Category Archives: Tablescapes

{A Clean} Home for the Holidays!

In our household, the holiday rush begins the day after Thanksgiving.  I start putting up Christmas decorations — beginning with 30 wreaths, and I host a small dinner party in my dining room (shown above).  Then it’s pretty much non-stop until New Year’s Day.

This time of year, I’m always running short on time when it comes to cleaning up around the house.   And the joy of having teenage boys!  They come in from outside and leave behind a trail of dirt.  Needless to say, it can be quite a challenge keeping the floors clean.

So, imagine my excitement when iRobot offered to send me a Braava Floor Mopping Robot to try out!  Have you heard of it?  It’s like something right out of The Jetsons.

When my Braava came, I couldn’t open the box fast enough.  I immediately loved it’s sleek design, and it was super easy to set up.  I was also thrilled to discover it cleans as a dry and wet mop.  I quickly put it work and I’ve already saved a bunch of time!

job number one — the kitchen!

While I decorated the dining room for my dinner party, my new little friend was busy keeping the floors clean — and it didn’t complain once.  Try getting your kids to do that!  In fact, the Braava is so quiet, I almost forgot it was on.  It even stayed on the job while I took a walk around the neighborhood to gather pinecones and branches to use in my decor:

taking a walk outside…

…while the dining room floors are getting wet-mopped inside!

it even cleaned under the bar cart…perfect!

Thanks to the Braava, I got my dining room ready for guests in record time!  Now I can move on to other tasks without worrying about the floors.

the table is set!

In my next post, I’ll show you some of the easy and inexpensive things I did to create my ‘natural and green’ holiday decor.  In the meantime, if you want to know more about how the Braava works, you gotta check out the iRobot website!

This robot cleans extremely well and it’s very easy to use.  I’ve got a new bestie!

How do you get your home ready for the holidays?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Thanks to iRobot for sponsoring this post.

Have A Golden New Year!

I just stumbled upon this gorgeous gold New Year’s tablescape that I wanted to share!

This luxe table setting was designed by Cathy of Noble Pig Winery.  I love how she incorporated gold into her theme.  In fact, I think gold will be a very hot metallic-hue in 2013…

…But this decor also reminds me to live my life like it’s golden in the new year!  This tune from Jill Scott – “Golden” should definitely be in your playlist in 2013!


Check out more great pictures of this table setting at

Party Idea: Sweet and Citrus

I haven’t posted a party idea in a while…

…so today I’m featuring this gorgeous ice cream soda station created by  This is such a fun ‘warm weather’ idea for outdoor celebrations.  I love the citrus colors, pops of hot pink, and the casual feel of the design.

{Aren’t these straws adorable?}

I was also amused by the colorful paper chain:

I don’t think I’ve made paper chains since I was in elementary school!  But I love the simplicity of them.  Making a paper chain is a little labor intensive, but it’s a cheap and wonderful way to bring color, texture and a little retro vibe to your party.  In this featured design, similar (analogous) colors were used to create a warm color scheme:

And, of course the best party set-ups are all about the details…such as coordinating napkins and colorful candy.

For more juicy details about this party idea, visit

Fall Color Scheme {with a splash of green}

Green is a fall color, too…

…Think Granny Smith apples, pre-ripened berries, gourds and foliage.  Some trees even drop their leaves while still in a green state.

This is the perfect time of year to discover a new color palette for your home or party, and if you love green, rest assured that this hue is not just for summer!

Green, brown and gold combined create an earthy, comfortable color palette that never grows old.

{Granny Smith apples and Holly berries}

Click Here to download the free FALL Printable Labels featured in this post.

Fall Dessert Table Ideas

Attention Fab Fall Party People!  In this post, I’m sharing photos of my Autumn and Thanksgiving Dessert Tables!

Not only are these tables infused with a surprise pop of blue, but they also feature my new Autumn Printables.

The hues were inspired by a vintage quatrefoil pattern.  I digitally enhanced the print and used it to design the printables.  I love the unique variations of the pattern, and blue is a fun, unexpected color to use in autumn decor.

Orange burlap makes a great backdrop and tablecloth, and you’ll see I displayed cupcakes two different ways:  on a cake plate with a mini-pumpkin tower in the center {above}, and…

on a small bale of hay {which you can get at the craft store}.  The candy corn topiaries are a take on my baby shower topiaries. This does take a huge dose of patience and hot glue…but since Halloween candy is now on sale, why not try it?

For the base, I used those gorgeous colbalt-blue Saratoga water bottles.  LOVE the way they turned out!

These Dessert Tables are perfect for Thanksgiving or Autumn birthdays.  I hope you were inspired!

Design and photographs by Porter House Designs.