The 4th of July is around the corner and it’s time to throw together a quick, inexpensive yet chic table setting(s) and party decor for all of those guests that are coming over this weekend.  Don’t stress, stay calm and browse through some of these great and easy ideas to make your table stand out this holiday!  All it takes is a few arts and crafts, a quick trip to your local party store and a little baking..

These paper lanterns were made by the ever so creative Martha Stewart

Use red, white and blue tissue paper or wrapping paper to create whimsicle designs.  You can also cut out and make your own placemats using the same paper!

You can never go wrong with BIG, round paper lanterns from your local party store

Get out your white mugs and plates and splash the table with patriotic flags which can also be found at your local party store

Mix and match your napkins and placemats with your generic white china

Sometimes all it takes is a simple red napkin.  You could add a thick blue ribbon down the center of the table runner and voila…red, white and blue!

Look how gorgeous these carnation balls are!  Im sure you could find dyed blue ones as well and if not, you can dye them yourself!  Thoroughly saturate a 3″ sphere of floral foam with cool water and insert your short carnation stems until the entire sphere is covered.  How easy does that sound?

Dessert!  This is a sure way to decorate your table and get your guests to stay until the end.  Try the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe for flag cake.

Use blueberries and raspberries on white frosted cupcakes

Martha Stewart’s Red, White and Blue Desserts





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People often think of the color grey as boring and dull and lump it in the same category as black and white (which is also by no means boring and dull).  In decorating, grey can add an element to a room that you never knew existed.  Just because you’re not adding bright reds or oranges doesn’t mean your room will be any less exciting…and if you’re dying to add that bright punch, grey is the perfect color to play off of and accessorize with.  Take a look at some of these beautiful designs done with the color grey:

This beautiful bookshelf was “grey-washed” and has the perfect balance of rustic and elegance

All the greys and natural materials (wood, glass and metal) play off of each other to create this romantic Living Room

The grey tufted headboard paired with calming whites keeps this bedroom very serene

The grey floral wallpaper and crushed grey velvet tufted ottoman make this otherwise dull room shine!

Ahhh…grey (possibly velvet cut?) damask against stark white contrast trim

A Design Star duo from HGTV created this innovative Dining Room with this geometric pattern on the walls and floor.  Talk about making a statement!

The men from this season’s Design Star on HGTV created this space using grey on the walls and added a focus wall of bright colored stripes

Definitely don’t be afraid of charcoal lacquered walls

It’s all about the contrast in this entry hall





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Starboard Planks

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jun 18, 2010 | 1 Comment | Category: Gifts

If you’re looking for the perfect cutting board or cheese tray for your next party (on land or at sea) look no further than Starboard Planks.  These beautifully handcrafted boards by Erik Christman are made out of mahogany and maple wood and are meant to last a lifetime.  The polished nickel boat cleats are the perfect alternative for handles and give these boards a stunning look.  Take a look at the website (link above) for more information but definitely keep these in mind for your next party, or better yet, give it as a gift to someone special.





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I’m sure a lot of you out there have a chest of drawers or a dresser that’s been sitting in a bedroom for years and it’s there because it fills the space and is useful but you can’t stand the sight of it!  It may have been passed down from your parents or something you found at a yard sale or maybe it was something you once liked but it’s now beyond dated. Wait! Don’t throw it away!  One of the easiest and quickest ways to freshen up a dresser is by painting it and changing the hardware.  You’ll be amazed with the end result and in awe that it’s even the same piece.  Check out this dresser that I transformed for a friend of mine for a total cost of $58.

BEFORE

Here’s the dresser before.  It’s a perfectly solid piece with some nice lines that needs a little love

Phase I – I used a light sand paper to sand it down to give it a nice smooth paint surface

Phase II – I sprayed/coated it with a beautiful silver paint

AFTER

Phase III – I added some knobs from Anthropologie and Voila!

All it takes is a few dollars, a little time and a little creativity.





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I attended a fabulous event the other night hosted by Margaret Russell who is the Editor in Chief at ELLE DECOR magazine.  She and her team invited me (among many others) to attend a cooking demonstration by Chef Daniel Boulud who is the author of ELLE DECOR’S ‘Daniel’s Dish’ column.  Not only was I honored to be included, but I was able to watch a master chef in his (actually GE’s) kitchen and sample one of the better meals I’ve had in a long time!  He (and his sous chef Cedric Tovar) prepared lamb kebabs, a side of pesto orzo and a yogurt sauce for dipping!  It was heavenly.  I’ve included some pictures from the evening as well as the recipes from Daniel.  I highly recommend trying this dish at your next dinner party.  It’s perfect for a casual backyard BBQ and will have all your guests raving by the time they leave.  Enjoy and thank you ELLE DECOR!

The beautiful GE studio in the AD building on 58th Street in NYC

The menu and image of the meal Daniel prepared

Daniel places the lamb kebabs on the grill

Daniel places the yogurt sauce into a side dish

..and the chef smiles as he presents the final dish!

Daniel Boulud and Margaret Russell

how perfect for your next summer BBQ!

The recipes so you can WOW your next guests





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Great Gift Idea

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jun 01, 2010 | 4 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

I’m loving these plates by La Plates for a summer gift idea

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