Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Holiday Entertaining With Lenox & Marchesa

Hello friends.  I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far.  

Today I am sharing a very special post featuring one of America's oldest and most recognized china manufacturer Lenox.

When I think of high-quality, refined, and chic dinnerware, the name Lenox comes to mind. Founded by Walter Scott Lenox in 1889, it is America's premier china and crystal manufacturer. In fact, Lenox has produced many of the Presidential dinnerware.

Most recently, Lenox partnered with the fashion house MARCHESA, known for their elegant red carpet evening wear and exquisite bridal gowns, to create "The Couture Table Top Collection by Marchesa." Each pattern has been crafted with the same high design and sophisticated detailing synonymous with Marchesa and Lenox.  

One of these designs is the Marchesa Gilded Forest.  A modern take on formal and fashionable dinnerware adorned with golden flora, fauna, and woodland animals.  Its coppery tones make it perfect for Fall and Christmas entertaining.  What I like about this pattern is that it is very versatile. I can see myself using this set for all occasions because it is a design that I can easily mix with pieces already owned.  And did I mention that it is dishwasher safe?  

Certainly, the less relaxed rules of formal dining are what our families are used these days but I find that dressing your table with your finest during the holidays makes your gatherings more memorable.

I wanted to add texture and dimension to my table so when I came across this beaded peacock table runner found in Pier 1, I knew I had found the perfect accent to compliment my look.  The napkins pick up the muted gold-bronze and teal on the table runner.  To dress my napkins, I added a pretty napkin ring and a delicate peacock feather.  

The elegant gold and silver flatware is also from Lenox in the pattern Eternal Gold. I added a bit of drama with my seasonal flower arrangement.  I used flowers and greenery in bold greens, oranges, yellow, and burgundy tones and placed them in this gorgeous gold tone Lenox vase from their Alvarado collection.  I love how the vase picks up all the gold and sparkly pieces dressing the table. For more added bling, I used gold tone candle holders and plate chargers found at Home Goods.

This rich and glamorous design is perfect for adding a bit of drama and whimsy to your table.  The flatware is a classic design that can be used year round.

I love the intricate details and elegance of these plates. 

The delicate tea cups will be great to mix and match with pieces already owned.

Love the way the pattern glows in the evening under a romantic candlelight setting.  And a setting this beautiful deserves a feast that shares the bounties of the season.

A well-dressed table deserves a sumptous table to share with the ones we love.

I hope that you leave this post feeling inspired and motivated to create your own beautiful holiday table.

Thank you for visiting today.

Warm regards,



Dinnerware:  Lenox Marchesa Gilded Forest pattern
Flatware:  Lenox in the Eternal Gold Pattern
Plate Chargers:  Home Goods
Stemware:  Home Goods
Flower Vase:  Alvarado Collection by Lenox
Mini Flower Vases:  Wegmans
Table Runner:  beaded peacock table runner Pier 1
Gold Napkins:  Pier 1
Teal Napkins:  Home Goods
Beaded Napkin Rings:  Napkin Ring Bling

Dinnerware, flatware and vase were provided by Lenox.  All styling and opinions are my own.  I have given my honest findings, beliefs, opinions and experience with these products.  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about the products should be verified with the manufacturer.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

A Town & Country Fall Gathering

Happy Sunday everyone.  I hope you all had a fun and relaxing weekend.

The weekend has been grey and damp.  Chilly temperatures made it easy to cozy up on the couch with a soft blanket and a warm cup of tea.  It was great to finally spend a little time in front of the TV enjoying a fun movie with family.  Oh how I love such simple pleasures... 

But grey skies did not stop me from having a cup of tea in the early afternoon.  What I love most about of home, is being able to have a garden.  A place where I can enjoy the beauty of nature in a moments notice.  It is especially fun when I get to entertain family and friends outdoors. 

Today, I am sharing an outdoor table setting I put together yesterday to enjoy with my sister-in-law Lilly who came to visit for the weekend.  

My inspiration for this outdoor table came from the rich and wintry tones on my Ralph Lauren throw which I used to layer on top of my favorite vintage table. Dried hydrangeas in shades of green and deep purple add texture and color to the table.  I used a plain creamy white dinner plate as a charger then topped with a Lenox salad plate and finished with a Johnson Brothers butter plate for visual impact.  I love how the deep brown makes the patterned plate stand out.  I used two different sets of flatware on this setting.  The woody finish gives a rustic feel while the gold gives it soft sparkle.

A few mini pumpkins on a plate act as my center piece while a hurricane lamp give the table warmth. Perfect for enjoying a friendly conversation outdoors.

Thank you for stopping here today and leaving me your sweet comments.

Wishing you all a wonderful and happy week.



Dinner plates:  Pier One, Pattern:  Madelaine
Salad plates:  Lenox, Pattern:  Golden Bough
Butter Plates & Tea cups:  Johnson Brothers, Pattern:  Harvest Time (Ebay)
Flatware (Gold):  Target
Flatware (Wood):  World Market, Pattern:  Sawyer
Napkins: Home Goods

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fall Home Tour 2016

Hello friends... I hope you are all having a great week.  And now that fall is officially here, let me begin by wishing everyone a happy and warm autumn.

Today I am sharing a little tour of our homes fall décor.   Let me begin by welcoming you to our home.  I am so happy to have you here.  I hope that you will find a bit of inspiration here. 

Fall is by far, one of my favorite seasons.   Crimson leaves of all shades come together to create a majestic brown and gold foliage like no other.  The cool crisp mornings, pumpkin spice lattes and endless amount of fall activities are all magical to me.   And of course, my favorite part is decorating our home for the autumn season.

