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The only thing better than a little bit of sparkle and shine this time of year is a lot of sparkle and shine. With Thanksgiving a scant week away, there is still a bit of time to pick up something special for your table. This year I am finding myself very inspired by items with a lovely warm golden tone. Here are some of my favorites.
- Gold Antler Place Card Holder – Pottery Barn
- Hurricane Glass Candle Holder – Crate & Barrel
- Gold Magnolia Garland – Crate & Barrel
- Dorota Highball Glasses – Anthropologie
- Herb Garden Napkin Rings – Terrain
- Mimira Dinner Plates – Anthropologie
- Gold Twig Flatware – World Market
- Brass & Glass Globe Centerpiece – West Elm
- Oak Branch Candle Holder – H&M
The other thing I like about these pieces is that they aren’t holiday specific – they’re all things that can be utilized throughout the year. I’m generally willing to spend a bit more on something if I feel like I can get plenty of use out of it.
Normally I just do a photo round up and leave the interpretation of what should be used to you, but this year I decided to explain why I found these particular images inspiring.
1. I am a big fan of outdoor gatherings, mostly because the weather is rubbish most of the year here. When the stars actually align and you can make the thing happen? A simple, carefully curated table is best: candles for lighting, cloth napkins so they don’t blow away, durable plates and glasses that can hold their own against a rougher setting, and lovely greenery to reflect the natural beauty of your surroundings.
2. While traditional can be a fitting adjective during the holidays, I’ve always admired a table setting that brings a little cheek into the equation. Mismatched place settings, a pop of plum, and centerpieces that have edible elements? Of all the images I’ve pulled for this post, this one is my favorite.
3. This is undoubtedly the most magical time of the year; adding some fairy tale whimsy to your table is a wonderful way to make your party just that much more special. The pieces I think really push this table over the top are the wood slice chargers, the wrought iron flat ware, and the silver and mercury glass elements incorporated into the centerpiece. Very royal banquet in the enchanted woods.
4. A lovely table doesn’t have to be overly complicated. A muted pallet like this one, paired with a single statement element, like that adorable painted pumpkin centerpiece, can impress your guests without making them feeling like they have to watch their elbows.
5. My family has always been more for buffet style dining, we lay the feast out in the kitchen, fill our plates, and then head to the table. Something like this fun brown paper table cloth can still give a nod to traditional place settings, and also help you subtly manage the seating arrangements if you have guests that tend to clash.
5. I’ve spent most of this post exalting the unconventional table, but all those thoughts and words aside, tradition can be lovely and nostalgic. Occasionally we find ourselves having to celebrate away from our loved ones, and setting a table that evokes fond memories can make the day a little less lonely. It can also help bring a table of strangers into an impromptu family for the day.
What kind of table do you like to set? What are your tips and tricks for entertaining?
Images from here.
Hey guys, we’ve has some stressful life stuff going on over here as Casa Bucior the past few weeks. First on the list, we had to say goodbye to my sweet fluffy old man Octavian. He’d been with me since I was a senior in high school, and he’s been there for every major life event for the past fourteen years. I want to say that I handled the situation stoically and gracefully, but I didn’t. There is a hole in our home, and even two weeks later, I’ll still burst into tears because something reminds me of him. It’s getting better with time, as these things tend to do, but grief isn’t something that happens on a specific timeline and all I can do is put one foot in front of the other and work through it.
In addition to the fur baby sadness, things have also been progressing rapidly with my father’s estate. As the anniversary of his death looms, I have been trying to juggle selling his house, closing out his accounts, and making sure that all the necessary paperwork is being filed. We started all of this months ago, but it has all bottle-necked into the last two weeks and fielding emails and phone calls, taking meetings, signing paperwork all while trying to juggle not only the day to day at my job but the huge deadline push we’re scrambling to make… it fell apart a bit. I ended up having a breakdown in my therapists office and having to take a sick day because I was physically and emotionally exhausted. And of course, everything fell apart while Andy was traveling for work, so the poor guy had to listen to my tearful phone calls without the power to do anything to make it better. When I picked him up from the airport, I honestly can’t tell you which of us was happier for him to be home.
So that’s the short version of what’s been going on and why I haven’t been around. On the upside, the holidays are right around the corner and that has been helping me shake off some of my stress and sadness. I can’t wait to see what will unfold in the next few weeks.
Image from here.
It’s amazing how a fresh coat of paint can completely transform a space. If the interior of your home has become “tired” in your eyes, a fresh coat of paint may be just the thing you need to spruce up your space.
