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September 16, 2012

The Demise of my Domesticity

Filed under: About Me, Chicago, Entertaining, Writing — sashyjane @ 11:45 pm

I used to be quite domestic. I prided myself in setting a beautiful table, making impressive recipes from scratch, decorating my home… but now? Now, I’ve never once sat at my dining room table, I own one tiny skillet, one tiny 2-quart saucepan and no muffin tins, still haven’t hung pictures in my apartment after moving in 5 months ago, never make my bed, much less use pillow shams, and I honestly cannot remember the time I washed dishes.  Somehow I’ve regressed. Most people eat cereal out of re-used take-out containers, don’t have a single table linen and have refrigerators filled with more beer than food when they’re in college or right after, not when they’re 28.

When I look back on that domesticated life I once had, I’m a tiny bit nostalgic and I think I want to be that way again… some day. 24-year-old me would’ve shaken her finger at 28-year-old me for living like this. But come to think of it, 24-year-old me was wound just a bit too tight and she didn’t know much about having fun.

I don’t know if it’s because I moved out of the South and away from alleged societal pressures to be the perfect housekeeper and hostess or because I’ve finally started living fully. I’m busy now. I don’t have to fill my empty evenings with table linen shopping  or wreath making because my evenings are full. Full of lively, fun activities I really enjoy. Full of good, deep, true friendships. Full of writing and working towards a career I actually dream about.

So, I won’t mourn the demise of my domesticity. I’ll just get super rich and hire a housekeeper to be domestic for me.

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July 12, 2010

I’ve had the time of my life… cue music

Filed under: Entertaining, Friends — sashyjane @ 1:05 pm

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining the incomparable Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar on one of their Market tours this weekend. It was beyond fun.

Mama, Sarah and I started the weekend by driving to Atlanta on Saturday for a spin through Ikea and Lenox.  I’ve been to Ikea once before but never on a Saturday. It was packed to the gills! You couldn’t stir all the people with a stick! We ate lunch in the little cafeteria there then cruised through the showroom floor before getting down to business in the marketplace. Mama and Sarah each scored some great finds for next to nothing but I walked away empty handed.  I just didn’t see anything I couldn’t live without; it seemed silly to buy housewares when all my stuff is in storage temporarily.

Next we stopped by Lenox Square Mall but by the time we got out of the car, our weary feet said, “enough!”  A quick look around Anthropologie and a stop in Macy’s was all we could handle. A good night’s sleep was in order before the big day at Scott’s!

When we arrived at the market Sunday, we didn’t see a throng of people that we expected to see waiting for Eddie & Jaithan so we asked at the registration desk if they knew exactly where we should meet them. The employees paged Eddie over the PA system!!! I was mortified! A few minutes later, Jaithan walked up to us and introduced himself.  We all laughed about the paging.  Eddie joined us shortly thereafter and we all chatted while we waited on the rest of the group to arrive.

Our cozy group of 16 walked from the back of the building to the front while Eddie filled our heads with his infinite knowledge and wisdom. The small, diverse group was perfect. We had so much fun hearing Eddie’s stories and tips and  I must say that he and Jaithan are both so cute, nice and accomodating!

I had way more fun than I’d even anticipated and scored some excellent deals in the process. If you EVER get the opportunity, you MUST join them on one of their outings.  They have tons of exciting things coming up in the near future and you’ll be seeing a lot of them in magazines and on TV. I highly enourage you to take advantage of a trip now!

One of my favorite things about Eddie is that he doesn’t suggest you walk into a furniture showroom or art gallery and buy the most expensive things there. He is an advocate for finding great deals and hidden treasures and making them your own. He told us, “You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a beautiful life. You should just love the pieces in your home and use a little creativity.”  Love that philosophy.

This fun pair of chandeliers would look so pretty in a room with turquoise and coral accents. Maybe over a breakfast table? Jaithan is seen in the background taking pictures for their blog.

Eddie suggested using these tobacco leaf drying baskets as a lighting fixture or line one with a small tablecloth and fill it with chips and great pottery bowls of guacamole, salsa, etc. I really could have used one of these in my event coordinating days! It would have been so pretty on so many of the food stations!

