Mackinac Island, Michigan

Imagine a place where you could step back in time, where the pace of a little town aligns with the slow clip clop of horse hooves and calm, rippling waves of the lake. Mackinac Island, Michigan is the very picture you hold in your mind.

 

 

Located in Lake Huron, near the Straits of Mackinac (pronounced Mackinaw), it is accessible by ferry. Stunning views of the Great Lakes are all around you.  As horse and buggy and bicycles are the only modes of transportation available on the small 8 mile radius island, everything moves at a slower pace.  Experience the serene pleasures of waking up to the sound of birds, lapping water, and the ever present rhythm of horse hooves at a gentle canter as they carry passengers from place to place.

Victorian houses grace the streets at every turn. Some are still private vacation homes, some house businesses, and others have been turned into lovely bed and breakfasts or small hotels.  Island House is one such hotel.

 

Island Hotel is the oldest hotel on the island, built in 1852 as a resort. Once located on the banks of Lake Huron, it was moved 300 feet back from the water for expansion and now overlooks the Mackinac Bay. The hotel has been lovingly restored and renovated and is a Michigan Historic Landmark.

Guests of this beautiful little gem will enjoy majestic lakefront views from the dining room and front porch, nightly bonfires, indoor/outdoor hot tubs, on site bike rentals, and historic charm at every turn.

The “crown jewel” of the island is the Grand Hotel. Widely known for the setting of the movie “Somewhere In Time”, The Grand Hotel has a following all of it’s own. This magnificent building boasts the largest front porch in the world at a glorious 660 feet long!

The red geranium is a common decor theme and 1,375 of these trademark flowers can be found in planters along the famous porch. 

The sweeping grounds include lilac bushes, 18,000 tulips, fountains, walking paths, and of course, geraniums. Inside, the lobby boasts bold colors and patterns with great murals at either end.

Long formal dining rooms, gift shops, children’s play areas, “Somewhere in Time” memorabilia, incredible golf course, and a darling ice cream shop are among the many attractions offered.

The amenities seem boundless but the most impressive facet of this hotel is the transformation it makes each afternoon as they prepare for the  formal evening which begins at 6:00.  The red carpets going up to the main entrance are vacuumed, the brass on the railings is polished, all of the flags hanging from the porch roof are straightened to hang perfectly.

From 6:00 on, formal wear is required on the Grand Hotel property and the guests enjoy a slow paced meal served with an attention to detail that is rare. Truly this is a “grand” experience as only The Grand Hotel can provide.

The sweet little town itself offers gift shops, restaurants, and the absolutely ‘must-stop’, fudge stores. Rent a bike and ride the 8.2 scenic miles around the island, take in a round of golf, sight-see the Grand Hotel and other attractions in a horse and buggy or simply look for beach glass along the waters’ edge.

Whatever you choose to do or wherever you choose to stay on this lovely island, the tranquil, restorative influence will accompany you.  Step back in time for a few days, visit Mackinac!

 

We Are Happy To Announce…

As previously shared in this blog, my husband and I have wanted to open a Bed and Breakfast for a long time. We aren’t there quite yet, however, we just opened up our second Airbnb in Pocatello, Idaho! We are excited for this next adventure as it is a bit of a different property than we have had to offer previously. It is a newly renovated apartment near Idaho State University. It’s a darling little apartment with dark wood floors and all the vintage charm you could hope for! Plus, fiber optic WiFi, gel infused memory foam bed and a fully stocked kitchen!

We invite you to take a tour with us through these pictures or our listing on Airbnb.com Great for traveling nurses, overflow for family events, or ISU Graduation! Come stay with us and experience it for yourself! You will be glad you did! Click here

Ocean House, Newport Oregon

Do you have a place you like to go that always rejuvenates you? Mine is the Pacific Ocean! No other ocean is the same for me.

There is just something about the rhythm of the Pacific that restores a sense of calm and tranquility to me. This week my friend and I ran to the Pacific Northwest coastline for some soul-centering time. I was anxious to make a return visit to a bed & breakfast my husband and I had visited last August. Reservations were made and we packed the car for another adventure!
Come with us to Ocean House. An incredibly charming home set in Newport, Oregon. It is aptly named as it sits on a beautiful stretch of Agate Beach. The house has many echos of the art deco architecture and design popular in 1937, when the original home was built. Although it has been added on to a couple of times, it retains its’ historical flavor and was even named after the first hotel in Newport, Oregon, “Ocean House”, which is now home to the US Coast Guard.


