Second Bloom

I have had tablescapes on the mind lately. That always tends to happen right before Thanksgiving. Besides having great food, I think it very important to have an even better ambience. Candles, layers of necessary fabric, and decorative items that don’t distract, but engage. I have become even more inspired reading Second Bloom: Cathy Graham’s Art of the Table by Alexis Clark. It is engaging in the way it sets up tables and flower arrangements by seasons. She offers incredible advice and unique ideas that you can implement at home. For example, using fresh herbs to make an arrangement more fragrant. She brings elements of wonder and intrigue to make dining more of an event than a task.

Here is a little peek of Second Bloom: Cathy Graham’s  Art of the Table. 

You can purchase here

 

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Fall Tablescape

One slight drop in temperature here in Texas inspired me to get into the fall spirit. Since I am without little ones, I don’t really “halloween” things around the house. Instead, I prefer a more seasonal take on this autumn/thanksgiving season. I also don’t love using orange that much in my decor. In fact, i really don’t have much of anything with that color besides a punch or two of tangerine around. I like to infuse a bit of fall with white and green pumpkins, jewel tones, and chinoiserie blue & white pumpkins hand painted by some of my favorite artists.

I had the same approach with my fall tablescape this year. I wanted a dash of color, contrast, and functionality to add a punch of fall and festivity to my place settings. I hope you are inspired and feel free to “shop the look” in my links!

p.s. my soup spoon is incorrectly placed in some of these photos- I had to move it for space. Don’t be mad :)

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THE TABLE:

Pumpkin (like any flower arrangement- it ranges in price): 

The real winner of the table was my custom pumpkin centerpiece from Dr. Delphinium. I had jewel tones of  deep amethyst and boxwood green make a perfect contrast with the white pumpkin. LINK

Tablecloth ($168):

For my table, I chose a Poolside linen tablecloth from Sferra. It is one of the pricier items, but it is exceptional quality. There is nothing worse than a scratchy and cheap tablecloth!

Plates ($18, $22), Napkins ($15) and Water Glasses:

For my salad and dinner plates I went with Juliska’s melamine line that is dishwasher safe and unbreakable (always a good thing if you are cleaning up at the end of the night after a few glasses of wine). Also, a great way to use the “nice stuff” around kids or not so steady friends and relatives. The Forest Walk Napkins are of the highest quality and would go with any fall tabletop!

Chargers ($15) and Placemats ($14):

I added some texture and contrast with cork chargers and rich green snakeskin placemats from Caspari. I couldn’t find the Caspari chargers online anywhere, but Juliska makes similar ones that are a little more expensive!

Flatware ($79 for 20 piece set):

I love bamboo and I think gold glistens at the dinner table. For $79 you can get a 20 piece gold bamboo flatware set that serves four. It really added the right amount of chic and glam to the table! LINK

 

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PLACE CARDS:

All place cards created by Moore Ink. She works quickly and can do pretty much anything from envelopes to menus to gift tags and more! Can ship within the U.S. EMAIL: margmooreink@gmail.com LINK

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COCKTAILS AND APPETIZERS:

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I used Zephyr Gin to create an Apple Autumn cocktail! It was so delicious! Recipe: HERE 

Fall Tablescape by The Potted Boxwood 3 My favorite food blog is Half Baked Harvest. Her recipes are always unique, easy to make, and delicious. This Apple Butternut Squash Burrata Pizza was a huge hit! Recipe: HERE

Fall Tablescape by The Potted Boxwood 4How gorgeous is this Crispy Autumn Kale Salad? I have a couple of friends who are doing Whole 30 so I left the goat cheese out. It was almost too pretty to eat. Would be perfect at Christmas time! Recipe: HERE

To purchase that gorgeous blue & white chinoiserie pumpkin click: HERE

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FALL DECOR:

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I ordered these hand painted blue & white pumpkins from Karolyn at The Relished Roost years ago. They are some of my favorite fall items. I blend them in with my other blue and white pieces and ALWAYS get compliments on how fresh and chic they are!

See my blue and white pumpkin from Dana at Indigo Home Shop above, next to the the Crispy Kale Autumn Salad!

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Spring Shower

Last Friday night called for showers in Dallas, but the most beautiful one happened on Saturday in honor of a wonderful and dear friend, Caroline. The setting was my favorite restaurant, Le Bilboquet, a restaurant I have frequented with her many a time. The side terrace with a boxwood wall and bistro chairs make for the ideal backdrop for any event. Beautiful flower arrangements in some of my favorite blue and white pots framed the tables. Gorgeous blue and white monogrammed napkins were my gift to the bride, and they tie in perfectly to go with the bride’s future china pattern.

