I am thrilled to have met Robyn Story at Robyn Story Designs in Tampa. I have always been a fan of hers and her gorgeous shop, and I am so glad to find out what a warm and kind person she is.
We finally had the chance to spend a couple hours together working on two little tablescapes at the amazing Robyn Story Designs in Tampa.
We wanted to highlight The Pantone 2018 color of the year – Ultra Violet- and show how you can use purple in your entertaining and decorating.
She carved out a special space for our vignettes.
The plates and linens are from my collection and the darling wood tables and gorgeous florals and accessories are from Robyn.
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I was so happy to be invited to my friends Lindsay and Andrew’s new home for their Jingle and Mingle Christmas gathering.
The young couple renovated and decorated this four-bedroom, two-bath home in a great neighborhood and recently moved in. I’m so impressed that they were all set to decorate for Christmas and party!
I just love the warm farmhouse feel. I will be sharing a post soon about the renovation and decorating. For now, here are some photos I hope you enjoy.
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I will always set the Christmas dinner table with my Lenox Holiday, but it’s fun to mix it up with different tablecloths and centerpieces.
This year I’m going traditional – using a Ralph Lauren plaid, along with my Waterford Ashling wine and champagne glasses, Lenox red holly napkins and gold flatware. I also used my large Santa from Dillard’s and tucked in are two red glass candleholders that were my mothers, and a red glass cake plate.
I try to set the table about three days ahead of the holiday, so I can enjoy it as long as possible. But here, I’ve not set out the evergreen, pine or flowers.
In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying setting your table for friends and families, or are enjoying at the homes of friends and families! Merry Christmas to you!
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Sharing the beautiful table and dining room of my friend Mary Jane Ingram, who lives in Nebraska, and who is the sister in law of my local friend, Linda Ingram.
I love her Lenox Winter Greetings china and the candelabras.
Doesn’t she have a gorgeous table and dining room! And two trees!
Thanks for letting me share, Mary Jane!
Had a great morning out at Sweet Peas Cafe for Working Women Of Tampa Bay Dunedin Coffee Connections.
I brought out several different Christmas patterns and tablecloths, along with a few accessories, hoping to inspire guests to use their creativity while setting their holiday table.
I love this great setting of Sweet Peas in quaint little Dunedin right by the intercoastal in Tampa Bay.
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So after I went to Macy’s to check out the Christmas china, (see my previous post) I decided I needed more and headed over to Dillard’s.
Our local mall Westfield Countryside has a large department and selection. I always go there for Christmas and ALWAYS the day after Christmas for tons of great 50% off deals. It’s mobbed – but it’s fantastic.
I love that they have so many brands – in addition to Lenox, Spode, Fitz & Floyd, Fiesta, Southern Living, Waterford, Christopher Radko and Swarovski, they have Dept. 56, Byers Choice, Annalee and more.
Here are some of my faves.
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I don’t know if you can relate, but I love hanging out in department store china departments.
I worked in the Burdine’s (now Macy’s) china department when I was in college, and I guess that’s where it really got to me. It was there I saw the most elegant women choosing Christmas china patters such as Lenox Holiday.
And yes, I was hooked.
So now, I love to see all the china patterns set out for Christmas. And just when I think I know all of the companies and patterns, there’s something new.
My favorites: Lenox, Spode, Villeroy & Boch and even the sweetness of Pfaltzgraff.
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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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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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