Tablescapes, Decorating, DIY and a little bit of everything

Valentine’s day table scape!

Chocolates that spell, “I LOVE YOU”, pink Carnations blossoms in a Kenilworth U.S.A. vintage pottery beverage carafe. Spode caramanian red and white dinner plates layered on pewter chargers make the foundation for this table. The table is scattered with hearts made of sparkling beads and red berries.    Hidden surprise to follow!    

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Winter French Onion soup on a cold rainy day

For the past few days we have had on and off heavy rain and strong winds in the DMV area. Grey, wet, and gloomy looks like soup weather to me. I search my pantry for a can of soup, but to my surprise there is none! All I found were onions, chicken broth, and baguettes. These ingredients call for homemade French Onion Soup. I’m pressed for time with needing to put away Christmas […]

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Twas The Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there. Poem by: Clement Clarke Moore (1779 – 1863) wrote the poem, “Twas The Night Before Christmas,” also called, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” in 1822. The Dickens village collection I started twenty plus […]

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Thanksgiving Table with an Organic Table Runner, a Mantel Draped in Sweet Bitter Berries, and Queen’s Plates

Autumn is the most beautiful time of the year. It can be described as a transition period from the sweltering of hot summer days to crispy cool days. It is a time when Mother Nature paints her final mural with colors of red, gold, brown, and yellow before it is erased by the clean slate of winter. It brings with it memories and anticipation of roaring fires, hot piping cider, […]

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Fall Harvest Table



Harvest table with this seasons  yield. There’s a variety of pumpkins, corn, flowers, and acorns.


A garden lantern gives warmth and much needed height for this table. It is set with fall leaf-patterned plates layered with a contrasting  burgundy salad plate and golden chargers. Miniature pumpkins create a foundation for this centerpiece.


Pumpkins are carefully placed in an antique tray. Acorns and Indian corn surround the antique tray. Large glass goblets cast shadows on the pumpkins, almost shading them from the afternoon sun.


Cream and burgundy plates accompanied with golden chargers are set on natural fiber place mats.



The tablescape is set on the patio. Yellow Mums and dining arm chairs welcome one to sit down and enjoy the evening.


For an easy change between entertainment you can alter your table easily! In this case, terracotta colored plates with stoneware bowls can be interchanged. The chargers are foundation pieces and in most cases do not need to be changed. Acorn spreaders and a casserole dish with acorn salt and pepper shakers balance the color palate on this table.


Close up view of the Mums!


A change in centerpiece can also add a different look to the table. A large vase can be filled with different flowers from the garden. For myself, I used light green Hydrangea (Miscanthus species), ornamental grass, Mums, and rose buds. Crepe Myrtle berries and White Snakeroot  flowers adorn the bottom of the arrangements.




dsc_0347I just couldn’t resist the sun rays coming through the flowers.

Happy Harvest,



Photography done by my youngest daughter.