These Chinese plates were SO PRETTY!! I ended up buying a good bit from this booth but I didn’t buy any of these. I sure wish I had now.

Beautifully restored copper jelly molds. This couple was selling at Scott’s for the first time. I think they’ll be in high demand.

I’ve always wanted a sewing room with framed vintage patterns. These were printed onto heavy backing. Tons of pretty prints and pages from vintage books at this booth.

Bakelite cutlery. Such a fun way to add color to the table.

Uncut linen. Would be great to have monogrammed and made into pillows or tea towels.

Mama went back and bought this great ironstone bowl Eddie spotted.

I walked away with six milk glass goblets, 4 Wedgewood dinner plates, 4 Japanese salad plates, 4 Japanese saucers, 2 silverplate dinner forks and 2 silverplate salad forks. My total ? A mere $65! By Sunday, vendors slash their prices to lighten the load home. I scored some super deals from a great china dealer and couldn’t pass up the milk glass goblets at $2.50 each.

The treasures I left behind:

This would be bananas on my white rummage sale chair with a contrasting piping (hot pink?) or even that blue velvet on the back of the chair.

I’d love to recover my hand-me-down sofa in one of these pretty neutrals. Especially that one with the coral-shaped pattern.

Although the leg detail feels a little Egyptian, I really like these chairs. There was another GORGEOUS chair in a deep aqua velvet I would have LOVED to get my hands on (not sure why I didn’t take a picture) but it was a cool $1,400. Yikes!

I love the look and shape of this chair but the vendor did it a great disservice by covering it in burlap. Have you ever been near burlap? It smells and it’s terribly itchy. Not great for putting in your living room. A coarse linen would have been much better suited.

Love this pair of lamps but I could not justify spending money on something I’d have to immediately put in storage. I think I need 4-5 houses to hold all of the things I love!

Now for a few not-so-spectacular finds:

Nice toupee!

Want a pet without the upkeep?

Wouldn’t this look lovely above a mantle? Ha!

All in all, this weekend was the perfect blend of bargain hunting, people watching and laughing hysterically (mostly at Mama’s antics) I HIGHLY recommend taking a spin through Scott’s (it’s well worth the $5 entry fee) and I recommend even MORE HIGHLY  joining Eddie and Jaithan on an outing.

Sources:

Scott’s Antique Market

Eddie Ross Blog

Eddie Ross Twitter

Eddie Ross Etsy

May 11, 2010

Somebody Needs These Things

Filed under: Entertaining — Tags: , , — sashyjane @ 12:05 pm

I’m on a spending hiatus currently but while cruising some of my favorite clearance pages, I found some things that are too good to pass up.  So, I’m going to live vicariously through all of you.

Sweets Water Bottle – $14.99

This would be perfect on the nightstand in your guest room accompanied by Green Glass Company Tumblers – $24.99 for set of 4.

And for your table, the SurEvolution Gilded Napkin Rings – $14.99 for 6 and SurEvolution Twig Serving Set – $14.99 are absolute steals.

The SurEvolution Flower Bowl – $39.99 would make a great coffee table accent or a convenient place to drop mail, keys or your phone in the front hall.

If you want to get a jump on my birthday present For the organized writer, this would be a great time to buy a Set of 12 Boxed Monthly Notebooks – $49.99. 

 Father’s day is only about a month away! Your daddy could probably use this Colby Leather Shoe Shine Kit – $14.99.

Who cares that it’s already half-way through May? You could still buy this Vintage Easel Desk Calendar – $5.99. The vintage prints are too pretty to pass up and you could always repurpose them.

This Moss Wreath – $19.99 is just pleading to be jazzed up in countless ways. You could literally use it year-round by swapping out a few embellishments or ribbons.

These Organic Hemstitch Pillow Cases – $9.99 would make a darling shower or wedding gift if monogrammed.

The Landon Towel Ring – $13.99 is slick and polished and super handy in a powder room.

Cocktail Rings – $29.99 make great additions to a pencil skirt and button down at the office or a silk dress at a wedding.

Tons of fun tops, jackets, jeans and tees marked as low as $5.99

Where have you found deals lately? The best part about snagging a deal is bragging about how little you spent. :)

April 12, 2010

Happenings in Augusta

Filed under: Augusta, Entertaining, Ridiculous, Tater, Weddings — sashyjane @ 10:34 am

Congratulations to Phil Mickelson on his 3rd Green Jacket!! 