I do like decorating our home in the traditional autumn colors. There is a certain warmth and comfort that these earthy tones bring to a home.  Truth is, I think our little pooch Max loves these colors too. The minute I began decorating our foyer, he parked himself near the door and napped for hours and is his go to spot since. 

Here is Max greeting you at our door.

I begin by placing a burlap runner on top of our radiator, then I layered a burnt orange runner for a pop of color.  A vintage crate holds a few velvet pumpkins, rustic signs and candles add visual impact.  

This was the perfect place to display my favorite pattern by Spode.  

This is our recently refreshed dining room.  My husband and I worked in this room for a month.  My poor husband has been so helpful...  Thank goodness that he always supports me and my numerous ideas for decorating our home.  I am so fortunate.  

A few pieces have been painted to give them a second life but I think our over sized hutch will be replaced eventually.  

Here, I kept things simple.  A few seasonal floral arrangements, pillows and throws transition the room to autumn. It is one of my favorites rooms in our home now.  The previous decor was grand and a bit too formal. Now, the room feels easy, unpretentious and inviting.

This small sideboard was originally dark.  We decided to paint the piece a warm wheat-mustard tone. I love how it turned out.  What a difference color makes.  Lamps give it scale while a basket filled with a seasonal accessories give this sideboard visual interest.

In our breakfast room, the colors are also warm which makes it easy to decorate for fall.

A dramatic fall floral arrangement gives this table interest while a simple but seasonal table setting eases in to fall.  

Autumn has the beauty of earth's majestic colors, foliage and flora.  Remember that decorating for the season can be as simple as adding a few pumpkins and candles.  Bring in natural elements from your 
own garden.  No need to be perfect or to go over budget.  Regardless of how you decide to decorate your home, it is about making your home feel cozy and warm for family and friends. 

May you all have a happy and blessed autumn season.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fall Gatherings ~ Cheese & Wine At The Shore

Hello friends,

Welcome to my blog today.  I am glad you are here.

As you all know, I love entertaining family and friends.  Especially during the fall season but as we all know, planning and shopping for the occasion can still be a bit stressful.  So when I want stress free entertaining, I turn to a simple cheese and charcuterie board.  A quick trip to my favorite supermarket and a little time spent creating a visually interesting display is all you need to put together a sophisticated cheese platter.

Last week, we spent the weekend with my sister-in-law at the Jersey Shore. Having such an incredible view of the Shrewsbury River, I could not help setting my cheese and wine course in the open air. And who would pass up the opportunity to gather in such a dreamy spot.

It was easy to relax here. To bring a close to stressful week and repose.  Laughter and conversation flowed effortlessly in such a serene and peaceful setting.  To connect with nature and people we love. 

Cozy blankets, soft candlelight and the gentle sound of the water encouraged us to linger and to enjoy each others company.   

The ever popular Cheese Tray.  An easily portable course that satisfies all foodies

Here are a few tips for planning the cheese course

A cheese tray does not have to be elaborate to be inviting.  A single carefully chosen cheese, of good quality can be just as satisfying.  Remember that the main focus is still the cheese.  Today, we are lucky to have many supermarkets that carry a decent selection of domestic and international cheeses so selection can be a bit overwhelming for some.

Here are a few tips:

For most occasions, three cheeses make an ample and generous cheese course.  Our family loves cheese, so we always over buy.

If you are serving more than one cheese, plan your purchases so that you have a fair assortment.  Plan to have a bit of diversity to ensure that there is something for everyone:  fresh cheeses and aged ones; mild cheeses and strong ones; a mix of cow's, sheep's and goat's milk cheeses.  Consider firmness: Soft, semi-hard and hard and Region.  France, Spain, Italy and California offer excellent choices.

I always like to have a soft cheese such as a brie or camembert, a creamy jarlsburg and a hard cheese such as manchego  or gouda. 

The Accompaniments

Besides the cheese, there must be partnering options such as crackers, bread, jellies, olives, nuts or fruits.  All of these accompaniments aid in creating an overall experience.  

I hope I have inspired you to make this easy and fun appetizer tray for stress free entertaining.

Have a great weekend.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

A French Country Fall Tablescape

Hello everyone.  I hope you all had a relaxing weekend.

With summer now coming to a close and fall making its entrance, I am excited to welcome the season for family, friends and cozy gatherings.  There is a certain warmth that comes with earthy tones of fall and the cool and crisp that it brings.  I always look forward to the laughter and conversation that happen around the table.  

With that in mind, I put together my first tablescape for this fall season.  Nothing pretentious or too pretty.  Just an everyday table setting with a French Country theme using all my favorite earthy tones of fall to help inspire you with your autumn gatherings.  And of course, this will be a mini series on fall entertaining...

You'll find that I have layered mismatched dishes, used a rustic centerpiece and a mustard table runner.  I am proud to say that I made the black and white checkered napkins myself.....  A NO sew project that was fairly easy to do. 

I hope you pull up a chair to join us.  Cheers to a happy and delicious autumn season.

First step in to cover your table with a plain white tablecloth.  Then for contract and textured, you can add a pretty table runner such as the mustard tone I used on this table.  Place your matching placemats to give your table setting punch.  Now begin layering your plates in similar colors.  This is where you can have lots of fun.  Be creative.  Add your glassware of choice.  I love these amber goblets. They are so versatile.  Finish with flatware and colorful napkins.

Source List:

Plates, placemats, glassware, table runners, yellow napkins:  Home Goods

White tablecloth:  Vintage

Flatware:  World Market

Centerpiece:  Water canister, fall sprays and twig napkin holder:  Michael's

Checkered Black & White napkin:  Made by me

May you all have a wonderful and productive week.