Laura Katz Home filled with elegant treasures from the sea

Once again, I’m smitten with another shop at The Alley in Belleair. Locally, this little jewel is probably known to many, but I’ve just been introduced to it lately, and I’m so happy to find several treasures here.

In addition to Petal & Vine, Lemon Tree Vintage Market and dozens of others, I visited Laura Katz Home this weekend.

Although they are treasures from the sea, the items she hosts here are all elegant, from the textures of the gorgeous wing chair to gleaming metals, it’s a lovely place to look at exquisite details.

Take a look around at some her store on this November day. And if you love the ocean, stop by and treat yourself.

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Petal & Vine at The Alley offers fragrant and enchanting delights

The entrance to Petal & Vine

There’s something lovely about Petal & Vine. Is it the fresh flowers that greet you, the scent of pine and candles, or the sparkly and delightful ornaments and greenery?  Whichever it is, it’s a wonderful place to spend some time and pick up some gifts (including for yourself.)

Petal & Vine has been located in Belleair at The Alley for five years, but has had new owners since the beginning of 2017. It is at the forefront of dozens of shops that make up The Alley, including Lemon Street Vintage Market.

I was so delighted with this shop, it was difficult to stop taking photos of everything.

Since today is Small Business Saturday, I thought it would be good to share this sweet little shop.

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Setting the Thanksgiving table with rich colors of Spode browns and oranges

I’m so happy to use my Spode “Woodland” Turkey china this year. I found it a year and half ago and I feel it is the “ultimate” in Thanksgiving dishes.

I also found a new Ralph Lauren tablecloth in burnt orange, and although it doesn’t match exactly, I like the contrast and the richness it brings.

I used my Mikasa wine and champagne glasses and some new-to-me Bombay Company palm tree brass candlesticks.

A floral centerpiece is a must for me, and I wanted to make my own floral arrangement. I was hoping to venture out to find some more unusual flowers like pods or birds of paradise, but I ended up being short on time and headed to my neighborhood Publix grocery store.  I used some eucalyptus and added red roses to the standard arrangement and added it to a crystal biscuit barrel.

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The Hen House in Carrollwood delightful place for gatherings, crafting, shopping

A friend told me about a great new place in Carrollwood (Tampa) called The Hen House.

Opened since this past April, The Hen House is a great place to pop in for some retail therapy, but also has several farmhouse tables for classes such as wreath making, sign making, florals and more.

There is also a cozy seating area to browse magazines and books about furniture painting projects.

I’m happy to announce I’ll be making an upcoming presentation on Tips to Set Your Holiday Table:
On Tuesday, Dec. 12, I’ll be at The Hen House in Tampa.

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Found Treasures moves to St. Petersburg, offering holiday lovelies at Gathered Glory

FOUND Treasures for Living has moved from Dunedin to St. Petersburg  and is now called Gathered Glory by Found. My friend Barb and I headed down there to check things out.

Instead of being in downtown on Main Street, it is now transferred to a warehouse area. But the friendliness and comaraderie certainly make up for what you think you might lose in that transition.

The products have definitely changed from the old store, and there are many wreaths, along with painted tin pieces and one of a kind artist offerings.

Owner Sara will have limited hours for the shop, so check out her Facebook page for hours. The next open house will be Dec. 2-3 and hoping yours truly will have a tablescape on display!

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Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival offers chance to taste the world

So happy to visit Epcot – Walt Disney World Food and Wine Festival this week with  my daughter. Even though I live in Florida, I hadn’t been to the Food and Wine Festival  in more than 20 years, before I had children.

We went two days before the end of the festival, which was also the opening day of Disney World’s A Very Merry Christmas, so it was pretty crowded.

I loved – well, what everyone loves – being able to visit so many different countries in one day! And it’s so much fun to be able to try foods from every country as well.

My favorite pavilion is always France, with lavender, linens and champagne!

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Using turquoise to highlight a Florida home for sale

A lovely lady recently called me to tell me she is trying to sell her house, but she thought her table just looked ho-hum. She had seen my tablescapes at her store Chloe’s Consignment in Belleaire and Lemon Tree Vintage Market, and hoped my dish decor could bring her table to life.

She has a charming home which is bright, open and friendly, with gorgeous polished terazzo floors in tans and golds. (If you’re not from Florida, you might not know what terazzo is, but it’s big in the Art Deco hotels and homes in South Beach.)

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Setting a festive fall and Thanksgiving table for four

The ladies at Chloe’s Consignments  saw my tablescape at Lemon Tree Vintage Market, and called to ask me to set a tablescape for them at their new store off West Bay Boulevard in Tampa Bay.

Um, Yes!

The shop is located just off the Pinellas Trail and close to the well-known Silver Queen. They have several vendors there that offer many styles, including shabby chic, painted furniture, florals and wreaths, shell crafts, and more.

They will have a grand opening open house Nov. 10-11, Friday 10-7 Saturday 10-5. If you’re in the area, come out and check out my table and see their finds.

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Setting a happy yellow and green farmhouse table at Lemon Tree Vintage Market

I met  Amy Lemons McDermott, owner of Lemon Tree Vintage Market  out at Safety Harbor’s Market on Main several months ago. I loved her fresh take on blending the old with the new, her whimsical designs using vintage silver plate pieces such and cups and creamers, and the use of lemons. I have  eagerly been waiting for her to open her shop, which was in the works.

I loved that her maiden name is ‘Lemons’ and that she uses lemons to honor her mother, who recently passed.

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Adding pink to the Thanksgiving table

I wanted to add some pink to the fall table this year, since I keep seeing it every where I go on social media.

I paired Bordallo Pinheiro pink cabbage plates from Portugal with Johnson Brothers “His Majesty” turkey plates, along with  vintage pottery and pink votives from Robyn Story Designs.

It doesn’t have flowers yet, but I think I like it. I think white hydrangeas and some pale pink roses would be gorg!

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