Thanksgiving Holiday Décor

The season for giving thanks is fast approaching and what better way to celebrate than by inspiring you with you beautiful table settings. I personally will do a casual spread and just focus on a centerpiece and let everyone server themselves like a buffet. But every house I have lived is very different, so I always tend to go more for a “family style” approach. For instance in our small house in San Diego we had a groupings of tables while the island in my kitchen was set up with all the food for everyone to grab from. Or like the time I had to carry in entire Thanksgiving dinner on board the USS Porter for my husband and his friends who were on duty that day. PS. I almost dropped the turkey while carrying down the ladder to get to the mess deck but, I caught it I was just totally red in the face though.

As a military wife it brings me great joy to welcome the service men and women into my home that can’t be with their loved ones for the holidays. It’s important for me to create an environment where they can come and get good food, relax and stay for fun and drinks. After all that is what the season is all about right? being with family, friends, and  thankful for the what we have right. But you might as well do it with style that is was I always say, so here are some dazzling table scape’s that are sure to stir your decorating juices.

Start with a great color palette first:

Gave the traditional yellow, orange and red Thanksgiving palette a contemporary twist by pairing it with icy blue placements. Using contrasting cool and warm colors like this is a sure bet for an eye-catching table setting like these images here

Try going dark red or in this case Merlot, fuchsia, orange and ocher would be a nice analogous color scheme

When it comes to a centerpiece and your mantel try to bring the outdoors in:

Think of using fresh fruit such as pars, pomegranates, oranges and squash for rustic organic look

Fill clear containers with nuts and corn for an easy candle update

Wrap a piece of wood veneer around the bottom of a vase and use a wooden ball as a decanter stopper or use birch wood strips as a table runner and layer over top of them

Use leaves and branches for added décor

Place setting 101:

Start with white dinner plates, wine glasses, flatware, and runners. Layer and add color with the salad plates, napkins, appetizer plates, and dessert plates.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


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Image Sources and Readings

Lonny Magazine



This is Halloween!

This is Halloween, this is Halloween!!!

Ahh yes! Halloween is my most favorite holiday of them all. I love the drama, fright and fun of it. Best of all the costume’s! I look at Halloween as chance to bring out your inner deviant self for the evening. If that you don’t have a deviant then maybe your inner  sexy vamp, celestial fairy or a whimsical witch perhaps?

It’s a time for fun and your décor should reflect your mood. Weather your more on the traditional orange and black side, moody gothic, or love all the colorfully nostalgic charm of the old world. I’m sure you can take some inspiration from the images below and come up with your own personal Hip Halloween Style.


Victorian Goth

Nostalgic Charm

My favorite Halloween costume with Isabelle over the years

 Halloween 2011

Isabelle as Corpse Bride last year. I made the costume in one evening with a pair of white tights, unitard, a curtain, flowers, fabric spray paint, artist chalk and off I went creating! She was very happy with it. I went as the widow spider who helps her out.

Halloween 2005,( I think…)

Isabelle as Mulan when she was about 5 years old. I just started design school, so I still had some time on my hands to make her costumes. What am I saying? I have created a monster over the years and now store-bought costumes just won’t do…LOL

Anyway, I made the coat and obi belt. I still have it in her closet even though it does not fit. I love this picture so much that I will Photoshop the skeleton out of the background and have this printed on canvas for my entry way. I am not big into cheesy family photo’s unless they artfully done. HEy, I think I just came up with my next topic.

“Ya’ll have a safe and Happy Halloween out there ya hear”

Image Sources:


Trends Magazine

Good House Keeping Magazine

Martha Stewart

Pink Door Designs

Fall Decorating Ideas

Fall is officially here people and this is my most favorite time of year!!! This is will be a short and sweet post of some ideas and inspiration photo’s found via web and magazines to get your decorating muscles in shape for the holidays.

I decorate from mid September thru the end of November.  I really like to use a lot of foliage, mum’s, hydrangea, jute, and pumpkins of all kinds!!!! Doing it this way serves as a base for fall decorating.

Then, when it come’s time to transition into Halloween and Thanksgiving simply change out a few accessories to sway to the mood of the holiday.

BOOM, you’re done!

From now until the end of the year I will post something about what I believe to be great ideas for holiday decor starting with September. This is a celebration of the beautiful fall color’s inspired by mother nature her self. It is her last ” Who-Rah” after all before she hibernates for the winter. Happy Decorating!

The color’s of FALL

Make a statement at the front door

Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins

Table scape

Dressing the mantel

Shopping Sources:

Hobby Lobby


Garden Ridge


Online:  ( for those of ya’ll who are not in my neck of the woods)

Trendy Tree


Grand In Road

Images Sources:

Analog Girl In A Digital World


Decor Made Simple

High Street Market

Kristy Masterandonas


Southern Living Magazine