Setting a Thanksgiving Table: Option Two

I must confess that after setting the first Thanksgiving tablescape (option one) about a week ago, I wasn't very motivated to create a second one. But I did. Just for fun. I put one together ... didn't like it ... ripped it apart and came up with something much simpler than what I originally had. A white pillar candle in a large jar takes center stage for this second Thanksgiving table.Each place setting gets its own personal pear. Gourds … [Read more...]

Setting a Thanksgiving Table: Option One

When I was a child growing up, my mother always set a beautiful table for Thanksgiving dinner. She carefully selected a linen tablecloth, matching place settings, cloth napkins, coordinating stemware, and a beautiful centerpiece to make the meal special. Pop cans were never allowed at the table and I enforce that rule in my own home at holiday meals. What are some holiday dining traditions at your house? For me, part of the joy of a holiday meal … [Read more...]

Dry Sink Full O’ Fall

When I bought the new buffet, it replaced the dry sink which meant the dry sink needed to move. The dry sink took up residence where the bookshelf used to be. The bookshelf didn't belong in the dining room anyway. The dry sink is painted white using regular latex paint. I think I'm going to paint it Old White using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This way, it will match the dining table and buffet.The mirror used to be gold. I painted it today in … [Read more...]

Simple Fall Tablescape

Although Autumn is my favorite season, I hate letting go of Summer, so the arrival of Fall is bittersweet for me. Fall brings with it a rich range of colors but I thought for the end of summer, a neutral tablescape would be the perfect choice. I started with a strip of dropcloth and added a ribbon of jute webbing down the middle for a runner. I found large, hollow gourds at a recent flea market for just $5 each.I thought they'd look cute … [Read more...]

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