Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Good day my friends.  Just finished up my dining table here in the depot.  This table is really not made for entertaining more than 4 guests because of it's narrow size.  With that said I only used one side for tableware just to give some of you folks an idea for your holiday table setting.

Since we are talking about realistic table settings....have you ever seen a beautiful table setting with so much height in the middle of the table?  Well keep in mind that when entertaining guests you want to have guests able to see other guests sitting across from them.
My dear friend Sandy made a constructive suggestion.  She sometimes struggles with balance and flow when creating vignettes in her beautiful home.  So I will do my best from now on to describe why I did what I did (huh?, does that sound stupid?).  Well I never claimed to be perfect in writing, but you get the point, right?.  Check out this fake candle called Luminara.  It's flame is almost just like the real flame, flickers and glow that you really have to look close to tell difference. They are quite expensive to say the least.  I would love to have many more but budget, budget, budget!  I will have to obtain one here and there so it's not a shocker on the wallet.

When I create a centerpiece for my table I always start with something that has height or I make the height with books, baskets, bowls, etc.  In this instance I started with a faux pine tree that was inside of this old white ironstone bowl filled with wonderfully scented pine cones and extra pine greenery and added plain ornaments for a pop of shimmer and color.

Next, is when I experiment with other different heights as I did here with candle stands and candle pillars.  I never have things the same height, just doesn't flow together at all.  Then I added other table fillers such as berries and pine on the table.  I love these 2 ceramic deer I purchased from Target.  They look great here with the white bowls and dishes on the table.  Angled them, added a few touches of more ornaments on the table and tada! 

The red paisley table runner, plaid napkins, red cheer tumblers and white chippy candle pillars are from Pottery Barn.  My favorite store!

I used a colorful paisley table runner as a base for my color scheme.  Added plaid napkins for different texture but in the same colors.  Since my preference was to have a smaller bowl or plate in a different color such as red or silver with a slight pattern to set on top of the white plate, I had to make do with this scenario.  I added one plaid napkin under red charger that hangs over the table a little ways.  Then for more color instead of starring at a white plate I put another plaid napkin.  For ambiance a small candle votive is a nice tough of elegance.

I do hope that you enjoyed my lil table setting for the holidays.  I just can't wait until my husband makes my harvest table for the mill.  I already gave him measurements of how big I want.  We measured at the mill where I want it to go so there will be enough room for it.  Well that's another story for another day.  Hope that you have a wonderful day.  There are some beautiful ideas for decorating floating around in blog land that It is so easy to gather inspiration for your home.  Have a wonderful week.  See you soon to show you my living room, so I'd better get crackin!

I also linked up with Sheri @nominamalisthere at her open house party.  Check it out!

Thursday open house blog party with Sheri With Brenda's Tweak it Tuesday

Monday, November 18, 2013

Holiday tour of kitchen in the depot

Hard to believe that the holidays are upon us.  I'm still wondering where the summer has gone?  I just love this time of year...not for the weather, but for the music, nostalgia and beautiful colors of Christmas time.

I pretty much finished decorating the kitchen here in the depot and would like to give you a little glimpse of my kitchen.  I will post more on the other rooms when I get things finished there.  

Here in above photo is a favorite lil spot of mine.  I have this old french tailor's bust that I thought I would add to the kitchen with one of my favorite christmas aprons.  I'm sure if someone has enough eggnog here it just might become a dance partner!

I also love collecting pretty Christmas cookbooks.  They make a nice addition to the holiday mix.  So go ahead display them!  Maybe one day I might actually make a recipe from one.  With a few sprigs of greenery and berries and a couple of bottlebrush trees this corner is now complete.  I did find battery operated 20 strand led soft white lights from target.  They work pretty slick for any area you want to sparkle and no plug required.

As I was walking down our bike trail I came across a bush full of pretty red berries.  So I brought home a bunch and added to a vase.  Very pretty.
This galvanized 3 tier shelf is one of my favorites from pottery barn.  I must say that Pottery Barn is my favorite store!  The red juice tumblers, 2 santa mugs, and the table runner and napkins are also from there.  The other 4 santa mugs I found at Goodwill store that are vintage.  Can hardly tell the difference between them.  This will be the hot chocolate station when the grand kids come over.  Will add marshmallows and other fixins before they come.

Above is a close up of a vintage santa mug.  Behind it is the newer one from Pottery Barn.  The new one is a bit smaller and slightly different facial features.  Regardless, they are still sweet mugs!
Here is a close up of the table runner and napkins.  Just love them!
Here is a snapshot of most of the kitchen other than basement door and fridge this is it.  Nothing fancy but cozy.  I'll save the fancy for the mill kitchen soon.
This is another favorite spot in the kitchen near the front door.  Cheery.  Notice the chalboard?  My husband made this for me out of a cool old dresser mirror.  Makes a great menu board in the kitchen.  And as you can see I am not much of an artist but managed to come up with something for the holidays.
This area is above my open dish cabinet.  I could of done a more elaborate setting but chose to keep it simple and besides that most of my holiday decor is in storage.  I did keep my turkeys up for now since I still have Thanksgiving coming up.
So I hope you enjoyed my little tour here  in the depot.  Hope to have you join me soon for another room in the depot.  HAPPY THANKGIVING!
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I linked up with Wow us Wednsday  with Kim of Savvy Southern Style and