Getting Your Table Thanksgiving Ready

I love the holidays! Especially Thanksgiving. I basically love any time that I can decorate my table. I prefer a traditional setting with beautiful plates, wine glasses and tons of candles. Now I know most do not and frankly find it overwhelming. Especially when you are the host in charge of guests, turkey, pies and NOW you need a fancy table?!! Fear not you don’t! I have created two very simple tablescapes that are sure to wow your guests and keep you underwhelmed.

I like to mix my flowers and plants – some fake, some real. You don’t have to go wild and spend a ton of money of fresh flowers. For this first look I used some goodies from my yard. I have a Magnolia tree that I frequently cut leaves from. Makes a perfect filler for your vases, tables and wreaths. And they last a long time even out of water. I also used some Purple Fountain Grass. Again straight from my yard. It adds a perfect fun “fall feel”. Then sprinkled the table with some bright and cheery sunflowers…fake and fabulous!

Holidays are also a great time to use dinnerware that you don’t use on the reg aka the fancy stuff. These beautiful plates were my Grandma’s. I cherish them and try to use them any chance I get. The rest of the table is decorated with stuff I already have. That’s the key. Use what you have! I pulled these candle holders from my mantle. Mixed and matched my charges to add a little shine and texture. I had a fall bouquet of the flowers left over from another project. So I cut the stems off and wrapped them around the napkins. Incredibly easy and so pretty!

I love this next table – bright and fresh…and SO easy! Even if it’s just your family or you are having a few guests over you can still have a festive table. This dinnerware is my everyday and I used plastic utensils. Thank you Target for the fancy no clean up gold flatware! These bright fall leaves I bought in the floral section at Kroger. Like the real deal. In fact they might be real. Honestly I’m not entirely sure…lol!

I bought this stunning hand blown glass pumpkin in New York while visiting my sister. Definitely one of a kind. But I have seen similar ones at Pier 1. Then to add a little fun I placed each setting with a pumpkin instead of using name plates. These are from the dollar store! I did paint the white ones to add a more modern feel.

Hopefully you enjoyed these ideas! Happy Thanksgiving!

White Dinnerware (Discontinued but similar): Crate and Barrel  |  Napkins: Crate and Barrel   |  Basket weave Chargers: Walmart  |  Gold Chargers: Amazon  |  Green Jug Vase: Hearth & Hand  |  Gold Cutlery: Target

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Powder Bath Reveal: Bye Bye Brown Cave

So I am so excited about this bathroom reveal. It has been one of the most dramatic changes we’ve made in our home. We have been in our home a little over four years. So this makeover has been long coming. When I say the bathroom was dark. I literally mean dark brown…like the whole thing! Not sure what they were going for. Darkness?! Scary?! I don’t think this is what people mean by Monochromatic. We painted the bathroom days after moving in. Not cause I already had this great vision but just so we could see!!

We pretty much removed everything from the toilet, vanity, shower walls, floors, and fixtures. Had the pleasure of working with an amazing team from Ribo Home Remodeling. I’ve been told I am very “particular” (not sure I can argue…hehe!) so these guys had their hands full and did a stand up job!

My vision for this bathroom came from this stunning cement tile from Cement Tile Shop. It’s a soft gray and off while tile. SO PRETTY!! It’s a small space and the bathroom that all my guests use so I wanted something special for the floors. We painted the walls a soft gray, Sherwin Williams Repose Gray. It’s a color we used throughout the house. And went perfect with the tile. I wanted a shiplap wall so my handy hubby did his magic. It added just a little more depth and brightened up the space more.

Ok brace yourselves. If you are sitting in a dark room I suggest turning on a light…or you might not see the BEFORE pics!

I told you it was dark! Now what you can’t see are the floors. They too are a dark brown tile. So several years, days and many hours later we have a brand new bathroom. Bye bye brown cave hello fresh new powder bath!


Tile: Cannes III Cement Tile Shop  |  Vanity: Lowe’s  |  Knobs: Anthropologie  |  Paint: Sherwin William’s Repose Gray  |  Hand Towel: World Market  |  Hand Soap: World Market  |  Gold Rimmed Glass Containers: World Market

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Birthday Traditions

I’ve never really been a collector of anything. Until a few years back my sister surprised me with a MacKenzie-Childs Bufferlfy Garden Enamel Pedestal Platter for my birthday. I LOVED it from the second I saw it! It has a permanent home on my countertop. I fill it with banana bread, cakes, pies, biscuits, or even fruit! To date one of my favorite gifts. So each birthday I am gifted a beautiful new addition…to my new found collection.

Just this year, the Butterfly Garden Collection was discontinued. Tear. BUT that didn’t stop the tradition from continuing. I have since added the Courtly Check to the mix. And I must say I love it even more.


Not sure what to do with those cute boxes the glassware comes in? Make a vase! Simply add water to a small glass, place inside the container and Volia! An adorable centerpiece. If you don’t like the white rim of the container try adding a ribbon around it.

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