In other news, I took a spin through the local Salvation Army this week and uncovered a few treasures.  I found some cute cut-glass dessert bowls, a few candle sticks, some pretty Reader’s Digest condensed books (just for looks), a few “silver” bowls and two side tables. One side table was for me, one was for Susie.

I did have a cheap old tv stand covered with a round table top and hidden by a tablecloth between my sofa and leather chair. It looked like this:   Yuck.  To replace it, I picked up this little gem for only $14.99.

After a good wipe down, a little light sanding, a few coats of spray paint and new hardware, she looks like this:

MUCH better!! The pop of turquoise was just what that room needed. And the doors remind me of a turquoise bracelet.

I haven’t settled on just what to do on top (I think that lamp is a little too big for this table) but you can sort of see the Reader’s Digest books. Maybe someday I’ll get around to recovering Grandmama’s sofa.

Also, I just found these pictures on my camera and realized I’d never blogged about it.  A few weeks ago, Susie, Mama and I hosted an organizing shower (guests brought organizational items) for Susie’s friend Lyndsie who is getting married this month. Her wedding colors are hot pink and lime green (very Lyndsieish) so she’s had hot pink and lime green coming out of her ears. We decided to use those colors but also add in yellow and orange for a citrusy twist.

I ran tulle and various ribbons in our color scheme down the center of the white tablecloth. We kept the serving platters, bowls, etc simple by just using white and cut-glass. The centerpiece was a snap. We just placed one of Mama’s African Violets in the center of a vase and stuffed tulle around it.

 Adorable cupcake papers from here.

 The lovely bride opening her gifts.

After the shower, we put the leftover tulle to good use.

January 29, 2010

A little supper for six

Filed under: Entertaining, Food, Friends — sashyjane @ 2:24 pm

I absolutely love entertaining.  It’s one of my favorite things to do! I love prepping for days ahead of time, setting the table and dressing it and cooking fun new recipes.

Last night, I had Rhende, Paige, Jen and Jessica over for a little supper of pork roast, red potato and sweet onion gratin, butter beans, biscuits and chocolate pie. It was my first ever attempt at meringue (the thought had always terrified me!) and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the looks of it.  The taste however… I shouldn’t have tried to make my own instructions for the chocolate filling portion of the pie. Hindsight’s 20/20.

I like to set the table a day or two ahead of time to make sure I’m not rushed the evening of my event.  While I’m no Eddie Ross, I do like to dress a table with a mix of new and old and play with fabrics, accessories and linens.

Pardon the wrinkled tablecloth. I put it down and got carried away dressing the table… it never got ironed.

Almost all of my dishes, etc are hand-me-downs.  The plates, silverware and glasses are all cast-offs from Mama’s collection. Unfortunately, I don’t have six wine glasses so we all drank our wine from champagne glasses.  I don’t think anybody minded too much. The wooden salad bowls were from my great-grandmother’s collection.  The brown embroidered napkins were a steal from Williams-Sonoma after Christmas one year and the white linen napkins are hand-me-downs from my paternal grandmother.  They’re embroidered with a “B” for her maiden name. The tablecloth, table runner and placemats are all from Target.  I love their Waverly Linen Hemstitch stuff. I buy whatever colors they happen to have on clearance. The nest-shaped napkin rings and bird salt and pepper shakers are also Target. The bird napkin rings are Z Gallerie.  The candlesticks were a hand-me-down from a friend.

 Have I ever mentioned how much I love my percolator? I believe it was a gift to my great-grandmother.  She already had a coffee pot so she just put this one away for later.  When we moved her out of her house (at age 10o!) I got to keep the percolator.  It makes delicious coffee and it’s so pretty to look at!

We had a fantastic time and I was so glad to be cooking for more than one person. Would you like that pie recipe? I’ll post it when I get home this afternoon. It’s super easy and super pretty.  You just have to follow the instructions instead of making up your own.

Photos by Rachel.

January 25, 2010

I’m in love! I’m in love! And I don’t care who knows it!

