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All about the table...

My husband and I love to entertain with friends...he cooks and I set the table.
Thanksgiving table is one of my favorite to create. There are so many things you can do.
Here are a few tips to creating the perfect table to give thanks around with your friends and family.

If you are serving at the table keep your center pieces simple...
Use what you have, here they used glasses filled with herbs...you could also use bowls of Autumn fruits or vegetables. Just remember to leave room for all those platters of food.







I like to shake up the table with place cards, it keeps conversations interesting and if you have new guests it can make them feel more welcome by sitting them next to folks who will embrace them and ease the feeling of not knowing anyone.
You can use small apples, little pumpkins, pine cones, wine corks or just a simple piece of paper with their name written on it. Again, use what you have and what is seasonal.


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Lighting is key for any room to create a mood...this could be using a dimmer on your overhead lights, adding candles or stringing lights...it all depends on the room and what you have available but please don't use big bright lights, know one looks good under a spotlight.


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Seating...who has 12-20 chairs that all match sitting (yes, pun intended) around their house? Don't be afraid to mix it up with traditional dinning chairs, upholstered chairs and benches.

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For the table settings mix and match your glass ware, plates and even flatware...it adds a bit of whimsy and interest.

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Remember to have fun, use what you have and don't be afraid to mix it up...the true reason you are all getting together is to give thanks and celebrate so don't stress, it will all be fabulous!

Ciao,
F

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Outdated...

This place is the perfect marriage of all things good...
Coffee, Food & Vintage

It's the Outdated Antique Cafe
hidden in the hamlet of Kingston, NY

I have to say it would be an expensive lunch or
cup of coffee...
these folks have an eye for vintage.

See for yourself...









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Ciao,
F

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Inspiration...

    Wow, so sorry...I didn't realize how long it has been since I last blogged.
I do need to get better about that...sometimes the time just seems to slip on
by before I know it it is a new week with a new list of things to do and well
you know how it goes.
    Today I wanted to let you in to my inspiration for the holidays...
I am participating in the Plucky Maidens Holiday Junk Fest on November 22 & 23
in Portland, OR and I love having a theme. I find to be helpful in planning what
my space is going to look like, gives it some focus and offers inspiration for me
and my customers.
    This year it's Holidays in Montana...a little rough, a little outdoorsy, cold winter days
in front of the fireplace, and yes a wee bit of glam...snow can look like glitter after all.
    It started with two beautiful taxidermy deer heads I purchased a couple of months go,
Billie and Bobbie...they have been in my studio, giving me much inspiration.

Meet them...



The following images also offered up inspiration for my holiday...



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Where do you find inspiration?

Ciao,
F

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Fall...

I love days like today...

the air is crisp like an apple
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the sun warms you like a wool blanket
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the colors are vibrant you need shades
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the smells are sweet and sour
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the sounds of falling leaves are like the rustle of a tuutuu

It's a perfect Fall day!

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Happy Tuesday!
Ciao,
F
 

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Metal...

For those of you that know me, you know I love me a little metal.

the warmth...
the patina...
the way it reflects light...
how it can go with any style...

It's so versatile and fun to play with when designing any room in the house...


I imagine the chairs around the dining table, the lights over the kitchen island and the lockers in the entry way for outerwear...

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This would be perfect in the loo or as a nightstand...

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I love these as candle holders, convert them into pendant lights or just let them shine as the little beauties they are...

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Trays...catch alls in every room, serving, bulletin board, make up tray, accent piece to reflect the light...you get the picture.

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My favorite...the industrial cart, there isn't a room you couldn't use of of these

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Next time you find a piece of metal that you just aren't sure what to do with...go ahead, buy it!
You will eventually find it's home, it will speak to you and you will be soooo happy you did it.

Ciao,
F

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Chairs continued...

So, my last blog was about chairs I am looking for or at least styles of chairs...this one is about a chair I found.
Yes, I found a chair!
It needs updated and reupholstered but what do you think?
I have some ideas on what I want to do to it and would love to hear your thoughts...so, what do you think I should do to it?





Look forward to hearing your thoughts...don't be shy!

Ciao,
F

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Chairs...

Who new finding the perfect chair would be so difficult...
I am on the hunt for two chairs for my living room, they can't be big overstuffed
armchairs like I currently have...they need to be more svelte and of course am looking
for vintage/antique chairs with some serious character.
Oh yeah, did I mention I don't want to pay an arm and a leg either for them. That makes it that much harder but I am determined...I know I will find them!

Here are some ideas of what I am looking for...

Velvet chairs...
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Leather chairs...

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Mid-century updated...

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Distressed love...

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French...

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Tattered...

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Tufted but not necessarily in pink and definitely more distressed...


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You start getting the picture...
A well loved, distressed, cozy, textured, leggy, vintage chair I can't live without!
If you happen to have one or know of where I can get two please let me know.
I sooooo want to find my chairs.

Ciao,
F

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Soft Open...

We have a date for our soft open...




 Come shop at my studio/shop this Saturday August 31st for Antiques & Oddities...open 10a-2p...at 1091 Willamette Falls Dr, West Linn, OR...the entrance is located behind the building in the alley (it's a safe and friendly alley)...

All My Favorite Things will be open as well...she is located street side of the building!

You won't want to miss this...you will be the first to get to see the shop and 
studio space... you have to promise not to mind the still work in progress of the space.
We are getting there but as anything it still has a lot of work left to be done. 

If you can't make it to the soft opening we are always available by appointment
and we will be having a Grand Open Studio event at the end of September!

Hope to see you Saturday!

Ciao,
F


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