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Wrap It Up

I have barely begun buying gifts and I'm already thinking about the gift wrap.  I simply adore a beautiful presentation.  Here are a few ideas that are sure to please.

Love the elegant color combination.

Wow, aren't the feathers gorgeous?  Now this makes a statement.

Lovely traditional colors.

The red and white bakers twine is fabulous!

Vintage Inspiration.

How cute are these tags!

How do you like to wrap your gifts?


Kitchen Envy

My absolute favorite magazine is Canandian House & Home.  Even though it costs more, since I'm in the U.S., it's worth every, single, little penny.  I anxiously await for each issue to arrive in my mailbox.

The cover of this month's issue features this breathtaking kitchen which was named, Kitchen of the Year and is in the 2010 Princess Margaret Hospital Showhome.  From the gorgeous lighting, bluestone pavers, rustic table and professional appliances, this is casual elegance at it's finest!

My scanner is acting up so I photographed the magazine so you could see...


Catching Up

I'm finally getting some time to catch up on the stacks of decor magazines I receive each month.  I think I have over 15 subscriptions.  I came across this home featured in Traditional Home located in Aspen, Colorado and immediately fell in love.

Isn't this space spectacular?  Classic with a modern twist.  I'm loving that fireplace and everything else in the room for that matter!

I'd really like to get my hands on one of these.. a cabinet once used to sort monk's mail at an old monastery.

Exposed brick in the dining room.  Fabulous!

Check out the views from the master bedroom deck!  Amazing!

Makes me want to take a trip to Aspen!


Thanksgiving Table

Thought I'd share my Thanksgiving table place settings with you.  I love using simple, organic, and not too over-the-top items to create a welcoming place at the table.  Fresh herbs and fruit, things you can either find in your yard or at your local grocery store, work perfectly.

This year I took an element I used a few years ago, but always love, rosemary sprigs.  Not only does it look good, it smells amazing!  Just as Thanksgiving should be.  I tied each napkin with a pretty silk ribbon and a paper tag with each guests name.

Under each napkin is a little conversation starter.  This year I found Tabletopics Family Gathering set.  Have you heard of Tabletopics?  It's a lot of fun.  I placed three cards under each napkin for them to answer.  Here's a peek of what's under my sister's napkin.

I also love fresh herbs in a small vase instead of flowers.  While flowers are a great option, herbs just seem fitting for the holiday.  This year I added thyme in some small glass vases I brought back from France.  Simple and elegant.

For another place setting idea, this is what I did last year.  I used pears and tied a simple leaf-shaped tag for each guest's place setting.  I also found these 'I am thankful for' cards at Paper Source.

I am so thankful for all of my readers who have welcomed me into the blog world!  Happy Thanksgiving!


happy thanksgiving

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!