Filed under: Entertaining — sashyjane @ 11:12 am

I’m in love. With a man. Too bad he doesn’t reciprocate my feelings. Too bad he doesn’t even know who I am. Who is he? Why Eddie Ross, of course.

When we were in New York, we stopped in Bloomingdale’s.  I was hoping to see the fabulous Eddie and Jaithan at work on their window display.  They hadn’t yet begun and most of the windows were covered in paper but I did snap a quick picture of Apartment Therapy’s window in progress.

You may know Eddie from his run on Bravo’s Top Design.  He’s brilliant at what he does and has the resume to prove it. He’s been a stylist at the Food Network, House Beautiful and Martha Stewart Living. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s an accomplished chef and he runs his own Etsy store full of gorgeous finds from flea markets and antique stores, all happily priced below $100.  I LOVE him.  We’re friends on Facebook now so I fully expect to be invited over for a fabulous party any day now. Ha!

Now, if you wouldn’t mind too much, could you vote for dear Eddie’s gorgeous window display? (View more pictures here.)

December 19, 2009

There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for roasting…

Filed under: Entertaining, Family, Food, VeryVera — sashyjane @ 10:59 am

In movies and TV shows, you always see the impeccably dressed matriarch slaving away in the kitchen for days to present her family with a magnificent feast at the impossibly glossy and beautifully set dining room table. The patriarch then stands and says a few words before rolling up the sleeves of his oxford shirt and cashmere pullover to carve the beautiful bird. The family gazes up adoringly at this patriarch as he slices off picture perfect slices of golden turkey that isn’t at all dry. The boys straighten their ties and the girls straighten their pearls. They almost always look like Ozzie and Harriet.

In my family, it’s quite a different picture. There are card tables and folding chairs scattered throughout the house, almost everybody is in jeans, everybody brings a dish or two and we set the casseroles and platters on the kitchen counter and each member goes through the buffet line, helping themselves to the bounty. Sounds a little more attainable, right? The only problem with the potluck style supper is that inevitably, everybody needs to warm their dish “just a few minutes” on the stove or in the oven.

Avoiding this problem is simple with a little preplanning when deciding which dish you’re going to bring. For example, prepare the yummy and oh-so-satisfying baked spinach and gruyere casserole or the savory and sweet rye and apple dressing, bake them at home and transport them in an insulated bag or cardboard box lined with towels. For as long as I’ve known her, Grandmama keeps a cardboard box lined with an old beach towel in her truck for just such occasions.

Desserts are always an easy contribution. Cheesecakes can be made ahead and refrigerated. Layer cakes can be iced far in advance and easily transported in a cake carrier. Brownies, cookies and pies can be prepared the week before pulled from the freezer the day before to thaw. Cranberry sauce is another easy way to contribute a holiday staple without getting underfoot in the kitchen. Daddy prefers the cranberry gelatinous cylinder while the rest of the family goes for the homemade cranberry-orange sauce. Either way, it’s prepped and ready to go ahead of time. In true Southern fashion, the green beans we eat at Christmas have been cooked to death and usually arrive hot. This leaves the kitchen free for the last minute dishes like the maple glazed carrots, gravy and roasted Brussels sprouts with pecans.

Even if your Christmas dinners look more like the Nelson family’s than mine, a little forethought and preplanning can save you or the host(ess) a great deal of stress and last minute prep work. And that’s the way to really enjoy the holidays.

Blue Potatoes Au Gratin
2 1/2 pounds blue potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup shredded Gruyere
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 13-inch baking dish or similar sized casserole dish. Arrange the sliced potatoes in the prepared dish. In a medium saucepan, saute the minced garlic in butter over medium heat until softened and fragrant. Stir in flour and cook for 3 minutes. Gradually whisk in the cream until smooth and thick. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheeses. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour cheese sauce over the potatoes in the dish. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 15 minutes until browned.
*from the Food Network

Rye and Apple Dressing
½ stick unsalted butter
½ loaf rye bread, cut into ½ inch pieces (about 6 cups)
½ loaf sourdough bread, cut into ½ inch pieces (about 6 cups)
2 onions, chopped
4 stalks celery, cut into ½ inch pieces
Salt and pepper
2 Granny Smith apples, cut into ½ inch pieces
3 c. chicken broth
1 c. fresh parsley, chopped
¼ c. fresh sage, chopped
2 large eggs, beaten

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a deep 3 quart casserole. Place bread on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until golden, 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery and ½ t. each of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 8-10 minutes. Stir in the apples and cook for 2 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Add the vegetable mixture, parsley and sage to the bread and toss to combine. Mix in the eggs. Transfer to the prepared dish and cover loosely with buttered foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until golden, 12-15 minutes.

