Sunday, December 23, 2012

Simple Flower Arrangment for Your Holiday Table

Hello everyone...I know we are all rushing getting ready for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day..  Wrapping gifts, getting our guests rooms ready, cooking and setting our tables for the big event..  I just finished baking a flan and a red velvet cake.  Tomorrow morning, I will be making rice pudding..  I am exhausted..  But in a good way.  As I am sure many of you are this evening.

I stole a little time to share this idea for making your table a little extra special...Sometimes it is the simplest ideas that create the most impact..  Use items you already have in your kitchen.  Here, I used an apple as a vase.  An apple can hold small roses with a little greenery to add an elegant touch to your table.. Oranges, lemons, artichokes work just as good.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Silver and Blue Christmas Table Setting

Hello everyone!!  Welcome.  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Our weekend was great.  A bit busy but very productive.  I managed to complete my decorating and my husband finished the extra shelves that he has been building in our basement to make room for all my extra china and the likes.  We were really running out of space and he stepped up to the plate to help me organize my goodies.  I must say, he really did a wonderful job.  Thank God he is handy.  What a difference it has made.  I am so organized that it is scary...

Between all of the other things going on, I also managed to put together a Table Setting.  I did not want to buy anything to put this setting together.  I wanted to use items that I already had in my collection.  I used my daily dinnerware which is from Pottery Barn and added color and lots of sparkle.

I used silver, blue, cream and brown tones for this table setting with a few touches of reds and green to complete the look.  A pretty departure from the more expected holiday colors.  I started with placemats from Pottery Barn, a very inexpensive silver charger that I had from Michael's, a cream dinner plate that I bought at Home Goods a few years ago and brown salad and soup plates from Pottery Barn.  The stemware is from Mikasa in the Stephanie pattern, dinner napkins are also from Pottery Barn and the flatware is from Sur La Table.

For my centerpiece, I used a mercury Vase with a round shape found at Home Goods this season and filled it with faux and natural greenery and added a few silver ornaments for impact.  To pull the whole look together, I added a few mercury candle holders, votives, silvery pearls, additional ornaments spread around the table and a single blue and silver egg shaped ornament with each dinner napkin.  

I just love the final results.  It is festive but nontraditional.  I think it is all about expressing ourselves.  What ever your style or taste is, have fun with it.  Be adventurous with your decorating.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Home Decor 2012

I just finished my Christmas decorating around the house.  I started decorating on Friday and was finally done late last night..   It is begun...The Christmas season is here and I seem to be going non-stop these days..  Not a minute to spare.  Don't get me wrong, it is good to be busy but I just wish I had a bit more time to really enjoy the holidays.  But I did manage to spend time with family, decorate and even snap a few pictures of my decorations.

I do love the coziness and feel of my home and I do try to play of those features when I decorate.  Even my little pooch made it into the scene...
I tried to keep it simple this year since it is becoming a larger task each year.  I kept it very traditional by using warm red and green tones through out the house except in the breakfast room where I used browns and gold.  I did however keep my focus on the tree since it is the main attraction. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Fun and Festive Christmas Tablescape

It is December ladies...Time to put our best decorating ideas forward, thoughtful presentations and pull out our very best to let every one of our guest know this time of year is special.  Because Christmas comes but once a year, we must make our tables fun, festive and sparkle a little.  No, sparkle a lot...  Bring in the reds and greens with flowers, candles, linens and china to make a festive statement.

For this table setting, I focused on a fun and festive holiday theme with a nod to the past and a little nostalgia.  Some greenery, snowmen and winter village pieces found at Michael's... 

I started with some scrapbook paper with a holiday theme..  Chargers from Pier 1, Johnson Bros. dinnerware, Mikasa Wine Glasses and Reed & Barton Flatware.  I finished the look with napkins from Pottery Barn and a few touches of ribbon mixed around the greenery.  A celebration not to be missed.
So bring on the glitter, greenery and the baking...My philosophy for the holidays is enough isn't enough and too much is perfection!