Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Scandinavian Christmas

Here are some of my favorite images of Scandinavian Christmas décor. I just adore the white, natural and simple feel of Scandinavian design, especially at Christmas!

Carina Olander

Carina Olander

Carina Olander

Marie Hultberg

Marie Hultberg

Marie Hultberg

Kate Young Design

Mad & Bolig

 Me and Alice




Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Merry & Bright

I'm finally decorating my home with touches of Christmas. I hope you like what I've done so far.

I love pine cones especially these large ones I found when I was in Lake Tahoe, California.

The blanket is from Pottery Barn. I made the ladder from branches in my yard.

I made the wreath from evergreens in my yard. I used a basic wire hanger, shaped into a circle, then spray painted it black. I connected the greens with wire and wrapped it with the berries.

I've been collecting metal house candle holders for some time now. I love surrounding them with evergreens. Last year I found the wooden white Advent calendar with little drawers and a tiny village scene.

I hope your Christmas is Merry & Bright!

Monday, November 20, 2017

My Favorite Thanksgiving Tablescapes

The American holiday of Thanksgiving falls at the end of autumn and the beginning of winter. The weather is chilly, the leaves have fallen and décor is transforming from pumpkins to pine cones and evergreens. As I was looking for ideas on how to decorate my dinner table, I came across many beautiful and unique tablescapes. Here are my favorites! Because I grew up in California  (where the weather is not quite as cold as the northeast) I especially appreciate eating outdoors and incorporating the tablescape with nature.

 A Dash of Koko

When considering what items to use to decorate the tabletop, I like to keep it simple... mini pumpkins, pine cones, natural log slices, and of course, candles.

I love the idea of keeping it simple. Clear glasses, white plates and a string of lights.

How about a twist on the traditional? I adore this festive and fun table with pink and orange pumpkins.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

My Greek-Inspired Autumn Tablescape

After returning from a recent trip to Greece, I was inspired to host a Greek themed dinner for a few friends my husband and I had bought souvenirs for. Because the weather had been unseasonably warm, I decided to have our little dinner party on our back deck overlooking all of the splendid fall foliage of the forest.

On past trips to Greece, I had collected miniature blue and white Greek houses and churches. I used these as favors atop linen napkins for each place setting. I also had cute little tea lights that I placed around neutral-colored pumpkins. I had set the table in the afternoon, so a few falling leaves made their way onto the table as well. I didn't want the overall theme to look tacky so I was careful to not overdue it with too many Greek elements. I am lucky enough to have a fantastic Greek store within a half hour of my house, so I did pick up some Greek wine and few tasty delights that I didn't have time to make myself.

I love my miniature blue and white Greek houses. You can buy them everywhere in Greece, so I didn't mind using them as little favors.

With the arrival of dusk the candles were lit. My guests arrived and the appetizers of tyropita, olives and feta were served. We had a delicious dinner of Greek salad, lamb souvlaki, rice and Greek-style green beans topped off with an assortment of baked Greek desserts. My Greek-inspired Autumn tablescape was a big hit. OPA!

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