last day of summer garden tablescape

Although it seems like we’ve all shifted gears to Fall, the Autumnal equinox isn’t until tomorrow, which “officially” starts the season.  I set the table on the back patio with a garden theme to bid farewell to Summer. Of course in Northern California it’s still plenty hot, but the foliage and flowers have started showingContinue reading “last day of summer garden tablescape”

the Hogwire Fence Project

As part of our front yard project we added a Hogwire fence on the front of our property {I call it a livestock fence~ tomatO, tomAto}.  Anyway, I use the term “we” loosely since it was Mr. and Master Masterpiece who built it. They did an amazing job.  It saved us so much money andContinue reading “the Hogwire Fence Project”

a transitional tablescape

Happy first day of September.  I feel Fall approaching.  Do you?  It’s still pretty warm with high temps around here but there’s little signs of the seasonal transition so I set the table with some Summer vibes but also some Fall feels. The mornings are cooler.  The evenings get dark earlier.  Foliage and flowers areContinue reading “a transitional tablescape”

seashell decor transition

The calendar has turned the page to August and although for some, summer is still in full stride for others invariably thoughts drift to Fall.  I still have all my Summer seashell decor in full display but I have started reviewing my Autumn posts, recipes and ideas to prepare for the slow transition into Fall.Continue reading “seashell decor transition”

on the menu – California style Salade Niçoise

I wanted to share how you can make a Niçoise salad even more special.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love Niçoise salad and if I find it on a menu chances are I will be ordering it.  But my family, not so much.  But if we substitute seared fresh Ahi Tuna and add some avocado,Continue reading “on the menu – California style Salade Niçoise”

my grandparent’s fish dish tablescape

Tablescapes are favorite projects of mine, whether it’s for my family, entertaining or simply for a tablescape post on my blog {like this one}. This particular table was inspired by these fish dishes I inherited from my paternal grandparents.  This is my first time using these dishes and I don’t know why because they areContinue reading “my grandparent’s fish dish tablescape”

through the seasons – a Goat Cart

The goat cart on our front porch is one of those things I wanted for a long time until I found THE one!  Everything aligned perfectly: the right quality, the right size and the right price tag.  You can read the whole story how I came about this goat cart in this post: It’s aContinue reading “through the seasons – a Goat Cart”

The Church Pew Bench

For those who have been here awhile, you have seen the bench outside on my front porch.  For those who are new, let me introduce you to my Church pew bench {wink}. This is one of those items I wanted for awhile when one day I saw a post for this bench for sale onContinue reading “The Church Pew Bench”

4th of July buffet

Happy Independence Day!  I know this year it will be a bit different than in years past but it’s still the most important day in our country’s history, which deserves proper attention and honor. Our town canceled the 4th of July parade which we have been going to for well over a decade, which isContinue reading “4th of July buffet”

patriotic decorating details

Welcome July!  Can you believe 2020 is halfway over?  The fourth of July, our Independence Day, is this Saturday and I wanted to share a few tips if your are planning to entertain in your home or just want to sprinkle some seasonal love in your home. The 4th will look very different for usContinue reading “patriotic decorating details”