Maple-Glazed Carrots
3 lbs. carrots, sliced ¼ thick on the diagonal
¼ c. maple syrup
2 T. unsalted butter
Salt and pepper

In a large skillet, combine the carrots, syrup and butter with 1/3 c. water, ½ t. salt, and ¼ t. pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring once, until the carrots are tender and the liquid has reduced to a glaze, 12-15 minutes.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans
2 lbs. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
1 c. pecans, roughly chopped
2 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Salt and pepper

Heat oven to 400 degrees. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss Brussels sprouts, pecans, oil and garlic with ½ t. salt and ¼ t. pepper. Turn the Brussels sprouts cut side down. Roast until golden and tender, 20-25 minutes.

All recipes and carrot  image from Real Simple Magazine

Article originally published here.

October 27, 2009

The Hostess (or guestess) with the Mostess

Filed under: Entertaining, VeryVera — sashyjane @ 11:45 am

Is it just me or has Fall become the new Spring? I’m looking at eight invitations to showers, weddings, parties and get-togethers on my bulletin board all scheduled for October and November. I’m sure the holiday party invitations won’t be far behind.

With each of those occasions comes the opportunity to present the host, hostess or guest of honor with a gift. When you consider the effort your holiday hostess has made, it hardly seems adequate to arrive brandishing a bottle of Pinot still in the liquor store bag. Instead of picking up a last minute gift and cramming it into a cheap dollar store gift bag or sheet of newspaper, put a little forethought into inventive thank you gifts. Better yet, keep extra gifts on hand that come preadorned with ribbon, a pretty box or paper.

Drawer liners are a useful and pretty way to say thank you without needing to run to the store at the last minute for more wrapping paper and tape. These by Soap and Paper Factory are pretty enough to present by themselves. Tuck a calling card into the ribbon and your hostess will feel appreciated!

For the foodie hostess, take any of the elegant gift packages from Bella Cucina like the Citrus Spread Duo. A combination of handmade Meyer Lemon and Key Lime Spreads will not only look pretty on your hostess’s countertop but will make a delicious snack while she’s unwinding after the party.

If your hostess is the note writing type (and what good hostess isn’t?) she’ll love a sweet little packet of notes like these tied with a simple satin ribbon. If you’ve got a little extra time, design and print your own custom stationery with the hostess’s name and coordinating envelopes with her return address on the back panel. Keep a spool of ribbon on hand for a quick wrapping job.

Keep an eye out for vintage kitchen or tea towels and on your way to a party, grab a few in coordinating colors and tie with a ribbon. Attach your calling card and you’ve got a unique and thoughtful gift in seconds!

For a classic gift that every party-giver can appreciate, pick up a nice(ish) bottle of wine but for heaven’s sake, don’t thrust it out to your hostess in its brown paper sack! Dress up your vino or bubbly with a cute but simple fabric bag. Whip a few of these up on your sewing machine ahead of time in different fabrics and colors and you’ll be ready for any party!

Originally published at VeryVera[dot]com.

October 21, 2009

Oh! I Love the one with the puffy eyes!

Filed under: Entertaining, Food, Friends — sashyjane @ 9:40 am

On Saturday night, a few friends came by for a little supper and conversation and I couldn’t have had a better time! We ate, we drank, we laughed, we cried, we acted like we were in the seventh grade.

Those in attendance included:

Jen

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Jennifer

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Rachel

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Sarah

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And me

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I served sweet bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin (the same recipe I served for Scott and Lenka a while back), butternut squash lasagna that I found here, Rachel made some deliciously steamed broccoli and we had an apple walnut crisp with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

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The church where I work had a huge banquet complete with harvest-themed centerpieces.  There were tons left over so my boss sent me home with 7 of them! After taking a couple to Mama and Grandmama, I had the perfect fillers to make the party feel really polished.

