Backyard Harvest Party

November 3rd, 2014

*Sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens Products at Walmart.

It seems just as Halloween passes, we all rush to get ready for Christmas and forget that fall is still very much a season to be savored. Right now the wineries in our area are so crowded with tourists so instead of gathering there we invited a group of friends over for Harvest Party to celebrate the flavors of autumn and share some of our wine with friends.

Every two months, I have the opportunity to work with a few Better Homes and Gardens products so a backyard harvest party seemed the perfect occasion. I snapped a few photos of the table layout before our guests arrived.

backyard harvest party

I gathered up some old favorites along with the new, including amber vases filled with leaf clippings, white platters, and my favorite wood salad bowl. Our potting bench again served as a casual bar.

potting bench bar


appetizers harvest party


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Weekend Reading

October 30th, 2014

I can’t find my two sweet faced children anywhere, a zombie 49er and a werewolf have replaced them and now they’re growling and demanding sugar. #saveme I was going to start a new blog series for the holidays today, but the local festivities and party preparations have taken over my schedule so I’m giving in. Tomorrow we’re celebrating Halloween around town, I hope you are all doing the same!

Here’s a roundup of links loved from the past week…

studded pumpkin vase

Pretty no carve pumpkins.

This simply styled California home.

High Point Market interior design trends (love them all).

Ha ha! 15 ways you know you grew up in a Martha home.

7 deadly sins of DIY.

A photography series: learning from successful retailers.

Old masters at the top of their game.

Lifestyle choices for healthy aging.

Such a sweet proposal !

My monthly article at Lamps Plus: choosing + hanging dining room chandeliers

And congratulations to the SF Giants, MadBum for the win, what a game last night!


Happy Halloween weekend!