Thanksgiving Table

It is a winter wonderland at home. Snow is falling and it sure looks beautiful. Let’s face it, it is not the best timing as thousands of people are on the road trying to get home for Thanksgiving.  I’m wising you all safe travels.  There is so much to do here at home.  We are hosting Thanksgiving.  Our fridge is packed and later I’ll start preparing some of the dishes.  In the meantime, I’m gathering a few of my favorite things in preparation for setting the Thanksgiving Table.


Ralph Lauren Wentworth Tortoise hostess set.

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Store bought spay roses, eucalyptus, feathers, white small pumpkins and cabbage stems make for a festive arrangement.

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Arranged flowers in my favorite blue and white vase.


With so much to do, I’m keeping it simple with clear glass votive candles.  These little turkey place card holders are so cute.  They keep the table setting playful.

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For a little elegance, Kim Seybert napkins add a touch of orange and gold to the table décor.

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Next,  I’ll be gathering the china and stemware.  When the kids are all home, they’ll set the table and think it was effortless.

Wishing you all  safe travels and a Happy Thanksgiving!


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Style: Girl Meets Travel





As we get ready for the holidays, many of us will be travelling to visit family and friends.  Here are few favorites for comfort and style this holiday season.  Arrive on time with a tomboy chic, sporty style watch.  Classic black and white:  A scarf with a little lace and tote python-embossed print.  Both can easily transition from day to night.  Outerwear: A  cape is a good alternative to the car coat. Wear layers this winter and top it off with a cape in festive holiday red.    Happy Weekend!


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Heat and Glo Fireplaces


With the cold weather and shorter day light hours many of us rather stay in than venture out.  Fireplaces have long been a popular choice for homes because the beauty of the hearth and the heat provides an inviting area for families to gather. New colors and finishes have helped keep traditional fireplace styles looking fresh. Heat & Glo offers a complete line of gas fireplaces, gas fireplace inserts, wood and electric fireplaces, and stoves of the highest quality and with the greatest attention to detail and design.


 Heat & Glo, is the innovative leader in technology, design and safety.


Browse Heat and Glo products.   Add a little luxury with a fireplace in unique spaces such as kitchens, bedrooms, outdoors and in master baths.  There are many opportunities to personalizing your fireplace with unique fronts, media, and lighting.  My choice is wood burning only because my husband does all the work and he enjoys the process of cutting wood.  Down the line, however, I would love to press a button and have an instant fireplace that looks and sounds as good as a wood burning fireplace.  With so many price points, I’m sure there is one for you.   Come in out of the cold to a warm fireplace this winter.

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Thanksgiving Table: Back to Basics

There will be no shopping on Thanksgiving Day here!  Let’s keep the tradition.  Thanksgiving Day is celebrated with family and friends.  Call everyone to the table set in simple elegance with white linen, stoneware or white porcelain and classic silver plated accessories. OB-table



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Design Takes Time



The holidays have arrived. We are excited to be hosting Thanksgiving in the country this year.  Although I wish I could have the house beautifully decorated, great design takes time.  Most custom furnishings take 6 to 8 weeks and sometimes longer to complete. In the meantime, I’m swooning over a few furniture pieces, fabrics and accessories.  Some are contemporary, other items are traditional, but I like the mix.  If you are updating your home for the holidays, be patient.  Don’t go out and get something off the store floor in a hurry without putting together a design concept on how all your furnishings will work together. Design takes time to do it right.  Take it from me, it’s double the trouble and expense when I hear some client stories.  Collect your ideas, wishes, and dream rooms for now.  Then contact a designer you trust.

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Style: Sweaters That Work And Play



The temperature is a little colder these days.  Time to shop for sweaters.  I’m loving these three looks for work and play.  Basic, but not boring.  Beige and gray  make a statement paired with leopard and leather.   Oh, those shoes, gorgeous!  Sometimes you just have to go for it and get out of your comfort zone.  Enjoy the weekend.



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Contemporary Kitchen & Dining

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This stunning kitchen & dining area transformation at the 2014 Project Design Ronald McDonald Show House was created by designers Vasi Ypsilantis  and Margreet Cevasco.  This is the second year the design duo poured their heart and soul into the Kitchen & Dining area renovations at the Ronald McDonald House Long Island.  Project Design is an effort led by Kravet Fabrics along with the interior design industry to provide a calm and restful healing environment for families experiencing the pain of having a child in area hospitals. 

The kitchen layout functions to support both cooking, storage and eating at any hour of the day or night and multiple integrated appliances complete the design. Additional shelves were built-in to the expanded pantry so each family can store grocery items.


 The adjacent dining area with cozy banquette seating offers a soothing home-like setting that helps guests unwind and offers a moment of relaxation. “If we can allow families caring for their children in the neighboring hospital some comforts of home and a living space that supports them, then we have achieved our goal,” said Margreet Cevasco.



Want to get the look:  1. Add a large piece of art to your dining room walls.  2.  I like the use of the banquet and several small tables and chairs, instead of the traditional long table, which can be difficult to move.  3. Consider chairs in white faux leather to brighten up the space.   They are easy to clean.  4.  Vary your lighting.  Task lighting and whimsical, contemporary light fixtures keep the space fun.


5. Don’t skimp on the appliances.  Buy the best you can afford.  6. For a transitional backsplash consider white mosaic glass tiles in a vertical pattern, instead of the traditional white subway tiles.


7. The ceiling is the fifth wall.  Paint and wallpaper are just two of the many choices to  personalize your kitchen ceiling.  8. Add a pop of color.  I love the clean lines of the cerulean sliding pantry doors alongside classic white European frameless cabinetry.

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Please consider the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island during this time of  holiday giving by volunteering, donating, or supporting their wish list and dinner program.

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