Dads and Denim

IMG_7187I don’t know about your dad, but most men I know don’t want to dress up on their “day off”, much less a day dedicated to them. Jeans (or shorts) are probably their outfit of choice on Father’s Day. So, I’m pulling some photos from the archives that would make for a quick and easy table setting for your favorite dad.

Especially fun to involve the kids with this one. If you’ve got some old jeans (the ones with holes in them that you can’t bear to toss), consider cutting of the back pockets to use for utensils and incoproate them into your table setting.

This also works well for a barbecue or 4th of July. Same color scheme, just change up your accessories.  For Father’s Day….consider tucking in a note that says, “thanks for always having a solution (or money)  in your back pocket“. Instead of tucking in a flower, tuck in tickets to a favorite sporting event.IMG_7188 IMG_7189 IMG_7194After all….it’s a day where he really can wear the pants in the family! Happy Father’s Day to all the dads!

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Cheers to the Long Weekend

29be2ec27457271086a483d51a97ff70Cheers to the long weekend ahead!

There’s excitement in the air around here. School’s almost out, summer is around the corner, the pools are open and we all get an extra day to relax for Memorial Day. I obviously love a flag motif, so I am really lusting after these 3 dimensional, hand embroidered flag cocktail napkins from couture linen designer, Julia B.

And, now you have to have a delicious drink to go with your flag cocktail napkins, so enter the Strawberry Elderflower Champagne Cocktail. Add a couple of skewered blueberries and you’re all set!571c639a0f235ff4345cd232262ad48e52958e21I’m raising a glass (and waving a flag) to all of you! Have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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Ken Fulk at the Kips Bay Showhouse 2017

IMG_2656For more than 10 years, I’ve made a point to stop by the Kips Bay Show House in NYC. Mega talented interior designers, from around the country, take on the task of transforming a blank canvas into a show stopping space…all for a great cause. The year, there was one room that stood out to me. Ken Fulk’s dining room, for which he created a back story and a cast of characters. Set on the Upper East Side, circa 1968, Fulk’s heroine, Madame F. entertains friends and a menagerie of zoo animls that are seeking refuge in her garden.

Fulk is known for his over-the-top theatrics and his laser beam attention to detail. Both elements are on full display in his space, known as Madame’s Magical Menagerie. Leopards and tigers and giraffes….oh my!IMG_2655 IMG_2664 IMG_2661 IMG_2658 IMG_2657 IMG_2659 IMG_2660 IMG_2654So the next time you host a dinner party…channel your inner Ken Fulk and you’re sure to create a memorable experience for your guests!

The room is even better in person, so if you have a half hour, be sure and stop by to see it!

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