April 20, 2020

As we continue to shelter in place, we look to things that bring us joy, comfort and happiness. We are cooking more, trying creative activities, and looking for the light. 

I too, am cooking for one, but what makes me happy is color, lots of color - especially yellow -...

February 23, 2020

To send a card or not is the question. With social media it's easy to send well wishes, but how long do these memories last?  Many parents, like my mother, are from the generation where  you always sent a card or a hand written note. So, happy she did. She had a tradit...

January 30, 2020

Some of us are obsessed with monograms on totes, shirts, towels, etc. BTW glassware monograming was a trend in the midcentury.  Has this obsession moved to tablescapes in our china and glassware. Two years ago , when I was in Paris I saw these monogram plates. I've bee...

December 12, 2019

Home alone at holiday time? Fill it with cheer, joy and traditions. It doesn't have to be over the top, but all of us need some cheer in our life. The holidays are filled with color and sparkle, familiar sounds, and sweet smells. 

Step 1: Set up a holiday vignette....

October 5, 2019

Let's move from the pumpkins to grapes to wine for our fall tablescape. Have you noticed the trend to smaller wine glasses? In Europe a small juice size glass is the go to for a glass of social wine. To highlight these small vessels, today's table is "Wine" - from the...

August 30, 2019

You never know what you will find at the "Dump"! Refreshing my garden creates the need to visit the local recycling dump. This time of year, the lines are long, and I patiently wait my turn. Yes, it's hot, smelly and the flies are enjoying the cut greens. BTW - I'm on...

August 8, 2019

First, is it "lie" or "lay"? Whatever!  

Are flowers the focal point of your table? If so, then why don't we use floral table coverings or tablecloths today? My linen closet stacks are: white table cloths, floral & patterned cloths, table runners, and place mats.


April 17, 2019

What do you do with vintage covered vegetable dishes? With minimal dinning it has become a lost art to use these "bowls" to serve vegetables. As a result they are in abundance at thrift shops, and on ebay. You can find Limoges, Noritake and many other manufacturers of...

March 17, 2019

We are always to busy. Paper plates are easy. Pull up a stool at the counter. Are we creating experiences that create memories with family and friends? It's easy to rush but let's stop and make a memorable time. Whether you have a table or a counter, you can set it!...

December 4, 2018

After watching all the Hallmark Movies, and Balsam Hill commercials, who doesn't want to create the perfect Christmas?  Years ago, I did, and still try to although it's paired down. I would make my activities list:

  • Make 25 different kinds of cookies,

  • Send...

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