Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

Hello friends.  Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here??  For me, it is a very exciting time of the year. Time to gather with family and friends.  Spending time with our loved ones is the best gift of all.

It is also the start of the holiday season and time to start planning all the Christmas decorations and to be thankful for all our blessings.  And although there were some very challenging and trying moments this year, there is still so much to be thankful for.  

One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is to set the table beginning with our Thanksgiving table which I love to decorate with falls warm color palette.  For this table, I selected Spode's Delamere pattern with a lovely shade of brown.  To keep it a bit more casual, I added a few natural accents mixed with informal seasonal pieces.

A small white pumpkin with a pretty fall spray anchors each place setting.  

I love this shade of burnt orange with this pretty brown transferware,

Brown flatware complements this festive place setting.

I hope that table provides a bit of inspiration for your own Thanksgiving table this year.  I also wish that you all are surrounded by your loved ones this Thanksgiving holiday and may you all be blessed with the laughter, warmth and love of the season.



Saturday, November 8, 2014

An Autumn Afternoon Gathering

Happy Saturday to you all.  I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.  It's been a typical Saturday around here.  Laundry, cleaning and grocery shopping.  A normal weekend for many of us.  

Fall has certainly made its entrance around these parts.  It is a festival of colors everywhere.  Crisp, cool breezes in the air and pretty leaves adorn the many landscapes.  An irresistible color palette that inspires me to create this lovely table for an afternoon gathering with very special friends.

My china pattern of choice for this autumn inspired tea was Royal Doulton's Gleneagles.  A magnificent explosion of delicate flowers that pick up the all the rich hues of fall.

Oneida silver plate flatware adds an elegant touch to the table setting,

A perfect autumn palette delights our table for a lovely fall afternoon brunch.


Classic Royal Doulton Gleneagles china.

Such a sweet and feminine teacup.

Delicious mini pumpkin cakes are the sweet treats of choice for this gathering.  

This recipe is a must.  It is so light and tasty.  Perfect to enjoy with a warm cup of tea or coffee.  I found the recipe on Pinterest and the original source was Kitchen Meets Girl.  Wonderful cake.  

Thank you for visiting me today.  Please give this yummie recipe a try.  The link for the full recipe is listed below.  

Wishing you a beautiful autumn.


Grandma's Pumpkin SnackCake 
   (Recipe from Kitchen Meets Girl via Pinterest)

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Friday, October 31, 2014

The Versatile Accent Chair

Accent chairs are absolutely an essential part of any room.  They can be used to spice up a room or add texture and personality to a space.  Chairs can also be used to fill up those areas of a room that look a bit plain.

The options are endless my friends.  My favorite way to use an accent chair is to add a splash of bold color and visual interest in a room.

A perfect example is the room pictured below.  There is nothing color-shy about this room.  It is simply stunning.  Chic and modern with contemporary pieces that pull the room together without being overly done.  The pink chairs add that unexpected splash of color that create instant drama in the room.

In addition to adding appeal to a room, accent chairs should also be comfortable and inviting. Club Club chairs with an ottoman are a great choice.  The arrangement below is perfect for a guest room or just for curling up with a book or cup of  tea.

The Classic Wingback Chair

Wing chairs are elegant and add a touch of formality to any room.  Their generous size of a wingback chair makes it the perfect partner for as large sofa and it can give the room a sense of balance and scale.  They can be very neutral and basic as well as bold for adding that pop of color to your decor. Also pay attention to the details in the room.  They all have a supporting role in completing the design of a room.    

A classic wingback chair upholstered in a bright fuchsia color cleverly arranged in a modern setting. Beautiful, practical and functional.

Classic style in a perfect neutral tone works in any room.  

The Classic French Chair

Everything in this room seems to work together to create an elegant and stunning look.

Exquisite old-world charm that give a room timeless elegance.

A floral fabric can give the room an authentic French Country feel.

A magnificent example of classic time-worn comfortable French Country style.


The curves on this chair make it feminine and very elegant.

A tribute to the glamorous "Great Gatsby" era.  

The Regal Bergere Chair

A comfortable and inviting seating room.  Great for gathering and conversation.

I guess by now you can tell that I have a bit of a chair crush with these beauties.  If I could dream up the perfect romantic chair it would be the one pictured below.  A true elegant and feminine accent chair which dresses one of lovely vintage style bedrooms in our home.

Which one is your favorite style?  What look appeals to you?  The perfect accent chair is out there waiting to be incorporated into a fabulous design.  Whether it is found at a local thrift shop, flea market or garage sale, an accent chair can be a focal point in a room.

I always value my sources of inspiration.  Sometimes they can come from other bloggers, magazines, design books, and other times they can come from a great design website such as "One Kings Lane" I love their recent blog post highlighting accent chairs they love.  "Accent Chairs 101".   You can visit their blog for more great decorating ideas and inspiration.  I have attached their link below.

Here is also a link to One Kings Lane page for a peek at all of their great accent chair styles.   


Most of the photos used for this post came from Pinterest, One Kings Lane and my own collection.  I am not affiliated or compensated by One Kings Lane.

Thank you for visiting me today.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Home Decor

Hello to you all.  I hope your week is going well.  For me, it is busy as usual.  Lots of family gatherings and of projects to complete.  But it is also an exciting time of year.  With plenty of seasonal decorating to do.

I love decorating for fall.  The colors and textures are warm and make a home feel cozy and inviting. I don't go too crazy but I do like to add a few pops of autumn colors throughout my home.  Simple works better for me.  

A few natural elements add instant texture and warmth.  A seasonal piece adds whimsy to my decor without detracting from the overall harmony.  

A few pops of autumnal colors in floral arrangements is an easy way to bring some of the outdoor colors inside.

I love to add a bit of texture with cozy throws throughout our home.

I love the colors on this accent pillow.

My favorite pheasant proudly displayed on our dining room table.

Family photos always make a house a home.

I hope you enjoyed my little tour of my fall decor in our home.  Thank you for visiting me today. May you have a blessed week,


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