A Gilded Leaf Inspired Table Setting

IMG_3751 We're hosting Thanksgiving this year and I couldn't be more excited.  Firstly, because it happens to be my favorite holiday and, secondly, because of my love for a well dressed table.  This year, gold tipped leaves inspired a table setting that turned out both earthy and sophisticated.  Vintage Russel Wright dishes, a colorful runner, berry filled twigs, wood and brass create a look and a feel that complement our home's mid-century design well.  Take a look and find out below how to quickly gild leaves for the upcoming holidays. IMG_3789

Himalayan pink rock salt decorates each setting and is also a take home gift for our guests.candle stick psdIMG_3756IMG_3807

Clusters of berries tied to the gilded leaves serve as mini botanical arrangements that can become hanging ornaments for our guests. IMG_2976

Gold Tipped Leaves


Magnolia leaves (they're thick and won't crack as the paint dries), gold paint and twine.


Tie twine to the leaf stem. Dip the tip directly into the paint. Hang and let dry for 1 to 2 days.

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Best Wishes for a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving.                                                                                                                                 

Kitchen Inspiration: A Second Look

Last weekend, a dear Boston friend [who also happens to be designer] spent the weekend with us.  Of course, I took the opportunity to discuss our upcoming kitchen renovation and I was immediately challenged on my original concept.    My friend's thoughts were inclined toward honoring the mid-century design of our house by using more textural elements, mainly on the walls, which I originally wanted to cover in this wallpaper.  I'm now researching other finishes to give the space a more natural and earthier look.  Given my love for wall coverings and bold patterns, I'm not entirely convinced yet, but I do think I should explore other looks for this very important family space:

It is pretty, isn't it?  Take look here at my original inspiration and let me know which style you prefer.  Next week I'll reveal our kitchen as it is now, so you can get a better sense on the scope of this project.

Many thanks to MV for getting my creative juices flowing in an unpredictable direction.  The whole family loved hosting you and we look forward to seeing you in July.