Sunday, November 17, 2013
Add a custom look, purchase stencils and paint plain plates with ceramic paint.
Add sparkle and color
Add names to each setting
Organic setting using real acorns for napkins rings, hot glue them to a plain ring
Go global, with tablecloths, plates, napkins, center piece and even your glasses.
Mix it up with unique touches
Put the rule of three to work. Select one color and repeat it on the table 3 times.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Water, Water Everywhere
Soaking in a full tub is grand, but adding a water feature creates undeniable atmosphere
Tranquil Reading Retreat
Zen bath atmosphere, perfect for soaking and reading your favorite novel
A Tub for a King
This Imperia tub for two by Tyrrell & Laing, shown at Sir Richard Branson's Lodge Verbier in Switzerland, is made of a smooth stone composite that's much lighter (fortunately!) than solid stone. At 76.5 inches long and 45 inches wide, it's one of the largest free-standing tubs on the market.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Warm and Welcoming
Natural elements, the warm tones of burnished wood, tarnished silver and a touch of gold make this fall entry arrangement inviting and interesting. An antique beadboard door hung horizontally provides a rustic, primitive backdrop.
Rustic Meets Refined
A slightly tarnished silver champagne bucket holds natural, dried twigs collected during a stroll outdoors. Mixing fancier pieces with the humble provides an excellent visual contrast. A handmade "merci" clay tag is hung from the bucket with twine to hint at the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
A homemade chalkboard is inserted in an antique wooden frame as a place to write autumn greetings, song lyrics, poems or verses. It can be easily made by cutting a piece of Masonite to size and painting it with two coats of chalkboard paint.
Pests Can Be Pretty
Pinecones and seedpods that litter yards in the fall can be gathered and used as part of your seasonal decor. Collect pods and cones and allow them to dry in a basement or garage for several days before using.
Dried vs. Fresh
Fresh flowers are beautiful but they can be expensive and need to be replaced every few days. Late-summer hydrangea blooms can be dried and used throughout the fall season and beyond.
A small acorn squash is surrounded by a bed of reindeer moss to keep it steady and add fluffy texture. Mosses can also be used to make topiaries and to simply fill wood or silver bowls.
Hit the Produce Aisle
Shop your local grocer's produce aisle for fall fruits and vegetables like acorn squash, pears and apples. Display them until they're perfectly ripened and then enjoy with a meal and replace with fresh produce.
Fringes and Feathers
A scrap of burlap fabric is unraveled around the edges and used as a casual runner in this centerpiece. Guinea-fowl feathers were collected from a local farm and put on display. Feathers can also be purchased at craft stores and look especially beautiful in vases or fashioned into wreaths.
Spell It Out
Use gold-leafed resin letters to spell out a greeting or announce the season. Letters made of metal, chipboard or wood would also look fitting in an autumn display.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
Throwing an elegant outdoor dinner party doesn't have to mean using expensive tableware.
What better way to celebrate summer than an outdoor fiesta? This table was dressed with orange burlap layered over a red tablecloth for a bold, colorful touch.
It wouldn't be summer without an outdoor lobster bake. Cover the table with newspaper for an inexpensive way to bring festivity to your party.
Garden Tea Party
Gather up your girlfriends for an elaborate garden tea party. Use natural elements such as moss and fresh flowers to dress up the table.
Green and White Party
Choose fresh, lively colors to create a delightful summer theme. Use plain white dinnerware and pair it with a vibrant tablecloth pattern to spice up the look.
A Day at the Beach
A beach-inspired outdoor party is an easy and budget-friendly party idea. To make a shell centerpiece, fill a hurricane glass with store-bought shells or shells collected from your last vacation.