A Traditional Table
Now that we have the side dishes covered, let’s talk about the table. When it came to celebrating Thanksgiving in Europe, our mother always set a fairly traditional one and we could always count on a beautiful centerpiece of flowers, fruits, berries and nuts to take center stage.
A Fruitful Table
Now that we have our own tables to think about, we like to think we can create something different – perhaps a bit more rustic or unexpected, like this amazing creation of pumpkins, gourds and winter kale (last year we put mum blossoms on toothpicks and stuck them on a stalk of Brussels sprouts – not quite as pretty!)
A Fall Garden Table
Why not step out of the autumnal realm altogether and set a colorful table with exotic orchids? We’d give away the fresh ones as party favors since our black thumbs wouldn’t keep them alive through the holidays.
The Exotic Table
We love this tablescape from House of Brinson, urban chic at its best, and the terrariums are a great, organic touch.
The Urban Table
And while many in warmer climes can celebrate the holiday outdoors, we would need heaters to pull that off! But we could pretend with this pretty garden bouquet and natural touches.
The Outdoors Table
But no matter what you put on the table next week, it’s the people around it that makes this holiday so special! Don’t you agree?
Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Aren’t these wreaths and garlands fabulous? In the words of Rachel Zoe, we die! In the midst of trees and tabletops, the front door sometimes gets second billing… but not with these seasonal beauties. Can you guess the blogger behind each door?
She’s makes the most of wherever she is and celebrates every moment she can…
Divine Magnolia and Pine
She knows how to “primp and fluff” with fabulous flair and divine design…
Dreaming of a Designer Christmas
With a Bunny Williams pedigree, she has an elegant aesthetic and a talent for beautifully balanced interiors…
Fancy and Fruitful
She lives life well with quintessence style and substance…
He taught Martha everything she knows and then some…
We're Mad for These Swags
If you want a perfect party, she’s the one to ask…
DIY Done Right
Photos from Pretty Pink Tulips, The Zhush, Hamptontoes, Quintessence, Eddie Ross and Party Resources
A Plethora of Pinecones
As you can tell from our Monday Mood, we’re still thinking about how to decorate our home this holiday season. While the kids are clamoring for something fun and festive (i.e. big colorful lights, tinsel and a snow globe on the lawn!), we’re somehow feeling more cozy and rustic. Eddie Ross‘ and Mary McDonald‘s take on the not-so-homey pinecone had us thinking about these backyard beauties. From the front door…
A Pinecone Party!
to the stairway…
Amazing Pinecone Swags
and the top of the tree…
Terrific Tree Topper
(or as a tree!)…
Who Needs the Pine Tree?
to the tabletop…
Eddie's Pinecone Centerpiece
pinecones are pretty. Just another thought… Are you done decorating?
Photos from Country Living, Veranda, Good Housekeeping, Country Living via Gretchen Opgenorth and Eddie Ross
With Thanksgiving come and gone, it’s not too soon to think of holiday decorating (for those of you who, like us, wait until the very last minute to get your tree up!) Each year, we try to choose a theme that we carry from the front door throughout the house… whether it be a color (silver, apple green, purple, why not pink!) or a trend (rustic, Hollywood or The Nutcracker).
Our Red Period
We recently read in The Wall Street Journal that the inexpensive carnation is back in style (after all, even if the recession is officially over, we’ve implemented austerity measures) and our creative juices started flowing.
What in Carnation?
When last week we heard from Eddie Ross, lifestyle expert extraordinaire, that he actually loves these humble flowers, especially when massed, “their ruffled edges form[ing] a beautiful texture that looks lush and rich,” we knew we had to explore a carnation Christmas.
Lush and Lovely by Eddie Ross
We’re in good company. Carolyne Roehm celebrates carnations in centerpieces…
Carolyne's Carnation Centerpiece
and Martha Stewart makes wonderful wreaths.
A Beautiful Carnation Creation
We think they would make pretty garlands and kissing balls, too.
Pretty Pink Pomanders
Just a thought…
Photos from yours truly, The Wall Street Journal, Eddie Ross, Carolyne Roehm, Martha Stewart, Heavenly Blooms and Wedding Flowers