SO IT LOOKS LIKE I’M DOING THANKSGIVING ~ THE PLAN

Thanksgiving, the holiday meal where family and friends come together to share and give thanks. It’s also a holiday that has crept up exceedingly fast ~~ my goodness how the time has flown by. I wasn’t entirely sure whether I would be doing the turkey thing at our house this year, but it looks like I am, so I’ve got to kick it into gear! I love to cook and plan my menu and I especially like to try different recipes. Oh there are the standbys for cranberries and the dessert, but honestly, this meal is such a glutinous, calorie-laden, labor-intensive meal. Sooooooo, I’m always on the search for more healthful recipes to bring to the table.

THE PLAN ~ PUTTING TOGETHER MY MENU

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I usually like to start the meal with soup and this Roasted Pear and Butternut Soup  w/Crumbled Stilton from Eating Well looks really delicious and it can be made ahead of time.

FOR THE SIDES

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Sweet Potato Casserole, a healthier version of the calorie-laden casserole with marshmallows. :)

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Cornbread & Sausage Stuffing. This is a must on our family table and a homage to my Southern mother.

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Healthier Green Bean Casserole.

HOLIDAY BLESSINGS

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY

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WINTER WHITE, WORDS THAT INSPIRE AND OTHER DESIRES~~~

I have so much going on these days, at least in my mind, it seems. I am trying to sort through a lot of ideas that I have whirling around, like learning more about blogging, e-design, e-commerce, Etsy, Shopify, Photography, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator, design software programs…..and the list just goes on and on and on. Ughhhh!!! I’m taxed and there are only so many hours in a day.  I am trying….I haven’t thrown in the towel, but I have to say, it does get a little overwhelming. Just when you think you’ve got it, another curve ball is thrown your way. The amount of information that is available is certainly daunting, and, at the very least, seems almost unattainable, especially when time isn’t necessarily on your side. Anyhow, I have put together some images that I find inspiring, from fashion, words of wisdom and my love of horses~~~

WINTER WHITE

Winter White Inspired

SOME ANIMAL LOVE

a beautiful bay horse

Takes my breathe away.

a beautiful chestnut horse

Memories of my show days, braiding manes and tails, how I loved spending countless hours with my Chestnut Mare, Knight Life. There simply isn’t any deeper love than that between a horse and its owner.

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The bond. The picture says it all.

INSPIRING WORDS

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Images via my Pinterest.

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MOODBOARD MONDAY

Inspiration~~~

Hi Everyone!! Happy Monday. Here’s a little inspiration I created for a lover of horses….

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VISIONS TO INSPIRE.

DESIGNS TO ENRICH.

 

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EASY COPPER PROJECTS FOR EVERY ROOM

I am always on the hunt for inspiration and there is an amazing wealth of creativity to be discovered. My goodness, the internet has certainly unleashed the proverbial Pandora’s box on this subject. While exploring one of the many home decor magazines that I subscribe to, House Beautiful, I came across some wonderful DIY projects using copper as the metallic inspiration for creating some rather unique and cost effective home decor items. With the holidays upon us, any one of these items would certainly be a wonderful gift or accent to a holiday table. These are just a few inspiring items that I found and wanted to share, to see more visit House Beautiful.

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COPPER LEAF CANDLES ~ used ModPodge and Copper Leaf. From Blogger Lovely Indeed.

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COPPER AND WOOD SIDE TABLE ~ From Blogger Fall for DIY.

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AIRPLANT HOLDERS ~ Leather + Copper Couplings = Perfectly Chic. From Poppytalk.

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MAGAZINE STAND ~ From Zana.

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COPPER-EDGED MIRROR ~ Full instructions found at Makers Society.

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COPPER CANDLE ~ These tiny, simple votives take no time to make and are great holiday stocking stuffers for all your loved ones. Complete how-to at The Merry Thought.

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Blogger House of Earnest promises this DIY is “much easier than it looks.” Love this and it would no doubt, look lovely on your Thanksgiving table or Christmas table or Hanukkah table. You certainly aren’t limited to copper. Think silver or gold…..