Each of the seven guest rooms are well appointed and enjoy breathtaking views of the beach and ocean. Several rooms boast different amenities such as fireplaces, luxurious bathrobes, and spa bathtubs. One even has an enclosed sun porch, perfect for viewing the waves in any kind of weather. Morning in this room with a hot cup of happiness is sublime!


The décor is beautifully done with small nods to the nautical. In the morning, imagine coming down to a large fire roaring in the common space living room and socializing with other guests and your favorite cup of something warm as you wait for Dawn, one of the innkeepers, to signal time for breakfast.

These are delightful meals guests refer to as “Sunday meals” because they are more like fare traditionally enjoyed on a lazy weekend. Menu items constantly rotate and you will experience something new each morning of your stay. Crème Brulee French Toast and Eggs Benedict are two that we enjoyed this trip. After you have enjoyed your morning meal, it is time to head down to the beach!

Meandering paths through the garden will treat you to beautiful, bright blossoms and a couple observations decks, one complete with a built in firepit. Follow the paths to the stairs. A couple of flights will bring you right to the sand. A morning walk, whether brisk or leisurely will instantly instill a sense of calm as you watch the waves roll in succession. Morning mists settle over the landscape, making it all feel like something of a beautiful dream. Go to the Ocean House website to see more pictures of this little gem. http://www.oceanhouse.com
(PS hold onto the railings as you descend the stairs. The ocean mist and rain makes these wooden stairs very slick. Don’t ask me how I came to this wise advice but trust me when I tell you, it can snap you right out of that dream you were just in!)
If you go:
If you would like to begin planning your trip to beautiful Oregon, start at Ocean House’s website here. http://www.oceanhouse.com
At Ocean House, begin your day of sightseeing with speaking to the Innkeepers, Dawn or Craig. They are very knowledgeable about the area, the best places to eat and the “must not miss” sights.
As you are traveling around, make use of visitor’s centers. People volunteer their time to help you fully appreciate all the area has to offer. Ask them about local lore as well, such fun and informative conversation! If you would like to volunteer to help in a visitor’s center, go to http://www.volunteer.gov for a variety of opportunities around the US.
In the area:
The hour drive to Florence is breathtaking! Visit Haceta Head Lighthouse and Haceta Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast (more on this in a future article.) It was a gorgeous short hike and we were rewarded with views so picturesque, I almost forgot to take a picture!


Make a point to go to The Sea Lion Caves. An elevator goes down 180 feet through the middle of rock to reach the below sea level Sea Lion Cave. You will see hundreds of sea lions barking and lounging on the rocks as the waves kept crashing into their little part of the ocean. This was a fascinating experience and, also one I had to talk myself through (don’t think of the elevator getting stuck…) I would do it over again, it was absolutely worth it!

Thor’s Well and Spouting Horn at Cape Perpetua in Yachats, Oregon are beautiful sights worth taking the time to see and right next to each other. These two places are best viewed at high tide. Thor’s Well is a highly photographed area that gives the illusion of water being sucked down into the well, when in reality it is spewing up from the ocean and then receding.

We hiked most of the trails and were rewarded with amazing scenery and bright blossoms and carpets of all things green.

Little America

InnStyle is about more than just structures or places to visit when traveling. It’s about memories made and memories being built. It is with that thought in mind that I bring to you Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. Little America has been a staple in my family’s photo albums and memory banks. My parents took my sister and I when we were young. I remember us talking about feeling like we were princesses. The style at that time was opulent and luxurious. As we grew up, more memories were made there as we stayed for many family owned business meetings or stockholders meetings. My husband and I had our wedding luncheon there and we continued the tradition right down to our own little grandkids. We are four generations deep, in love with this beautiful place!

Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah was built in 1955. It was built with grandeur for that time. Marble floors, crystal chandeliers, a sweeping staircase, and large open fireplaces in the main lobby and second floor sitting area. The décor has changed through the years, most markedly in 2014, as a more contemporary style was introduced . However, the elegance of the hotel remains intact. In 2001, Grand America opened its’ doors across the street and it is definitely grand! While it is truly a gorgeous building, and we have enjoyed our stays there from time to time, my heart remains at Little America.
Walking into the hotel, you will be immediately welcomed by kind doormen and beautiful brass doors. Once inside, notice the ever present fresh floral beneath an imposing chandelier. The people at the front desk let you know they are there to help provide a most relaxing stay. The hotel boasts several clothing and sundry shops, one upscale dining room and a comparatively casual coffee shop. The cafe is one of my favorite places and it retains the elegance of the rest of the property. Notice the wall size black and white photos of the original coffee shop and downtown Salt Lake City. Take the time to read the placards, they are an interesting bit of Utah history.

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There is also an indoor pool, outdoor pool, jacuzzi, state of the art fitness room, and a beautiful locker/dressing room with marble showers for convenience. The rooms range from a motel-like room, to a larger room called a “Garden room” to the luxurious “Tower Suites”. All of the rooms, from smallest to largest are equipped with flat screen tvs and cable and are tastefully decorated and comfortable. The garden rooms have large oval soaking tubs and beautiful furnishings and draperies that reflect a sophisticated garden theme. The tower rooms have bathroom suites attached to the room by french doors, and include  a marble shower and soaking tub.

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The room is decorated in the new contemporary style adopted in 2014 and is very spacious and comfortable. All of the beds in the tower are a pillowtop paired with luxurious feather pillows. Their room service for any meal is superb!

Many families have wonderful memories made in this special place. Little America loves to hear about them and have recently provided a place on their website to leave personal stories. They also have their own hashtag as part of the “share your memories movement”. Now it’s your turn to visit Little America, maybe even make some memories of your own! I would love to hear your experience! #LittleAmericaMemories. http://www.saltlake.littleamerica.com

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If You Go:
Call the Hotel direct and ask for New Reservations Desk @ (801)596-5700
or go to their website http://www.littleamerica.guestreservations.com
Ask for the discounted parking to be added to your room if you have a vehicle to park.

Blue Heron Inn

Sometimes in the weeks before Christmas arrives, I start feeling like I need to escape the logistics of Christmas and just enjoy the magic of the season. Last weekend was one of those moments.

One of our favorite quick getaways is The Blue Heron in Rigby, Idaho. This Idaho gem is located at 706 N. Yellowstone Highway. Driving down the gravel lane, you catch a glimpse of the river to your left and well manicured grounds to your right. As you round the curve of the driveway, the imposing lodge almost reaches out to greet you. Blue Heron Inn graces the banks of the Snake River. Several moose and many different kinds of birds call this area home. One unique feature about this bed & breakfast is that it is conveniently just off the highway exit, but once you’re there, it feels remote enough to encourage a slower pace.

Inside, notice gorgeous imported slate floors, pine beams and staircase. Straight ahead is the aptly named, great room. This room is a beautiful place to sit and listen to soothing music and gaze out the two story windows that look out over the Snake River. It’s rustic, yet elegant and very inviting.

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The six guest rooms of the main building are divided, half on the first floor and half upstairs. One is wheelchair accessible. They also offer a room in the carriage house, which is the only room that allows pets. Each room has a view worth waking up early to see. The upstairs rooms have private balconies and two have their own fireplaces.

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DSC_0611.JPGEach room is cozy and stocked with two fluffy white bathrobes to make the short trip to the hot tub. Once out on the large deck, it seems you can see every star in the sky. Soaking in steaming water as the moon rises over the river is a must! A reading nook window seat, puzzles, and board games all beg for well spent leisure time. Walking along the winding river past the back of the inn is invigorating and offers beautiful scenery.

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From 8:00-9:00 breakfast is offered in the cheerful dining room. On Blue Heron’s website they claim to serve a “lumberjack” breakfast and I daresay, one will not be disappointed! Guests are treated to dishes such as stuffed french toast, omelets, or eggs benedict with a pesto butter on the english muffin. It is amazing!

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The owners, Dennis & Sandy Koffel, are delightful to chat with and will often share their short videos and pictures of the resident wildlife as they serve the filling meal.

Check out time isn’t until 11:00 so take your time and enjoy your surroundings! Honestly, I always think staying several nights would be the best idea!

If you go:

Go directly to their website: http://www.idahoblueheron.com or call directly at 1(208) 821-8220.

Ask for one of the suites upstairs. All of the rooms are beautiful, but the amenities and views in these particular rooms are worth the extra cost.

