Simply Decking My Halls

We went for simplicity for our decorations this year. And I love gold, so I went to excess there. Gold tablecloth, placemats, chargers, votives, vases, and ribbon! I love seeing the wreath hanging inside our house...i get much more enjoyment than seeing one on our front door. We did do garland around the front, but focused more on the inside.

 Love these chocolate roses and rose hips~

And our tree with just white lights in our whiskey barrel again. We chose our front window and moved some furniture this time. I love moving things around! 

Mini wreaths on the armoire with jingle bells. 

Gold garland and a shooting star hydrangea in our bedroom!

Simply Fraser Garland and Paperwhites!

Parker wishes you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


Mrs. Holiday Punch

I made this Mrs. Holiday champagne punch for our neighborhood progressive dinner. It was a hit and very festive! We omitted the St. Germain, as we can't get it in Alabama - but it was still great! I will buy some the next time we go to Georgia though! I've heard its amazing!

A concoction of champagne, pom juice, and a few other ingredients. But the pretty part was the ice ring made in a bundt pan. Make sure you allow plenty of time for the ice ring to freeze..otherwise all else is a breeze! And the edible glitter or sprinkles is key...It makes it extra festive!!!

Merry Christmas!!!


Its Beginning to Look (and Feel) like Christmas

I don't want to bore you all with the details of my holiday work, so I've created a separate blog/portfolio to keep all of that in one place. If you are interested in holiday decor, check out my Holiday Homes Blog.

Here's a sampling:

Happy Holidays!


Fun Finds - Vessels

Last week, I was looking for a basket to put a 3' Christmas tree in for a client. I went to Garden Ridge. And of course I had to look at everything else as well. I loved these fun rattan wrapped vases and hurricanes. And I'm sorry I didn't write down prices, but I'm sure everything is under $12. Great for a beach house or porch.

And I loved these gold rimmed handle holders. 
It would be fun to mix shapes and sizes and mix flowers and candles. 

Happy Arranging!


Thanksgiving (Before its Forgotten)

Here are some pictures of some flowers that I did for a client's Thanksgiving.

And now my mother's Thankgiving! Two tables - 25 people!


Be Thankful

Here is what I did with those beautiful flowers "left-over" from the charity event a few weeks ago. I brought them home and re-arranged them in my Rothschild Bird tureen. They looked great with my gourds and pumpkin napkins. I was so happy to have such a huge beautiful bunch of flowers that we had my neighbor over for an impromptu dinner! Be thankful for what you have and are given!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Entrance Hall Before and After

 A client's house before and after. She had a beautiful antique oyster chest, but the artwork and lamp weren't working in her favor. I feel like when you walk in a house it should make a statement.Wall color has changed too. I need to also take a daylight picutre, but seeing as I'm getting a little behind I had to share this tiny (but huge) transformation.

 The wall were painted a beautiful warm grey color, Titanium by Benjamin Moore. We bought a statement mirror and a beautiful Simon Pearce Lamp and a the lantern I had posted about from Scotts. (Prior the chandelier was a black iron piece and just didn't fit with the formality of the house.) Hope you enjoy! The previous den transformation is coming along. So stay tuned for some more before and after pics!


Sundays at Southeastern Salvage

Here is my latest find at Southeastern Salvage...If you haven't been, start popping in every few weeks...you just never know what you'll find. These loveseats were $549 each. Available in charcoal, chocolate and natural. If we were only in a bigger house, then this would be great at the foot of our bed!


Charity Tablescapes Event

Last week Table Matters participated in a Tablescapes event at St. Mary's Episcopal church that benefited their GED program. Not only were the tablescapes there for decoration, but event goers actually dined at the tables!! It was so much fun!

 I started with my centerpiece and chose a stunning Jan Barboglio piece with a mercury vessel. It was perfect since the arrangement was high above the heads of the ladies. Then for the linens, I chose some items that I had at home since these might risk getting dirty!

The tablecloth is an Ann Gish silk ministripe topper. And the napkins are Chilewich in a khaki color, matching the stripes in the cloth and some beautiful, mulit-color beaded napkin rings. I also scattered mercury vases about the table and filled them with seeded eucalyptus. The placemats coordinated with the topper and the chargers were a combination of Juliska's Berry and Thread and Jardin du Monde. And the new Juliska colette Plum glasses set the mood and gave me inspiration for the flowers.

 With the inspiration from the plum colette glasses, I chose purple flowers of all shades to fill the mercury vessel - hydrangeas, stock, dahlias, smoke branch and seeded eucalyptus.

And our beautiful meal...cooked by some ladies of the church! Delicious!


Happy New Year!

A traditional, southern Rosh Hashanah Celebration. 

Happy New Year!

Preppy Wedding Shower

One of my clients hosted a wedding shower and the bride loves all things preppy. Here is the letterpress invitation finished off with grosgrain ribbon.


As the guest arrived they were to fill out an envelope with their address, so the bride would have it for her thank you notes (along with new stationary!). And there are also scorecards for a game in which they played at the shower - Guess the brides age in various photos scattered about the house.

Here is the setting a table filled with pink and navy and lime green. The napkins were finished off with a knot of the grosgrain ribbon.

Here is a close-up of the setting. We planned for sorbet for dessert. so each guest has a old fashioned teaspoon in various bright colors at the top of her setting!

And last, but not least the bride's chair - Tied with bows and beautiful pink and white flowers.

A close-up of the flowers, I used sliced limes in the vase in the center and scattered antique ironstone pitchers about.

It was a fun party to set-up for!!!Best Wishes Margo!