Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece Designs

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Holiday Season where the focus is on food, family and friends. As we gather to celebrate our family traditions here are a few easy, on trend holiday centerpiece tips.

Metallic is very hot in fashion right now! As it influences home decor, you will see gold, silver and copper trickle into more accent pieces.  Spray natural or faux pumpkins, gourds and pine cones with Gold Medal finish by Design Master paint. Accent with gold berry sprays and votive candles to add holiday luster for your Thanksgiving table.

 

Monochromatic designs in orange are a bold way to celebrate the Holiday. Autumn shades are traditionally expressed in a combination of orange, gold and red tones. Designing with several shades of the same color provides a dynamic and fresh statement. Accent with kale, succulents and fresh orange produce for the perfect harvest table.

 

White is right …for the Holidays, when you provide the best setting. If you’re a fan of black and white, don’t be afraid of using your go to colors for the holiday. Arrange your favorite votive candles and small accent pieces with a few all white bouquets and touches of grey. A geometric or chevron table runner can really add to this show stopping and elegant table design.

 

Large single blooms such as sunflowers provide the perfect focal flower for  your Thanksgiving table. Arrange in small pots that offer dual use for place cards and favors for your guests to take home. Depending on your decor, you could dress these up in ceramic pots or small glass cubes for a more sophisticated look or keep it rustic chic in metal or clay.

This post is also featured in Democrat & Chronicle’s herRochester blog! Check it out here: http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/her-community/?p=16168

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Fall Home Decor

It’s that time of year again for crisp air, changing leaves, and bright & warm flowers! Here is some Fall decor inspiration for your home!

{1} Front Porch: Use potted flowers or planters on your front porch. To really embrace the Fall mood, you can use pumpkins instead of traditional pots!

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{2} Door or Entry Way: Use a burlap or silk flower wreath on your front door! It will be a warm welcome for guests.

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{3} Living Spaces: Having vases around your home filled with Fall flowers is bound to keep your home feeling cozy & festive. Choose the rooms that you spend a lot of time in, like your kitchen or living room! flowers

{4} Mantle: Mantles and fireplaces are usually focal points in the home. Use the space to decorate with Fall flowers and decor!

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{5} Table Centerpiece: Whether you keep it out all season long or use it for the holidays and special occasions, an Autumn inspired centerpiece is a perfect fit for any table.
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Fall Gardens

Fall is right around the corner.  Get ready for changing leaves, pumpkins galore, and gardening fun.  Robin will take us on a trip with some of her best vegetable gardening tips and fun facts:

{1} Break on through to the other side: There is a wondrous, dark side to gardening…root plants and tubers! Below my blooming Zinnias, Sunflowers and out of control tomatoes are colorful treasures all tucked away in the darkness. In Rochester, we can grow root plants like radishes, turnips, onions and garlic. roots_2553617c

{2} Sleep with one eye open: Potatoes win for easiest tuber. Even the kids like harvesting the potatoes. Every flipped pitchfork reveals a surprise quantity and assorted sizes of these veggies.

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{3} Ground control to major Tom: In 1995 the potato was the first veggie grown in space!

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{4} Just beet it, beet it!: On to my favorite, the beet. The ruffly foliage is streaked with raspberry veins and serves as a great garnish,salad green or cooked down like spinach. In our modern varieties they are usually round, happy little power houses of vitamins and minerals. Ruby red, but can be yellow, white or striped, the beet has been used medicinally since before they “walked like an Egyptian”.

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{5} Care for some carrots?: Pooh’s friend, Rabbit, showed he had a brain and not “fluff” when guarding his carrots with such anxiety. Carrots are easy to plant and require little care. They are very rewarding and put the watered down, store bought carrots to shame. They have a sometimes sweet to bitter, full taste and you can harvest at your own leisure depending on size you want. The larger the carrot the more bitter. Carrots are also easy to store for use later in the season.

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{6} Can you dig it: With a rototiller or good shovel, the soil can be turned enough to make harvesting your underground treasures much easier and allows for easy hand weeding to avoid damaging the roots and tubers. There are many varieties of roots not even mentioned so find what works for your home.digging-vegetable-garden

Robin wants to remind you that gardening is your thing…do whatcha wanna do!

Fall Weddings

Fall In Love With Gardening

In upstate NY we are beginning to baton down the hatches and scurrying with the squirrels in preparation for winter.  Most of our gardens have diminished to woody overgrown bean plants, snail infested tomatoes, and dots of fleshy hubbard squash waiting for harvest.  But with the right planning you could marry aesthetics and practicality to make a smooth fall garden transition into winter.

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Right now in bloom you may have intense purple or red salvia, mums on the cusp of blooming, or attention stealing kale.  These are all easy to grow and bring the garden from summer to fall with great color selections.  So just weave some of your fall plantings right in between the magic of the pre-existing plantings.  For example, try sneaking in more ornamental daffodils and tulips or useful bulbs of garlic.  They all need the cold winter resting period and reward your patience in the following seasons with color, fragrance and food!  If you are a gambler than there is always a betting chance that a crop of lettuce or radishes can be squeezed out before the frost if they are planted late August or early September.  The summer sun has already warmed the soil so roots grow twice as fast in the fall than spring!

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Color and texture are the real fall favorites in our region.  Mums are a staple in our climate.  We depend on their resilience to pests and drought and love their consistent, dependable manor.  So if you want to spice up an oldy but goody, try contrasting colors around the mums or something more posh like an assembly of secondary colors.  I just love autumn peach, lavender, and fresh green.  Add an assortment of gourds or squash for an inexpensive ornamental flair to punctuate your gardens or window boxes.  The best part of this time of year is that anything goes.  Dried components mixed with fresh, herbs with ornamental, and annual with perennial.  Think outside of the box and figure in some great transitional plants and mediums to help keep your Autumn spirits soaring.

Fall Wedding Trends

Fall weddings are growing in popularity, with September and October dates often out numbering those in June and July!  But for those a bit skeptical about marking their date in fall, we’re happy to announce that Halloween hues are not a requirement of weddings in this season.  If you’re planning a Fall Wedding, look to these colors and trends for your celebration:
{1} Jewel Tones: Burgundy, deep purples, emerald greens, and sapphire blue.  This color combination looks beautiful with dresses of any deep fall tone, but also pairs well with natural colors.
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{2} Muted Tones: Blush, ivory, and peach are emerging colors for fall.  They also compliment deeper colors like burgundy, forest green, and rust.

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{3} Fall Accents: Skip the orange pumpkins and gourds and go for white and green.  White pumpkins and gourds are all the rage this season.  They look beautiful filled with flowers or displayed with candles and other accent items.  It’s a perfect way to subtly incorporate the beauty of fall on your special day.

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