I am so happy that the weather is changing here in Southern California and it’s finally starting to feel like Fall. I’ve been able to break out the coats this week and I look forward to layering and wearing thick, warm scarves. I’m heading out to San Francisco with Mr. B this weekend so I’ll definitely be needing the warmer clothing. While in San Francisco we plan to use some of our time to go shopping. I’m really lucky that I have a husband who loves to shop as much as I do, although that can be a dangerous thing! I am hoping to find a few new things to update my Fall and Winter wardrobe but we’ll also be shopping for Christmas gifts. As the saying goes, “One for you…two for me…”. I say it every year, and I’ll say it again…Fall is one of my favorite seasons and I savor every moment of it. Happy Fall!
One of my guilty pleasures when traveling to San Francisco is visiting Neiman Marcus in Union Square. I shop the store from top to bottom and last year during the Thanksgiving holiday I fell in love with a particular tabletop store display. The table decorations incorporate old book pages, quotes, and words of wisdom that can easily be recreated. I’ve seen similar book page table runners on Pinterest but I like the idea of incorporating quotes, phrases, definitions, and words of wisdom. Choose wording to fit your particular festivity and you’ve created something really unique.
Old book pages can also be cut and fashioned into a tag that to serve as a creative place card. Don’t forget to incorporate empty spice vials with a fun message contained inside. Your guests will love it.
I love how camera focused in on the word “muzzle”. Is it trying to tell me something!!!??
There were several mobiles hanging above the dining table displaying additional words of wisdom. If you are somewhat of a DIYer this could actually be fairly easy to make. It would be time-consuming, but easy.
Words to live by…”Integrity…Live in such a way, that if someone spoke badly of you no one would believe it.”
Last week I received an email introducing a new rewards program. I’ll be honest…when I first read about it, I thought to myself, “great…another program to keep track of” since it seems like there are reward programs for so many things these days. But this new program really sets itself apart. If you are here then you share my passion for design and home decor and the new reward program called “The Key” can help you save on purchases for the home and office. By signing up, you are entitled to earn 3% back in certificate “rewards dollars” for purchases made at Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Teen, Pottery Barn Kids, William Sonoma Home, William Sonoma, Mark & Graham, and West Elm. This is actually a limited time program and here is how it works: register your email and shop at these stores (in-person or online) during the months of September and October 2017 and in November you will receive your reward certificate in November. It’s that simple! Check out the website for more details and to sign up. This post wasn’t really intended to be a shopping guide but it’s never too early to get in the spirit of entertaining for the upcoming holiday season before the good stuff is gone. To help get a jump start on things, I thought I’d share a select number of items from some of the stores participating in The Key rewards program.
I have always loved the idea of having monogrammed dinnerware. The Poinsettia china dinner plates, salad plates, and serving platter from Mark and Graham are a wonderful way to dress up a table during the holidays.
I think the Vintage Etched Glassware collection from Williams Sonoma is so pretty and can instantly add a hint of vintage styling to your home. Mr. B and I have been talking about buying new glassware and this might do the trick.
These custom embroidered dinner napkins from Mark and Graham can actually be used all year long. I am partial to the script font but I love that a variety of other font styles are also offered.
Add a dash of color and a touch of warmth by placing a cashmere throw on the back of a sofa, chair, or to place in a guest bedroom. I’ve chosen to show red, but a variety of colors and patterns are available through William Sonoma Home. They can also be monogrammed, which would make for a lovely gift.
The pineapple is the universal symbol representing hospitality. The Pineapple Soap and Towel gift set is perfect for gift giving or to display in your own home.
Slice and serve your favorite cheeses with this set of 3 marble and copper cheese knives from West Elm.
To get 3% back on these, or other items, from the participating stores be sure to sign up for The Key. It’s free to join. Happy Shopping.
This season I’ve noticed that I’ve become more and more partial to the color lavender than I ever have in the past. It is usually a color that I normally don’t gravitate toward. However, I really like this Easter table setting as seen in Victoria Magazine. The combination of lavender and green seems perfect for a springtime holiday celebration.
If you don’t have the details of your Easter table ironed out yet, I’ve made it easy for you to recreate the look you see above. Just a few key pieces are all you need to recreate a similar table setting.
- China: There are two china patterns used for this table setting and each is by Anna Weatherley. Antique Vegetable is a discontinued pattern but Springtime in Budapest, above, is a current pattern and available here. The pattern is pricey but each piece is delicately hand painted in Hungary. Consider them heirloom pieces.
- Lavender German crystal glass goblets available here.
- Linen hemstitch napkins available here.
- Beaded flatware available here.
If you already have your tablescape all taken care of, I would love to hear about what you have planned…
I spent the day shopping on Sunday and Williams Sonoma was on the list of places to visit. I wanted to take a first-hand look at the new collection by Aerin Lauder after hearing about it last week. Aerin Lauder, granddaughter of Estee Lauder, has collaborated with Williams Sonoma to release 120 home products that include bedding, decorative accessories and tabletop items. Today we’re focusing on barware and tabletop items.
The tabletop collection is sure to be popular. Blue and white mixed with straw is a classic look for Spring and Summer. According to Aerin, it is a collection that was inspired by Estee Lauder’s love of this timeless color palette.
If you happen to be free on Thursday, April 20 from 7-8:30 pm, be sure to stop by Williams Sonoma to chek out the collection in person (check your local store for details). Stores across the U.S. will be hosting an “Effortless Entertaining by AERIN” event in order to experience the collection and get tips on setting a beautiful table. Guests will also create floral arrangements and enjoy spring mocktails. If you happen to attend, be sure to let me know. I’d be curious to know what you think of the new line. In the meantime, check out the entire collection at Williams Sonoma and Williams Sonoma Home here and here.
You can also purchase Aerin’s book, “Beauty at Home”. I purchased it in 2013 when it was first released and the beautiful pictures don’t disappoint. You can check out the reviews on Amazon here.
Top two photos: original by Reviving Charm. All other photos via Williams Sonoma.
Flowers have been on my mind since my recent visit to the world famous Nuccio’s Nurseries. It’s hard to think about Spring at the moment but it will be here before you know it. Fresh flowers are my favorite part of the season and I can’t wait for all the springtime blooms and freshly cut flowers to bring indoors. I am always looking for creative ways to display flowers and I love the idea of using old cans as a container to display them. This photo features a vintage oyster can that would be perfect for a seaside home although any metal can will do. Whether the can is vintage or new, be sure to select one that has a particularly unique graphic design. A centerpiece like this is sure to become a fun topic of conversation.
If you ever decide to use a Tuesday Tip I’ve shared here, be sure to drop me a note and let me know. I’d love to hear how you’ve incorporated these tips into your own lifestyle.
Image via Coastal Living Magazine.