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Friday, December 16, 2011

Table setting for the holidays

For those holiday party hosts, in order to get the most use of your table here are a few tips:

  1. "Layering"- this is a key element. If using a table cloth set heavy, non-sliding books underneath your tale cloth. This will allow guests to access those appetizers with ease. If you decide to show off your gorgeous dining table, instead of using books you can achieve a similar look using square clear glass hurricanes, but be sure to put a little decorative accent inside for color(small round ornaments are great).
  2. Candles-Lighting is one of the most important factor. There is no comparison to the warm soft glow candles offer. Just be sure placement does not interfere with the platters. Candle sticks, votives and pillars on plates are excellent to create interest.
  3. Accessories-Driftwood, ornaments, and garland are a few additions that help add character to your table. They help set the tone for the occasion by reflecting the glow of the candle light. Just be sure placement of these do not interfere with candles or detract from the main focus which of course is the food.
  4. Stands, Platters, Dishes-There are endless options for serving pieces, multi level platters, and cake stands are wonderful multi-purpose pieces. Center a gourmet cheese ball spread on a cake platter for spreading on baguette, all while having a holiday ceviche on surrounding spoons. A trifle dish is perfect for those holiday snacks, candies for a splash of color, or simply fill with baguette for the meats and cheeses.
  5. Don't forget the plates-While finger food is perfectly ideal, it is crucial to have napkins or small plates for your guests. This will help assure guests don't over crowd the table, as well as allowing them to carry their drink and apps while circulating your amazing home.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Holiday Candle Idea

Mood lighting plays an important role in creating a warm inviting environment, and candles are fantastic for that "sitting by the fire" warm glow. Here's an easy trick to add a rustic decorative look to your everyday pillar candles.

Items you will need:
-Pillar Candle
-Candle Tray
-Decorative Feather Trim
-Instant Krazy Glue (brush applicator recommended)
-Rubber band
-Cranberries (real is recommended)

1. Brush the base perimeter of the pillar candle with Krazy glue. The glue does not get absorbed by the candle so be careful not to touch the glue with your fingers.
2. Brush the tape of the decorative feather trim with Krazy Glue.
3. With candle sitting wick side down, wrap decorative trim around the base of the candle using the rubber band to hold the trim to the candle.
4. Let glue sit approximately 15 minutes.
5. Gently remove the rubber band and turn candle wick side up.
6. Set candle center of tray. Place cranberries generously at corners to liking.

Hint: the cranberries are great to hide mistakes or if you run short on trim.

A great source for the candles, and trim similar to the Samuel & Sons trim that I used is

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Play areas in formal spaces DO work.

Keeping a dedicated area for children to play in a formal living space, helps retain clutter, and allows the parents to socialize, or entertain, while supervising their children. (Photography by Tony Soluri)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Just in time for Thanksgiving

The Aga Six-Four professional series stove has everything you'll need to deliver this year's Thanksgiving dinner on time and in style. It's got a cast-iron body that comes in 15 vitreous enamel colors, and enough burners and ovens for an army — 6 high-power gas burners, a conventional oven, a fully programmable convection oven, a simmering oven, and a ceramic broiler.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

An interesting use of found objects

A unique line of fireplaces, chairs, and other items crafted from old marine mines, taken from an old Soviet military facility on Naissaar Island in the Gulf of Finland.


Monday, August 8, 2011

The Cara Program: 20 Years of Transforming Lives

Since 1991, thousands of people, companies, foundations and
communities have contributed to the success of over 2,800
Cara students – individuals who have secured and sustained
permanent, quality employment, broken the cycles of poverty
and homelessness, transformed their lives, strengthened
communities and forged paths to real and lasting success. Please join us in celebrating all who have contributed to those successes.

When:  Friday, September 16, 2011, 7pm-11pm
VIP Reception (for sponsors) from 6pm - 7pm

Where:  House of Blues Chicago
Music Hall & Foundation Room

Who:  500-700 of Cara’s friends and supporters

What:  The evening includes delicious hors d’oeuvres, open
bar, live music, dancing, live auction, cash and prize
raffles, photographers and other festivities.