étagère plant stand update

I love clustering pretty pots and beautiful blooms on the green, metal étagère that sits in a corner in our back patio.  Styling this plant stand is always a fun and satisfying project every year.   If you have been around here awhile, you’ve seen it many times before, but if you’re new here then I hopeContinue reading “étagère plant stand update”

outdoor gathering tablescape & tips

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summertime feels even though it’s not the “official” start to summer.  Outdoor gatherings and entertaining will hopefully be back to some type of normalcy this year. Today we are sharing some tips and techniques to help with an outdoor gathering tablescape & tips. Entertaining outside, merely by just beingContinue reading “outdoor gathering tablescape & tips”

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.  Come on over and enjoy this summer garden tablescape. Of course in Northern California it’s still plentyContinue 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

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. Come check out my transitional tablescape. The mornings are cooler.  The evenings get dark earlier.  Foliage and flowersContinue 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”

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”