Category Archives: Entertaining

Christmas Color Preview: Shades of Green


Green has been a wildly popular color this year.  But not just any shade of green.  If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that people–both women and men–are wearing bright, neon greens.

It’s definitely become a trend in the world of sporting apparel, most likely due in part to the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl win earlier this year.  The team refers to their trademark, yellow-green as Action Green.  This bright hue is also referred to as Volt and Hyper Green. There is also a lime-ier, less yellow version of this green (as shown above in the lower right corner).

mixed greens: magnolia leaves and evergreens

These greens are finding their way into our homes and are sure to be very popular this fall and into the holiday season for 2014.  The trend will be to mix them up with darker, traditional Christmas Green.  So, in anticipation, here are design ideas for your holiday table and tree.  Be sure to bookmark or pin them…I know it’s hot outside but Christmas is only 6 months away!

create a fab holiday table with green, brown and retro place settings



use green, gold and white to create an elegant Christmas tree

design and photos by Kelly Porter

Modern Centerpiece Idea For Spring

If you follow design trends closely, you’ve probably noticed that vintage bar carts and drinking glasses are super hot right now!



So, for my latest spring centerpiece I decided to play on this trend by using vintage drinking-glasses as my containers.  I snatched up my drinking-glass caddy at the thrift store for less than $20 {you can also find them online at Etsy, eBay and on-line flash sale sites}.

Pink roses and yellow tulips create a classic, casual centerpiece that can work for a bridal shower, baby shower or any spring party.

Stay tuned for more spring entertaining ideas!

Centerpiece design and photographs by Kelly Porter

Add Silver To Your Fall Decor

Today I’m sharing a very quick and easy way to add a little glitz and glam to your fall decor.

 I love decorating with warm autumn hues but I also enjoy adding a pop of unexpected color.  Metallics are very hot right now, so I used this canister {from HomeGoods} as inspiration for silver centerpiece ideas:

With just a little silver spray paint, you can turn ordinary fall items into something special.

Here’s a snapshot of my work in progress:

The best spray paint for the job is Krylon’s Premium Chrome.  This paint also comes in 18kt. gold and it really does look like metal when it dries.

Metallic spray paint is a very simple way to shimmer-up your fall decor.  So, what will you turn to silver?

Fall Centerpiece

When it comes to fall entertaining, using candles is an excellent way to make your guests feel welcome.

One of my go-to items for fall decorating is a silver candelabra that I purchased a few years ago at a discount store.  Candelabras are great for creating a centerpiece, but they can look very formal and serious.  So, sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to use them in a fun, modern way.  My solution?  Ribbon — a cheap but very pretty way to spruce up just about anything.  I have tons of boxes filled with ribbon spools, and I’m always buying more.  I think I’m addicted!

To create my fall candelabra, I tied orange and yellow ribbon to the arms and used elegant, pearly white candles {I couldn’t light the candles for these pictures because it was too windy}.

My outdoor setting was inspired by a photo that Pauline of sent me.  This is one of her designs:

{photographed by Eric Carlson}

I love how the dark wood, autumn orange and grassy green all look together.  For my design, I used a small console table {taken from my dining room}, and partially covered it with orange burlap.  Then I added white mini-pumpkins.

Another sweet touch — I filled the rims of the candelabra with candy corn that guests can help themselves to.

And little details make a big difference, such as dove-tailing the ends of the ribbon:

The simplest of things can make a festive fall table, and the harvest season gives us so much to work with:  pumpkins, acorns, ornamental corn, leaves, apples, and of course, candy!  You can use all of these things to decorate with style.

In my next post, I’ll show you how spray paint can transform a few of fall’s favorite things into shimmering home accessories.

{Part of my ribbon collection via instagram}

Two Fall Centerpieces

September is when I start thinking about Fall decorating and entertaining…

So, I was very excited when Goose Creek Candle Co. sent me two of their incredibly delicious-smelling candles.  Do you like decorating with candles?

I was surprised at how beautiful these candles are.  After all, if you’ve seen one candle, you’ve seen them all, right?  Well, that’s not the case with Goose Creek.  Their American Heirloom candles look and smell amazing.  This may sound cliche, but they really do have a mouth-watering aroma that fills my whole house!  The best part is, you can use these candles to create fab fall centerpieces and tablescapes.  Let me show you what I did:


Red is always fall’s hottest hue.  With that in mind, I displayed the large Toasted Cinnamon candle on top of stacked cake plates.  Then I mixed in apples and other red accents.  I wish you could smell this candle right now!  It’s has a cinnamon-y scent with an extra kick.


Next, my husband really likes the Spun Sugar candle.  He says it smells “sexy.”  Not sure exactly what that means, but that description inspired me to create a romantic tablescape.  Once again, I put the candle atop two cake plates and surrounded it with milk glass vases.  I always display my large ceramic acorns each fall, so they work really well here.  You can also use mini-pumpkins or gourds.



Huge thanks to Goose Creek Candle Co. for sponsoring this post!