Category Archives: Entertaining


November 30, 2016

Entertaining / Holiday

Simple silver holiday tablescape via Thou Swell

For this year’s holiday tablescape I embraced cool silver and blue tones, with a natural centerpiece in shades of mossy green, all discovered at my local At Home store. I started with the electroplated wine glasses, whose silver stems set the predominate metallic hue on the table. From there, I found silver chargers and votives, then layered glass and white plates (with a snowflake-like look) to create an ice-inspired finish to each setting. The focal point of the table is definitely the frosted pine-cone trees, under which I stacked books to stagger the heights of the three trees. I covered the base of the centerpiece in preserved moss, which looked beautiful on our wooden dining table. It gave a natural finish to the piece, and brought in some traditional holiday greens – and some brighter shades as well. With such a straightforward color palette, it was easy to bring in simple touches to make the table shine, but keep the overall feeling cool and serene. Once the votive candles were lit, the table took on a warm holiday glow! See the rest of this tablescape below.
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July 28, 2016


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Black and white table setting with safari animals via @thouswellblog

We’ve been using our outdoor dining table frequently for dinners on the patio, but our stained and sealed hollow-core door tabletop was starting to show wear. Now that we added black metal side tables to the patio, I thought the tabletop would look nice with a coat of solid black paint as well. Since the tabletop is used outdoors and we take it on and off the patio often, I needed a spray paint that would stick well and stay durable so that the finish wouldn’t come off as we used the tabletop. I turned to the durability of Krylon SUPERMAXX All-in-One spray paint with Superbond® Technology (available at any Sherwin-Williams store) for its best-in-class adhesion, rust protection, and indoor/outdoor use. Since the spray paint is both a paint and primer, I was able to skip sanding and get straight to painting. You can see how it compares to other leading spray paints on their website (they show much paint a strong piece of tape pulls up after 7 days of curing).
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July 22, 2016


Setting the table with Steve McKenzie, watercolor table setting via @thouswellblog

One of the most exciting parts (to me) about Steve McKenzie’s and the McKenzie’s design business is the original fabric line that Steve created from his own paintings. Taking his expressive brushstrokes and soft, watercolor paintings to fabrics and upholstery projects is such a fun way to bring an artist’s touch to interiors. When I saw Steve’s line with a soft, watercolor palette, I knew they would make great tablecloths as well. Inspired by the warm, faded palette, I designed a table setting using the McKenzie’s store as my prop closet. With a large, low-lying arrangement, acrylic goblets, mixed plates and hotel silver, the table took on an electic look that really speaks to the unique mix at the McKenzie’s shop. I set up the table at my neighbor’s house for a fresh setting, and lit the votive candles as the daylight faded, casting a glow on the rosy stripes running across the table. Get all the details of this tablescape after the jump!
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July 14, 2016


Scandinavian-inspired black, white, and grey summer table setting with simple green arrangements via @thouswellblog

When late July comes around in Atlanta, it gets a little too warm to eat outside most evenings. Although I would love to spend more nights on our new patio seating and dining area, nothing beats escaping the Southern heat with the A/C indoors. Inspired by a cooler climate and the recent Midsummer’s Night tradition celebrated in many Northern European countries, I set a Scandinavian-inspired table with simple black, white and grey finds from At Home. I found everything I needed for the table, plus some contemporary dining chairs and a couple faux fur pillows to add to the mix. I also kept the arrangements simple with tree branches cut from the front yard. The result is neutral and laid-back, but with a light yet cozy atmosphere that is perfect for summer entertaining!
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June 8, 2016


Breakfast in bed for Father's Day with Baxter on @thouswellblog

One of my favorite traditions of both Mother’s and Father’s Day is to wake up a little early, make a tray of coffee and breakfast food, then surprise whichever parent’s holiday it is with a breakfast in bed. It’s a fun way to start the day, especially if you’re a breakfast enthusiast as I am! When Baxter invited me to celebrate my dad with their perfectly-giftable shaving kit, I thought why not combine two morning rituals: breakfast and shaving, for the perfect start to my dad’s day. Smoked salmon and bagels is easy to plate, but a specialty to eat, especially with capers and red onions to add on top. I also brought the New York Times, and even used a page to wrap his Shade Duo gift set. Providing my dad with some high-quality grooming products is a great way for him to start his morning, and a great gift to start off this Father’s Day! Check out a sweet video from Baxter highlighting several son and dad duos and their grooming traditions after the jump.

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