Monthly Archives: November 2009

Thanksgiving Table!

Thanksgiving is over [half sigh of exhaustion, half sigh of sadness]. And my first holiday cooking for five people was a success (OK, so I overcooked a couple items, but I blame my Barbie-sized kitchen for that). Before all the craze of cooking began I set my table with a festive modern feel. Knowing I couldn’t depend on my cooking skills, I wanted at least one element of my hostess duties to be perfect! I opted for an unexpected color combo of chartreuse and pumpkin orange, with mix-matched paisley prints. Then I brought in more rustic elements to balance the color — wooden candlesticks, and I made placecards out of pinecones (“salvaged” that morning from Central Park) with leaves cut from chartreuse paper for the names. I then threw a casual orange bouquet in a low glass vase to serve second fiddle to the towering candlesticks, proving that mixing seemingly random objects and colors can work! …At least I think so… thoughts?

Of course I couldn’t leave out our dog Frankie. She is part of the family, after all. And isn’t that what the holiday is all about?

Did you snap a photo of your Thanksgiving table? If so, send it to swatchbook@gmail.com — we’ll share our favorites with readers! (-Allie)

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It’s beginning…

Yes, I am one of THOSE people who adds holiday songs to their iPod the day after Thanksgiving. And I know it’s not even December yet. But isn’t this Christmas-y bowl cute? (-Moe)

Pear Tree Point Nut Bowl, $30, Kate Spade.

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Pretty in Purple

I recently did a piece for ShelterPop on paint-trend predictions for the coming year. I covered a handful of paint palettes but Olympic Paint’s “Allure of Autumn” was my favorite. I love the rich neutrals of cream, deep gray and chocolate brown. And the pops of firey orange-red and soothing purple really add an interesting dimension. Here’s one way I might apply this palette, but the options are endless. (-Allie)

 

Paint palette, “Allure of Autumn” by Olympic Paint. Olivia Sofette (in Clementine Orange), $1,649, Pottery Barn. Diamond Charcoal/Taupe rug (6×9′), $288, Dash & Albert. Marrone Spiral Side Table, $189, High Fashion Home. Funky Petals Pillow, $54.99, Target. Venice Mirror, $159, Z Gallerie. Munich Table Lamp, $129, Z Gallerie.

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Step on It

I’ve loved her for so long… But she’s always been JUST out of reach. Angela Adams’ designs are part playful, part sophisticated and fully fabulous. Her new cotton rug designs fit those same characteristics, but are finally within a poor gal’s reasonable price range. (-Allie)

Manfred hand-woven cotton rugs (Midnight, Sprout and Tangerine) $40 and $90, Angela Adams.

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Hot Stuff

Yup, we’ve got entertaining on the brain. Here’s a trivet that will come in handy today – HAPPY THANKSGIVING! – but the pretty little take on needlepoint will give you a little thrill every time you use it. (-Moe)

Rose Trivet, $25, at Decorative Things.

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Gobble it Up

Tomorrow is the big day (SO excited). So I thought I’d toss in one last-minute super-gotta-have-it-adorable Thanksgiving-themed item. When you pull your perfect turkey out of the oven with these babies, please pause with a big tooth-baring grin for a photo opp. (-Allie)

Turkey Felt Potholder and Mit, $3.95 and $4.95, Crate & Barrel

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P.S., on the subject of rugs

Remember back in July, when my husband and I were on the hunt for a new rug for the living room? (No? Check out the post here.) Well, I thought you’d be interested to see what we ended up with. Drum roll please….

Wait for it…

Ta-da!

What do you think? (-Moe)

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