Behind the scenes at HSN reveals chandeliers, great deal on china

When I had the opportunity to visit HSN to hear a panel discussion about  entrepreneurship with the The Centre for Women,  I jumped on it.

It was fun seeing the studio behind the scenes and some of their props – which included MANY chandeliers! As many of you know, QVC recently acquired HSN, and they will join forces soon. I can’t tell you how many purchases my mom and I made from QVC – many things from Fenton, Waterford, Boyd’s Bears, Peterboro Baskets. (Not to mention my mom’s love of Joan Rivers jewelry!)

 

 

 

 

Afterward the very special panel, we had the chance to shop in their special store, with 50% off.

Can you guess what I found? There was ONE  16-piece set of Johnson Brothers “His Majesty.” I have been looking for more of these dishes for the past two years, after finding a couple locally.

It was $48 but 50% off so only $24 for the set.  I was a happy camper!!

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July 4 Reprise: Table Ideas for the Holiday

One of my favorite things about working for a coupon company was writing this blog post for our company blog about setting a great table for Fourth of July. Sharing here…

Setting the Stage for Fourth of July

crate-barrel-vinca-dinnerwareThinking about how to decorate for the Fourth of the July holiday? One of the best ways to bring it all together is to put your attention right where the focus is – not just on the food, but right there on the table itself! Whether you’re decorating the patio table or dining room table, getting a little bit fancy can make a big splash and make your guests feel welcome.

It’s one of the easiest ways to set the tone and mood for your get together and makes everyone feel special. And you’ll be sure to get that, “Wow! Everything looks great!”

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Purple and yellow makes Easter table memories

I just love the combination of purple and yellow for Easter. It seems I used to wear the combination a lot as a child in the 60s, and for some reason it always it just brings me back to my childhood.

This is one of my favorite combinations for a tablescape, and one that always gets great comments from friends and followers, and received the most compliments at the luncheon at the Safety Harbor Spa.

The combination of the purple Spode, matched with the toile of the Williams-Sonoma tablecloth – I think they are just made for each other!

I added small rabbits from House of Hatten to surround the florals, which are irises and sunflowers.

Have you made a tablescape in purple and yellow?

April Cornell tablecloth a welcome addition to Holiday table

Have you ever seen something – say, on social media – and you knew you had to have it? That’s how I felt when I saw this April Cornell holly tablecloth on the feed of Instagram user The Tablescaper, who has been one of my favorites for years.

I have several holiday tablecloths, and two or three Lenox tablecloths that match my Lenox Holiday pattern, but this one took my breath away.

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Old Northeast Neighborhood Association shows off festive candlelight home tour

I have wanted to go on the  annual historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association candlelight tour of homes for years. Finally! I couldn’t find anyone who would go with me, so finally I just went by myself. And I’m so glad I did!

There were eight homes on the tour, from one that was remodeled and did not have furniture yet, to modern designs, to traditional.

My favorite was the first home I toured. The homeowners had created a very warm harbor in a traditional bungalow style home. Done in rich reds and traditional evergreen boughs, it was magnificent.

Moving into the traditional and separate dining room was a feast for the eyes! Tablecloth, runner, chargers, elaborate decorations on the plate, crystal tipped tree in the centerpiece, amongst swag garlands and a beautiful chandelier – all reflected in a large mirror — well it was all breathtaking.

More of her china collection, including Bordallo Pinheiro from Portugal, was neatly displayed in two smaller china cabinets that looked like built ins.

The whole room was charmingly welcoming and elegant at the same time. 

 

After going through the beautiful kitchen, there was the family room dining room, more casual but just as welcoming.

Down the hallway, i was delighted that she had her linen collection so that others could see. Usually people store them away in drawers – but a collection like this Should be on display! I thought I had a large collection!

It was awe-inspiring.

What’s more, the homeowners couldn’t have been nicer, and the lady of the house indulged me by talking about china, patterns, and tablecloths for quite some time.

What a wonderful day!!