Category: dining room

Simple Summer Lunch Setting

May 21, 2017


Yesterday I spotted this outdoor restaurant table prepared for a celebration luncheon:


table set

I think it is so simple which makes it so pretty:Read More

Interior Before & After Paint Update and Tulip Heaven

May 6, 2017

Over the years, I have worked with a southern client on updating his home with new paint colors. It still amazes me how a coat of paint can totally transform a room! Here are a few sneak peek before and after photos of his newly painted home. There are a lot of photos in this post so grab a cup of coffee and relax and enjoy:

A welcoming new color of Stonington Gray HC-170 renews this entry hallway and stairs:

hallway jeff

Benjamin Moore Winter Solstice 1605 was painted to update the living room:

jeff living

I just love before and after pictures, don’t you? The new dining room in Coventry Gray HC-169 :Read More

Simple and Gorgeous Spring Centerpieces

March 22, 2016

my table

Isn’t it so nice we are decorating for Spring again? Time goes by so fast! Unbelievable.  I decided to make a Spring centerpiece today and it just makes me happy to see:

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How to Set the Perfect Thanksgiving Table

November 2, 2015



Do you wish that you could set a pretty dining table, especially for the holidays? Well, you can! Like any other project, planning ahead is the key.

First empty the table for a clean, creative slate:


Next, decide if you want to use a tablecloth or placement. This is important because this is a great way to bring in color. For example these placemats will work in every Season:

Available from Amazon


Now, go through your place settings. Can you mix and match your pieces for an interesting look? I brought in crystal glass and china below:



Important step! Cloth napkins are the pretty accessory piece of the table! Napkins will make the table look dressed up and special using colorful napkins such as these:



Finally, I like to keep my centerpiece small so there is plenty of room for the food!:



Here are a few more posts on holiday tablescapes you might have missed:

Inspiring Holiday Tablescapes

Inspiring Christmas Tablescapes

Obsessing Over Tablescapes

I told you that you could do it, too! You just have to plan ahead.

I would love if you would email me your Thanksgiving table photos to see! They would be great to share in next month’s newsletter.

There Is No Time To Waste!

October 10, 2015

The Holiday’s are coming! Now is the time to get those home decorating projects out of the way if you are thinking of doing any improvements before the coming Holiday Season. We only have a short window of time before the company is coming to visit, the Christmas shopping fever is upon us and all of the decorating has to be completed!

fall setting


I wanted to suggest a couple quick ideas, depending on how involved you would like to get. A paint project is possible and is the quickest and largest impact for the time/money. A one day paint mission will totally transform a space.

blue dining room


Do you have an entry table, mantel, a tabletop or even a tray? Now is the time to make a plan what you will need and decorate it for the Holiday’s. Something simple is always best:



Another dramatic uplifting change you can make is adding colorful area rug, (indoors and out!):

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I just wanted to remind you that it is time to start those home design projects before the busy Holiday Season is upon us! Now is the time to check your closet for pretty place settings and plan a special way to lay out the table. This is kind of a public service announcement. You will thank me later.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Update For Spring Using Coral Accessories

March 19, 2015

Looking to freshen up your rooms this Spring? Still trending BIG this year is the color coral:

coral flower


Coral is a beautiful color to refresh and lighten up any room. A color combination I am in love with now is coral, navy blue and mineral blue:



I also am loving coral and turquoise together:

coral & turq


Unlike last Spring, coral colored accessories now are easy to find and at great prices. New towels for the bath:

coral towel


Pillows for the sofa and bed:



coral pillow


Or a throw for the living room or bedroom:

coral throw2


Wouldn’t that blanket above look beautiful folded at the end of your bed?



The picture above shows how well coral works with many other colors. Including browns:

coral mushroom


coral bed


And grays:

coral gray


(Winter Day by Behr, Simply White by Benjamin Moore, Coral Gables by Benjamin Moore, Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore).

coral drawers


White & Coral!:

coral door


And of course all shades of blue:

coral and blue2


coral and bluea


Look how nice coral goes with green and blue:

coral blue and green


Wouldn’t these chairs be fun and exciting in your kitchen or dining room:

coral chair


Ballard Design even carries coral fabric at pretty good prices:

coral fabric

coral fabric two


Or how about a beautiful, new rug for your entry or living room:

coral rug


What do you think of the color coral? Do you agree that it is a great color to help bring Spring indoors this year? We certainly are deserving of a happy, bright color to bring in the warmth!