Looking for Springtime tablescape inspiration — and finding it!

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Anyone besides me getting stir crazy?   Today the Country Girl side of me kicked in, and I stole Renaissance Man away from the office long enough to take a quick drive out to the farm where we're (still) planning to build a new-to-look-old farmhouse. Someday... this will be our snowy-day view from the porch.   This farm is only about a 10-minute drive from the century-old house we renovated—and currently live in—but the minute I step onto the property, it's like stepping into an entirely new world.   My spirit calms... and time stands still.   I'll have to remember this flat rock come Springtime. It's the perfect place for a tablescape, don't you think?   It reminds me of ... Keep Reading...

QUICK-CHANGE WINTER TABLESCAPE: From Fancy-Pants to Casual

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Brrrrrrrr A few weeks ago when I did this fancy-pants Winter tablescape, I had no idea Old Man Winter was still planning to stop by for a visit.  He'd thrown some chilly days our way, but mostly he was MIA—until this week.     First came the ice... (almost an inch of it!)   ... and then the snow.   Since so many of us are tucked inside on these cold days, it seems like the perfect time to quick-change the "over the top" dishes in my last tablescape and replace them with a look that's comfy-casual. Check out the changes: Wood-look charger Wood napkin rings Plaid linen napkins Everyday Mikasa "Italian Countryside" dinner plate Trade in the pearl-handled flatware Favorite ... Keep Reading...

Do Mardi Gras and Creative Caring go together?

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Today is Mardi Gras.   I'm not a fan.   You'd think having once lived in Louisiana for six years, the celebration might have "taken" with me, but it didn't. In my view, the best thing about Mardi Gras was my girls getting a few days off from school! Otherwise, I just never got into the parades and parties—even the family-friendly ones.   For starters, this color combo does not do it for me. YUCK! Although, I must admit:  the history of the colors is interesting...   The official Mardi Gras colors were chosen in 1872 to honor the visiting Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia whose house colors were purple, green and gold.   Purple symbolizes Justice. Green symbolizes Faith. Gold ... Keep Reading...