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Setting A Fall Tablescape

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

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I am having guests over for dinner tomorrow and I will tell you that I am a bit nervous about it. Why? Because one friend that is coming over is a very talented Italian chef. Her food is always delicious. I am not a great cook like her and that is why I am nervous! So I decided to keep the menu simple and let my husband cook something up on the grill. haha

I thought if I set the dining table up pretty, that might impress her and she won’t notice the simple food. haha (I am just cracking myself up). This is my everyday table centerpiece look:

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It is not everyday I try to set a fancy tablescape, so I made a practice run to be sure I had everything:

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I found this $5.99 Fall colored material from Christmas Tree Shop in the closet and used as my foundation:

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I used my everyday dinnerware and just layered:

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I do not like to put a lot of decorative items or large centerpieces in the center of table while eating. Where would you put the food?

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Well, I think it looks beautiful! I am sure our friends will be quite impressed with my fancy table! haha And that’s what I did all afternoon today!

Do you like setting a pretty table? Do you plan it out before the actual day? Have a great weekend everyone!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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Goodbye Sweet Summer, Hello Fall

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

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It is so hard to believe it is the end of August already! Although I will continue to enjoy Summer throughout September, the beginning of the new school year seems to announce the change of Season:

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Autumn is the most beautiful time of year, Mother Nature at her very best:

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Decorating for Fall is the easiest Season to decorate for, don’t you agree?

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Here are some inspirational Fall decorating photos to help give you some ideas to plan as our sweet, short Summer comes to an end.

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Happy Fall decorating everyone!

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Art In Bloom

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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This past weekend I enjoyed a walking tour of Jackson, NH to see how individual gardeners put together their floral interpretations of art:

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It is held by the Mountain Garden Club and this year marked their 10th anniversary of the walking tour,which is their annual gift to the valley. Art In Bloom is a walking tour of eight sites in Jackson where pieces of art are interpreted through member crafted floral arrangements:

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They are all so unique. I loved this simple display:

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This above was named ‘Garden Party’. She even painted the picture!

Many different and unique ideas were used as art:

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This display had a nice story how this picture was her first art work purchased at nine years old:

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A sign I saw on my walk I thought was cute:

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This is beautiful:

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If you are wondering like I was, why the artist did not use poppies like in the artwork, here was the answer:

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Funny!

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I was telling everyone that I was glad we did not have to vote for a favorite! Too many that I really liked:

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I really loved the simple displays.

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This piece was really great:

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Don’t you think they did a wonderful job?

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A fairy garden!:

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Loved this one! I met the artist and she said that everything here was made from items she found in her yard and garden.

I want one of these birdhouses:

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They sell these handmade birdhouses locally. Look at the details:

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Amazing! So talented.

This was really cute:

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I know I said that I did not have a favorite BUT… (maybe):

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Totally awesome. The photographer was there and told me he walked by an alleyway in Venice and saw these three women sitting there. He asked permission to take the photo. I love it, it is so interesting to me.

If you want to see more exhibits, or visit last year’s Art In Bloom, please visit mountaingardenclub.org.

I hope you enjoyed! Do you have a favorite?

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Kitchen Decorating Idea

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

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I have always thought that finding the right accessory for the kitchen island was challenging. Everything looks either too small or too large. I love fresh flowers, but that can get expensive. So I usually group a few items together to get the right proportion of accessories for the size of island.

The other day, just messing around, I thought about trying a tray to keep everything together. So I took my tray from the living room:

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And changed out a couple items to look more kitchen-y:

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Don’t you think it is a pretty good idea to use a tray for the island? I have seen a lot of kitchen photography over the years, and I have never noticed a tray being used. Easy to lift and move everything out of the way at once. And I think I will use the tray a lot more being in the kitchen to carry and hold stuff.

I really like this tray I had bought for the ottoman. I had looked a long time for one before I found one I really liked:

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And since I already looked forever for this perfect tray, I am getting the same exact one because I like it so much! Target.

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The size works well for my island and I like that the wood tray ties in with my cabinets.

Genius! haha Give it a try in your kitchen, I think you will really like the idea!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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