I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The last of my family departed yesterday, so I’m getting back into the swing of things and sharing some bits & pieces of what I’ve been up to lately.

Last week was a whirlwind, and one of the highlights was photographing a large renovation project here in Raleigh that I’ve worked on over the past year. I’m so proud of this one and can’t wait to share the photos with you.

As I’m sure you can imagine, there’s a lot of styling that goes into making a home camera ready (don’t worry the photos you see in magazines or designers portfolios are far from real life – smoke & mirrors, baby!) and I was somewhat worried about flower options this far into fall.

I worked with a local florist, Wylde, on the bulk of my arrangements (they’re lovely, hire them!) but couldn’t resist picking up a few bunches of peonies which serendipitously showed up at Whole Foods. Peonies in November, who knew?

I wrapped up my shoot Wednesday evening, which meant a quick transition into hosting mode with family arriving the next morning. Thankfully, flowers were far from in short supply and easily elevate the most slap dash of tablescapes (which this one certainly was!)

The real victory, however, was discovering this linen collection and this tableware which saved me from using my much loved, but somewhat tired Blue Willow. This set up felt fresh. My last pro-tip: colorful taper candles. They’re the easiest tablescape upgrade. Don’t be afraid to go for a non-traditional hue. Perhaps turquoise or eggplant for your Christmas table?

Lastly, my new (very old) flame mahogany Georgian chest deserved documentation if only because its arrival meant the last of our moving boxes (yes, over a year after moving) have finally made their way to the recycling bin and my sweaters now have a permanent home. It was well worth the wait.

The mini magnolia is serving as a place holder until I find a larger piece of art, but I do love how it works with our yellow silk drapes (better photo here).

 So that’s the highlight reel!  Not pictured, my hot mess of an office or our fridge full of tupperware. 😉

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