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Book club night & farmhouse style

Last night, I hosted my book club – a fabulous group of some the most interesting and intelligent woman I have ever met! (Lucky me!) When I attend a book club night, I am guaranteed a wonderful night of fascinating conversation, good doses of laughter, delicious food and wine and a lovely ambiance. Each lady is a talented host and cook. So, when it comes time for me to host, I want to give them that same decadent experience. I put a lot of pressure on myself to get it right and last night, I am proud (and relieved) to say was a hit!

The concept for my table design began the night before. I knew I wanted to use my latest treasure as the centerpiece – a beautifully rustic French wine bottle carrier.

(this beauty will be on sale in my shop very soon!)

The wine carrier makes me think – Farmhouse style – so that’s what I went with…

It made the perfect caddy to display the utensils…

A variety of textures – burlap, linen, lace, silver, glass, ceramics – creates that farmhouse feel. Rustic but elegant. Can you tell I had fun?

I knew we would be dining outside so I kept it in the same theme. I am so grateful to my beautiful purple hydrangea bush! She supplied all the florals!

Hydrangeas are so fabulous because they are like a hundred flowers on one stem! Popped these freshly cut blooms into crystal cut glasses and my simple table arrangements were done!

Had to put out my newly acquired antique French pitcher too! This one was sent to me from a woman in Normandy! So pretty with a vintage lace apron tucked inside…

The trailing wisteria over head completed the purple, white and green color palette…

I did spend a lot of time on decorating but I didn’t forget the FOOD! I whipped up a huge batch of Martha Stewart‘s Macaroni and Cheese! So very naughty, with a whole stick of butter and an obsene amount of cheese! However, I was so caught up in my decor that I didn’t take a picture of it…oops…so here’s one via Smitten Kitchen

I must say…it was delectable and everyone went back for seconds! Yah! A fresh garden salad and chocolate cake for dessert completed the simple but comforting meal.

All in all it was another fantastic night with my book club gals! Love you girls!

xo,

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Milk glass and Blue Hydrangeas

Wow, I’m so sleepy! Spent the day taking pics of new items for the vintage shoppe. Lotta work…but I love it. Before I drag myself away from the computer and go to bed, I thought I’d share a couple of shots…

I was loving the tones of the milk glass against the burlap bag and the softness of the blue hydrangea.

Okay nighty, night!

I’ll be back tomorrow with some new favorite stores I’ve discovered on Etsy.

xo,

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Photo day

Yesterday, I couldn’t stop taking photos.  The sunlight flooded in through the windows and cast a dreamy light on my kitchen table, making it a perfect stage for flowers and lace. Outside the white roses glowed and Grace found herself in our magical forest…

Enjoy!

As you can tell, I’m having a blast experimenting with textures. They add a whole different feel to the image.

Happy Friday!

xo,







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Frost & Gold

Photography – KatjArt

I couldn’t resist sharing these breathtaking pics of a frosted hydrangea bloom. I adore these flowers. My hydrangea is a periwinkle blue and it waves at me each morning in the spring and summer while I drink my coffee and gaze out the window. Its sweet clusters of flowers always makes me smile. I shall look forward to their appearance as the sun warms and our gray world blooms once more.

xo,

Ivy

p.s. The colors in these photos make me melt too…lavender, gold, ivory and ice blue….so lovely.

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