Please note that young children cannot be accommodated at this property because of liability issues with the nearby river. Older children are allowed in the large room at the carriage house only.

The small town of Rigby shuts down fairly early, but there are several places to eat that have wonderful food. Just plan ahead! If needed, Rexburg is only 8 minutes north or Idaho Falls is 15 minutes south.

Just about 90 minutes to West Yellowstone Park

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s the day before Thanksgiving at Legacy Cottage and we have guests checking in tomorrow evening. I always enjoy preparing for guests, but the holidays just seem to add an extra layer of “cozy”!

Candles are burning, goodies are baking, and the obligatory Hallmark movie is playing in the background. I am not what I would call a “holiday purist”, meaning I may break out Christmas long before Thanksgiving. My Christmas tree has gone up as soon as November 1st and as late as the week before Christmas. This year, I’m trying to wait until our guests have checked out to haul out the Christmas bins, but, oh…I’m struggling to be patient! However, the Christmas movies have been part of my days for a few weeks now.

As my oven is working overtime, I thought I would list a few of my favorite Christmas movies just for you, only a few are Hallmark! 😉

These are in no particular order, as I could never choose.

White Christmas

Holiday Inn

Christmas in Connecticut (old and new)

Snowball Express (a goofy and loveable, old Disney movie.

Christmas Cottage (Hallmark)

My Christmas Inn (Hallmark)

Last Vermont Christmas (Hallmark)

As I look through this list, I realize there is a common thread. They all seem to include an Inn, Lodge, or Bed and Breakfast! Well, I guess that shouldn’t really be a surprise to any of us, should it? What are the Christmas movies you most enjoy wrapping gifts and baking to? Let’s see your list!

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Gibson Mansion

Restored homes speak to my soul, touring through once forgotten and neglected corridors, I can almost feel the stories the walls hold. A restored home seems to stand taller and prouder with the quiet dignity of lifetimes of experience. Gibson Mansion located in Missioula, Montana is one such place. It was built in 1903 by Gustave Peterson, a Swedish immigrant and pharmacist and was designed by local architect A.J. Gibson. The owners, Tom and Nancy Malikie went through the home and added bathrooms to each suite and lovingly provided detailed updating while respecting the time period and grace of the Mansion. These details can be seen everywhere, from the inlaid parquet floor to the stained glass windows, chandeliers, solid oak staircase, and period pieces used throughout the luxurious home. Upon arrival you will be greeted by a warm fire in the cold months and breathtaking beauty of a well loved home.

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Breakfast at Gibson Mansion is an experience you will long remember and very well may be the reason for your return. It begins with “tray service” consisting of coffee and/or a delightful selection of local teas accompanied by warm, homemade scones crowned with crystals of sugar. This tray of culinary happiness is delivered to your room at a time of your choosing. Once you have awoken as royalty would, and readied yourself for the day, you go to the dining room where the rest of your breakfast waits for you. The day we were there, we were treated to warm, sectioned grapefruit, an orange soufflé topped with fresh strawberries, a delicious chicken sausage, and half an English muffin with fresh jam. We leisurely enjoyed our meal and chatted with some of the guests as they came and went, since we all were able to choose our own breakfast time.

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Breakfast Photo Credit: Tami Burch

Just touring the home and breakfast was enough for me to enjoy my stay and look forward to my next return but there are also beautiful grounds to walk around or to be utilized for your next event. Many choose the grounds or house to be a special venue for their wedding. Gibson Mansion is centrally located in Missoula, not far from the freeway exit and only two miles from the University of Montana and Historic Downtown. For a list of community events, please check their calendar, as there is almost always something going on, even in the winter. http://www.artsmissoula.org/calendar or check  https://www.missoulaevents.net/.  Visit Gibson Mansion and let it’s warm welcome restore YOU!

Hygge in Leavenworth

The Danish word “Hygge” has taken the internet by storm lately. The German equivalent is “Gemutlichkeit”. Although the English language is a descriptive language, the words hygge and gemutlichkeit cannot be fully translated into English. Loosely translated they mean cozy, a state of well-being or contentment, or to live life as an art form. However, in their native languages, it encapsulates much more. It’s a feeling recognized when you feel it but very difficult to describe. You may feel it snuggled next to a loved one in front of a glowing fire while a snowstorm brews outdoors or making cookies with little ones, or just in quiet, unexpectedly perfect moments. It’s always an amazing experience to find that feeling while traveling.  I wanted to find a town to explore with some Inns and B&B’s that helped bring that feeling to others who love to travel. We found the perfect place and my friend Tami & I got ready for another road trip!

