Holidays

Classic Christmas Center Pieces and How to Get the Look

Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re playing host or hostess for a holiday gathering this year, you may be asking yourself how you want to decorate the dining room table. Each year, I see a variety of center pieces that range from extravagant to romantic to simple but chic. While your personal …

Chanukah: The Festival of Lights

Yesterday was the first night of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. Chanukah means “dedication,” because the holiday commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Jews defeated the Syrian-Greeks. After the victory, there was only enough oil in the Temple to light the menorah for one day. Yet, miraculously, the oil lasted eight days. Hence, eight nights of Chanukah, when we light …

DIY Ornaments

Growing up, our Christmas tree always had several homemade, DIY ornaments. We had ones my grandmother sewed from felt, ones my brother and I had made, and always a construction-paper garland. Now that I have my own family and our own Christmas tree, I want to create some special homemade ornaments for it, but going …

Not Your Everyday Christmas Cookies

The Christmas season is here. Time for family, friends, shopping, and baking! If you’re tired of the same ol’ sugar cookies, check out these yummy cookies. Not your everyday Christmas cookies, for sure! These Peppermint Bonbon Cookies are always a favorite at my friend Cynthia’s book club: A gooey chocolate center and crunchy peppermint – yum! Something …

A Simply Set Table with Wintergreen Elegance

Looking for a simple way to spice up your décor for the holiday season? Our design team is at it again with a brilliant and simple way to create a gorgeous dining room to serve as the backdrop for your festivities all season long. Step 1: Choose a theme Our inspiration for this design comes …

Our Thanksgiving Menu

I love Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday. Leaves falling, football in the yard and on TV, family together, and THE FOOD!  The food is the best, to me. So today I thought I’d share my Thanksgiving menu with you. I’m largely a traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner. Here’s what’s on our menu and …

Creating a Harvest Romance Tablescape

Creating a warm friendly holiday table can be very simple and can transform the mood of your dining experience in a very positive way. The romance tablescape creates just this and more. This room has a rustic feel so by adding these Faux cotton branches and pumpkins it really pulled in the “earthy feel.” These …

DIY Your Thanksgiving Table Settings

I love the colors of fall – the reds, oranges, and yellows of the leaves, the deep greens and earth tones of pumpkins and gourds. Sure, you can go out and buy decorations for your Thanksgiving table, but why not DIY them instead? A trip outside or to the grocery store will yield some great elements for …

Make Your Dining Room Grand

The holidays are coming – time to host family and friends, often for a big meal. Is your dining room ready to handle the guests? Want to spice it up a bit? Here are some tips for making your dining room feel grand. Light It Up Because the light fixture in the dining room hangs …

7 Ways Beautiful Fall Porches Can Transition through to Winter

As Halloween transitions to Thanksgiving in the US, what do you do with pumpkins or your other fall décor? How do you make it last as long as possible and still be attractive and appropriate to the season. 1.       Keep it Classic Elegance is timeless. This beautiful porch repeats the black from the front door …

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