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no expert when it comes to wine. I have no palette for what’s good or bad (except for Doghouse. Yuck!) So, instead, I purchase wine based on the prettiness of it’s packaging and I thought this bottle fit very well with the Fall theme. It was drinkable so that’s good enough for me. Seriously, when you read the reviews of wines and they say they have juicy, fruity, nutty or peppery flavors, I have yet to taste that in a bottle of wine.  Maybe I’m just unsophisticated.  At least I didn’t serve it over ice. :)

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I also picked up a few bottles of this. It’s pretty good but I’m not entirely sure how I feel about pumpkin ale. It makes me queasy to think about but it tastes pretty good.

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I absolutely love entertaining and a small dinner party with friends was just what the doctor ordered last week.  I feel very confident in saying I have hilarious (and pretty) friends. Let me know if you want to set your attractive guy friends up with any of them. :)

All the pictures except for the beer are stole from various and sundry Facebook profiles. The beer image is from here.

October 14, 2009

The Post of Many Talents

Filed under: Entertaining, Houses — sashyjane @ 10:06 am

Yesterday, Rachel cooked a delicious crab scampi with green beans for supper and invited me to join her.  It was flavorful, quick, easy and hit the spot!

As we ate at the dining room table, I couldn’t help but lament my lack of enthusiasm about changing the house up a bit for Fall.  Last year I took great pride in changing out table linens and centerpieces to suit the season but I just hadn’t been motivated this year. As soon as we polished off a delicious slice of pumpkin loaf, I dug through the storage closet under the stairs and got to work.

Fortunately for me, Rachel had her fabulous camera handy and snapped pictures of the progress with the blog in mind.  Before I got started, this is roughly what the dining room looked like. (Note, Rachel did not take this picture)

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A couple of pinecones, some ribbon and a few placemats later, the dining room is all ready for Fall! (The following pictures are Rachel’s)

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IMG_5835I’m itching to paint in there and put down an area rug under the table.

I am going to pretend that I have thousands of devoted followers who cling to my every word for a minute and tell you where everything came from. :) Indulge me.

If you’ve been reading for a while, you may recall that I painted my table this rich cream color a while back and those bronze/gold chairs are from a rummage sale at the church where I work.

First, those sumptuous placemats are from Williams-Sonoma.  Normally, I would never buy myself anything from W-S (even though I’d love to have the entire store) but these were an excellent price and were too beautiful to pass up. Look at that gorgeous embrodiery!IMG_5843

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The napkin rings are from Target.  They are wire but are made to look like twigs. The napkins are some Mama didn’t want.  They don’t exactly match and I’d love to have the ones that match the placemats but they’ll do for now.

The little birdie salt and pepper shakers are from Target.

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The pinecones were some I picked up a few years ago at Target after Christmas.  They’re actually ornaments and they’ve been sprayed with a little gold sparkle.  They make great fillers on the tree and I think they look lovely displayed for Fall as well.

The bowl is one Mama gave me (I think it’s from Marshall’s) and the grosgrain ribbon is just some I had lying around.  I need to redo the bow and trim it up though.

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The buffet is actually the dresser that matches my bedroom furniture.  I didn’t really have the space or need the storage in my bedroom so I repurposed it as a buffet/linen storage in the dining room.

The lamps are a matching pair from the Salvation Army! The day I went in, they had all lamps buy one, get one 1/2 price! I put a couple of Target shades on them and viola! They look cool, antiquey and way pricier than they really are.

The mirror is from my great-grandmother’s vanity, the mustard yellow runner is from Target and is one of my favorite pieces because it goes with everything in my house, all year round! The junky looking candle/pinecone thing is from Target.  It was also on clearance after Christmas a few years ago.  It’s gotten a little beaten up in storage and looks a little worse for wear but it sort of captures the feeling of the season.

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That beautiful print of the snow covered tree is a Jim Gensheer I won at our women’s retreat a few weekends ago. I absolutely love it! The year prior, I won a print of a gorgeous maple leaf by Jim but it’s hanging in Mama’s house.

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Total cost of making my house a little more autumnal- $0!

Next up, the living room…

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Many thanks to Rachel for her willingness to photograph our house for my blog!

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