Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Simple Table Setting

This year, with all my family coming over to my house to celebrate Christmas, I've been searching the blogosphere and pinterest to find some inspiration for my table setting. I will be using my china (which I absolutely adore) for the first time....finally! I chose to mix a couple of patterns to get the perfect look ...

My dinner plate is Colette in gold by Robert Haviland and my salad/dessert plates are a mix of Princess Victoria and Queen Victoria by Herend. The hubs thinks Herend looks like jungle plates...but I think they are beautiful! I'd like to have place cards at the table and when I came across this image with rosemary, I fell in love...

It is simple and elegant and the rosemary makes me think of Christmas trees! Not only will it look pretty, but the table will be fragrant too. How are you setting your table this year?

Image via Bellecose, Neiman MarcusContemporary Concepts,  Marigolds and Mithai

Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas is Coming!!

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already over and that the mad dash to Christmas has begun!! Yesterday, the hubbs and I braved the rain to (beat the crowds) and pick out our Christmas tree. It is all set up and ready to be decorated...we've just got to find the time and the energy to get it done! Since we are hosting our family in our home this Christmas, I really want to get our house decked out for the season.  I've been put on a tight budget, so we will see how that goes :). I'd love to use a festive paper to wrap all my gifts in this year. While, I am digging this contemporary black, white and green look from House and Home....I think I am leaning towards a more traditional color scheme, of a sage green and white with a punch of metallic.

What is your color scheme this Christmas??

Monday, November 14, 2011


This weekend my husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary, and I just have to brag on my sweetie and the big surprise he gave me. Since we are taking a trip in February, we decided that we would keep our anniversary low key with no gifts and dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.

Well, the hubs cheated....

 ...and I am glad he did! He commissioned a painting from a local artist, who took a picture from our wedding day and turned it into a beautiful work of art! You can imagine my surprise at how he pulled this off without me having a clue!!

We found the perfect place for it, and every time I walk by I remember our very special wedding day and how lucky I am to be married to my best friend.

You can check out the artist's blog here!

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Book Signing and A Guest Post

I am soooo glad today is FRIDAY!! I am in need of a nice relaxing weekend so I can catch up on reading my new book....Design Sponge At Home! I can't wait to get lost in Grace's inspiring pages while I am curled up on my couch with a warm and cozy blanket. The best part?? I actually got to meet Grace earlier this week at a book signing in town!! If you don't follow her blog, you need to! 
Check it out here....

In other exciting news, I was asked by Kate from Party Resources to guest post today on my 5 Must Haves for Fall. It was really tough for me to narrow it down to 5 since you know how much I LOVE fall! To check out my post, hop on over to Party Resources!

Images via Design Sponge and Party Resources

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I Heart Fall

I love everything about fall....the cool weather, mums, pumpkins, berries, gourds, leaves changing colors, apple cider....the list can go on and on! All these images are inspiring me to have a fall party.....

How are you entertaining this fall?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Drink Menu

 I am loving this fun drink menu. The mix of fonts and the funky placement of certain beverages definitely spices it up!

Image via Style Me Pretty