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VANITY BOWLS ~ Pretty and Practical, little bowls provide storage space for all the small things in your life. These copper-painted bowls from Freutcake are so simple to create and are a great way to bring a pop of copper into any room.

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STENCILED LEAF MUG ~ Copper Accents are perfect for colder months, and this stenciled leaf mug DIY from blogger Hands Occupied will definitely bring you some cold-weather cheer!

DIY VISIONS TO INSPIRE, DESIGN TO ENRICH!

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY,

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BEAUTIFUL FRENCH GARDENS ~ PART 2

Jean-Loup Dirand in Carmague

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An enchanting home in the country-side in the South of France.

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Michel Biehn in Provence

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VISIONS TO INSPIRE ~ DESIGN TO ENRICH

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BEAUTIFUL FRENCH GARDENS ~ PART 1

Historic French Garden

These gardens, designed by Lévy-Alban in 1999, were inspired by the designs of British landscape architect Russell Page. In Russell Page’s book, “he claimed you needed ‘rooms’ in gardens like you do in houses.

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HISTORIC FRENCH GARDEN ~ THE RUINS OF A FRENCH MONASTERY.

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AN 18TH CENTURY TERRA COTTA STATUE OF BACCHUS.

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ARTICHOKES, FENNEL, THYME AND DILL ~ DECORATIVE AND DELICIOUS.

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A COURTYARD OF LAVENDER, SANDER’S WHITE ROSES AND FREESTANDING YEW.

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THE ITALIAN GARDEN ~ A FORMAL AND ORDERLY PLAN WITH TERRA COTTA URNS FILLED WITH BOXWOOD, GERANIUMS AND CAMELLIAS.

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PLANTINGS IN THE MEDIEVAL GARDEN INCLUDE ROSES, LAVENDER AND TOPIARY.

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DINING AL FRESCO.

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Albans braques Français, is flanked by a pair of antique stone dogs on a terrace with Lime Trees and potted Fuschia.

A BEAUTIFUL FRENCH GARDEN ~ VISIONS TO INSPIRE!

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SHADES OF WHITE

Ordinarily, I enjoy making color decisions, however, this time around, I am having such a difficult time. I am currently in the process of re-doing our Master Bedroom and while the preliminary design decisions have been made and the fabrics selected, I am down to making a decision on paint. I am taking the color palette and “feel” for our bedroom in a completely different direction. I have wanted to go much lighter for sometime now as my design aesthetic has changed for the space. I have been loving all the neutral, creamy whites and soft grays. These shades just seem to work so nicely for a serene yet elegant bedroom and this leaves me with the dilemma…….which one do I pick. As we all know, there are many, and I mean MANY shades of white and, honestly, it’s just WHITE, RIGHT??  All that said, I’ve started to (sort of)  narrow it down. Next up, I’ll do what I always tell clients to do and that is…….

Get Some Samples

And Look At Them During Different Times of the Day

 

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BEDROOM FABRICS

 

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HAPPY WEDNESDAY

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MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS ~ CELEBRATE SILVER

My Saturday mornings typically start off with a yummy breakfast, prepared by yours truly or, enjoyed at one of our favorite breakfast spots. And, it is always enjoyed with my favorite Saturday Home and Garden section of the Orange County Register. Recently, The Register caught up with Gold and Williams during their Orange County visit at their South Coast Plaza store. I especially loved their tips on “What Makes A Comfortable Home” and thought it would be fun to share a few of their tips along with a few Mitchell+Gold vignettes of some of their furniture, art, lighting and accessories.

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  1. Take lots of pictures of family and friends (they are great to send with a thank-you note or with an email to someone or framed in your home).
  2. Let your pets and kids get up on the furniture. No room should be off limits. Encourage lounging.
  3. Clear the clutter – declutter your rooms and closets and you’ll feel better and more relaxed. I couldn’t agree more!!
  4. Include a variety of seating options in a room so your guests and family will always be comfortable (for example, some people prefer a more upright seat that’s easier to get in and out of; some prefer a lower seat).

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5. Chairs should have an occasional table next to them so there’s a place to rest your drink.

