Holidays

Tips For Creating A Beautiful Christmas Mantel

Last year I acknowledged that I had been in a bit of a rut when it came to decorating my mantel for Christmas. So for 2017, I changed things up by creating a Mad For Plaid Christmas Mantel. While I loved the fresh magnolia garland, I didn’t feel like making another one this year. However,… Continue reading Tips For Creating A Beautiful Christmas Mantel

Art · Travel

Astonishing Paper Art Fashions Historical Dress Sculptures By Isabelle de Borchgrave

Last weekend, while visiting family, I had the opportunity to see an extraordinary exhibit at the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh of astonishing life-sized trompe l’oeil paper art fashions by the acclaimed Belgian designer and artist, Isabelle de Borchgrave. De Borchgrave was inspired to begin making her paper sculptures in 1994 after viewing an exhibit of historical… Continue reading Astonishing Paper Art Fashions Historical Dress Sculptures By Isabelle de Borchgrave

Holidays · Party/Tablescapes

A Nature-Inspired Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape

The first week in November is typically the time that I begin to plan my Thanksgiving tablescape. However, lately, it seems like Thanksgiving is getting the bum’s rush. Nowadays the stores are filled with Christmas decor by mid-October or even earlier. And as soon as Halloween has come and gone, it feels like we are… Continue reading A Nature-Inspired Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape

Floral Arrangements · Party/Tablescapes

Fall Harvest Tablescape

According to the calendar, it’s October. Unfortunately, it doesn’t feel the least little bit like fall in North Carolina this year. The thermostat hasn’t dropped below the mid-eighties, and the leaves are firmly clinging to their branches with no change of color in sight. However, even though Mother Nature hasn’t gotten the memo, autumn is upon… Continue reading Fall Harvest Tablescape

Miscellaneous

Chihuly At Night At The Biltmore

Last spring my husband and I visited the breath-taking tulip display at the Biltmore Estate Gardens in Ashville, North Carolina. While there, we learned of an upcoming installation of large-scale glass sculptures by the renowned artist, Dale Chihuly in the gardens between May 17th and October 7th. Having been dazzled by an exhibit of Chihuly’s… Continue reading Chihuly At Night At The Biltmore