Happy Halloween…

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Annually I look forward to watching all the talk shows & their Halloween specials, the unique costumes, creative party ideas I can steal for clients…but it’s different this year. None of my shows on dvr has their usual. Everyone is in either postponing or just doing it next year. Shout out to any readers on the east coast. I hope you’re safe.

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One thing I do love hearing is all the people focusing on the simplier things because they have no choice. Kids learning how to play card games, people picking up books to finish reading, romantic candlelit dinners…even if their meals was nothing more than chips & dip. It was nice seeing all the ways people are dealing with the power outages on instagram…

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I know I didn’t prepare a post for cool shindig ideas in advance but pumpkins are still okay for the month of November. It’s harvest time so you can still snag a few non carved ideas to decorate some tablescapes for Thanksgiving…

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You can usewashi tape & paint to color block or add geometric designs…

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Glue sequins, rhinestones & ribbon…

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I adore the calligraphy look…

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Tuesday’s Tips: consider a curtain, scarf or sheets for dressing a tablescape…

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From bedroom interior to tablescape. Yes I know it’s not the same blanket. However the purple hue made me think how easily we could use a scarf, sheets or curtains with a bold pattern for transforming a tabletop.

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Have you repurposed something for dressing a table?

Apple baking & decorating: wedding centerpieces, cider stations, recipes & candy apple parties

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In Wisconsin we had a super mild winter which had an impact on our apple orchards so a lot of farms didn’t offer apple picking due to the shortage. I was looking forward to it too since I went last year. But it’s still a great time to bake, cook, drink….and even decorate with the fruit…

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When people have fall weddings, especially rustic barn ones, I love to see apples on display. Paired with wine barrels and other woodsy elements like branches, it offers a pretty fall atmosphere…

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But you don’t have to have an outdoor wedding. An upscale one inside a hotel is just fine…

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My favorite part of fall is caramel apples….and fall colors. You can set up an interactive candy apple bar for a fun end to a party. That can serve as guests’ favors as well for a wedding…

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Apple cider stations are another great way for guests to mingle….

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I destroyed an apple crisp a few weeks ago. I put it on broil because I was too impatient with it baking. Walked away & four minutes tops….the top layer was charred. I said I enjoy cooking, not baking. But I will master it because it’s just so good.

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A Slice of Glam‘s mini apple pies…

{granola ginger baked apples, easy baked apples}

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I recently did a Rachael Ray recipe with maple glazed apples, potatoes & sweet onions. I’m very picky but it was good surprisingly. I want to try the above.
Pork chop recipe via the crafty hostess & wing recipe via abc news.

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QOTD: what are you sick of in decor & design?

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{Photographed by Victoria Will}

Haven’t done a QOTD in awhile. When I came across this pretty almost perfect teal hallway, it got me thinking. We all don’t like every single trendy thing that makes it’s way to published interiors everywhere, so I ask, what are you sick of seeing? Or what trend never floated your boat or rocked your cradle?

For me, I loved sea urchin decor, especially in lighting but it is everywhere. And I’m tired of it. I have even been reluctant to feature a room that had it in recent weeks. I was going to even crop out the whole top part of the image above just to use it without rolling my eyes at the lightning. I even rolled my eyes at the real life aea urchins that were at the georgia aquarium 3 wks ago.

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Yep, that was me touching starfish. I guess the little sea critters have to get some shine too considering how popular their friends are in coastal design…

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However, despite my annoyance, it’s my frugal design goddess duties to give you an easy diy tutorial to get the look with styrofoam balls & tooth picks spray painted. Thank me later.

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A little bit of Glitter & Glam for your tablescape…

Leave it to a sequin linen table cloth or seat cover to transform a nice chic tablescape into something glitzy and glam. If I were staying in Milwaukee for my 30th bday next month, I’d do something like the black, white & pink setting for the dessert table…