Yuletide Dining Table Décor: Gingerbread & Angels!

This stylish table setting is based on the traditional seasonal color palette of red and green. Though this year I got the urge to shake it up a bit… I decided to add multi-colored mini gingerbread houses to each place setting, and also, and perhaps more daringly, a bit of black in the napkins, the […]

Yule Plaid Jingle Bell Chair Treatments!

I love chair treatments. Because they are relatively simple to craft, they provide a fantastic opportunity to personalize yet another aspect of the chosen decor. For this particular holiday, I decided to integrate plaid, bells, and grosgrain bows into evergreen sprays to create traditional yet delightfully playful festive accents.

Seasonally Inspired 5 Course Yule Menu!

 Winter Solstice is the day with the least amount of sunlight. It is a day we huddle close to friends and family and rely on hearth, home, laughter, and good company to provide light and cheer. It is with these inspirations in mind that I have created a delicious celebratory menu with selections designed to […]

More Joys of Gingerbread: Mini Gingerbread Houses!

  “The Sugarplum Fairy herself could have made no grander gesture.”~Shana Alexander …More for the love of gingerbread! A month or so ago I had a vision regarding my holiday table… tiny, decorated, edible gingerbread houses elevated on Victorian cupcake pedestals adorning each place setting. This was a challenging endeavor, but I was so pleased with […]

Yule Napkins… Why not make them?!

Perhaps it is because their cost need not break the bank. Perhaps it is because their fabric is exactly the pattern and texture of your choosing. Perhaps it is because none are identical. Then again, perhaps it is simply because of all the love that goes into creating them. Whatever the reason, handcrafted napkins are […]

Variations on a Theme: Late Harvest Raven Tablescape

A tablescape reflective of the late harvest season almost feels as though it requires the care, thoughtfulness, and diligence commensurate with the awe inspiring power of this season of deepest reflection. Accordingly, I have put great care into developing a variation on last year’s theme, and I am most pleased to share it with you […]

Reflective Late Autumn Celebration: Featuring Deco-Inspired Table Décor

Autumn is nature’s gift for aligning with the energies of contemplation, for even as the season’s are indeed cyclical and therefore without a true beginning or end, they also exhibit undeniable patterns uniquely their own, and some of these patterns are of termination. Autumn leaves blaze forth in glorious reds, oranges, golds, and yellows, but […]

Late Harvest Festival Dining Table Décor

The end of October, the last of the pumpkins… the late harvest is upon us. What an amazing time of year this is. A time of endings and a time of beginnings…

Seasonally Inspired 5-course Mid-Harvest Menu!

I just adore harvest season, so crafting this feast was a true labor of love! With squash, pumpkins, apples, cranberries, and the like in such plentitude, creating a meal kind of felt like turning out the contents of the cornucopia onto my kitchen counter and going to town! Here is my 5-course menu with optional […]

Harvest Tablescape Featuring the Apple in Luxurious Grandeur!

 Though we enjoy our gardens all summer long and perhaps, in some cases, all the way into October, September is the ideal time to celebrate and give thanks for the harvest, for it is the month most bursting with the fruits of the vines. The following tablescape is inspired by the magic of the harvest, […]