Setting the table for holiday parties is a great occasion to allow your whimsical side to escape. Along with the fabulous food treats, the table should offer good cheer and panache. Decide on an overall theme; would you like to have a simple, spare look or a happy cluster of patterns and accessories? The most elegant table is often the simplest — pure white linen, plain rimmed china, polished silver and sparkling crystal always make company feel pampered. But sometimes more is called for and there are many elements to play with, to mix and mingle for a dynamite display....(read more)
Every year as the holidays approach I promise myself that I will get organized early and give myself the time to really think about my gift-giving. And although I still end up rushing around the week before, it’s the planned gifts, the presents that make a personal connection and have a hands-on touch that I cherish most of all. A handmade offering says love in a big way....(read more)
If you love to travel, as I do, you are sure to come across items of special beauty and interest that you’d love to take home. Fabulous finds that will fit into luggage present no problem. A few yards of Moroccan textiles, or a collection of beaded napkin rings are easily transported.
But what about that 17th-century, hand-carved Spanish trunk that you can picture in your family room, or an intricately wrought Indonesian entry door you would give pride of place, repurposed as a handsome headboard, in the master bedroom?
Once home, how would these items mix and mingle with your existing furnishings?
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