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6. Put your lights on dimmers – people look better in dim, soft light. YES, YES!!

7. Have the appropriate storage for all your needs

8. Make your bed every morning and teach your children to make their beds. It makes you feel neater. (I have been preaching this FOR LIKE EVER, HELLOOOOO!!!!!)

9. Invest in the little luxuries like good sheets and towels – they will make a daily difference.

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10. Furnish your home for comfort first – in the living room, start with the sofa. Measure your space carefully and then go with one that is truly inviting.

11. Think about the purpose of a room before decorating it – that way you’ll have a space that really suits the purpose of where you live.

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12. For a sense of calm, limit the colors in a room and use no more than three or four with at least two being accents.

13. Love your imperfections. We’d rather things be relaxed than perfect. That’s why we like our leather furniture with distressing. It gives a piece character and gets better with age.

14. Rotate your accessories. No reason to have to put everything out at once. Keep a closet with all the extras. Don’t over accessorize. Things look best in groups of threes and fives – odd numbers are more interesting.

15. Install blackout curtains so you can sleep in when you want to. :)

HAPPY 25TH

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THURSDAY THOUGHTS ON TABLE DECOR ~~ HALLOWEEN ~~~

Halloween. . . . . 

It’s that one night that I can remember looking back on with fond memories and much delight. It was always so much fun to plan what “we were going to be” for our one night of running around with boundless energy……Trick o’ Treating from door to door. Of course, there was ALWAYS at least one house in the neighborhood that would pull out all their tricks to make their home THE ONE that everyone couldn’t wait to see!!!!!

I have always loved all of the creativity and decorating that centers around this one night….no wonder that this is second to Christmas for decorating…..While it is a night that children adore and parents sometimes abhor……planning something that’s a little more adult oriented can be especially nice when your “children” are pretty much grown up, on their own, or with families of their own. Whether an empty nester or not, planning something for adults to enjoy can still be another wonderful way to bring friends and neighbors together for a night of “Spooky Elegance”……

Hope the following images give you some ideas for Table Decor that leave you feeling INSPIRED…….TRICK O’ TREAT……

A HORROR-IFIC DINNER PARTY

A Horrific Dinner Party

A GAUZY HOR D’ OEURVES TABLE

A Gauzy Table

WITCHY, WITCHY SIDEBOARD

Witchy Sideboard

TABLE A’ DEUX

A Table for Two

SPOOKY, ELEGANCE UNDER THE STARS

Spooky Elegance Under the Stars

SKULLS, WITCHES AND VAMPIRES

Skulls Witches Vampires

SIMPLE AND CLEAN

Simple and Clean

Love the simple use of letters printed on cardstock and displayed in apothecary jars. Displayed on a sideboard or entry table, it makes a bold “holiday statement” when paired with black and white botanicals!!!

SILVER ELEGANCE

Silver Elegance

Creating a theme such as this “Cinderella Pumpkin Party” is another great idea for an elegant-themed adult Halloween Party.

TRICK O’ TREAT

BOO!!!!!

VISIONS TO INSPIRE, DESIGN TO ENRICH

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FRIDAY FLORALS ~~ FALL INSPIRATION

FALL INSPIRATION

Here in Southern California, the fall season is slowly trying to make a break through. Our mornings and evenings have actually been a little brisk and dare I say, chilly?? But we’re not quite ready to pull on the sweaters or light the fireplace. :( We certainly aren’t experiencing the triple digit temperatures of over a week ago, but it does, nevertheless, still climb into the low 80s during the day. I am very thankful that there does seem to be a bit of a cooling trend and I am optimistically hoping for temperatures to continue dropping towards the low 70s. As we embrace our fall season, I wanted to share some lovely fall floral inspiration with you and there is even a link at the end of this post on how to make the Cinderella Pumpkin Centerpiece. :)

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Love this color combination of orange roses and chartreuse colored hydrangeas. Via

CINDERELLA PUMPKIN CENTERPIECE

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Learn how to make this fabulous arrangement here or here.

INSPIRING FLORAL VISIONS 

HAVE A FABULOUS FRIDAY

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