Asian Influence

From my earliest memories, the tea set in the center photo has been in my parents' home.  My Dad gave it to my Mother. There is something about Asian design that my Daddy really likes.  And Mom?  She has a great love for the Asian people, but she just isn't drawn to the design.  In fact, there is very little of the influence in their home.  Maybe only the tea set ...  :-) But today is my Dad's birthday, and I thought he might like a "dose" of beautiful Asian design. (Mom or Sister -- you'll have to tell him he made the blog so he'll see this!) Some of the pieces are mine, and I would never part with them -- particularly the bowl in the bottom center photo which was a wedding present.  ... Keep Reading...

Falling for Wood

A few weeks ago I showed you the kinds of elements I like to use to bring warmth and texture to my Fall decorating.  (If you missed it and want to read the post, click here.)  One of the elements I mentioned was POTTERY, and I've already done a pottery-focused tablescape here.   Today's tablescape focuses on another of my "foundations" of Fall decorating.  This time it's WOOD.  Once again, you might be surprised to see that I'm using "non-traditional" colors for my Fall tablescape.  Let's see if it works ...   I began with my inspiration piece -- a RUG with great texture -- and laid it on top of an eggplant-colored tablecloth. (Purple is a wonderful color for Fall decorating! Try adding a touch of it to your ... Keep Reading...

"Shop the Yard" Centerpiece

Anyone who does very many tablescapes knows that eventually you end up "shopping the house" for items to add to your tablescapes.  True?  You just go around your house and look for things that will either give a focal point -- or "filler" -- to your tablescape.  (Isn't it fun when the creative juices start flowing?!!!) Today, I'm going to show you the result of "shopping the YARD" for this week's tablescape. I knew I wanted to use this wooden pedestal bowl for my centerpiece ...   ... and I wanted to end up with this basic shape.   A dear friend who owns From The Garden Floral Events taught me how to make it happen ... Begin with a block of Oasis floral foam -- then soak it in water.    Next ... Keep Reading...