Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Magnolia Garland

I absolutely love garland made from magnolia leaves and branches. There used to be a beautiful magnolia tree by my kitchen window that provided us with wonderful greenery. Three years ago  a ruthless storm destroyed the tree and we had to say goodbye.
I have my eyes on another magnolia growing on the edge of my property; I just have to muster up enough courage to climb my wobbly ladder on Main Street to get to the branches.

Gorgeous garland by In Bloom New York in an amazing space.

Magnolia flanks this beautiful entrance.



      Beautiful garland and wreath offered by Williamsburg Marketplace.

Warm and inviting mantle display featured in Southern Accents.

Lovely garland by Deborah Silver.

Martha Stewart added touches of silver.

Country Living offers a magnolia garland tutorial at the following link:

Some of my magnolia garland from the past.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wooden Stands

    I have an affinity for candlesticks, cake stands and platters made from wood. Recently, I needed some wooden stands for an event my business was designing. I thought about getting stands made; however, my partner and I decided to hit the local thrift shops to see if we could find components and build them ourselves.
We found some cheap, hideous lamps and took apart the bases.Then we bought an assortment of wood bowls, shallow and deep.We had to sand them down, glue them together and refinish them.

                                 This is a quirky stand we made using a candlestick and a small salad bowl.

We used a smaller candlestick for this base.

Here is an assortment of four we constructed.

Since I am getting ready to host Thanksgiving, the stands are holding pumpkins left over from our recent Vintners' Dinner event.

Here is the Rustic Dinner Party where we used the stands. We used them for an assortment of cheeses, olives, artichokes.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Toile Bedroom

My toile bedroom is very cozy. The wallpaper was put up over a decade ago and I have not tired of it at all. In fact, I imagine it will be on the walls for many years to come. 

The little sofa in the sitting area is a comfortable place to read.

Birdie, my little brussels griffon/yorkie.

I love sleeping under the eaves.


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