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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.
“Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to see something strange. Come with us and you will see, this our town of Halloween…”
I seem to have caught the Halloween bug this year. In years past I haven’t had much of an interest, but this year, this year things are different. As the Halloween decor has started trickling into the stores, I’ve found myself looking a little longer and pausing as I walk past. I have it in my mind to purchase a few things for my office cube, and here are some of the things I think would look great.
- Go to Extremities Jewelry Stand – Modcloth
- Jeweled Spiders – Pier 1
- Bewitching Bejeweled Skull – Pier 1
- Iridescent Skull Mug Set – World Market
- Avian Footed Tray – Anthropologie
- Glass Pumpkin Cloche – Pottery Barn
- DIY Halloween Wreath – Modcloth
- Ouija Board – Blvckfly
- Skeleton Glass – Pottery Barn
So far my only purchases have been from the Target Dollar Spot, but I have plans. Andy just rolls his eyes and tells me to keep things reasonable 🙂
This weekend was pretty big for me; for the first time ever, I went to IKEA. I’ll give you a minute to take that end. IKEA. Before Sunday, the closest I’d been to the iconic store was the song by Jonathan Coulton. I was excited but a little apprehensive, since I’ve had people tell me before how overwhelming the store can be and also how you can get lost if you’re not careful. However, my adventure was being coordinated by two IKEA veterans, and they were bound and determined that I was going to get the most out of my inaugural trip.
That’s right; we IKEA selfied, and you know what? We weren’t the only ones. If you’ve never been before, IKEA is broken down into 3 main sections: The Staging Area, The Marketplace & The Warehouse. There is also a cafe AND a cafeteria (where they serve their famous meatballs), but they were packed with people and therefore off the agenda for this particular trip. We started in the staging area with notepads and tiny golf pencils in hand to make our lists of what we wanted to pick up from the marketplace and warehouse afterwards. That quickly turned into us taking pictures of the tags/items with our phones, but hey, we got it done.
Three show rooms in, my head was already spinning from so many great things for really great prices! I wanted all of it, and I was quickly beginning to realize that I was going to have to be strategic about my purchases or I’d spend way more than I had budgeted.
Mostly I was looking for storage containers and quirky kitchen items, but honestly, I saw some larger pieces that I’d like to incorporate into our home. I am already planning a return trip with the husband since I like to let him weigh in on things like that. I was also absolutely sure he’d love the “exploding” lamp below. Not really my thing, but he had fun looking at the pictures none the less.
I did have one minor issue on this trip. The wood based bell jars below were the one thing I HAD to have, and although they were in several of the staged spaces, I couldn’t find them in the marketplace. Finally, I tracked down an employee, and he told me that they hadn’t had a chance to restock them. Which I get, but when I asked if I could purchase one of the staged sets (since I’d seen about a dozen), he informed me that I just have to come back or use the website. A minor annoyance and, I think, a dumb policy, but I’ll get my hands on them eventually.
LOVED these floating tea balls, so much so that I purchased two sets so I could share with my tea loving friends. Someday, I will own this tub, it was huge and I will soak in it every single night when the stars aline to make it mine.
So much fun, and I left with so many ideas. Andy and I are going to try to head back in the next few weeks to implement some of the short term fixes I found for our home and to make a longer list of items that we want to start purchasing and integrating as our financial situation permits. Also, so I can check out the cafeteria 😉
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.
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.