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We traveled to a small town in Washington called Leavenworth. At one time this little town was a lumber community and eventually became the headquarters for the Great Northern Railway in the early 1900’s. When the railroad relocated its headquarters to Wenatchee, the small town, then called Icicle Flats, experienced a devastating blow to their economy. In the 1960’s, at a town meeting, it was decided to turn the town into a Bavarian themed town.DSC_0093.JPG

Several Bavarian type festivals were instated and the town became known as Leavenworth. This little town looks like a set for a Hallmark Christmas movie!

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Imagine with me, walking down a cobblestone sidewalk past endless shops and bakeries. The smells entice you to explore each bakery or chocolatier. There are also several German restaurants waiting for you to step into a different culture. Every once in awhile a horse-drawn carriage/sleigh rolls past, reminding you of a different time. It is difficult not to experience hygge there, or gemutlichkeit as it is called in the German language. Christmas lights are strung at each shop, tree and of course, the town gazebo. The Christmas lights are on continuously from the day after Thanksgiving until March.

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Our first stop was at The Scandinavian Escape located just minutes outside of town in a mountainous area. We drove up a small little lane and then saw a lit lantern hanging by a hand carved, wooden sign that said Scandinavian Escape. It looked like a Bavarian lodge. The upper floor had a lovely balcony. All of the lights shining through large picture windows welcomed us immediately. Before we could even retrieve our luggage from the trunk, we were greeted by a lovely woman, named Linny. She hugged us and welcomed us warmly to her home. Walking in, we knew this would be a fun stop. As we entered by a heavy wooden door, I noticed a wooden latch in place of a knob or lock. She and her husband, Vern had a roaring fire going in the fireplace and white dripping candles nearly everywhere we looked. We were given a tour of our room and the little library/coffee room for our use. Down on the first floor deck, there was a hot tub at the base of some very “Alps” looking mountains and the stars were incredible! We could come and go at our leisure as we had a separate entrance from our room. There are only three rooms, but they are all uniquely beautiful! They feature hand carved and tole painted beds, birch tree canopies, and one very luxurious suite complete with its own sitting area. The other two rooms are small but absolutely brimming with charm and share the library and morning coffee station. There were many touches from Norwegian cultures that we found interesting. At each new nook, we kept saying how much our husbands would love it! Each morning was spent with warm mugs of goodness and our favorite books. Time at Scandinavian Escape slows down and allows for a very relaxing respite. Another trip with our husbands is a must!

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DSC_0413.JPGOur next stop was at Pension Anna. This small, 16 room hotel is located in the heart of Leavenworth. As with every other building in the town, its’ architecture and interiors followed the Bavarian theme. Everywhere the eye would land, it would be rewarded with another colorful antique. Laurie at the front desk had finished most of her work for the day and was gracious enough to take us on a tour of the rooms yet unoccupied. All but two of the suites are in one building. There are common rooms to enjoy a book or explore the different antique finds. Once we toured that building, we were shown into a building that used to be a Catholic chapel and has now been transformed into two lovely suites. Complete with the gothic style windows and antiques of their own, it was enchanting. The largest suite also includes an upstairs with two twin beds for a family with children. The balcony looks down into the main space and the double doors leading into the master bedroom. All of which, make you feel like royalty.DSC_0369.JPGIn the morning, guests are invited down to their lovely dining room where everyone is served a traditional Bavarian breakfast. This consists of homemade breads and coffee cakes, cold cuts, a variety of cheeses with hot mustard, fruit, granola, yogurt, and an egg boiled however you like. There was also coffee and a variety of teas and juices. This was a beautiful place to stay in the middle of all the town happenings. Pension Anna was recently purchased by Erika and Martin Szuster, who are making even more improvements to the already beautiful property. A wonderfully authentic Alpine experience, and all without a passport!

Perhaps the state of Hygge can be rather elusive, but then again, maybe you just have to be in the right place!

