two dramatic silver antler candelabras to complete his look.

Select Something Large and Something Small

Select Something Large and Something Small

The best-looking tables mix up the scale. Choose something big for dramatic impact, and finish with something small, such as these little votives. Success is in the details.
Give a Parting Gift

Give a Parting Gift

Send each guest home with a token of your gratitude. Todd treats guests to scented candles in beribboned black boxes. The fun squirrel card reminds guests of his mascot and the wonderful meal they shared.