Here’s the problem with vowing to update the paint colors in your house: picking out a fabulous color is overwhelming. How can you possibly sift through the thousands of shades out there? The answer is, you can’t.
To help narrow down your color choices, and to save you hours of flipping through paint color fan decks, you might consider this:
Color has a psychological effect on our brain. Yes, it’s true. Paint not only keeps your interior interesting, but it actually has the power to evoke an emotional response. Research shows color has the ability to influence things like mood, appetite, and even blood pressure.
With this in mind, choosing a wall color becomes more simple. Knowing the psychological effects behind different colors can help you match the purpose of a room to the perfect color palette.
Here are four colors to consider using in the primary rooms of the home:
1. The Kitchen
Warm colors tend to work well in the kitchen. That’s because colors in this palette are
known to stimulate appetite. If you’ve ever wondered why every fast-food restaurant
features warm hues, this is why. Contrary to popular belief, warm colors can be done
tastefully. The goal is not to replicate your kitchen after the local McDonald’s franchise.
One of our favorite warm colors, is Sherwin-Williams’ color of the year, Cavern Clay.
Now that’s a kitchen color we can get behind.
2. The Bedroom
Unlike in the kitchen, stay away from warm colors in your bedroom. Warm colors excite,
energize, and, stimulate our brains. Rather, stick to cool blues and neutrals. Colors of this hue have been scientifically proven to relax the mind and body, bringing tranquility
rather than energy.
Source: iStock Photo. Credit svetikd.
Cool colors are important in the bedroom because they are conducive to sleep. However,
the color on the walls isn’t the only thing that promotes a good night’s sleep. To truly
make your room a sleep haven, consider the lighting, a comfortable sleeping structure
and sources of noise to get your best night’s sleep each and every night.
3. The Living Room
Next up is the living room. The room of congregation, relaxation and Hulu binges. After
a long day, there’s nothing like coming home and crashing on the couch for some R&R.
Surprisingly, a great color for the living room is green.
Green is said to be the color of balance, harmony, refreshment and comfort. For one of
the most popular rooms in the house, you’ll want this space to be an inviting place to
relax and host guests. Green helps you achieve an inviting ambiance.
Source: iStock Photo
4. The Master Bath
Last, but not least, the bathroom. You can probably guess the best color for your
bathroom is white.
Source: iStock Photo. Credit runna10.
The color white represents cleanliness and offers a cool, refreshing feeling. Just walking
into a crisp, white bathroom will make you want to pop in the shower.
All in all, your paint choices should be a representation of you and your style. This is simply a guide to navigate the endless sea of color options.
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I was really excited when I saw this feature of the Brooklyn based confectioner The Salty Road taffy company. A woman kicking ass in a male dominated profession, raising the art of something as simple and low-brow as salt water taffy? I knew two things, one – I needed to share this with you guys, and two – I need to try some of that taffy.
After looking around on their website a bit, I decided to buy a few of their “baby boxes” so I could try more flavors and have less to give away just in case I didn’t care for the flavor. After some needlessly complicated decision making, I selected my four flavors and a few days later I got this delightful little package in the mail.
To do an accurate sampling of the offerings, I selected two classic taffy flavors: Vanilla Bean & Strawberries and Cream, and two unusual flavors: Salted S’mores & Roasted Corn with Black Pepper. Andy and I tried all of them the day they came in and we had a mix of reactions. First of all, it wasn’t Andy’s thing, he is a bit salt sensitive and the crystals of sea salt proved to be a bit much for his personal taste. Me on the other hand, it was one of the big selling points on these tiny treats. My two favorites were the Salted S’mores and the Strawberries and Cream. The former was everything you want from the beloved campfire treat and the smoke element really made it something special. The Strawberries and Cream was a grown-up version of one of my all time favorite taffy flavors. There was a tang to the natural strawberry flavor that drove home the fact that this was made with real strawberries instead of flavored extract. The Vanilla Bean and the Roasted Corn with Black Pepper were perfectly fine, but not quite special enough to be repurchased in my next order.
Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical when I placed my order. Sure they were featured by Bon Appetit, but it’s taffy – how special can it be? But The Salty Road absolutely delivered. So much so that I am toying with the idea of buying a bunch of the baby boxes as stocking stuffers for friends and family, and I keeping my fingers crossed that there will be some sort of special holiday flavor that I can try out when I do.