Mom hosted 18 of us in her backyard for this past Easter Sunday. It was a great time and so sweet to watch the little ones run around. There were 7 cousins there and they were all girls so we did a girly themed tablescape.
Mom, the girls, and I went to the flower mart and stocked up for the table and for some gorgeous flower arrangements that my mom made. We then went to JoAnne’s and got some ribbon to tie bunches of flowers at each place setting.
We alternated between a fuschia bow and a light pink bow for each napkin going down the table. Then we pulled out some pretty flower plates that mom got on her wedding day, the fine silver and everything else was white.
The setting really can’t be beat with a view of the bay.
Fun was had by all, especially the little ones…
Hope your Easter was a special day.
One room where I have subscribed to the theory of slooow decorating is the dining room. You guys were there with me when I got my beloved Oly Studio dining room chairs and when we ripped up the ugly carpet…post here.
Now for the next latest and greatest, we have our official dining room lighting. I had my Stray Dog Designs chandelier up as a place holder but it was never meant to stay in that room. I love the light but it’s more whimsical then I’d like my dining room to read.
I just needed to find the perfect piece which can take TIME.
Luckily for me, while searching One Kings Lane vintage section for lighting for a client, I stumbled upon the light for me. I can assure you my job is very dangerous like that. It’s very easy to do the, ‘one for you and one for me,’ when out shopping for clients.
I digress. I present to you my very own antique copper lantern…
I love it! It actually looks better in person; my horrible photography skills in no way do it justice.
By absolutely no means is the dining room finished. But I’m one step closer. The next step is to put up drapes and to take down the shutters. That will bring a layer of softness and possibly color to the room. Now to find a fabric within my budget and to my liking. I’m very much considering white Ikea drapes with this tape on the leading edge until I find the one again…
I’ll update you as the changes arrive. At this pace it will be in about six months or so. How is that for a hard sell to keep you reading?
Even though I was born and raised in California, my mom does have some deep Southern roots. She can trace her roots back to the revolution. Her sister is in town from Virginia (which I saw as the perfect excuse to dress the girls in smocked dresses). It got me thinking of how I am influenced by Southern style and I think that has to do with the traces of Southern style/ antiques placed around our California home growing up.
One of my absolute favorite designers, who I had the pleasure of “meeting” over Instagram, is based out of Richmond, Virginia – the very place my mom was born.
Today, I’d love to whisk you away to the wonderful world of Suellen Gregory Design and her beautiful use of pattern mixing, unique furniture pieces, gorgeous antiques and a few modern pieces for good measure.
Suellen Gregory’s work is chalk full of inspiration. She, and her team, have such talents at mixing patterns, styles and colors. I like how she really follows through on a color story, pulling from one fabric and I think that’s what makes her mix so successful. Each room is absolutely stunning while feeling relaxed and a happy place to live. You can follow Suellen Gregory on Instagram here.
I’m back again. My apologies for the two month blog break! That was unexpected. But not to worry, I wasn’t going to drop the mic forever on a pottery barn post. Life simply got ahead of me and something had to give.
While I was away from my little old blog, Josie turned three! Three means many things, one of which is a big girl bed. She’ll be transitioning soon to this twin bed that is currently set up in Gracie’s bedroom…
I’m not sure if I’ve shared the story behind the headboard. I have a pair of them and they came from the previous owner of our house. In my cover letter where I begged and pleaded for our home, I mentioned how I loved everything right down to the matching faux bamboo headboards. When we got the house, the previous owner gave them to me as a present. It was the sweetest thing ever! The previous owner lived here for about forty years and her daughter slept with the very same headboard.
One day Grace and Josie will share a room and they will have twin beds lined up with these beautiful headboards! I can’t wait!! Meanwhile, Josie’s headboard is getting painted green.
And now I’m starting to think bedding. I’d like to do a scalloped, percale, cream coverlet, possibly with a monogram in pink. Here’s some inspiration shots of what I’m thinking for the coverlet…
Now that was a wordy post all for a coverlet discussion. But I do think it’s a very simple, classic and refined look for two twin beds. And I especially love the example with the block print quilts folded at the end. Isn’t that room dreamy?
The other day, I found a quiet moment to flip through the Pottery Barn. Quickly flipping changed into slowly dog earing every page. They’ve got so many great things in store right now.
This bedding feels Josef Frank-esque
Some of their lighting has a much more contemporary feel to it.
I’m using this gorgeous standing lamp in a nursery that I’m working on
Love this large, rustic coffee table; it feels likes something Lauren Leiss would decorate with
Love the lines of the Lucas chair and I bet their pretty comfy with the padded leather
Hammered Copper Flatware? Well, that seems necessary.
Overall, I’m very impressed and I like the subtle changes that Pottery Barn seems to making.
So yesterday’s fail brought on a second try at a crafty table. I learned to keep the crafts doable for a non-crafter like me.
I kept my favorite thing from the last table, the place cards and I built from there.
For the napkin rings, I took the remaining of the paper towel roll and put tissue on it (same method as place cards)…
I then took craft paper and put it across the entire table and drew on the outline of four “placemats” with a black marker. Then I added paper doilies as the chargers for the table. I’ve been really into doilies lately. Who says that? Also, what has become of me? My 25 year old self would fly to New York for the weekend for a party and found clever beer koozies amazing. My 35 years old self bails out on a party in my own neighborhood and finds doilies thrilling.
I then added hydrangeas to my peony arrangement from yesterday’s tablescape to beef things up and I thought they had a great match to the doilies. And there you have it, my tablescape, redo…
I usually only do tablescapes when we have people over. Tuesday night dinners are plopped straight onto the table with a side of kitchen tea towels as napkins.
Actual dinner was still put in melamine bowls and it was still just pasta but fun to have a little bit of a fancy tablescape for a regular old night. The girls didn’t notice, but I did.
Now, onto scheming for my February tablescape.
Since my girls have begun the fantastically quiet activity of coloring at our new table, I thought I would celebrate with a “crafty paper” themed tablescape.
In preparation, I pinned gorgeous, impeccable paper flowers while sprawled out on the couch catching up on The Bachelor. And then I watched a YouTube of a woman making a paper dahlia in under two minutes flat, while classical music played in the background.
Hypnotized by the music, I thought I could surely pull off making four dahlias to place at each setting. Surely.
As I type out this post, my fingers are giving little tings of pain from my many glue gun burns all over my finger tips that I received attempting to make said paper dahlias.
My project turned out less paper dahlia and more paper Chili’s Awesome Blossom.
I am a bruised and battered pinterest fail.
After I made one piddly dahlia and deemed it horrible looking, I continued on doing absolutely nothing to improve my dahlia skills. You’d think I would have watched that video one more time. Just maybe once more.
But if I’m going to waste two nap times making these hideous dahlias, I’m going to use them.
So I continued on with my craft theme. For the napkin rings, I cut paper towel rolls down to size and then covered them in wasabi tape. Totally easy! No burns.
I then made the table place cards by using the age old tissue, glue and the tip of the pencil. I did each person’s first initial. This was my favorite part of the entire table and something I’d like to use again on a future…shall we say…more elegant…table. I really also loved how they played with the peonies on the table.
For the placemats, I used construction paper and cut up a little strip for a stripe down the center. So here we go…the table…
Yikes! My vision was soo different then my execution. It all went down way better in my head.
To redeem myself, I set a second “craft paper” themed tablescape that I like so much more. I’ll post that one tomorrow.