As you might have seen on my Instagram account. We’ve recently moved! We sold our home in Northern California and decided to relocate down to California’s Central Coast area. We spent the past summer at the beach in Morro Bay, Cayucos, Los Osos, and Avila Beach and realized that the slower, less crowded lifestyle was for us. We took the summer to get to know the area and found our new home in San Luis Obispo![Read more…] about My Home | The Dining Room
Hey friends, I just finished prepping for our 17th annual Friendsgiving this weekend. I can’t believe we’ve been doing it this long! It’s really evolved over the years into something all of our friends look forward to all year. And when we first starting having them, it was during college with friends and roommates. It’s been so amazing to see it expand and contract over the years with new friends, old friends, new spouses and significant others, children, pets…you name it!
I figured I’d share my top 10 tips I’ve learned along the way!
Hey folks! If you hadn’t heard, today’s the last day of World Market’s Friends & Family Sale! Save an axtra 30% off on almost everything and 10% off food, wine and beer AND there’s free shipping on $75+ with the code: FRIENDSFAM
It’s the perfect time to stock up on all that Halloween, Fall and Thanksgiving decor! Need to stock up the guest room? There’s goods for that too. I’m always a big fan of World Market sales as they’re already great priced items are even more of a steal! Get it while the going is hot guys!
Here are some of my fall and entertaining favorites!
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It’s the last day of September, have you transitioned to Fall yet? We’re just starting to get cooler weather the last couple of days, so I’m starting to feel it! Fall is my favorite season ever and even though we’re in the midst of tearing up the kitchen and putting it back together (you can see more on my Instagram stories!), I still had to put some fall touches around the house![Read more…] about Decorating for Fall with Walmart
We had our annual Friendsgiving meal this last weekend. It’s been 15 years of Friendsgiving and I always look forward to it. After this many years of hosting Friendsgivings large and small I wanted to share a few trips I learned along the way. I also partnered with World Market on this post, which is the perfect fit IMO. You can find pretty much everything you need there from food to decor – to cut your prep time in half! Check out my simple and effortless Friendsgiving table set up below!
Fall is my favorite season and it enjoy it to the fullest, I like to create a bucket list of things to do. Most of the items can be done for little to no dolla-dolla bills and you will be spending lots of time with your friends and family. Just how I like it! I started compiling a list of my favorite fall activities after realizing how successful our holiday advent calendar was during December. I figured why not priorities some fun fall activities as well?!
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Every year my husband and I throw a Friendsgiving for all of our closest friends. I think we might be going on our 12th year now (wow!). I like to start thinking about table decor early, so when it’s time, I can worry more about food prep and less about decor 😉 I partnered with World Market and went though a little trial run this week. They’re always my first stop for entertaining essentials and decor. You just can’t beat their selection and prices!
I decided to map out a few different looks using the same color scheme. I used a gray buffalo check plaid on the table and mixed it with some white and gray dinnerware. I love how gray is kind of a non-traditional color to use for fall. It really gives the table a more updated look. And isn’t it funny how mixing around the accessories can give the table a different feel? Also a huge factor in tabletop decor? The florals. The gorgeous flowers I used today are from my favorite local floral designer Freya Prowe from Brother & Sisters Flowers.
Take a look at the different table setups below and let me know what you think! Which one is your favorite?
I wanted to share with you my vision for our dinner this year (You also can find more inspiration on my Friendsgiving Pinterest board). I wanted the perfect blend of rustic sophistication. I adore a mix of wood and natural texture with high contrast black and white – obviously 😉 It will be fun to decorate against the woodsy backdrop in our cabin!
I partnered with Crate & Barrel and found some great items to help bring my inspiration to life. Crate & Barrel has a great Thanksgiving selection right now. I’m so happy to see that, as so many stores these days give Thanksgiving the cold shoulder in favor of Christmas. What is that?! Another thing I love is that they offer versatile pieces that can be used all year round. I’m all for that concept. I bought special Thanksgiving dishes, oh about 5 years ago now, because I thought we’d use them every year for Friendsgiving. We’ve used them….once. Yep. I always find myself going back to the basics and then changing it up by adding fun and whimsical decor. Keeps things spicy that way 😉
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These were just a few of my favorites from Crate and Barrel! And as you can see they don’t scream fall or thanksgiving, but just give a subtle, welcome hint. AND you could easily use these pieces for any occasion. Total score. So…the decor is planned and the table is set, now let’s bring on the food!