Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thanksgiving Place Setting

Thanksgiving table setting ideas
It has been a while since I did something a little different for our Thanksgiving table. I felt like I was in a rut so when I saw that World Market was having a sale on selected table linens, I used that as an excuse to do something new.
I love a rustic look and have been inspired lately by some Nancy Meyers movie sets. I love her style and used some of her sets as inspiration to create my look.
                                                          One of my favorite Nancy Meyers sets ("It's Complicated")
I started with the wood and candle centerpiece which I already had on my bar top. I like something low on a table so that everyone can see each other while they dine and visit with one another and candles on a dining room table are always a must!

Next I added the wheat just because it reminds me of Thanksgiving. I wanted to add a little green since I'm not doing fresh flowers, so I found these moss covered balls at Hobby Lobby. I placed them in clay pots, also from H.L., and white washed them a little to give them an aged look.

The wood coasters from World Market make a great stand for the salt, pepper and gravy.

Some simple embellishments for the armoire included oversized pinecones from Hobby Lobby hung with velvet ribbon from Anthropologie and my William Sonoma turkey from years past.

You might notice that I'm missing some chairs. I'm on the lookout for a really long be continued...

I just selected very simple linen herringbone placemats that will go with anything and somewhat casual napkins and chargers. I mixed these with formal china and silver that has been handed down. I have always loved a mixture of formal and casual and think it gives the table a more modern feel.

Now that the table is set, I just have a lot of cooking to do! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Then and Now

Halloween decorating with crows

  I changed up the Halloween exterior this year a little bit. It's all about pumpkins and crows. Oh, and a few skeletons are hanging around too. I don't know why but it is taking me a long time to decorate this year. I can't believe that Friday is Halloween already. I really need to get my act together.

  I was so much more prepared last year. I guess that was the case as my ten year old wanted a party. If you'd like to see the scavenger hunt that we did, you can see it HERE. I had to be very organized  to do this but it was so much fun. If you have kids and you haven't done one before, it is worth the work. They loved it!

  This year we will be more low key and do the usual stuff like carving the pumpkins, baking goodies and trick or treating but it is nice to just do the traditional things. I love making Halloween memories with my kids! Do you have any special Halloween traditions?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Halloween Dining Room Table Setting

I love candles year round but I think they're especially fitting at Halloween. Nothing says Halloween to me more than a silver candelabra. I can just see someone in the 1800s walking up a creepy staircase with one. I decided to go with a little more sophisticated table setting than in the past. Last year, you might remember the head on the silver platter. I'll probably let the kids do their thing with the breakfast table.

I tend to use a lot of things that I already have when decorating at the holidays. It seems like a waste to spend a lot of money for something that you will only use for one month.


Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Halloween Wreath

I try to do something a little different each Halloween on the door while still using the same items that I already have. So, this year, I decided on a black and white theme. I took my old grapevine wreath and spray painted it black. Then, I knew that I wanted to paint the skeleton because it was very plastic looking but I didn't have any white or cream spray paint. It was serendipitous that I had some silver because my door has a silver inlay anyway so it all worked out. I actually like it better than if I had painted it white! The sign was obvious for an entry door but somehow I had never thought of it before. I just took the filler from one of my picture frames and I was going to spray paint it with chalkboard paint but luckily I didn't need it as the finish was chalk friendly. Don't you love it when things just work out!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Closet Letters

I had some extra wall space in my closet and since this room is Junk Gypsy inspired, I couldn't resist some old letters.  I had one of the letters already which I stole from Gage's room (Actually, I had to trade my Hamilton world series jersey for it.) but I purchased the I and o's at Hobby Lobby. The red ones were $1.99 each, (90% off) and the black o was 60% off. I was going to just wait on this picture for the closet reveal but since the sale is going on now, I thought I would go ahead and post this part in case anyone is looking for letters for something. The s and the heart are from Forge Imports. The B is also Hobby Lobby ~ not on sale but you can always use the 40% off coupon. I did.

It was funny because when I finished hanging this yesterday, I pulled my husband into the closet to show him and his only comment was, "You need another B." I guess men do only have one thing on their mind. Hmmm.