Archive for the ‘Entertaining’ Category

Expecting Guests for the Holidays?

Expecting Guests for the Holidays? by GraceAnn Simoni Once again, today we are joined by Contributor GraceAnn Simoni, Interior Redesign and Staging Specialist and Instructor from the Chicagoland area. GraceAnn shares with us budget tips and advice for decorating with your existing furniture and accessories. — The holidays are fast approaching. Is your guest room ready or has it become the place where everything that does not have a home […] Read more »

Set the Table — Challenge # 20

Set the Table — Challenge # 20 The other day my buddy Diane said she wanted to set a gorgeous table for the holidays this year. She was taking stock of what she had on hand, and planning to score a few new things to spice up her tablescape. Leona recently gave us inspiration with the luscious scenes in her tinted glassware post. My daughter and I jumped in and created this […] Read more »

Colorful Tabletop Trend for Fall: Tinted Glassware

Colorful Tabletop Trend for Fall: Tinted Glassware by Leona Gaita Today we are once again joined by Leona Gaita, Interior Design Expert and Contributor. Leona shares with us her inspiring ideas and advice to help us enrich our homes and lives with beauty and elegance. — A great way to add some rich color to your table for fall, without changing dishes, or breaking the bank, is to add some colorful […] Read more »

4th of July Table Decor Craft

4th of July Table Decor Craft Patriotic Peeps Placemats Looking for a fresh take on your July 4th picnic table decor? Whip up some Patriotic Peeps Placemats. Easy to make and fun for the whole family, these are personalized with each family member’s handprint reverse-appliqued in stars and stripes fabrics. Materials for Four Placemats: One and one-half yards 45-inch wide off-white cotton canvas One-quarter yard each 45-inch wide blue and white […] Read more »

Bring on Summer at the Beach

Bring on Summer at the Beach As summer blows closer, enjoy a little light browsing in beachy aquas, silvery greys and seashell whites. The flip-flops and lemonade are just around the corner. Cottage and Bungalow’s 40″ Facing Mermaids Clockwise from above left: West Elm’s Origami Shells, and from Seaside Inspired, their Beach Stone Placemats, Nautilus Shell Plates, and their Coral Candelabra. Cottage Home Maine’s custom-made Aqua Trestle Table: Seaside Inspired’s Embroidered […] Read more »

Mother’s Day Craft and Gift — Sweet Stands

Mother’s Day Craft and Gift — Sweet Stands Planning to entertain Mom this Mother’s Day? Here’s an easy DIY craft and gift idea with big impact: our Mother’s Day Brunch and Tea Sweet Stands. Like little cake stands with an attitude, these are really fun to make. You may already own some mismatched pieces of china and glassware, or you can take a trip to the Goodwill like I did. Within half an […] Read more »

Easter and Spring DIY Craft — Table Decor

Easter and Spring DIY Craft — Table Decor Happy spring! Easter is just a few hops away; you’re probably booking that ham at HoneyBaked right now. If you’re entertaining Aunt Marge, Uncle Fred and the whole clan this Easter, or if you just want to brighten up your spring table, here’s an Easter DIY craft especially for you. Many moons ago, I got the great bargain of 50 cents apiece for a stack […] Read more »

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