Autumn Table Setting + Link Party

October 1st, 2013

Greetings my friends and welcome to the Autumn Tablescape & Vignette par-tay! I was inspired to set a table in the traditional tones of orange, chocolate, and gold this year with a white backdrop to balance it all out. Our dining room is neutral and combines mixed wood tones which makes it easy to change the palette by season.

fall dining room

I’m crushing on these geometric candlesticks – they’re simple yet striking and so affordable, I couldn’t resist adding them to my collection, one set on each side of the table. I think tortoise shell glass is hawt, I’ve had that hurricane vase for over ten years (can’t recall where I bought it) it but the small tumblers turned votive candleholders are from Pier One.

gold candlesticks fall table

 

place setting on table

 

I found these sweet little soup bowls at HomeGoods with a delicate maple motif on the outside and pinecone on the inside. The global inspired patterned napkins are from Pier One, and the table runner fabric is my Sprig pattern in an autumn colorway. (This pattern and others will be available in a few Christmas colors in Nov and everyday colors in January!) The white square plate and gold square charger are from last year’s silver and gold tablescape. The wood handled Sawyer flatware is from World Market.

autumn leaves soup bowl

 

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The Valley of the Moon

September 30th, 2013

It was one of those weekends that combined evening hours spent with great friends in celebration of a birthday, and a day spent journeying to a farm in search of beautiful pumpkins and seasonal produce (the squash, the tomatoes, so good). I’ve realized stepping away from the computer on the weekends is pure delight, and it’s in those hours of ignoring the screens or smartphone that I feel like I’m really living. 

Last week, Matt and I stole away for a day to one of our favorite destinations in Sonoma County, the idyllic Valley of the Moon. The author Jack London lived in the territory – its name originates from the Native American Miwok tribe who referred to this special region nestled between mountains and hills as the “Valley of the Moon”.

I thought I’d share some snaps of what’s happening in the high season which begins in late September and lasts through late November. The harvest and crush are in full swing as each grape reaches the ripe and ready point. The tourists are arriving from all around the world to soak up the sunshine and indulge in the flavors of the region.

sonoma valley of the moon vineyard

The vineyards sprawl for miles and miles in Sonoma and Napa counties and grapes are planted strategically by terroir. There are a few wineries that (lucky for the us) plant rows of different varietals adjacent to each other in a small plot of land to show the difference between a merlot, a cabernet, a syrah, a zinfandel, a chardonnay, and a sauvignon blanc.

Every varietal is ready to be picked at a different time over the course of the harvest season. Each grape is distinct, down to its color, flavor, cluster, and even the characteristics of the leaves, yet they all thrive in this place we’re lucky to call our backyard. 

different varietals and leaves

   

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