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…

Design Inquiries: Where to get vinyl records as seen on the Rock Glam themed shindig post

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Andrea loved the rock n roll themed party I blogged about and wanted to know where to purchase 12″ ones (not 45s that were used for that party, purchased on ebay). I went to the original source and browsed other parties that used records and found majority of the people scoured thrift & cosignment stores, goodwills & yard sales. I told her to peer into Craigslist as they have local rummage sale postings and most people say exactly what they’re selling. She may get lucky that way. Also to check ebay and etsy and maybe even record stores. If you’re okay with faux albums, party supply stores are huge with rock n roll & 80s themed decor. If all fails, ask an older relative who played records in their day. You never know what stash is in someone’s basement or garage. Hope this helps!

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