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A Rustic Chinoiserie Thanksgiving Table

Al fresco Thanksgiving in Blue Ridge Mountains on Christmas tree farm. Set a rustic Chinoiserie Thanksgiving table for 2019 with toile, colorful china, dahlias, and brass.

Embrace bold. Embrace vintage. Embrace color this year with a rustic Chinoiserie Thanksgiving table set amidst the rolling fields. Thanksgiving has always been a working holiday in my family given that we own a Christmas tree farm. There are trees to sell as families romp in to roam the fields, tractor trailers to load, and …

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How to Get the Perfect Ginger Jar Floral Arrangement

Blue and white ginger jar floral arrangement with dahlias and fern on antique sideboard with books

An easy 5 step tutorial to create the perfect ginger jar floral arrangement with expert tricks to make it stunning and lush! Ok ladies, I have a pet peeve to confess today: teeny tiny florals in classic ginger jars. You know the ones I’m talking about where the flowers just barely peek above the opening …

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Dahlias Don’t Multitask

Blonde woman in white dress and hat smells purple dahlias

A lesson from a dahlia: thoughts on time management, the power of singular concentration, and the pitfalls of multitasking. Dahlias have no fragrance. Did you know that? I wandered through a field of them and there was absolutely no scent. No cloyingly sweet smell like a lily. No bright effervescence like a gardenia nor exotic …

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