It’s that time of year where the weather can be confusing, the foliage is in full swing and people are gearing up for the holidays. Thanksgiving is around the corner yet New York has already started to decorate for Christmas and Holiday songs have hit the air.  Slow down!  It’s definitely a cheerful time of year and there’s a lot to be thankful for so I’ve started to look around for some inspirational tablescapes — while I’m thankful for the food we eat on Thanksgiving,  I can also appreciate a well set table full of color and good cheer.



I love the cactus and cabbage flowers in this centerpiece.  It’s a nice break from your average floral arrangement


Candles are always a great way to “light up” a table


Baskets of foliage at their best


Bringing fruit on the table is a great reminder as to why we sit down and celebrate “thanks” with a meal

give thanks

I love the idea of painting pumpkins white and marking it with a special statement or quote about what you’re thankful for


Mother nature has given us plenty to work with and Fall is the perfect season to use what she has given us


Pears are one my favorite fruits to incorporate in a table setting


I love the wheat on these simple place cards



More pumpkins – toned down with white and grey


Bunches of wheat are great for the table or mantle

white pumpkins

Using fall colors helps create a natural, soothing environment

However you decide to dress your table this year I hope you enjoy the season and take time to count your blessings and share your appreciation with the people you are thankful to have in your life.

What day is it?

It’s today, squeaked Piglet

My favorite day, said Pooh

~ A.A. Milne

Will you be my Valentine

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Feb 14, 2012 | 4 Comments | Category: Color, Holiday

In honor of Valentines day (and my dad’s birthday), I thought I’d post some of my favorite images that remind me of the holiday filled with lots of pink!  To be honest,  pink has been on my mind a lot lately – not because of Valentines Day but because I’m working with two different clients who absolutely adore it.  It’s opened my eyes and made me dig deep to incorporate just the right amount and shade of pink without going overboard or creating something that screams cotton candy!  So with that in mind,  Here are the images that grabbed me and inspire me to be more daring :

Happy Valentines Day to all!  I hope it’s filled with love and inspiration..

There’s always something out there that will inspire us, whether it’s where we’re standing, what we’re watching, the people and colors around us and most importantly the great compositions created by the masters in design.   It’s almost a new year which means it’s time for new trends, new colors and new designers but before we move on from 2011 we need to look at the 10 best interior design books of the year.  If you’ve got champagne taste and you’re looking for fabulous inspiration and ideas,  these books are a MUST in your collection.  They also make great and easy gifts for those last minute shoppers who try to get it all done at the 11th hour.

Jeffrey Billhuber ‘Design Basics’

Thomas O’Brien ‘American Modern’

Charlotte Moss ‘Decorates’

Michael S. Smith ‘Elements of Style’

Kelly Wearstler ‘Hue’

Suzanne Kasler ‘Inspired Interiors’

Victoria Hagen ‘Interior Portraits’

Vincent Wolf ‘Lifting the Curtain on Design’

Bunny Williams ‘Point of View’

Darryl Carter ‘The New Traditional’

What a great year in design!  I look forward to seeing what 2012 will bring

Are you still searching for that last minute gift but the thought of spending more money is killing you?  Well, say no more – your perfect gift idea is here!  One Kings Lane has teamed up with Paperless Post and has designed these “Thoughtful Gestures” e-cards to give to friends and family to let them know you care.  It’s thoughtful, easy and FREE!  Give the gift of love this season by clicking here and selecting your favorite thoughtful gesture.

Deck the halls..

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Dec 01, 2011 | 2 Comments | Category: Decorating, Holiday

So it’s officially December 1 which means for those of you who have been holding out and refusing to put up any holiday decorations until at least the month of Christmas — it’s time!  Get out your garland and wreaths and start shopping for Christmas trees!  I’ve been looking around for new/fun ideas to decorate the home and I’d like to share my favorite find of the week along with some simple table settings and decor that are so beautiful they’ll inspire you to go that extra mile this year.

Check out this home made letter wreath that can be hung on just about any door (inside or out) for the holidays.  Here’s an easy “how to guide” from Our unexpected Journey Blog

The best way to make your table shine — other than using your finest china and silver is to choose some beautiful flowers that adorn each plate and gracefully fill the center of the table.  You don’t have to go crazy with color – you can get just as chic a look with simple greens and whites!

Another example of simple green and white that allows your china and glassware to get noticed!

Grab anything green – lettuce, apples, moss balls and mix it with mercury and clear glass votives, candlesticks and hurricanes for a crisp and clean design

You can fill your hurricanes and vases with all kinds of holiday cheer — and keep your eyes out for fun candles that will sparkle on the table or in the windows for people passing by to enjoy

Don’t forget to garnish!  It will make all the difference in what you’re serving – even if you’re not the best cook!

Add some unexpected stripes to your wreath

Spray paint your pine cones and throw them in a jar or get out the glue gun and make a ball of pine cones with a splash of glitter!

Tis the Season!

Posted By susanzaring | Oct 29, 2008 | No Comments | Category: Holiday

Just want to pass on some festive news; I was out shopping the other day and ran into one of my favorite stores Anthropologie. They had some really great crystal and mercury ornaments, check out their website for more ideas

I love this time of year, getting ready for the holidays, finding great recipes to cook for friends and family and decorating the table with beautiful tableware. Here are a few sources that I love to use, they all offer very different aesthetics and affordable prices. The fun part about decorating your table for dinner parties and events is that you can have alot of fun with it..there aren’t any set rules, mix up pieces, add a spark of color with the linens you choose or festive glassware. The possibilities are endless…

La Cafetiere, is a wonderful shop located in Chelsea New York with a casual elegant vibe, the owner is from France and offers traditonal yet polished accessories and homeware. Check out her website at /

The above items are from Anthropologie home collection, I love this store, it is such a great go-to place for pulling any table together, they offer everything from traditional to modern at great prices. Stores are located all over the United States so please check out their site; Anthropologie

Juliska is another great source for tableware, offering fanastic ceramic pieces. Stores located throughout all major cities; Juliska