Sparkle for the Table

2015-fall-kim-seybert-laurel7mHello! Welcome to the final days of 2015.

Last week, I took a little time off to spend with family and just make the most of the merriment, but I sure missed being here. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and are winding down 2015, while gearing up for 2016. So many people I know are out of town this week, but I truly love being home. I’m cleaning out, getting organized and taking advantage of some prime family time.

With most of our friends out of town, I won’t be hosting a big NYE celebration, but if I was, I would absolutely be setting a table full of sparkle and glitter. It’s one night where “more is more”. Layer it on… the more glam the better.

I was admiring some tabletop items by Kim Seybert and then realized she has the most glamorous placemats, runners and napkin rings out there. Makes me want to have a party!!2015-fall-kim-seybert-mirror4m 2015-fall-kim-seybert-mirror3m 2015-fall-kim-seybert-fete6m 2015-fall-kim-seybert-diamond2m 2015-fall-kim-seybert-city-slickerm 2015-fall-kim-seybert-aurora2m

Are you hosting a fancy NYE celebration? Even if it’s just a party for 2, it’s the perfect night to pull out all the stops.

Here’s to ringing out the year in style!

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Denim and Dining

Here’s an idea to have in your back pocket, literally! Dress up your table with denim.

When I was in Kansas, my mother-in-law gave me a stack of denim pockets. She told me she had seen the idea at a Denim & Diamonds event and had cut off the pockets to all her husband’s worn out jeans, but didn’t have a use for them. 

They will be perfect to corral utensils if I ever host a BBQ, but in the meantime, I love them for a casual family dinner. I just popped my red check napkins and red handled utensils in them and it added a fun vibe to our Labor Day dinner.

These would be great for all the casual gatherings you host this fall:

Tailgates
Neighborhood picnics
Football watching parties
Cookouts

And, I love that this gives new life to all those outgrown, worn out pairs of jeans. Especially when my boys seem to be growing out of theirs faster than I can replace them!

Would you let your table wear denim to dinner?

Dinner at WestWard on Vashon Island

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be in one of those homes on the cover of a magazine cover? I certainly have. And, now I know. It’s pretty darn amazing.
During my trip to Seattle, I was invited, along with friend and interior designer, Marianne Simon, to visit Ted Kennedy Watson at his weekend home, which he shares with husband, Ted Sive, on Vashon Island. You may have seen it on the July/August cover of Flower Magazine. If you’d like to read the article, click here.
The setting was heavenly. Reached via ferry from Seattle, along winding roads, we descended 8 flights of stairs to this oasis high above the water’s edge. The table was set in true Ted style….blue and white, glassybabys lit, fun objets that I’m only now really seeing as I look back upon the photos. That’s what’s so fun about a table setting at Ted’s. There are so many layers.
Individual dahlias, lining the center of the table, created a big impact.
Our appetizers were a treat for the mouth and the eyes. We tried out some new items that Ted will begin carrying at Watson Kennedy. Everything got a thumbs up! The Inna jam is so crazy good that I had to ship a couple of jars home! Made in small batches, it is delicious!
Sweet Bailey kept us company.
As we enjoyed a delicious dinner and the sun set in the distance, we talked and laughed until it was time to catch the ferry home.
Hospitality is about creating an inviting experience in your home…whatever your style. And, that is something Ted has in spades!