November 18th, 2009 |

Christmas Decor: Ruby Red with a touch of Lime Green

Red WreathsWhen it comes to Christmas decor, there is no combination I love more than red and lime green.  I love the accent of the lime green up against the Christmas tree, the contrast when paired with deep ruby red.  It makes me happy.

Image via Better Homes and Gardens

November 4th, 2009 |

Fall Centerpiece Idea

Fall Candle Centerpiece

Since I am on an artichoke kick today – I thought I would share this centerpiece idea, too!  This centerpiece would be the perfect compliment to my artichoke place cards below!

Image via Better Homes and Gardens

October 30th, 2009 |

Trend Alert: Feathers!

Feathers have been popping up all over the place lately….and I have to tell you, I have fallen head over heels for some of these images!  Stunning (in a romantic-kind-of-way) for a wedding, a festive accent for the holidays when done in color, and a sophisticated update for your home in neutrals.  Note to self: feathers are an inexpensive way to add a touch of luxury to your centerpieces!
feathers wedding

Images by Michèle M. Waite via 100 Layer Cake

feathers red

Images via So Let’s Party and Get Married

feathers brown

Images via Amazon, Glam, and Chocolate Box Home

October 27th, 2009 |

DIY: 5-Minute Fall Centerpiece

Lentils Centerpiece

The crafty people over at HGTV are the geniuses behind this centerpiece idea.  All you need is 5 minutes, some pumpkins, candles, lentils (you can buy at the grocery store), and adhesive stripes…..and you have yourself a simple, unique centerpiece.  Perfect for Thanksgiving or a Fall dinner party!

Click here for the instructions from HGTV.

October 19th, 2009 |

A Gilded Halloween

gilded halloween

There are so many different ways to decorate your home with pumpkins this season… can decorate them with ribbon, create displays by color, or stack them to create pumpkin topiaries.  For a more sophisticated Fall display, you could use all white pumpkins or add a touch of glamour with gilded pumpkins.

A little paint and some creative pattern ideas is all you need to create a beautiful display like the ones pictured above.

See detailed instructions at Country Living.

October 15th, 2009 |

Inspiring Table Setting

I am always looking for inspiration….it’s just part of who I am, what I do.  For my job, it’s fashion…I look for ideas for products in every retail store you can imagine.  For the website, however – sky’s the limit!  I find inspiration for parties around every corner, in any store, even just walking down the street.  Today, I happened to walk into Crate & Barrel.  I was picking up an end table for my new house….definitely not looking for anything else!

I walked in the front door and this magnificent table sat in front of me.  I’m in love.  I love the modern-yet-rustic look of the branches, the clean lines of the metal candlesticks…..I even love how they set each place (especially the asymmetrically-placed napkin ring!).  It’s the perfect Fall table.  Ideal for a dinner party, and would be absolutely stunning for Thanksgiving dinner!  Now I just need to throw a party to use the idea….

Enjoy.  I hope you love it as much as I do!

fall table setting crate & barrel

Here are a couple links to the products used to create this table setting: branches, gourds, apples, metal candlesticks, table runner (they used one on each side of the table), green napkins, green napkin ring, woven charger plates, green dinnerware, leaf accent plate, wine glass, silverware.

Images property of The Party Dress

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October 13th, 2009 |

Pumpkins by Color

colored pumpkins

We tend to associate pumpkins with Halloween.  There are so many different varieties and color options, you could use pumpkins in your decorations throughout the whole Fall season.  Here are a few of my favorite pumpkin centerpieces from Sunset Magazine….perfect for a Fall dinner party or even Thanksgiving dinner!

October 7th, 2009 |

Decorating with Pumpkins

Decorating with PumpkinsImages via and

October 2nd, 2009 |

Inspiration: Autumn Arrangement

Munich FlowersI spent a few weeks this month working out of Germany (my OTHER job!).  I spent one weekend walking around Munich searching for inspiration.  The city was preparing for Oktoberfest, and the florists were busting at the seams with autumn arrangements.  I fell in love with the display above….the colors, the different textures, but mostly the wood containers.  I remember seeing containers like these at my local Home Goods a while back, and couldn’t figure out what to do with them…now I know!  I think this concept would be easy to reproduce in your home and would be beautiful for a Fall party.

Image property of The Party Dress

September 24th, 2009 |

Pumpkin Topiary

Pumpkin Topiary PostAnybody that knows me, knows that I love a good topiary!  Which is why I fell in love with this idea from Good Housekeeping!  Unique without being cheesy….exactly my style!  For more details on how to construct these, click here for the instructions.

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