Do You Set A Formal Dinner Table?

When I came across this beautifully set table in William Sonoma earlier this week I couldn’t help but wonder, does anyone set a formal table anymore?  Or have we as a society lost the art of table setting?

Both my Grandmother and mom set a beautiful formal dinner table for every holiday. My mom will also do it for special dinners and sometimes just because

But overall, I feel most people only bring the ‘good china’ out twice a year.

I think I’m guilty of this as well. Although, I haven’t totally dropped the ball. Our tables are more informal with simple touches – colorful napkins or an eye-catching table center – to ensure the table looks inviting. I’ve always felt with 3 boys, two forks would cause more confusion than it’s worth. Especially as I’m constantly reminding two of them to use just one fork and not their hands!

With the holidays (89 days ’til Christmas) approaching, I’m thinking perhaps I should put in a little more effort and set my table in style. We aren’t expecting any royalty for dinner, so it won’t be as formal as this.  But, I would like to step it up a bit.

We aren’t hosting Thanksgiving, so, I’ve got plenty of time to plan the perfect table for Christmas. 

Whatever you get up to this weekend, I hope it isn’t too formal!

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Not Letting Go

Happy Monday and first day of Fall!

Yep, the calendar says summer is over but the weather says different.

So, we soak up the sun because who knows how much longer these blue skies and warm temperatures will stick around.

Sadly, I’m still not ready for a new season. Which is ok because there is no hard and fast rule that states all fall and/or Halloween decor needs to be in place by the first day of fall. I’ve said it before (and I’m sure I’ll say it again), a few simple touches is all that’s need to transition a space into a new season. 

I will eventually get there. In the meantime, here are a few links I’m loving:

  • I’ve always felt this was the secret to everlasting love! But especially key for blended families.
  • Obsessed with these boots.
  • What $9M buys you in Newport Beach? (BTW,  I could happily call this home.)
  • 50 and better than ever!
  • Count yourself lucky if you have a friend that swears often.
  • Cheers to a new season!

Last Official Weekend of Summer

Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Happy Friday!

Can you believe it’s the last weekend of Summer? I’ll admit there is a change in the air. It’s only about 6 degrees difference. Even though I won’t be pulling out my winter coat or making soup just yet, it’s safe to say Fall is almost upon us. I guess it’s time to fall in line (lol) and get this house ready for a new season.

I am a little concerned I left it too late. I received my first holiday email from Pottery Barn last week and when I popped into Michael’s on Monday evening to pick up some art supplies they too had their Christmas decorations out. While I didn’t have time to look at the Fall décor, it looked pretty sparse from where I was standing. Worst case scenario, I’ll reuse last year’s pumpkins. Plus, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not one to decorate the entire house. A few subtle touches should help freshen up the space.

Whatever you get up to this last official weekend of summer, make the most of it!

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Hurry up fall…we’re ready for you!

We made it to the weekend!

We have absolutely no plans and no obligations this weekend. 

Which is a good thing because it is going to be another scorcher in Southern California. Perhaps we’ll head to the beach on Saturday. Although as much as I love a good day at the beach, I could use a little break from the sun and the surf. 

Everyone on Instagram is talking about FALL – from pumpkin spiced everything, to getting cozy in fall knits to home decor. I myself haven’t give given fall a thought. It’s not personal. I absolutely LOVE FALL. It really is a beautiful time of year and the perfect time to give your home a refresh. I’m not one to go overboard with seasonal décor (maybe a little with Christmas), I find a few simple touches is enough to change the feel of the room and welcome in a new season. 

But it’s far to HOT to bring out the cozy blankets.

With no solid plans for the weekend and fall less than 10 days away perhaps it’s time I put a little thought into decorating for the season. Below is a little inspiration should you also be in need of some help getting ready for fall.

Welcome Fall!
Cozy plaid fall scarf and pumpkins.
Simple branches and a bundle of birch logs.
Fall Berries + Candles is always a good idea!
Aubergine and Green.
Colorful and Bright.

Okay, hurry up fall…we’re ready for you!

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