Favors included votive size candles that were placed next to place cards created by my self-taught and incredibly talented friend, Margaret Moore. Her writing is incredible!! Overall, it was the ideal setting for a shower full of Rosé, french fries, good friends, and lots of laughter (and even a few tears)!

Enjoy these pictures of the festive and fun bridal shower!

Venue: Le Bilboquet

Napkins: Preppy Paper Girl

Place Cards: Moore Ink. 

Flowers: Cebolla

Favors: Diptique Candles

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Le Bilboquet provided the perfect backdrop for an even more perfect luncheon.

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Gorgeous monogrammed napkins by Laurie Byrne of Preppy Paper Girl @lboriginals.

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Cebolla Fine Flowers did the outstanding arrangements in my own blue and white vases.

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My very close friend Margaret Moore did the place card calligraphy. She is self taught and VERY talented!

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This beautiful cake was completed by Frosted Art Bakery. The fresh flowers made for the perfect spring touch. Also- the cake was SO yummy!

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Votive Diptique candles made for really sweet, simple,  and useful favors.

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I love how we split up the blue and white vases high and low. The more arrangements you have, the more you get a lush garden ambience- which was what I was going for!

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The gift table.

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‘Tis The Season

Between guests and parties and travel, I have been swamped (as I am sure is the same for you). I have been amazed at all the spirited Christmas talent I have seen on instagram recently.  They are truly inspiring images that have quickly put me in the Christmas spirit. As I spotted them, I captured them so I can share a round-up of some of my favorite designers and tastemakers getting ready for the swing of the holiday season! I will be back tomorrow (promise!). XOXO

 

All photos via the following instagram accounts…

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via One Kings Lane

an-absolutely-gorgeous-tree-by-emily-of-eleven-gables

Via Eleven Gables

beautiful-blue-and-white-nativity-set-at-the-home-of-jennifer-from-the-belclaire-house-blog

Via Belclaire House

beautiful-boxwood-and-wreaths-by-tammy-connor-via-veranda-via-la-dolce-vita

By Tammy Connor via La Dolce Vita

beautiful-christmas-garland-by-mary-mcdonald-via-the-instagram-of-nathan-turner

By Mary McDonald via Nathan Turner

beautiful-christmas-kitchen-decor-from-rach-parcell

Via Rach Parcell

beautiful-design-by-alexandra-trujillo-de-taylor-from-her-instagram-hrh-duchess-of-state

By  Alexandra Trujillo de Taylor from her instagram HRH Duchess of State

beautiful-door-via-better-homes-and-gardens

Via Better Homes and Gardens

beautiful-holida-design-by-marcela-caio-of-theodora-home

By Marcela Caio of Theodora Home

blue-and-white-and-christmas-boxwood-design-by-kelli-delaney-of-kd-hamptons

By Kelli Delaney of KD Hamptons

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By Anne Hepfer via her Instagram. Photo by Graydon Pictures

chirstmas-decor-by-eddie-ross-via-instagram

Via Eddie Ross

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Via Scot Meacham Wood

christmas-decor-via-bettie-pardee

Via Bettie Pardee

christmas-tree-at-the-home-of-aerin-lauder

Via Aerin

festive-bunkbeds-by-ken-fulk-via-melissa-penfold-instagramFestive bunkbeds by Ken Fulk via Melissa Penfold Instagram

festive-christmas-decor-by-paige-minear-via-instagram

Via Paige Minear

fireplace-from-garden-variety-design-via-instagram

Via Garden Variety Design

garland-and-boxwod-by-sarah-batholomew-designs-via-instagram

Via Sarah Bartholomew

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Girls’ room decked for the holidays by Tilton Fenwick via ShabbyChic Interiors

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A Dallas residence designed for the holidays by Jackson Durham Events

holiday-christmas-image-via-biscuit-home

Via Biscuit Home

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Via James Farmer

holidays-kim-hopkins-via-instagram

Via KD Hamptons

image-from-james-swann-at-cliveden-national-trust-via-instagram

Via James Swann at Cliveden National Trust via Instagram

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Jim Dove via House Beautiful

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Kitchen via J+G Design

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New Orleans Home via The Grove Street Press

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So fresh and festive designed by Emily Vanderputten

stairway-to-christmas-by-angela-the-painted-houseStairway to Christmas by Angela | The Painted House

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The gorgeous home of Alex Papachristidis for Christmas

 

Go Fourth!

I hope all of you had a safe and happy Fourth of July!
I am heading to California for a visit this week, but I will be back next week. If you have L.A. recommendations…. I am all ears!

 

Yours in good taste-

Christina

 

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My Fourth of July tablescape in Florida.

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plates: Furbish Studio

flatware: Neiman Marcus

Tablecloth: Williams Sonoma (no longer available online)

 

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