Festive & thankful

This year has been a sure year of changes and this Thanksgiving was no different. We usually gather at our uncle & aunt’s house (she’s an outstanding cook!) but this year she needed to be on the east coast w/ her family, so for a quick second, Thanksgiving was tenuous. Then I jumped in to commandeer the ship. 

 No, I didn’t cook, are you kidding? We had it catered and hosted at our house. This allowed me to use my time doing I’m best at- making things beautiful! 

 

Two trips to World Market, one to Trader Joe’s, some snipping of flowers from our yard, and a little fabric glue and upholstery trim and my first Thanksgiving tablescape was born- so much fun!

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Uncle Alan!! 

Uncle Alan!! 

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A crisis averted (our Uncle said I ‘saved Thanksgiving’- perhaps an overstatement, but I’ll take it!!), photo opportunities garnered, and a wonderful evening was had by all. Oh, and the food was really good, too…

Xoxo L

Marc doing some cool thing with his hands.  

Marc doing some cool thing with his hands.  

Even when you cater, there's still a lot of cleaning up to do!  

Even when you cater, there's still a lot of cleaning up to do!  

Green

Green is my favorite color. Once I thought it was grey. Or red. But I was wrong. It’s definitely green.

Plants are green. I love plants and have a lot of them.

Plants require attention and maintenance. Aside from simple watering, how about turning on some classical beats or Solfeggio harmonics in the evening?  Your green babies will be flowering and blooming like crazy business! Plants like long walks and sunsets, too. But who has that kind of time? Not me. 

Talking to your plants isn’t required. Maybe at first when you bring them home and you’re just getting to know each other. That’s appropriate. But after the first week or two, they can pretty much read your mind, so talking to them is almost insulting. 

Be careful where you tread! I once had a Monstera leaf gouge my nose hole while I sang him a song and watered his soil.  My singing must've been off key …i don't know. We never really talked it through.

If you’ve given plants a fair shake but they just won’t shake back- no matter how hard you shook, which was probably pretty hard, because they just wouldn’t effing grow!- FAUX plants may be your answer. You’ll get the look and feel of oxygen & health, without all of the hassle. hehe.

We say faux, not fake. Fake is an ugly word and should be used sparingly. A fake Kelley bag, your fake tattoo, her fake pregnancy. Not pretty, is it? Faux sounds savvy, elite...and French!

We say faux, not fake. Fake is an ugly word and should be used sparingly. A fake Kelley bag, your fake tattoo, her fake pregnancy. Not pretty, is it? Faux sounds savvy, elite...and French!

Here are 3 must-do’s for creating a verdant illusion of you own.

  1. Good $tuff: Look for soft silicone-like specimens, with plump petals and parts. Succulents, vines, large leaves, stalks and branches. Remember, silk flowers don't fool anyone.

  2. Co-existence: To achieve the highest visual believability, the faux must be integrated with the real. One or two living plants mixed in or amoung the faux is all it takes.

  3. Upkeep: The faux stuff collects dust. It sits there day after day, never moving, growing, living…asking nothing from you- which of course, is everything. Give your faux friends a rinse off every 1- 2 months and the relationship will continue gloriously for as long as you choose.

 

The color green is considered to be the most tranquil. I think it’s also the friendliest.

be it through plants, fabric, paint, or just inexperience, there’s a shade of green for everyone.

 
This kitchen feels like a green velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting. Now that’s friendly!   Design by J. Randall Powers, Elle Decor July 2016, Photo: Eric Piasecki

This kitchen feels like a green velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting. Now that’s friendly!

Design by J. Randall Powers, Elle Decor July 2016, Photo: Eric Piasecki

This fabulous fabric demands attention, but doesn’t strangle you with it’s love.   Designed by   Alexandra Palmowski for the Virginia White Collection

This fabulous fabric demands attention, but doesn’t strangle you with it’s love.

Designed by Alexandra Palmowski for the Virginia White Collection

I'm drooling all over this glossy green kitchen. The smooth surfaces make clean up a cinch!   Design by Nathan Turner, Elle Decor July 2014, Photo:  William Abranowicz

I'm drooling all over this glossy green kitchen. The smooth surfaces make clean up a cinch!

Design by Nathan Turner, Elle Decor July 2014, Photo: William Abranowicz

want your home to be more green? let’s talk!