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Last Minute Table Inspiration

Are you getting excited? Is your turkey defrosting, family traveling, and pies baking? I know many of you are old hats at this whole entertaining thing, but for those of you hosting for the first time or finding yourself at a loss when it comes to visualizing your perfect table layout, here are some beautiful tablescapes from My Domaine.

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What do you think? Personally, I am loving the splashes of purple in that top one. The mix matched place settings are also a really cool idea. It is perfect for people who aren’t used to entertaining large numbers; mix what you already have with some new pieces, and you have a gorgeous table that has a lot of visual interest. Good luck, and I’d love to see what you come up with!

All images are from MyDomaine.com


Thanksgiving Table Wishlist

Just because I am not hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year doesn’t mean that I haven’t considered what I’d be setting my table with if I was. Whether deciding to stick to the more traditional natural colors or mix things up with saturated jewel tones, I think having some sparkly bits scattered about the table is a wonderful idea. While I must confess I have a certain fondness for the current rose gold trend when it comes to adorning your table, I am equal opportunity when it comes to all things gilded. Here are some of my favorite table elements:

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  1. Geo Glass HurricaneWest Elm
  2. Oregano Napkin RingsTerrain
  3. Quartet Flatware SetTerrain
  4. Pomegranate Salt & Pepper ShakerNeiman Marcus
  5. Shining WishboneAnthropologie
  6. Ambrose Champagne FluteAnthropologie
  7. Foxed Mirrored Townhouse LanternsWest Elm
  8. Francesca Glass Serving BowlPier 1
  9. Vintage Style Pie ServersWorld Market

What are you planning for your dinner table? Are you for or against sparkly bits?


Is It Really a No if They Don’t Say “No”?

Before you all get to worked up, I am just talking about wallpaper here. Beautiful, realistic, floral wallpaper. With images like the ones below popping up all over the internet, I’ve seriously been considering adding a floral accent wall somewhere in my house. My top two space contenders are the front wall in the master bedroom or the back wall of the dining room, both offer large fairly square canvases unbroken by windows or doors. Of course, being the considerate wife that I am I had to run my idea by Andy and force him to look at all of the pretty, pretty inspiration pictures.

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He looked at a page or two and then did the guy thing and made an unintelligible grunting sound. After being together for almost six years, I am pretty sure that was Andy speak for “I really hate this idea, but I don’t want to hurt your feelings or get into a fight about future hypothetical wallpaper; besides, you have your own office why can’t do your crazy woman design voodoo in there?”  But since he didn’t actually say any of those words, could I really be blamed for thinking that he meant, “Wow baby, you are so creative and I love your idea, but as a dude, I have to pretend like I don’t like things like floral wallpaper, but you do that thing you do and our house will look AMAZING.” It could totally go both ways, right?

Images from here.


Lighting Your Outdoor Space

One of the most neglected spaces in the Bucior house is the backyard. I planted bulbs and a few rose bushes when we first moved in, but other than some occasional maintenance, it is usually ignored. Hopefully, it won’t always be this way, Andy and I have recently discussed hiring a lawn guy to come and help us get things back into shape. On a larger scale, we want to eventually build a fire pit, plant a huge herb garden and build a pergola over the back porch area for outdoor entertaining. I have visions of sipping a cool drink while listening to the crickets, watching the string lights creating odd dappled patches of light and shadow as they sway back and forth in the breeze. The easiest part of this whole plan is finding the string lights. Fortunatlely, Terrain has a small seclection of gorgeous porch/patio string lights perfect for outdoor entertaining.

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I really like that some of these stands can pull double duty as indoor lighting as well. Just think, about the time it is too cold to be sitting around outside, it’ll be time to start decking the halls for the holiday season. Win, win.

All images from Terrain.


Star Lights

I am in love with these Stargazer Lights from Terrain! I have visions of light filled apothecary or bell jars lining my mantle for the holiday season. These sweet little strands are so versatile you can find ways to use them year round. For me, I am planning on getting a few different strand lengths so I can use them for things like the aforementioned jars, but also for larger projects like lighted garlands or table runners. I really liked that Terrain included a number of different decorating ideas on the purchase page.

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Lighted fire pit anyone? You wouldn’t be able to make s’mores, but you wouldn’t have to worry about getting the smoke smell out of your hair and clothes either. Pretty and great for outdoor parties with little ones or clumsy larger ones. *coughAndycough*

All images from Terrain.