IF YOU GO:

Please call ahead to Scandinavian Escape as they have recently moved from B&B to Airbnb. The only difference is that breakfast is no longer a part of the nightly price. They will on occasion serve breakfast for and extra $50 a couple. While it is a marvelous breakfast, I didn’t feel it was worth that price. This was THE ONLY thing we were not 100% thrilled with. When I visit again, I will just visit a bakery for breakfast and enjoy the breathtaking beauty and gracious hosts at Scandinavian Escape.

For a quick meal on the go in Leavenworth, visit Munchen House. They serve the traditional Bratwursts with a mustard bar featuring more varieties of mustard than I was aware existed. They also serve hot, homemade sauerkraut and a cucumber relish that is delish! All of this is served at outside tables that all feature either a tabletop fire or outdoor heaters to keep you toasty while enjoying the beautiful outdoors.DSC_0177.JPGWe went to Pavz for a fondue of lovely cheesiness. It was large enough for us to split and so we had room to also split a piece of their very decadent chocolate cake. It was quite a splurge and worth every calorie!For a taste of Bavarian Chocolate that is made fresh every morning, visit Schocolat, located in the back of a boutique called Ganz Klasse on Front Street. You won’t wasn’t to miss this!DSC_0137.JPGThe Gingerbread Factory is also located along Front Street as most things are. This is a delightful bakery! Try their Raspberry Scone, complete with the warmed Raspberry Butter sauce. Divine!DSC_0123.JPGThe drive along the Wenatchee River to the Alps Candy Store is worth going! It is only 10 minutes, if that outside of town and it is a gorgeous drive and a prime spot on their bridge to photograph the natural beauty there. The candy store is very interesting as it has a whole backroom filled with novelty sodas. They also feature their homemade fudge and rows of different flavored taffy.

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DSC_0220.JPGThere are several festivals throughout the year, find a current schedule at Leavenworth.org. If you want to see the Christmas lights, the best time to go would be AFTER Christmas. They keep the lights up from the day after Thanksgiving into March and the little town can experience 55,000 visitors a day on festival days. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on the given website, call the Chamber of Commerce at 1(509)548-5807, they are very helpful.

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Holiday Tablescapes

With Halloween over, we find ourselves headed straight for the “Holidays”.  This time of year for me is one of warm fires, puzzles, cuddly throws, and family dinners! Helping my family and guests of Legacy Cottage feel cozy and a happy anticipation of what is to come is one of my favorite things do. Tablescapes and settings are a fun way to create anticipation in your guests. Immediately upon seeing a well set table,  thoughts of a mouth-watering meal and delightful conversation begin to take shape. A table setting and maybe even a place card tells your guest and family members you were thinking and planning just for them! Here are a couple of my favored, along with a brief “how-to” make it easy for you to bring the holidays to your own home!

White Winter Wonderland

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“Glisten” elements add interest.

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White Winter Wonderland is a favorite of mine because I love all things black & white! I started with a luxurious feeling faux fur runner (which my daughter thought should be made into a blanket, lol). I then began layering in various kinds of frosted greenery and added a focal point, which for this setting is the white ceramic deer. Once I completed the base set up, I began adding elements of a forest. I chose pieces of birch and pinecones. To finish it up and add that touch of “wonderland”,  strands of pearls and opalescent beads were draped throughout the arrangement. The place settings are simple to allow the tablescape center stage. I used black & white buffalo checked placemats, crystal cut goblets, and black and white dishes cradled in vintage white, french provincial chargers.

Christmas Tree Farm

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Christmas Tree Farm is a little more playful, making it perfect for family dinners. The kids will be delighted to see what is in their very own stocking set at each place.  To create this look, I again started with the linens. I used some black and white checked napkins as an anchor and arranged the greenery. After finding the perfect spot for my little tree farm truck candleholder, I added a wooden sled tree ornament to lean up against the bed of the truck. I could almost feel the excitement I used to feel when my family would go cut down our Christmas tree. My parents always added in sledding to the whole activity and I love it! I then draped the arrangement in wooden cranberry beads and added a few pinecones. The individual pine trees at each place setting add to the theme and i tied a checked ribbon on the top for fun but a name placard would be perfect held in these little cuties. The setting is much the same as White Winter Wonderland, but I added in an extra layer red plate for color. The small stocking on the plate would be nice to put cutlery in or perhaps a christmasy conversation starter.

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