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Set The Table, Please!

A Traditional Home Table

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q & A

Q & A with House of Brinson

A Creative Couple

Ever since we met the very talented Susan Brinson at the ALT Summit in New York, we’ve been dying to profile her work along with her husband, William’s, beautiful photography here on The Buzz.  House of Brinson is their joint venture, a blog where they document all aspects of art, design, photography, food and life in general, and their aesthetic is all about contrast: black and white, light and dark, masculine and feminine, old and new, rustic and modern.


While Susan, an art director and designer, is into all things visual and crafty (and is known for her obsessive holiday cookie baking!), William, a still life and food photographer, is a foodie, always thinking about the next meal.

Queen Anne’s Lace

It’s no wonder that our mouths were salivating when we perused his portfolio.  We were thrilled that this dynamic duo agreed to take part in our series and loved their fun, unique answers!

The Moment – Tulips

1.  What did you want to be when you were a child?
S:  Mostly an artist, but sometimes a lawyer
W: Stunt man

2.  What is your necessary luxury?
S:   LaMer skin cream
W: Leather booths

The Moment – Roses

3.  What is your favorite decorating accessory?
S:  Succulent flowers
W: Vintage lamps

4.  Where do you window shop?
S:  Ferragamo via Pinterest
W: John Varvatos

5.  What makes a house a home?
S:  A casual mess, or looking lived in
W: My family, Susan and Nero (our boxer dog)

The Moment – Dusk

6.  What is the most enjoyable part of your day?
S:  Coming home from work to an overly excited boxer dog and my husband
W: Morning

7.  What is your favorite flower?
S:  Peony
W: Garlic blossom

8.  If you were a cocktail, what would you be?
S:  Amaretto and cream, on the rocks
W: Vodka Martini, strong and a little dry

9.  If your life were made into a movie, what would be the title and who would play your part?
S:  Taste, Kate Winslet  (She has nice eyebrows.)
W: Lunch with Will, of course Brad Pitt would play me

Black and White Things

10.  Name one thing from your “Bucket List”
S:  Visit Machu Picchu
W: Purchase a motorcycle

We wish we could have added more pretty pictures to this post…  Thankfully, Susan and William have fabulous sites so we urge you to visit both!

Photos via House of Brinson