Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Rustic Glam Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving is such a special time of year, remembering God's goodness to us
and giving thanks back to Him.
It's also a chance to spend time with the people we love and eat some turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie!

Typically, we travel to PA to celebrate with my family,
but we are staying home this year and planning a quiet celebration with some close friends.

I got inspired to put together a Thanksgiving tablescape, since we are hosting a lunch here!
Other than a bouquet of carnations and a few pears that I picked up at the store, 
I used what I had on hand.
The end result was a rustic-glam styled table.

I layered a lace tablecloth on a solid white,
and repeated that pattern with the plates: white round on white square.
The cloth napkins were a gift from my sister-in-law years ago, and I thought they went well with the autumn colors.

For my centerpiece, I carved a hole in the top of a white pumpkin just large enough for a clear plastic container to fit into. I added greens from our bushes outside to fill out the arrangement.
The antique silver platter came from a yard sale, and I love how it dresses up the table!

The antique deer candleholder is another find from my Embellish friends. 
Isn't it cute?!

The personalized name tags were a fun finishing touch.

To me, a beautiful table is more than just the decorations. It symbolizes warmth and fellowship,
a place to gather and make memories.
For this, I give thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

My Fall Home Tour

I had so much fun decorating my house for fall,
so I decided to let you in for a tour!

First up, the mantle!
The corbel, urn and vintage camera are all from The Cottage, one of my favorite local antique shops.
The banner came from Target. I had bought it for Hadassah's birthday party, and decided to use it in her room, but it ended up being so long that I was able to make a second one from it!
I made the October art, and can hook you up if you want one! :)

The "choose joy" scrabble tiles are a creation from my sweet friends at Embellish.

A friend of a friend painted this artsy pumpkin for me; isn't it great?!

In November, I'm planning to swap the October print for this feather art I made last year.
I love that it ties in with the white, black and gold color scheme I chose!

Plaid gives such warmth to a space, so I was excited to find a good deal on this throw at Target!

It was fun to pull out my faux fur pillow as well.
Anything soft and cozy is high on my list as the weather turns colder!

I got the inspiration for the succulent-topped pumpkin from my friend, Edith. 
The vintage book is another find from Embellish. I love that it's about "home".
Add a feather and it's an instant fall table-topper.

She was hanging out when I was taking pictures, so naturally, she got in on the fun :)

I love this wire basket I purchased from New Creation! It's so rewarding being able to shop at a local Christian ministry, and know the profits are being used to make a positive difference!

In the dining room, I filled a pitcher with these cotton stems from Michael's.
Add a white pumpkin and some antlers, and you've got a festive centerpiece!

The cotton brings back fun memories of a girls' trip we took last year to Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA! 
{It may also explain my obsession with it as decor.}
In any case, it's lovely and doesn't take any care, so I'm all for it!

I created the canvas with a photo I took last fall,
and it's one of my favorite pieces of art.
The boxwood wreath was a gift from my sister last year, and I love how it adds color + texture to any wall!

The terrarium is another Michael's purchase, and I'm thinking it would contrast the walls even better with a coat of white. What do you think?

Hadassah found this beautiful butterfly outside, so I decided to keep it in the glass cloche.
{We had an interesting discussion about what made it die.
She thought maybe the wind blew too hard!}

And that is my fall home! It's not fancy, but it feels a little like fall around here :)
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a sweet Wednesday, friends!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

A Princess Tea Party

Hadassah turned 4 a few weeks ago,
and I wanted to celebrate this sweet stage of life in a special way.
She is our vibrant, artsy child,
and like so many little girls that age, she loves anything princess!
So it was fairly easy to decide on a birthday theme.

The weather cooperated beautifully with my plans for an outdoor tea party!

This sweet girl had the time of her life! Her mama had almost as much fun, I think :)

My dear friend, Karen made this dress and her two friends' dresses! {How talented is she?!}
Hadassah was elated that her skirt was a "twirly skirt", since dancing is her passion.


Since I'm not supermom, I cheated and bought the cupcakes and cookies from the grocery store!
They were just right for a tea party, and the girls didn't know the difference.

The darling little princesses

and their mommies!

I just love the pure joy on their faces! 

Of course, there was dancing!

:: Teeny-tiny everything ::


My bestie, Edith brought a child's tea set for them to use that was given to her as a child!
They loved it!


     I thought maybe Nicholas would sleep through it all,
but luckily for him, he woke up in time to get on the fun!


Real men have tea parties.
{I'll be sure to show him this picture when he's 16!}

When the day was over, and Hadassah and I were talking about her princess tea party,
she asked if she could have another party just like this one!
She is a child after my own heart.

Happy 4th birthday to our beautiful princess!

Friday, September 11, 2015

A Weekend at the Homestead

A few weeks ago, Eddie & I accompanied our friends and business associates
to the Homestead in Warm Springs, VA
for a business trip.

Our first stop was the shooting range.

This guy has some serious talent with a gun! I would have been happy to just sit and watch him do his thing.

But he wanted me to give it a try, too. I was fairly certain I would embarrass him badly enough that he'd never ask me to shoot a gun again!
I actually surprised myself, and made him proud :)

Eddie made it his responsibility to give me lessons on how to carry a gun properly. #amateur

We had a blast!
(Maybe, just maybe I'll shock  him and suggest a sporting clays date night!)

The view from the lodge was beautiful!

And the flowers were gorgeous.

I think I could live at this hunting lodge.

More gorgeousness

Our room at the Homestead

A year and a half ago, we stayed at The Homestead for our anniversary, and had purchased the romance package. Somehow, we never got that, but they refunded us and offered us a free upgrade when we came again. I decided to call them and see if it was still available. They asked if we wanted a king-size bed in an executive suite, and of course I said yes! The couple we went with had made reservations in another wing for the only available rooms, and those had double beds.
I had no problem taking this!

And if I could have, I would have brought the entire bathroom along home with me!

The Homestead is full of history and charm. It was originally built in the late 1700's, next to the famous hot springs that many presidents visited.

The grounds are beautifully landscaped.

While Eddie was in a business meeting, I strolled around the massive property and admired the beauty.

They were hosting a festival on the grounds, complete with a live band that played some famous Alabama numbers.

I can't get over this place.

Another view from the hill

This apricot tart was fabulous!

Another favorite part of the weekend was the morning run Eddie & I went on together! I could totally get used to doing that. 

We persuaded the guys to join us for high tea at 3 o'clock.

If you visit the Homestead, you must have tea! They serve a variety of scones and tea sandwiches along with hot tea and coffee, while a pianist plays music in the background.

But the best part of the weekend was just being with him.