Setting a Table on a Budget

Sometimes you are hosting a family holiday, or a dinner party, and you just don’t seem to have everything you need. You really want to spend money on food (think beef tenderloin) but your tabletop is in need of some accessorizing. Enter World Market. I am always happily surprised at World Market when it comes to tabletop. Whether its napkins, placemats, chargers, or glassware, they always seem to have what I’m looking for … at a good price. Today, some of my current World Market tabletop favorites.

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Goin’ to California in My Mind

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  • August 21, 2014

I have had California on the brain a lot recently. The current issue of Town & Country has been dubbed the L.A. issue, my cousin Serena just moved back to NYC from L.A., and my friend Chassity is spending this weekend in the city of angels. Needless to say I feel like my mind is being invaded by Los Angelenos. What many of you may not know is that I moonlighted as a Los Angeleno in my formative years. When I was four, my family moved to L.A. for four years for my father’s work (he produces tv commercials), and we lived there until I was eight. I remember trips to the beach in Santa Monica, shopping at the Brentwood country mart, and the time Michael Keaton opened the door for me at Baskin Robbins and my 6 year old self looked up at him and said “thanks Batman.” While I loved growing up in Connecticut from eight years on, lately I have been craving some California time. Some L.A. time to be specific. Tower 3You all know that I am a sucker for old Hollywood glamour, and nothing says glamour like the Sunset Tower Hotel. A very chic and very exclusive apartment building during Hollywood’s golden era, this building has housed everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Mae West. What I wouldn’t give to spend a night in this building – think of all the stories it could tell! Here are  some photos of the chic terrace at the hotel and the Tower Bar which is always a veritable who’s who of Hollywood on a given evening. Charge it please! Terrace 3 Terrace 1 Tower 1 Terrace 2 Tower 2

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Divine Decoupage

Derian 1John Derian, the king of decoupage makes switchplates! I am quite upset that I didn’t know about these lovelies sooner. I have been a big fan of John Derian for a very long time, as many of you remember from my search for a sofa, but these? They are divine. Now while I don’t plan on getting rid of my Forbes & Lomax switchplates and replacing them with these decoupage beauties, I will keep them in mind for other projects, and purposefully attempt to have locations where there are single switches so that these might be incorporated. I have always been a big proponent of replacing switchplates to dress up a room, but using one of these switchplates is like hanging a small piece of art. How chic. This is just a sampling of some of my favorites, visit John Derian’s website to see more!Derian 2

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